The project “Making Europe work” brings together young motivated Europeans and their organizations from the Western Balkans, France and Germany and focuses on ways to enhance civil society cooperation in and between these regions. Which challenges do politics and societies face in the light of recent developments in Europe? What are the options for future European cooperation between the EU and non-EU Member States? What is the role of the young generation and what possibilities exist to be active in those fields? The Franco-German motor and the Western Balkans, a European region of crisis and opportunity, are of central importance in this context.