Europe at the Next Level: Do We Need Deeper Cultural and Political Integration?

The 7th round of the European HouseParliaments was dominated by the question of a deeper cultural and political integration of Europe. The 7th Round of European HouseParliaments took place between October 10 and December 31. Around 500 people in a total of 14 EU countries took part. In addition to the petition platform openPetition, the project partner for the first time was the Körber Foundation, which also organized the European House Parliaments as part of its online event series "Let's ConnAct! Bonding Across Borders. A total of 75 European House Parliaments were held, 43 of which took place on site and 32 online.

Since Russia's war against Ukraine, Europe has been at a turning point - both inside and outside the EU. In this context, not only politics, but also factors from the areas of culture, education and identity significantly determine the direction in which Europe will develop in the future. This is also the point of departure for the 7th round of European HouseParliaments, with the overarching theme "Boldly into the Future: Does Europe Need Broader Cultural and Political Integration?". It was discussed whether there is a need for a European Day, European history lessons should be offered at school and the EU enlargement should be pushed ahead.

Number of participants:

500 people from 14 EU countries
75 organized European HouseParliaments


October 10, 2022 until December 31, 2022

Online discussion:

28 November 2022 via ZOOM

The dialogue partners



EUSTORY from the Körber Foundation

EUSTORY by Körber Stiftung promotes a multi-faceted approach to commemoration and cross-border engagement while strengthening a dialogue about fundamental questions of European history.

EUSTORY connects civil society organizations from over 20 countries in Europe and beyond which conduct national history competitions.

With its activities, EUSTORY promotes a critical approach towards European history while actively involving young Europeans to shape a common commemoration culture.

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Is there a need for a common European holiday to honor Europe's shared history and values?

A clear majority of participants support the idea of a common European holiday. On a scale of 0 (no way) to 10 (yes, definitely), participants awarded an average of 6.7 points. The highest score of 10 was given most often. The most important pro-argument cited by participants was the regularity and commitment that a common holiday could bring, while the most important con-argument cited was the difficulty of finding an occasion or historical event that unites all European countries. Participants also gave a wide range of other arguments and thoughts.

Should history teaching in Europe's schools provide more common European content and go beyond national narratives?

There is broad support for the idea of filling history classes in schools across Europe with more common European content. The average score of 7.3 shows that a large majority of participants support this proposal, with votes 8 and 9 being the most frequently mentioned. The argument that national history is always a part of European history and therefore must be taught together was the most frequently mentioned pro-argument of the participants. The most frequently mentioned counter-argument was the critical point that common narratives must emerge organically and should not be artificially constructed.

Should EU enlargement be accelerated for countries with candidate status?

The most controversial question was about EU enlargement. On average, participants chose a value of 4.6, which shows that most participants are against acceleration for countries with candidate status. It is interesting to see how widely spread and varied the voting results are. While many citizens chose numbers from 0 to 3, indicating opposition to the idea, many people are also in favor, but remain close to neutral at 6 and 7 (5). Two pro-arguments were most frequently mentioned and voted for: the protection of European democracy through the enlargement of the EU and the economic opportunities. On the opposite side, the argument not to soften the accession criteria and requirements was mentioned most often.

Does Europe need broader cultural and political integration?


Impressions of the seventh round of the European HouseParlements


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For more information on the 7th round of the European HouseParliaments, please see the results report, which can be downloaded here:

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