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Connecting Europe is a project at the European Policy Centre funded by Stiftung Mercator. Its objective is twofold: To connect civil society organisations with EU decision-makers and to transnationalise EU policy debates. 

Established in 2017, Connecting Europe has grown into a network of 25+ organisations, which includes a broad range of research institutes, NGOs, think tanks, network projects and fellowship programmes working across Europe. The project covers topics relevant to the EU policy community as well as to the partner organisations: rule of law and democracy, climate change, the digital transformation, as well as the future of EU foreign policy. 

The team behind the project organises and coordinates a range of joint activities with partners in the network, the EPC, Stiftung Mercator and the broader Brussels policy community, ranging from workshops, roundtables and policy dialogues to joint publications and podcasts. 

Through these activities, Connecting Europe encourages an open, constructive dialogue between actors in the member states and EU decision-makers in Brussels, with the aim of enhancing mutual understanding and cohesion. It also aims at improving the links between civil society and EU decision-makers and sustainably increasing civil society’s impact and visibility in Brussels. 

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Publications

Rule of law / JUBILEE THINK PIECE
No power without values: Why the EU needs to embrace political leadership if it wants to safeguard democracy
By Sophie Pornschlegel , Clara Sophie Cramer - 09/11/2022
General news / REPORT
Annual Report 2021
By European Policy Centre - 12/10/2022
Future of Europe / EPC ROUND-UP
Von der Leyen makes big promises, but will they be enough?
By European Policy Centre - 14/09/2022
Future of Europe / DISCUSSION PAPER
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Unity is good, but ambition is better
By Sophie Pornschlegel , Ilke Toygür - 01/06/2022
Conference on the Future of Europe / EPC ROUND-UP
The Conference on the Future of Europe: From citizens’ recommendations to EU policy
By Ivano di Carlo , Sophie Pornschlegel , Francesco De Angelis , Laura Rayner , Danielle Brady , Filipe Ataíde Lampe , Silvia Carta - 05/05/2022

Contributions

Social cohesion / PUBLICATION
Trying Times - Rethinking Social Cohesion
Societies everywhere are faced with profound changes. The megatrends of globalization, digitalization and demographic change are affecting many areas of life and pose several challenges to social cohesion: What is the fate of solidarity in a globalized economy? How do algorithms and social media influence how we live together? How can we shape the future of coexistence in an increasingly diverse society? Addressing these and other issues, the study provides a set of focus questions at the end of each chapter that are designed to promote public debate on how to shape cohesion as we move forward.

Read the full paper here

04 September 2019 - , Deutschland
Bertelsmann Stiftung Gütersloh
European elections / PUBLICATION
The European Election 2019: A Comparative Outlook at the European Election Campaigns in France, Germany and Poland
The discussion paper takes a closer look at the European Election Campaigns 2019 in France, Germany and Poland and analyses whether they favoured the emergence of a Europeanised public sphere.

Read the full paper here

17 July 2019 - , Deutschland
Das Progressive Zentrum


Foreign policy / PODCAST

The renewed Franco-German partnership and its potential to build a geopolitical Europe

In this episode, Jana Puglierin and Ulrike Esther Franke from the European Council on Foreign Relations argue that it is time for the EU to get serious about its foreign policy - and explain how France and Germany can lead the way.
 


When it comes to geopolitics, the EU is still something of a navel-gazer. The past decade saw one existential crisis after another, forcing the EU leadership to focus its attention inward. But while the Union was dealing with its own issues, the outside world became an increasingly chaotic and sometimes even hostile place, seeing the return of zero-sum thinking and great power rivalry. The COVID-19 crisis and the economic recession that followed have only emphasized how critical foreign policy challenges are.

In response to the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in May of this year announced that they would back a €500 billion EU bond to help with Europe's economic recovery. The historic statement led many to wonder if the previously sputtering Franco-German engine could also force a breakthrough in EU foreign policy, especially since Germany was about to take over the presidency of the Council of the EU. 

Jana's and Ulrike's contributions are based on the ECFR Policy Brief 'The big engine that might: How France and Germany can build a geopolitical Europe'. Their analysis draws from the findings of the third edition of the European Council on Foreign Relations' EU Coalition Explorer – a survey of foreign policy experts and government officials across the EU27 that was taken in March and April of this year.

With Rebecca Castermans

                             

Rule of law / PODCAST

Rule of law: Can't we all just get along?
Rule-of-law concerns have been plaguing the Union for the better part of the last decade, and don’t appear to be going anywhere. At a recent EPC Policy Dialogue, organised as part of our Connecting Europe project and in cooperation with Democracy Reporting International, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová spoke about the current state of rule-law-proceedings and elaborated on the new Commission’s plans to counter democratic backsliding in the member states.
With Rebecca Castermans

                             

team

Connecting Europe Project Leader and Senior Policy Analyst
Expertise:
European integration, German and French EU policy, Franco-German relations, EU party politics, democracy, rule of law and civil society
Junior Project Manager
Expertise:
Democracy, civic engagement, digital participation, youth & education, climate- and environmental policies, European Green Deal, sustainable development

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