Movers & shakers


The 89 Initiative is at the vanguard of the public and policy debates, thanks to its cycles of events and flagship conferences organised all over Europe.

Their result is usually a short policy report or series of recommendations. Speakers and participants have included former heads of state, government, Nobel Prize winners, Commissioners, ministers, MPs, civil servants, and a plethora of academics and policy experts.


The 89 Initiative podcast


Our Talking Europe series are roundtable discussions involving experts and researchers. Topics of key relevance included the immediate Brexit fallout, the election of Donald Trump as US President, as well as the rise of Emmanuel Macron.

In its inaugural year, Talking Europe produced 12 podcasts hosted by Michael Cottakis, 5 policy briefs, 4 public events bringing together some of Europe’s most exciting minds, and a weekly News Brief with a weekly analysis on EU current affairs from an 89er perspective.


Healing Brexit Wounds

UK 2030: Healing Brexit Wounds



9 December 2019, 6:30-8 p.m.
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, WC2A 2AE, London

Brexit is the number one topic in politics. But what does it actually mean for young people? What do they want from Brexit? What will Britain’s future look like and how can young people shape it? Those are just a few questions to be tackled at Britannia 2030: Brexit and the New Generation. Six of Britain’s best known young Brexit activists – supporting both Leave and Remain – will present their vision for Britain in ten years’ time against the ongoing Brexit backdrop. The speakers will each give 15-minute TED-style talks in front of an audience of 300 students and members of the general public at the LSE’s Sheikh Zayed Theatre. A short Q&A will follow to allow members of the audience to challenge the speakers directly.


  • Alberto AlemannoJean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and Regulation
  • Andreas AktoudianakisSpecial Assistant, Open Society European Policy Institute
  • Cherry JamesSenior Lecturer, Southbank University London
  • Corrado MacchiarelliVisiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Françoise BoucekLecturer, Queen Mary University of London
  • Genevieve Pons-DeladriereDirector IJD Representation to the EU, Jacques Delors Institute
  • James Ker-LindsaySenior Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Joaquín AlmuniaFormer European Commissioner and Visiting Professor, LSE
  • Kristina KazmiDirector, Counterpoint
  • Leopold TraugottPolicy Analyst, Open Europe
  • Lisa FischerPolicy Advisor, E3G’s London office
  • Marrku MarrkulaPresident of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Mary HoneyballMember of the European Parliament
  • Peter WildingDirector, British Influence and Former Head of Media for the Conservative Party in the European Parliament
  • Philippe LegrainFormer advisor to the President of the Commission and Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE
  • Richard LewisSenior Research Fellow Migration & Diversity, Institute for European Studies
  • Rosa BalfourActing Director of the Europe Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Ruxandra TrandafoiuUniversity Reader and former Journalist, the Edgehill University
  • Shahin ValléeFormer Economic Advisor to the President of the European Council and Senior Economist at Soros Fund Management
  • Simon GlendinningProfessor of European Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Spyros EconomidesDirector of the Hellenic Observatory and Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Steve CoulterFellow in Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Viktoria NagyPresident of the Youth Committee, ETUC
  • Waltraud SchelkleAssociate Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Zuzana StuchlíkováHead of the Brussels Office, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

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