Europe’s youth is far from apolitical

Contrary to stereotypes, under 30s are, in fact, dismantling the traditional definition of politics to focus on the public sphere, lead transnational justice movements and shift the terrain of conversation with representatives. By doing so they are innovating new ways in which institutions and governments can better serve the needs of the European electorate. During […]

Are Conventions Outdated? Lessons for Europe from Chile

In the run-up to the EU Council Summit of 23-24 June, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock called the idea of a holding a Convention for EU Treaty changes outdated. She stated “I have no intention whatsoever of simply taking twenty-year old recipes out of the drawer.” Baerbock wasn’t the only sceptic in […]

A people-powered EU: with or without a Convention?

On 10 June, the EUI-STG Democracy Forum held its last session of the 2021-22 academic year, addressing the most contentious question in the debate on the follow-up on the Conference on the Future of Europe: to reform or not to reform the EU treaties? What are the merits, risks and democratic conditions of an EU […]

Europa, Wir Schaffen Das: using matching theory to allocate refugees across the EU

​​Matching theories have been proven successful in various policy areas. Most notably, Alvin Roth was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2012 for his use of matching theories in “markets without prices” which enabled organ donors to be matched with transplant patients, students with universities,  and resident doctors with hospitals. Could the holy alliance between technology […]

Beyond CoFoE: what next for the European Citizens’ Initiative?

After years of silence on the matter, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and other EU leaders have indicated openness to Treaty Changes if citizens demand so in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe. In this article I explore some of the most prominent proposals for reforming the European Citizens’ […]

This Conference can still go either way

The Conference on the Future of Europe is at a crossroads. The decisive question is: will the Conference Plenary be able and willing to take charge of this Conference, develop a parliament-like dynamic and include perspectives previously excluded, or will it remain an exclusionary political talking shop and risk enabling the extreme right? This piece, […]

The citizen: object or subject?

While there is an abundance of (quantitatively oriented) surveys on citizen attitudes towards Europe, here I argue that a mixed approach, in which citizens are not only political objects in a pre-fabricated design, but actively engage and articulate their subjective positions, is preferable and brings rich insights. This is the aim of a recently held […]