The Open European Dialogue - formerly known as the Mercator European Dialogue – is a politically neutral dialogue platform for Europe’s policymakers, focusing on members of Parliament who value open exchange

Duration: 2015-2024 (Open)


It is cooperatively run by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, the Istituto Affari Internazionali, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and APROPOS-Advancing Process in Politics. The project is supported by the Mercator Foundation, the King Baudouin Foundation, and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

The Open European Dialogue connects European policymakers across parties and nations, providing a unique space for dialogue and promoting innovative political conversations. It aims to improve political engagement by supporting politicians in better understanding different political challenges and perspectives from across Europe.


euobserver - Jun 1, 2017

From Greece to Scotland, we stand by Europe

The Open Letter for Europe Initiative is a first step to instigate collaboration across borders, encourage national parliamentarians to recognise their role in shaping the future of Europe and drive a conversation around forging new compromises and a renewed social contract between the EU and its citizens. Stephen Gethins is an MP in the Scottish National Party (UK), and Harry Theocharis is an independent MP (Greece). Gethins and Theocharis met during the Athens convening of the Mercator European Dialogue, a network of National Parliamentarians from across Europe launched by the Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Germany, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Italy, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) in Spain and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Greece.