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Bridges Retreat 2015

We gathered at Cowley Manor from across Europe last week, in the immediate aftermath of the Greek elections and at a time of deep economic and political uncertainty. A moment defined by the growing gap of understanding between increasingly reluctant leaders on the one hand, and a public reluctant to be led in traditional ways on the other. The result is a dangerous breach that lets in the populist tide. Watch this space for retreat updates.

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Through The Bridges Project, Counterpoint is bringing top researchers and intellectuals into a dialogue with receptive policy-makers, politicians and activists to work through some of the most sensitive and complex policy dilemmas facing open societies in Europe.

How can voters, politicians and policy-makers find new ways of trusting each other to address our societies’ most complex issues? What tools can help us craft a new political and social contract?

The Bridges project addresses policy issues related to transparency and accountability, xenophobia, lessons from the euro crisis, and long-term issues related to inequalities.

It sets out an optimistic vision of how policy-making can respond more effectively to the challenges that underlie the growth of populism and re-invigorate the functioning of democratic institutions.


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The roots of contemporary populism in the Netherlands

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Europe’s riddle: Migration, community experiences and public opinion

Counterpoint examines the local experience of migration and integration across five European countries in light of the 2014-2015 migration crisis. Our research in Sweden,...


The wide open space of the French elections

So far, so good.  But what could go wrong in round 2? This is a good time to review the dynamics of the French...