The Future of Europe blog is an academic blog run by EU3D. Our aim is to debate the EU's current and future challenges and to enhance the understanding of the democratic potentials and the dominance pitfalls of differentiation in today’s EU.

Published Oct. 14, 2022 10:52 AM

In her EU3D-funded master’s thesis, Marte Christophersen Haugen explored how Brussels offices representing regions work and interact at the European level. The results show that being from a non-member state or a geographical periphery does not hinder regions’ activity in Brussels. What matters, Marte argues, is a proactive presence and active networking as well as continuity, long-term thinking, and specialization in the work.

Future of Europe Blog, October 2022

Czech Prime Minister, European Parliament President and European Commission President at Press Conference
Published Sep. 30, 2022 11:19 AM

In the aftermath of the Conference on the Future of Europe, member of the EU3D Advisory Board Andrew Duff argues that only a reformed EU can shoulder its serious responsibilities for the wider Europe. He explains what a reformed EU should look like in this blog post. 

Future of Europe Blog,  September 2022

Published June 23, 2022 1:27 PM

In his EU3D-funded master’s thesis, Simon Zemp analyses how Swiss newspapers have referred to Brexit as a benchmark when evaluating the recent attempts of the Swiss government to (re-)negotiate its bilateral relations with the EU. The results show that Brexit references were important in the public debate about the Swiss EU relationship and were often referred to as a ‘role model’.

Future of Europe Blog, June 2022.

europe map, flag and compass
Published Jan. 14, 2022 3:17 PM

With the new ‘traffic light’ government in Germany, one could have expected a game changer in Germany’s approach to fiscal integration. Instead, Tiziano Zgaga argues, the coalition agreement is a compromise between maintaining the old fiscal regulatory framework and showing some moderate opening towards new European spending powers.

Future of Europe Blog, January 2022

europe map, flag and compass
Published Jan. 7, 2022 9:54 AM

The next steps in the EU’s constitutional development must involve greater care for the wider Europe, Andrew Duff argues. He proposes the introduction of a new category of EU affiliate membership, allowing the EU’s western and eastern neighbours alike to become stable and reliable partners.

Future of Europe Blog, January 2022

Published June 30, 2021 11:32 AM

Nordic governments frequently broadcast their ambition to do more together on the international stage.Kristin Haugevik and Ole Jacob Sending explain why we still shouldn’t expect to see any profound increase in joint Nordic foreign policy positions and actions – and especially not when it comes to relations with greater powers.

Future of Europe Blog, June 2021

Published Mar. 17, 2021 1:38 PM

The Next Generation EU superfoods are on their way. Can they save a starving Italian patient? Read Simona Piattoni's take on the EU economic growth model in light of the pandemic. 

Future of Europe Blog, March 2021


Published Feb. 2, 2021 1:01 PM

Differentiated integration is a political reality in the EU. However, public opinion remains divided, both across countries and among individual citizens. Jana Gómez Díaz, Julian Schuessler and Dirk Leuffen argue that this fact highlights important challenges for the workings of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Future of Europe Blog, January 2021