Europe needs some new ideas

“Open Europe Berlin” will cooperate with the original Open Europe Institute in London, an invaluable source of analysis, commentary and alternative ideas for the world’s largest (and by far most troubled) economic zone.

Most EU-based think tanks are pretty conformist and timid, in part due to the lower willingness of Europeans to give money to support this kind of work. Government and established corporate funding tends to limit the range of opinion that European think tankers are willing to embrace. Open Europe has been breaking that mold in London, and we hope that the new group in Berlin will be as successful.

Europe has never needed bold and frank discussion more than it does now. Any efforts to introduce new ideas and perspectives into the German conversation about the future of Europe are welcome. It has been true for 150 years that Anglo-German cooperation offers the best path forward for Europe. So far, neither country has been able to develop a realistic basis for that kind of future.

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