Today is the tenth annual “State of Europe” VIP roundtable, organised by our sister think-tank Friends of Europe.
The annual summit, this year entitled “Tough choices for a troubled Europe”, offers a unique opportunity for a large-scale brainstorm on what options EU policymakers can realistically consider for restoring Europe’s standing worldwide while addressing its many urgent internal challenges.
The afternoon session will be entirely dedicated to Debating Europe’s Vote 2014 initiative, the largest ever exercise in EU e-democracy linked to next year’s European Parliament elections.
YOUR questions on unemployment, immigration, ageing Europe, and democracy in the EU, will be put directly to the following party and group leaders:
- Martin Callanan MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)
- Monica Frassoni, Co-President of the European Green Party
- Jacek Saryusz-Wolski MEP, former Polish Minister for European Affairs, Vice President of the European Parliament European People’s Party (EPP)
- Hannes Swoboda MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
- Guy Verhofstadt MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Debating Europe will also present the results of a major new Gallup poll conducted on our behalf (online here). The poll finds that a majority of Europeans now believe that the austerity policies pursued in Europe since the start of the crisis have failed and there are better alternatives available.
The poll surveyed a sample of 6,177 respondents, selected proportionally to the population in each EU member state, and it found that 60% of Europeans believe there are better alternatives to austerity, including 94% of Greeks, 81% of Portuguese and 80% of Spaniards. Even in Germany, which has long been seen as a champion of fiscal consolidation, 50% feel that there are better options available and only 25% think there is no alternative to austerity.
You can view the full video recording of the session above, and don’t forget to VOTE!