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 […]

CoFoE: A ‘Transnational Trust Building Mechanism?’

This post is part of a series of pieces analysing the preliminary findings of an ongoing SenseMaker survey conducted by Citizens Take Over Europe to gauge public attitudes on the Conference on the Future of Europe. The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) is taking place during a crucial moment: on the one hand […]

What do citizens want from the Conference on the Future of Europe?

This post is part of a series of pieces analysing the preliminary findings of an ongoing SenseMaker survey conducted by Citizens Take Over Europe to gauge public attitudes to the Conference on the Future of Europe. The Conference on the Future of Europe is a one-off participatory exercise that has the potential to change the […]

Whatever it takes? Ten principles to bring the Conference on the Future of Europe closer to its citizens

Recently, the need for citizen participation and involvement in EU decision-making has been felt more than ever. While some experiments, such as the European Convention of 2003, have prompted some positive outcomes for citizen engagement, it is only now that the recent deliberative wave in Europe and beyond is taking high effect. Drawing on the […]