Conversations for the Future of Europe

A series of events tackling major EU challenges from February to June 2020

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.

The seminar series  is organised  in collaboration with The European Governance and Politics Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

List of Talk Series 

11 February 2020
The Future of Inequality in Europe
@ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Photos from the event


14 April 2020
Addressing the European Solidarity Crisis through Education
Conversations for the Future of Europe – 2020 #2
@ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

21 April 2020
Work in progress. Title coming soon
Conversations for the Future of Europe – 2020 #3
@ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

28 April 2020
Constitutional Design in the EU
Conversations for the Future of Europe – 2020 #4
@ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

4 May 2020
EU-level Instruments of Direct Democracy
Conversations for the Future of Europe – 2020 #5


Talk series 2019 – Photos and videos of sessions

Differentiated Integration, 4 June 2019

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


Chiara Saraceno | University of Turin

Anton Hemerijck | EUI

Discussant: Julian Garritzmann | EUI


The Future of European Monetary Union, 5 March 2019

Waltraud Schelkle | London School of Economics

Eloïse Stéclebout-Orseau | European Fiscal Board:

The future of EMU: the fiscal side

Free Movement and Social Rights Conditionality,19 Februray 2019

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