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Europa - what now?Illustration: © Tobias Schrank

Europa – wie jetzt?

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.

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.

The EU 2020 projects of the Goethe-Institut are funded with special funds from the German Foreign Office for the German EU Presidency 2020.  
Hellgrünes Logo des Goethe-Instituts auf weißem Grund Logo EU 2020

European Songbook

Golden Oldies Foto: © Magda Ehlers

European Songbook

The European Songbook is a collection of songs that people associate with Europe. As diverse and melodic as Europe itself are the songs and the inhabitants' views about their continent.

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?).

Other projects

Freiraum © Goethe-Institut


“Freiraum” is a project of the Goethe-Instituts in Europe in cooperation with 53 actors from culture, science and civil society. Until March 2019, around 40 European cities will explore the issue: What is freedom in Europe today? Where is it endangered? How do we strengthen it? 

Heirlooms Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut


Stories, cultural goods and everyday objects that have arisen in the course of European exchange: Find more “heirlooms” under goethe.de/heirlooms.