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Belarus: while Europe stands by, the diaspora is active

"We are deeply concerned about the continuing intolerable repression and we call for the immediate release of Maria Kolesnikova, Andrei Yahoran and Irina Sukhiy."

Open letter from Vitaly Shklyarov, still in a Belarusian prison, 1 Sep.2020

There are things you can only do once in a lifetime. If you miss the moment, it is impossible to return it. Never. Never.

Will Brexit, COVID and the post-lockdown future change British attitudes to migrants?

The lead up to the Brexit referendum in 2016 saw a massive increase in anti-migrant sentiment from the UK press and politicians.

Basic income and pandemic preparedness

As we think about building societies that can be ready for pandemics and resilient to shocks, basic income needs to be part of the picture. The insecurity and hardship caused by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis have prompted calls for an emergency basic income.

Trauma, loss and a shift in consciousness

These are unprecedented times. There have been large scale pandemics before, but perhaps we have never been this connected and aware of the unfolding picture globally. 

About the EU's 24 official languages.

Why does the EU have so many official languages. Is that really necessary?  What does it mean for a language to be an official EU language? It means that in principle, at official EU meetings, it is possible to speak in any of those languages.

Europe's recovery: what can we learn from the Marshall Plan?

How can we ensure Europe recovers following the corona crisis? Some exceptional initiatives are needed - maybe a new Marshall Plan. So what was the Marshall Plan?

Narratives for a resilient Europe.

I am always impressed when I watch one of the New Europeans panel discussions. I come away fired up - I agree with everything.

On 18 June 2020, my call for democratic renewal in Europe

We commemorate the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle's 'Appel de 18 juin', which came at a time of crisis for the whole of Europe.

Schengen turns 35 - but what about the borders in our minds?

After three months of lockdown, Europe is opening its internal borders.  The move coincides with the 35th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement, when France, Germany and the Benelux states first agreed to create a border free zone.

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