The Conference addressed the theme of populism with the aim of understanding its origins and appeal. By observing where traditional ruling elites have failed, we looked at ways to supplant the rhetoric of fear and hate, with one of hope.
We gathered over 80 young Europeans, and dozens of researchers and experts, to debate the topic in eight roundtables. Find the preliminary reports from all roundtables on our EurActiv blog.
The final booklet with our policy proposals for the “Tackling Populism: Hope Over Fear” cycle is now available for download! Our presentation event at the Commitee of Regions is set for the 13th of December.
The conference brought together some eminent minds, including Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, former European Commission Vice President Lord Neil Kinnock and Nobel Prize winner Sir Christopher Pissarides amongst others. Policy proposals were worked on during the conference and subsequently refined through fortnightly webinars, which all conference delegates and Initiative members were able to feed-in to. The conference concluded with a keynote address by Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
Our presentation event, 89ers. Writing the Next Chapter, was held at the European Parliament in Brussels in April 2016. Co-chaired with MEPs from four major Europeans Parliament parties, the 89ers presented eight finalised policy proposals for reforming the EU, as well as new, reinvigorated, unifying vision for the Union.