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Making the Report

The Anna Lindh Report is a pioneering tool for knowledge and action on cross-cultural relations in the Mediterranean region. Published every three years, the Report combines a Gallup Public Opinion Poll gathering the voices of many thousands of people across Europe and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, with a wide range of analyses by a network of intercultural experts.

The themes discussed in the Anna Lindh Report 2014 are at the heart of public debate at the international level, including: Social Change in the EuroMed region, Differences and Similarities in Value Systems; the Religious Factor in Intercultural Relations; Human Mobility; the role of Culture in Mediterranean relations; Intercultural citizenship; the Union for the Mediterranean and regional cooperation.

The second edition of the Anna Lindh Report rests on the results of a regional opinion poll carried out by Gallup across a representative sample of around 13000 people from 13 different countries of the region. The poll was primarily implemented in September and October 2012 in all of Albania, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey. Every three years, the countries are chosen based on a rotation system, which allows for gradually surveying all the countries of the region. Certain countries are repeated from wave to wave for the sake of comparison of the results between different editions of the study over the years.

Besides the presentation of the poll results, the Report includes a set of analytical articles classified by topic and by country aiming to provide a contextual interpretation of the opinion poll results, and integrates the contributions from the Anna Lindh National Networks presenting an overview of the civil society situation in their country.

Through combining the voice of the Region’s people with analysis from a pool of regional experts and the experience of civil society networks, the Anna Lindh Report is an instrument in the hands of policy-makers, opinion-leaders and civil society, providing an accurate and relevant data for the intercultural dialogue agenda and guidelines for intercultural action at the local and international level.        

Scientific committee and intercultural experts

The Anna Lindh Report can be defined a product of intercultural participation and exchange among experts from various countries of the Mediterranean region. Two meetings have been organized in order to define the outline of the second Report. The first scientific committee meeting took place in in Cairo in June 2012 where the opinion poll's methodology was adapted taking into consideration the findings of the Report 2010 and the main changes in the regional context such as Arab Awakening and the economic crisis in Europe. Shortly after the opinion poll was conducted by Gallup, the Anna Lindh Foundation invited a range of experts from academia and civil society to provide in-depth analysis. The opinion poll results were presented by Robert Manchin (Gallup) and Eleonora Insalaco (Anna Lindh Foundation) during experts' meeting taking place in Istanbul in March 2013.

The scientific committee of the Report includes Juan Díez-Nicolás (Director of the Chair for Research in Social Sciences and Security at the European University of Madrid), Cengiz Günay (Senior Fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and Lecturer at the University of Vienna), Antoine Messarra (Professor at the Lebanese University and at Saint Josef University), Sara Silvestri (Senior Lecturer at City University London and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge), Mohamed Tozy (Director of l’Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat).

The list of intercultural experts is available here.

The Anna Lindh Report 2010

The first Anna Lindh Report, entitled ‘EuroMed Intercultural Trends 2010’ was launched during an international launch event in Brussels on Wednesday 15th September. Stefan Füle, the European Union’s Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy, and André Azoulay, President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, opened the event, which included a debate involving intercultural experts and media representatives.

It is based on the very first public opinion poll on intercultural trends and values, carried out between August and September 2009 ,with 13,000 people from 13 countries in Europe and the southern and eastern Mediterraneanfrom across the two shores of the Mediterranean(Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey and the UK).

26 specific articles on intercultural issues which draw on the Opinion Poll results and 39 good practices and case-studies on intercultural dialogue appear in the Report that contains 170 pages and is divided in four main parts: ‘Inside the Opinion Poll’ (including quantitative analysis by Gallup); ‘Expert Analysis and Good Practices’ (including articles by experts); ‘Media Thematic Focus’ (including national case-studies by media experts) and ‘Conclusions’ (including proposals for action).