The Future of Inequality in Europe | Conversations for the Future of Europe 2020 | #1

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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 one or two speakers, 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.


Brigid Laffan (EUI – Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies)

Philippe van Parijs (Robert Schuman Fellow and Université Catholique de Louvain)

Andrea Sangiovanni (EUI – Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Juri Viehoff (EUI – Department of Political and Social Sciences)


Lorenzo Cicchi (EUI – European Governance and Politics Programme)


Lucas Chancel (Paris School of Economics)

Zsolt Darvas (Bruegel)


Arianna Tassinari (Max Weber Fellow



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