Alternative Europa! at the European Parliamentary Forum in the German Bundestag
The question regarding the future of the EU is on everyone’s mind. Debates and protest are being held: both for less and for more Europe. That said, we all agree that we need a more just Europe. But, how do we define European solidarity? Who is willing to demonstrate this solidarity?
The multiple crises over the last few years were not the first to bring up questions regarding the socio-political dimensions of the EU; European integration had already been criticized as a neo-liberal project. On the other hand, it has also substantially contributed to prosperity in Europe and thus made it possible to implement social policies at the national level. Today, Europe’s citizens have doubts as to the ability and willingness of the EU to formulate practical answers to growing economic disparities, high youth unemployment and mounting social rejections. This doubt contributes to Euroscepticism.
Europe must become more competent in the area of social policy and deliver answers to concrete questions: what contribution could a social Europe bring to the future of the EU as a whole? What might a European pillar of social rights look like? Would a social protocol make sense as an amendment to the treaties if not all member states are willing to make advancements? Does Europe need a social policy such as unemployment insurance in order to gain legitimacy in the eyes of its citizens? Must the rights of companies and business organizations, as well as those of employees and labor unions, be strengthened? How much solidarity does Europe need and where do its boundaries lie?
We, the Parliamentary Group of the Europa-Union Deutschland, the Institut für Europäsiche Politik and the Junge Föderalisten Deutschland, extend our invitation to discuss the social dimensions of Europe with the following guests:
- Norbert SPINRATH, MP, Spokesman on European Politics for the SPD Fraction
- Gabriele BISCHOFF, European Economic and Social Committee
- Mirian HARTLAPP, Freie Universität Berlin
- Susanne WIXFORTH, Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund
- Moderation: Manuel GATH, National Chairman of the Junge Europäischen Föderalisten (JEF)
Notice: A government-issued personal ID is necessary in order to attend the event in the German Bundestag.