Cohesion in Europe

Europe's cohesion is rightly regarded as an absolute precondition for the prosperity, security and sustainability of our continent. In this context, the social sciences and humanities provide a major contribution.

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The financial and economic crisis, the dynamics of flight and migration, increasing populism, the upcoming BREXIT and other geopolitical challenges show how fragile cohesion in Europe is – particularly when it comes to sharing risks and strains.

All this raises major questions: from cooperation in the areas of security and alliance policy, as well as in economic, trade and industrial policy, to cohesion and solidarity, democracy and political legitimacy, to systemic, social and cultural integration processes within the European Union. This is more than enough reason to conduct intensive research into solutions.

Against this background, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports projects that examine cohesion in the European Union (EU) – understood as a resilient and reliable system of interaction between its member states and their citizens – from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The focus of research:

  • Cultural bases of cohesion
  • Organization of cohesion
  • Perception and communication of cohesion
  • External influences and cohesion
  • Methodical approaches

The research projects are intended to stimulate social discourse and to be of practical relevance, i.e., they should address current problems and areas where action is required and, if necessary, develop solution concepts for politics. The inclusion of people involved in practical positions is particularly desirable.

"Cohesion in Europe" support programme

  • WHAT: Research projects on "Cohesion in Europe"
  • WHY: To develop a better understanding of the state of cohesion in the EU and to contribute to strengthening this cohesion.
  • WHO: Universities, non-university research institutions, commercial enterprises where appropriate, non-governmental organisations, as well as other institutions capable of contributing to research. The participation of researchers working in secondary subjects is welcomed.
  • HOW: Support Programme „Zusammenhalt in Europa“ (Cohesion in Europe)
  • WHERE: Federal Gazette, 17.06.2019

Overview of the funded projects: