Book presentation and discussion “A Europe with a Future”

Date(s) - 04/04/2019
11:00 - 12:30

Press Club Brussels Europe



We need a turnaround in Europe. Together with the Twelve Stars Initiative, Bertelsmann Stiftung has asked smart minds across Europe, thinkers who care about the European project: Please write down what idea you think could brighten up the image of the EU! Freethinking for a better Europe was the motto. Two dozen philosophers from all over Europe presented their proposals online at in summer 2018. The proposals were discussed online, and objections and arguments from these debates were incorporated into the texts.

The volume “Twelve Stars – Philosophers propose a Course for Europe”, now published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, brings together the thought-provoking ideas of 24 leading European philosophers. Among other things, the authors call for a European basic income, financial regulation and supervision, the renunciation of mass animal husbandry, a sustainable integration or a strengthened role for national parliaments in European politics.

A few weeks before the European elections, we will discuss the results and proposals with:

  • Boudewjin de Bruin, Professor of Financial Ethics, University of Gronigen
  • Kalypso Nikolaidis, Professor of International Relations, Director of the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University
  • Marco Meyer, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of York

Moderator: Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung


Please register before 1 April 2019 by filling in the registration form at and using the event code 3F3UND.