Comprising 28 nations with specific national features, the European Union represents a unique peace project. However, through increasing economic and social problems as well as the clash of collective and national interests, the Union is losing cohesion. Based on these developments, the Academy launched the initiative “Next Europe”. We invited members, national academies and experts to reflect on Europe’s future in several conferences and round tables across Europe, such as Berlin, Budapest, Prague and Bern. The results are presented in our Manifesto for Europe, which was launched at the Biennale in Venice in September 2018.