Welcome to Ideas Factory

The Ideas Factory is a forum for bright young thinkers, a place where young professionals located in Brussels can come together to discuss pan-European dilemmas or ponder questions that have perhaps fallen off the radar of EU policy-makers.

By discussing, debating and testing ideas at our events or online, you can give voice to your thoughts, differing views and fears related to the ongoing developments in Europe.

The voice of the young generation needs to be listened to and taken into consideration if we want a strong Europe now and in the future.

The Ideas Factory is supported by the European Policy Centre (EPC) and its backbone is composed of the younger generation of EPC analysts.

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Ideas Factory-Atlantic Treaty Association Discussion on “The Future of Transatlantic Relations in a Multipolar World: What Challenges Ahead?”

the Ideas Factory and the Atlantic Treaty Association organised a debate on “The Future of Transatlantic Relations in a Multipolar World: What Challenges Ahead?”, on Tuesday 13 November 2012.

Discussions were kicked-off by Mr Fabrice Pothier, Head of the Policy Planning Unit of the Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Mr Ellis Mathews, Deputy Head of Division, United States and Canada, European External Action Service (EEAS).

Ideas Factory - FutureLab Europe Pub quiz

The Ideas Factory and FutureLab Europe organised a pub quiz on European affairs on 19 September at Old Oak.

Mixed Ideas Factory - FutureLab Europe teams of 4, constituted at random, competed for the (slightly tongue in cheek) title of 'Most Knowledgeable Europeans'

The Rise of Chindia and Its Impacts on Europe’s Values and Growth

The Ideas Factory organised a debate with other young professionals on ‘The Rise of Chindia and its Impacts on Europe’s Values and Growth’ on Thursday 12 July 2012, from 18.00 to 20.00.

The discussion was kicked off by Ms Gauri Khandekar, Researcher and Head of the Agora Asia-Europe Programme at the Brussels Office of the Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) and by Mr Josef Janning, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC).

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EU can capitalise on political change in Israel (Andrea Frontini and Zuzana Novakova)

On January 22 Israelis went to the polls to renew the composition of the Knesset, the unicameral Israeli parliament, after a governmental crisis over the state budget had led Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to call early elections in an attempt to strengthen his mandate. Most Israeli and foreign forecasts had predicted a large victory for Netanyahu's Likud party and secular nationalists Yisrael Beiteinu, anticipating a robustly right-wing ...

Retirement is not an award

European citizens see a retirement as an award of which we dream about through our working lives. But it is not an award. For many it means lower monthly pay, decline in social contacts and lack of work routines - and eventually a decline in well-being.

As the life expectancy for our generation is already close to 100 years, why would we want to retire in our early 60s?! I believe our generation’s retirement age will eventual ...

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