First Future Workshop within the scope of the Project “Alternative Europe!”


After a number of diverse events since the Kickoff Workshop in April of this year, the working groups of the project “Alternative Europa!” met for the first Future Workshop at the European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO). From 24-26 July the participants of the integrative project discussed visions of the Future of Europe and concrete recommendations for action within their particular WGs (WG Foreign Policy, WG Digital Europe, WG European Identity, WG Finality, WG Inclusion, WG Sustainable Economy and WG Dissemination) and collectively in plenum. The participants moreover had the possibility to discuss visions of the future at a public Podium Discussion, organised by IEP, EAO and Europe Direct Saarbrücken with a panel of prominent figures.

In addition to particular visions for a Europe of the future, steps towards a common manifesto for Europe were discussed in the context of the Workshop. The WGs will now work from the collectively-discussed basis and condense their papers for the collective manifesto in preparation for the Manifesto Workshop, to be held in September in Berlin.

The Future Workshop was part of the project “Alternative Europa!”, initiated by IEP together with the Junges Europawissenschaftliches Netzwerk (JEN) of the Europawissenschaftliches Netzwerk Deutschland (END) and EAO, and conducted in cooperation with Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration (AEI), the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), the Junge Europäische Föderalisten, the “TruLies” project, Polis 180, the University of Hamburg and the University of Hildesheim.

On 12 August 2017 there will be a second Workshop on the Future of Europe as part of the project “Alternative Europe!” at Polis180 in Berlin. Further information regarding this event can be found on the project’s website.