This blog is a continuation of the Europe blogs the office has run over the last three years. Whereas last year’s blog Young Voices of Europe was a forum for a group of young people from Germany and the south of Europe to write from their perspective as young Europeans; this year’s blog will be staffed with professional writers. The best young blogger of last year’s blog will be added to the ‘crew’.
Our blog will focus on the question what reforms and actions are needed to reshape the European Union, its institutions and policies in a way that makes them more democratic, transparent and efficient.
The writers are asked to comment on what is going on in Europe and present their own visions regarding three main challenges: the economic and social state Europe is in and how it can be improved (eurozone, (youth) unemployment, economic growth, the gap between centre and periphery); the shape of Europe as a foreign policy actor (reorganisation EEAS, Ukraine and Eastern Partnership, relationship Russia; Syria/ Middle East) and the state of democracy in Europe (democratisation and transparency of European institutions, challenge of right-wing populism and extremism, the “backsliding”of “new member states”, security and democratic rights; possibly migration and asylum policy).