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Click To Accept or Debate our Digital Future?

EU legislation currently being written will shape our digital future and our rights online. But are we ready to have a public debate about what it all means? For tech to win public trust, we need accountability and responsibility, and to get there, we need a clear agenda to debate. We all click...

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How to build a welcoming Europe?

Frontex has failed dramatically, it has turned Europe’s borders into mass graves, and Europeans share responsibility for lost lives. The solution is not to abolish European institutions, but to build new humane ones that actually work. 815 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean to...

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Techno-Colony Europe?

If Europe doesn’t take action and put its money where its mouth is, it is likely to end up a Techno-colony. As the Conference on the Future of Europe meets for the first time, participants need to set out an ambitious vision with clear demands. By Omri Preiss and Benjamin Zeeb As the Conference on...

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Time to end the veto

The new US president tours Europe, and the need to abolish national vetos on EU policy becomes ever clearer.    As Joe Biden arrives in Brussels on his European tour, he will try to meet with the EU. The  European side will be represented by Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, two of the...

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So it turns out you can save the world… this is how

What’s our purpose in life? Can I really make a difference? Should I really get involved? Cutting through our existential angst, the historic victory of climate campaigners over the oil industry last week says yes, saving the world is possible, if we try.   We all have our off days, when it’s...

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Hijacking over Belarus: Draw a line in the sand

Every so often, history generates a moment of truth, an event which defines actions to come. The hijacking of Ryanair flight FR4978 and the kidnapping of Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega is exactly that. The EU response will determine how aggressive attacks on democracy are likely to become. If...

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What is at stake? The Future of Europe seen from Tel Aviv

What I learnt about the future of Europe on a night of exploding rockets in Tel Aviv. I landed in Tel Aviv from Brussels to see family and friends for the first time in a long time, a change of scene from the locked-down capital of Europe. “Get some sunshine and hummus”, they said. “Can you get a...

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The Future of Europe: Time for Action

On Europe Day on 9 May, the European Union inaugurated the long anticipated Conference on the Future of Europe. To live up to the motto  ‘The Future is in Your Hands’, citizens need to organise and mobilise to make their voices heard. More importantly, EU institutions must commit to making these...

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Enable a free press!

This week we marked World Press Freedom day, after years when the press has gone through rough times. We usually associate the words “press freedom” with questions of repression, censorship, and dark images of journalists being abducted in and threatened. These dangers to democracy and the safety...

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To make sense of the world, we need to be digital learning societies

How we see the world depends on what we know and how we learn. For democracies, our ability to make decisions on crucial issues depends on our ability to make sense of the world together. That is why education and active citizenship are so crucial for the future of a democratic Europe. It’s...

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