EU Cohesion Monitor

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Series Details May 2016-
Publication Date May 2016
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Rethink: Europe is an initiative of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Stiftung Mercator. The project examines the underlying forces shaping European cohesion and the continent’s capacity to act on the global stage. Rethink: Europe offers spaces to think through and discuss Europe’s strategic challenges. It does this by inviting thought leaders and policy practitioners from national capitals, the European institutions, as well as from outside Europe to reconsider and reflect upon European integration and exchange new ideas and forward thinking on Europe.

It is an initiative of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Stiftung Mercator.The European Council on Foreign Relation published a new tool called the 'EU Cohesion Monitor' on the 11 May 2016, as part of its Rethink: Europe initiative.

The EU Cohesion Monitor is a quantitative index to assess the willingness of the 28 member states of the European Union and their societies for joint action and cooperation.

Defining as broad a term as cohesion is tricky. People may answer the question differently depending on whether you ask a sociology professor, an economist, or a bureaucrat managing the EU’s regional cohesion funds. The EU Cohesion Monitor approaches cohesion in terms of willingness and readiness of Europeans to act together. It assumes that strong cohesion is a precondition for a strong capacity to act, and it assumes that acting together successfully will in turn strengthen cohesion.

The EU Cohesion Monitor relied entirely on datasets that are publicly available. The most prominent sources include Eurostat tables and Eurobarometer surveys.

These datasets were gathered for 2007 and 2014 to allow for comparisons of the most current available data (2014) with the last year before the financial crisis hit Europe (2007).

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ESO: Background information: The complex tale of EU cohesion
ECFR: Essay, May 2016: Making sense of Europe's cohesion challenge
Politico, 10.05.16: Hungary profits most from EU ‘but doesn’t appreciate it’
ECFR: Rethink: Europe

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