Re:Start21 – Reshape Europe


Once again, Europe is at the crossroads: in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, rising eurosceptic voices and foreign powers questioning Europe’s role in the world, the EU has to find answers to these unprecedented challenges. It is time to Reshape Europe!

With the German EU Council-Presidency ahead, the European Dialogue Programme will explore a variety of pressing issues on the EU agenda, including infrastructure, digitisation, rule of law, human rights, economy and the environment. While the list of challenges seems never ending, the EU needs to foster increased public dialogue and promote sustainable joint approaches to strengthen its role at home and abroad.

Let us channel the power of freedom and open societies together, and join us on the path to #ReshapeEurope.

On 1 July, Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency and faces a major
agenda. With the Re:start21 – Reshape Europe campaign we want to find answers to the most burning questions, when rethinking Europe.


Corona – A Silent Cry for Unity


Spain declares a state of emergency and France a lockdown. Meanwhile, Germany runs into lockdown light from Monday and we will find out more about the situation in Belgium today. How is the EU Commission dealing with the situation?




Pragmatism or Sign of Weakness? – Visegrad Countries React Cautiously to the Refugee Pact

Refugee policy has gained momentum. In the run-up to the EU summit, the EU Commission wants to accommodate the representatives of the Central European countries of the Visegrad Group (V4): “Flexible solidarity” is the motto. A compulsory quota and distribution system of refugees among all EU countries will not be implemented. For too long the V4 had opposed the proposal favoured by Germany.


Reactions to the Migration Pact from Spain and Italy

In Southern Europe, reactions to the EU Commission’s proposal are mixed. In Spain in particular, there is little enthusiasm for the fact that key positions of the country have not been taken into account. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of the PSOE party (“Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party”) is preparing for tough negotiations in Brussels and has asked the three relevant ministries (interior/exterior/migration) to analyse the proposal beforehand. In Italy, on the other hand, the reactions are more positive.


Overcoming the Migration Deadlock: What Can the New EU Migration Pact Achieve?

The mood was tense when Margaritis Schinas and Ylva Johansson appeared before the press on Wednesday 23 September with their migration pact. “Nobody will be satisfied,” predicted the EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, foreseeing reactions to the more than 300-page proposals, even before the Visegrád heads of government, as expected, began their chorus of critics on Friday.


EU Council Presidency: Time for Leadership in the Service of Europe

Rarely has an EU Council Presidency faced such challenges. It is clear that Germany must resolutely accept its leading role in the EU and move from being an administrator to a constructive developer!




Wanted: An Effective and Sustainable Financial Framework for Europe

On the agenda of the European Council: the Multiannual Financial Framework and the “Next Generation EU” programme for the rebuilding of the EU after the Corona health crisis. EU-expert Thomas Ilka has the latest news on the content of the negotiations, lines of conflict, actors and timeframes.




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