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Europe on the MoveFigure: © Tobias Schrank

Europe on the Move

How has Europe changed in recent years? What can we learn from history for Europe today – and what should Europe be like tomorrow? Here are some essays, interviews and debates about current European opportunities and challenges.


“Freiraum” is a project of the Goethe-Instituts in Europe in cooperation with 53 actors from culture, science and civil society. Around 40 European cities will explore the issue: What is freedom in Europe today? Where is it endangered? How do we strengthen it?

Tell me about Europe

Experiences of war, oppression and flight in Europe: In the project “Tell me about Europe” contemporary witnesses, born before 1945, tell about their lives and – and reflect critically on their history against the background of the European idea.

The project “Tell me about Europe” is based on the “European Archive of Voices” of the group “Arbeit an Europa”. Upon completion, the archive will include a number of interviews with European contemporary witnesses, born before 1945.

Projects by the Goethe-Institut on the occasion of Germany's EU Council Presidency Illustration (detail): Tobias Schrank

Our projects during the German EU Council Presidency

Germany will take on the European Council Presidency from 1 July to 31 December. During this period, the Goethe-Institut will be organising projects throughout Europe: in an artistic and discursive way, we will work with our partners to strengthen the common European public sphere, promote digital civil society and promote ecological cultural change.

What do you want from the EU?

Hey EU, here’s what I want! © Goethe-Institut/3PC

Hey EU, here’s what I want!

In May, Europeans will elect a new EU Parliament. A good reason to ask them: What does the EU mean to you? In your everyday life? What challenges is it facing? And what do you want from the EU?

Together rather than alone

What does the EU bring to our daily lives? In other words, what happens when a country no longer belongs to the EU? Answers from different perspectives – illustrated by illustrators from all over Europe.

About the author

Eric Bonse © private Eric Bonse is a freelance journalist and EU correspondent for “taz. die tageszeitung” and has been working in Brussels since 2004; previously he worked in Paris for seven years. He runs the blog “Lost in EUrope”.

At the end of 2018 he published his e-book “Der verhinderte Neustart – Ist die EU noch reformierbar?” (The Hindered New Start – Is the EU still reformable?).

Freepost – a digital discourse

“A good European“: Stories on Europe

Eight European authors attempt a narrative exploration of the meaning of freedom for Europe. Their short stories reflect their different experiences and systemic influences.

A Good European

Here you will find all eight short stories as PDF (In English language):


Andrey Sebrant, Direktor für strategisches Marketing bei Yandex © Andrej Sebrant/НИУ ВШЭ

Aus dem Leben der Algorithmen
Algorithmen werden den Mittelstand verdrängen

Ein ausführliches Gespräch mit Ksenija Lutschenko über Gegenwart und Zukunft der Künstlichen Intelligenz und über uns, die Seite an Seite mit ihr leben werden. Ein Beitrag im Rahmen des Spezialprojektes „Aus dem Leben der Algorithmen“ des Goethe-Instituts Moskau und Сolta.ru.