Reconciliation & dealing with legacies of the past
How are legacies of the past influencing today and tomorrow? What do we understand by multiperspectivity and how can we strengthen this approach in dealing with history? To what extent are reconciliation and Dealing with the Past complementary and/or contradictory processes? How important is time for dealing with the past and reconciliation? What are differences between dealing with the past, transitional justice, and reconciliation?
What are different forms of migration, and what reasons exist for them? What are opportunities and what are challenges created by migration? Has European policy had a convincing answer on this issue? How much has the refugee crisis from and since 2015 affected our societies? Has the brain drain from the Western Balkans towards the European Union only had negative effects? Is mobility a value, an aim or a tool? How to organize mobility within Europe in a way that it is beneficial for everybody?
Solidarity - local, regional, national, European & global level
What do we understand by solidarity? How important is solidarity for me as a value? Are individuality and solidarity contradictory or complementary? Is the value of solidarity on the rise or in decline in our societies? What are concrete examples of solidarity and non-solidarity we know form our direct neighborhood and from our societies? How can we increase transnational solidarity within Europe and with the world outside Europe?
What can everybody do individually to slow down the ongoing degradation of the environment? How much am I ready to sacrifice in my personal life to contribute to the development of a climate-neutral continent? To what extent are we ready to face the consequences of climate change? What are the possibilities of the European Union and of European societies to act in this field, and what is the role of the USA and China? What is the relation between economical inequalities and sustainable development? How to deal with the denial of climate change?
Future of the European Union: shared values, internal reforms and developments, enlargement & neighborhood policy, international/global role of the European Union
Do we share the same values within the European Union / within Europe? Should the European Union aim to become a much stronger political union, and if yes, in which sense? How much is the European Union able to address various problems we are facing? What are sustainable politics for the future of Europe? How can the EUcontribute to prevent wars? What is a credible policy for the European integration of the Western Balkans, and how to build support among EU citizens for the integration of the Western Balkans? What can be our contribution to the “conference for the future of Europe”?
Open societies (human rights, civil rights, free media) and dealing with nationalist attitudes & authoritarian politics
How much are open societies and democratic values in Europe in danger? What are the biggest threats for open societies? What are reasons for the development of nationalism and populism? What are good practices in dealing with nationalism and populism? How to strengthen enlightenment and democratic forces?
What is the difference between entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship? How to strengthen/encourage the access of young women and other underrepresented groups to social entrepreneurship? What do we understand by digital society, and what are its requirements? How can digitization help to build democratic process? What are opportunities, challenges and dangers of digitization?
Intercultural competences, dealing with complexity
What are intercultural competences and how can they help to address the challenges of diversity in and between our societies? Our world is becoming more and more complex, for many also confusing and difficult to understand, and in reaction to this there is often a tendency to look for very simple answers: What makes our world more and more complex, and how can we develop approaches which avoid that people get overwhelmed by this complexity and instead learn to live with it and to deal with it in a constructive way?