Conversations for the Future of Europe 2019

A series of events tackling major EU challenges from January to June 2019

Objective: To guide the steps of the European Union and to mobilise its citizens so as to make policy change possible, it is not sufficient to analyse the past and criticise the present. It is necessary to develop concrete proposals for a better future and to subject them to critical multidisciplinary discussion. The Conversations for the Future of Europe aim to contribute to such discussion.
The focus of our Conversations will be to consider concrete and politically feasible projects which may guide the future development of the Union. A concern for political applicability, however, is compatible with creativity and boldness. Indeed, it may require it.

Format:  Each Conversation will focus on one issue manifesting as a major challenge to the EU. The issue will be briefly introduced by two presenters, each presenting a brief proposal for how to address this challenge. Presentations will be followed by comments from one or two discussants after which, there will be a general discussion.

Output:  The aim of the Conversations is to facilitate debate and inspire far-sighted, creative ideas for how to address current policy problems. However, we wish to share those ideas with a wider community. We will therefore invite all presenters to publish their contributions on our online blog. It is also our intention that some Conversations will be developed into more substantive pieces and published as debate sections in academic journals such as the Journal of European Public Policy (with whom we are in contact).

Photos, videos and recording of sessions

Differentiated Integration, 4 June 2019



The Future of Social Policy: Can Social Investment provide the basis for a European Social Union?, 30 April 2019

The Future of European Monetary Union, 5 March 2019

Short video:

Waltraud Schelkle | London School of Economics

PDF Presentation:

Eloïse Stéclebout-Orseau | European Fiscal Board: The future of EMU:
the fiscal side.


Free Movement and Social Rights Conditionality,19 Februray 2019

Short Videos:

Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen | University of Copenhagen
Martin Seeleib-Kaiser | University of Tübingen


The Future of Refugee Policy and Burden-Sharing in Europe, 15 January 2019



The Conversations for the Future of Europe are organised in collaboration with the ERC-funded project EUSOL