10 October 2018
The relationship between the European Union and its citizens* is currently at a turning point: The social treaty concluded in the Maastricht Treaty (1992) is about to erode. No longer does the European project guarantee a life in peace, security and prosperity based on a sustainable livelihood as a matter of course. While facing social, economic and ecological uncertainties in the wake of global dynamics, confidence in the European institutions and its respective political elites is declining. At the same time, nationalism and populism are gaining ground within the political mainstream of the EU member states.
By implementing the project
The #EuropeMatters project results form the substantive basis of this year’s round table State of Europe (11 October 2018, Brussels, Programme). On the basis of the future scenarios co-developed by the BfZ, high-ranking business representatives, civil society organisations and political decision-makers – including EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen – will (co-)create recommendations for action for the future EU leadership to shape a Europe 2030.