Young Europeans Unite in Tackling Populism

Young Europeans Unite in Tackling Populism

London, 13 February 2017. The 1989 Generation Initiative welcomes the 89ers – young Europeans born after 1989 – to their conference Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear at the London School of Economics and Political Science, from 15 to 16 February 2017.

Participants, together with policy makers and academics will discuss the origins and the appeal of populism, political elites’ struggle to tackle it, and possible solutions. “It falls to the 89ers to build a fresh new vision for the EU that transcends the ideological, educational and national cleavages of the past”, explains Michael Cottakis, President of the Initiative.

A public Keynote Debate concludes the conference, bringing together four of the most audacious, critical and forward-thinking minds in European Affairs. Join us at the Old Theatre, LSE, on February 16th, 5:30pm.

The debaters are: Mr Sandro Gozi, Italian State Secretary for European Affairs; Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at LSE; Mr Philippe Legrain, economist and senior visiting fellow at LSE; and Mr Alberto Alemanno, Founder of The Good Lobby.

The 80 young Europeans at the conference develop their ideas in four policy areas: Politics & Institutions, Economic Affairs, Global Affairs, as well as European Identity & Culture. The generation of Erasmus, EasyJet and the Euro unites to raise their voice in a year with decisive elections coming up in the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Following the conference, participants will further develop the ideas and ultimately turn them into concrete policy proposals together with members of the Initiative in monthly webinars. The final presentation of the reform proposals is planned to take place in front of an audience of EU policy makers, experts, NGOs, and other 89ers in Brussels, autumn 2017.


About the 1989 Generation Initiative

The 1989 Generation Initiative is an open policy network which aims to mobilize the 89ers – the generation who grew up in a united Europe, free from the imminent threat of war  – to re-new the European project. It was founded in 2015 and is an associated organisation at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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