News

  • Greek debt: from a shared responsibility to shared efforts

    A four-month extension to the Greek aid programme was agreed on 24 February. A short respite, but the hardest part is yet to come. The Syriza government must substantiate its programme of reforms. The Greeks voted for Syriza because it promised change, but they have withdrawn around €2 billion from their bank…

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  • Capital Market Union: a long-term structuring project

    By creating a 28-member Capital Markets Union (CMU), the Commission aims to “unlock frozen capital to revitalise the economy”, according to the words of the Commissioner for Financial Services, Lord Hill. The CMU will make it easier to channel available savings into the productive economy, broaden the range o…

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  • Energy Union: coordinating supply-side policy with demand-side policy

    By comparing the Energy union to the ECSC, the Commission has voiced aspirations that fit with our own proposals[1]. But the objectives of the new project need to be discussed, especially since there is no global vision to give it coherence. The ECSC had a strategy of industrial expansion. Today, too much emp…

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  • Social impact investment: testing, evaluating, debating

    In June 2013, B. Hamon asked me to represent France in a G8 task force on social impact investment. I accepted for three reasons. Because it was the Minister for the Social and Solidarity Economy who was asking, which was a reflection of the French government’s position on the matter. Because France must take…

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  • Open letter to the Muslim world by Abdennour Bidar

    Extracts. Publication: 15 october 2014, Huffington Post Quebec (updated 9/01/2015). Dear Muslim world, I am watching you from France where so many of your children live today. I watch you with the critical eye of a philosopher nurtured since childhood by taçawwuf (Sufism) and by Western values. I see th…

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  • European citizenship at stake

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks that bloodied Paris in January, we were quick to say that the values challenged were the founding values of the European Union. We believed the strong citizen mobilisation, which exceeded our borders, to be an expression of this and our national and European political, eco…

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PUBLICATIONS

Interface

  • Interface N°98 - Special Issue

    CONTENTS INTERFACE n°98: European citizenship at stake, Marcel Grignard, President, Confrontations Europe ; The countries of Europe: all secular, all different!, Bérengère Massignon, Groupe Soc…

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Option

  • Option n°36: Contribution to a European investment strategy

    40 proposals for an action plan. This contribution presents a synthesis of several years of studies and 40 proposals for a action plan and political agenda, by the working groups of the think tank C…

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Books

  • Wake up, Europe!

    Wake up, Europe! is an alarm call, but it is also a book full of hope. Prefaces by Michel Rocard and Michel Barnier. Collection www.manuscrit.com EAN : 9782304043662…

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Policy Journal

  • Confrontations Europe, La Revue n°107: European Long Term Investment Conference - A new beginning for investment

    For our European Conference in December, a special issue on Long term investment. Confrontations Europe hosted a European Long-Term Investment Conference (Assises européennes du long terme, or AELT…

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MUST READ

ARTICLES / INTERVENTIONS

  • The countries of Europe: all secular, all different!

    Throughout history, the countries of Europe have exhibited a wide diversity of state policies on religion. These policies fall into three categories. The state-religion model, characterised by the att…

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  • Learning to be brothers

    In his most recent work “Appeal for Brotherhood”, Abdennour Bidar invites us to open our eyes on ourselves and face our shared responsibilities without further excuses. The “burst of conscience” (f…

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  • After the emotion comes the moment for addressing the causes

    To barbarous acts that have affected people because they defended the freedom of opinion, protected citizens, were Jews or just bystanders, responded a huge wave of citizens affirming their commitment…

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  • Brussels Think Tank Dialogue – A new departure for the EU

    For the 5th year in a row, ten leading European Think Tanks joined forces to host the annual Brussels Think Tank Dialogue on January the 28th. More than 500 participants joined us for a full day of…

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