National parliamentarians have a role to play in shaping the European projectfrom setting the pace for future European Union integration and further collaboration between member states to defining its role and identity on the global stage.

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2 July 2021
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by Caspar Kolster and Helena Wittrich

Insults and denigration form part of the daily political news, often highlighting rifts between political camps. This article investigates whether this perceived shift in politcal rhetoric reflects polarization of the party and electoral landscape in the EU, and how polarization may hinder efficient policymaking.
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Outcomes Report
14 November 2019
Outcomes Report
from the MP Meeting at the European Forum Alpbach, 2019

Data collection has become a necessary tool for governments, but this workshop to policymakers highlights the need for strong checks and balances and a clearly defined mandate for governments to protect personal data from misuse.
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23 July 2019
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by Rosa Balfour, Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund; and Lorenzo Robustelli, Director of Eunews

Italy’s struggles with the EU’s management of migration and the economy are emblematic of dilemmas that pertain to other countries as well. Addressing them would be in the interest of not just Italy, but the entire Union.
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Outcomes Report
25 June 2019
Outcomes Report
from the Sixth Mercator European Dialogue, 2019

Up against challenges that are symptomatic of system failure, like broken institutions, economic malfunctions, and mass distrust, MPs come together to answer an important question: how do we keep societies together in times of disruption?
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27 May 2019
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by Caspar Kolster, Isotta Ricci Bitti, Chiara Rosselli, and Ronith Schalast

If administered innovatively, the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly could set a precedent in the field of interparliamentary dialogue, becoming a new type of champion toward future cooperation.
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Policy Paper
24 May 2019
Policy Paper
by Caspar Kolster and Henrik von Homeyer, German Marshall Fund of the United States

There have been pan-European parties before but they had no electoral success. Today, however, there are several competitors with the potential to shake up European Parliament with new agendas incentives, and party structures.
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18 April 2019
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by Stefan Lehne, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe

Two interrelated developments are gradually setting the stage for the emergence of a European Political Space - the “nationalization” of European politics and the “Europeanization” of national politics.
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7 March 2019
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by Tim Oliver, Senior Lecturer for the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, Loughborough University London

While the focus has been on UK-EU negotiations, institutional developments within the United Kingdom have been equally important to anybody wishing to understand Brexit.
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22 October 2018
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by Federico Fabbrini, Director of DCU Brexit Institute

In December 2017, the European Commission concluded that sufficient progress had occurred in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, opening the way to preliminary talks on the framework for future EU-UK relations.
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Briefing Notes
20 October 2018
Briefing Notes
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

The European industrial landscape is facing a projected shortage of ICT skills and associated competitive innovation. Sustainable economic transformations in the sector are essential for EU economic prosperity in the future.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

Current European tax systems need reform as they are ill-suited for an increasingly digital era, are not well-protected against the ongoing erosion of tax-bases and tax evasion, and are not used strategically to further political goals.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

Educational reform in European countries requires a new mindset, one that embraces the notion that education and training does not stop at the high school or higher education level but will require a life-long investment.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

Copy-pasting certain models of work across the EU would be counterproductive between member states with a completely different economic make-up. Following an overly unified model could end the European project.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

For some member states unemployment is a pressing and urgent policy and political challenge demanding short-term solutions. For others it is a challenge only in the context of the long-term economic transformation of societies.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

If the economy contracts in the future, would this necessarily be a disaster? Europe could have the consumption levels of the 1980s or 1990s but with a higher quality of life. What do we want from long-term sustainability?
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

Digital change, technological innovation, and globalization are having implications on citizens' lives, their privacy and for society as a whole, with both dangers and promises for progress. How do we safeguard ethics in artificial intelligence?
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16 July 2018
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by Lena Exner, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Inclusive, people-to-people diplomacy, focused on spaces for genuine exchange, could offer a partial response ending the disruptive political course in Europe, and might serve as a new guiding system for international relations.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
9 July 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the "Good Morning, Europe!" MP Call Series

The European Council adopted conclusions across policy areas, from migration to digital innovation and security and defence. A key discussion, however, was on the migration debate spurred by domestic pressures in Italy and Germany.
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