In October 2017, The Spinelli Group elected Andrew Duff its new President. “I am delighted to taking up this challenge at a moment when the debate about the future of Europe is again picking up. In that debate the issue of governance is too often over-looked. I am convinced that unless the European Union moves decisively towards the establishment of a federal government it will continue always to promise more than it delivers.”, stated the British Lib-Dem former MEP.
RWTH Aachen University, Hörsaal H06 C.A.R.L. – “Central Auditorium for Research and Learning” Claßenstraße, 52072 Aachen | Wednesday 8 November 2017 | 17.30-21.00 The Spinelli Group is promoting a cycle of debates at national and regional level to discuss proposals on the main challenges and opportunities facing the European Union and emphasise the need to complete the European political project...
On 20 October the Spinelli Group held its latest European meet-up in Paris under the title "Together- let’s build a new Europe". On this occasion, the Spinelli Group broughtnational and European politicians, civil society representatives and citizens together in order to discuss their expectations on the future of the euro and European defence.
The Spinelli Group supports Juncker’s State of the Union Speech and his package of proposals to relaunch the European Union and calls for action to implement it by the next European Parliament elections.
On 16 June 2017 the Spinelli Group visited Madrid. On this occasion, the Spinelli Group will partner up with Elcano Royal Institute to invite Spanish political personalities to a public debate to discuss ideas on the transformations the EU will undergo in the coming years in order to meet current challenges and citizens’ expectations, and in particular the perspective of closer political integration.
On 25th March 2017, Heads of State and Government will meet in Rome to adopt the "Rome Declaration", supposed to give momentum and direction to the transformations the EU will undergo in the coming years. While Europeans show election after election their attachment to their values of openness and democracy, only an inclusive process, involving the representatives of the European citizens in the European Parliament, will meet their expectations: a Europe for the citizens by the citizens.
An open debate on all options presented by the European Commission is welcome because it highlights what is really at stake today for all Europeans. The Spinelli Group believes that the European Union can’t simply stand still hoping for a better future, nor can it reduce itself to just a single market or, even less, dismantle some of its policies. These options would lead to a weaker Europe less secure in today’s unstable world.
300 European academics and intellectuals support Parliament's proposals for EU reform and the March for Europe 2017 in Rome on 25 March
Over 300 European intellectuals and academics from across the European Union have signed an appeal in view of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The Appeal “ A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy ” calls upon the Heads of State and Government meeting in Rome to celebrate the Treaties of Rome to open the way to a re-foundation of the EU on the basis of recent...
The Co-Chairs of the Spinelli Group in the European Parliament warn against European Council's attempts to repatriate power to national capitals and call upon Heads of State and Government to adopt a roadmap towards a Security Union.
The Spinelli Forum constitutes an opportunity to put citizens in contact with experts in European affairs, politicians and scholars in order to discuss solutions to the main challenges facing the European Union. The Forum is conceived as a citizens-oriented initiative, in a spirit of free exchange between the guest speakers and the public.