Our mission is, through organizing events, connecting people, and putting forward new ideas, to weave a more integrated social fabric in Europe and to strengthen the confidence of our Union.
Having grown up in a Europe increasingly aware of its shared and common responsibility, we believe in the promise of the European project, European integration, and the European Union.
European Horizons is a US-based, non-partisan think-tank devoted to exploring the meaning of European identity, modernizing and reforming the concept of the social market economy, advancing the cause of European integration, and deepening transatlantic relations. To this end, European Horizons has established a network of students, professors, and European decision-makers, with links to academia, politics, civil society, and business. Together, we will engage in a constructive dialogue that will propound a platform of ideas for reforming the European Union and setting a policy vision for its future.
European Horizons convenes an annual European Student Conference at Yale University, hosts a Fall Policy Convention, Spring Forum and Youth Summit, publishes research and policy papers through its academic journal, The Review of European and Transatlantic Affairs, and maintains chapters across universities in the United States and Europe.
European Horizons was founded on February 14th, 2015 at the European Student Conference 2015 at Yale University by undergraduate and graduate students from 45 American universities and College d’Europe.
The idea of the think-tank sprung from a group of European students at Yale University who were inspired by their deep commitment to the future of the European ideal and the state of transatlantic relations. Studying and living in the United States, these students aspired to use their perspective from both sides of the Atlantic to build a think-tank that could unite young minds in order to articulate and advance a credible yet visionary plan for the future of the European Union.
After a period of preparation, we conceived the name “European Horizons” as an evocative symbol of the think-tank’s focus on the future potential of the European project. The inaugural European Student Conference provided an opportunity to share the idea for the think-tank with students studying in the United States and Europe, policy-makers, decision-makers from civil society and business, and professors. The support and feedback that emanated from the Conference provided the final motivation to build European Horizons.
At European Horizons, we have decided to focus on four key areas relevant to the future of the European Union: European identity, the social market economy, European integration, and transatlantic relations. We believe that these areas capture the bulk of the challenges that the European Union must comprehensively address in order to weave a more integrated social fabric in Europe and to strengthen the confidence of our Union.
From the beginning, non-Europeans, and particularly Americans, were central to European Horizons. European Horizons was created as a think-tank open to all individuals with an honest interest in the future of the European Union, and we currently have many non-Europeans participating in our activities. We have valued this inclusiveness and are convinced that it will raise awareness about the values, vision, and potential of the European Union in countries beyond Europe.