In Europe, several key national challenges, as well as our responses to these challenges, have cross-border causes and consequences. We also witness a constellation of events which reminds us that the achievements of Europe are, in turn, facing an unprecedented challenge and are in need of an honest reassessment.
The Civic Roundtable is a programme with a pan-European vocation and participation, emerging as one response to these dynamics. It is run by the European School of Politics in Istanbul, in close co-operation with the Council of Europe and the network of Schools of Political Studies. The Roundtable comprises 30 fellows, and offers them a platform to study trends and challenges, to experiment with various ways to forge better civics across Europe and beyond, and to start building a peer resource network through a multitude of interactions.
Fellows of the Roundtable will meet in Berlin on 2-4 May, and then again in Strasbourg on 16-17 June 2016. In Berlin, the fellows will discuss prospects of inclusive economic growth, trends related to inequality and social mobility, Europe’s role in the world, migration challenges and the associated changes to social capital and the social contract, and a European teleology which can help guide us into the future.