Alternative Europa! at the European Parliamentary Forum in the German Bundestag

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:

Notice: A government-issued personal ID is necessary in order to attend the event in the German Bundestag.