28. July 2015

Let’s bail out Greece – through crowdfunding?!

by Lotta Schneidemesser

lotta-schneidemesser-modifiedA month ago, Thom Feeney, a young Associate Community Manager from London, started a crowdfunding campaign to bail out Greece. His idea was a simple one: If every one of the more than 503 million EU citizens donated only a few euro each, then Greece’s debts could have been paid off. In Thom’s own words: ”European ministers flexing their muscles and posturing over whether they can help the Greek people of not. Why don’t we the people just sort it instead?”

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17. July 2015

Citizenship education and the private sphere

by Lukas Brück and Leticia Diez Sanchez
Leticia Diez Sanchez NEWThe lack of political engagement among the young and not-so-young is a frequent topic of discussion in contemporary democracies. The world we live in, a complex set of political entities with their corresponding complex institutional frameworks, has become difficult to understand (and to follow, and to be attached to) for the average citizen. This results in low voting turnouts, a decline in levels of confidence in the judiciary, citizens who have very poor knowledge of their rights and obligations and very unequal access to new forms of participation.

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17. July 2015

Should the voting age be lowered to 16? Spain’s Case

by Carolina Seminario Herrera

carolina-seminario-herreraIn recent times, many countries in Europe have debated the possibility of lowering the legal voting age to 16. At the moment and within the framework of the EU, voting at 16 is only allowed in national elections in Austria since 2008, although it is allowed at different levels (local elections, referenda) in other countries like Estonia or Scotland.

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16. July 2015

Pricing the lives of individuals

by Maria Alette Abdli

maria-alette-abdli-modifiedShould we accept them? Welcome them? Can we afford them?

Millions of Syrians have fled war in the past few years – and everyday more people manage to cross the border, escaping violence and fear in their home country. In Norway, as in other European countries, there has been a heated debate about whether or not a helping hand in the form of asylum should be offered to these refugees. Sometimes, the debate got so heated that we forget who we are talking about: individuals. In the dusty streets of Amman, a family gave a face to the debate.

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14. July 2015

Hospitality à la Central Europe

by Lukáš Fúčela

Lukas FucelaMost of the Central European nations, especially the countries of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia), have a tradition of greeting their guests with bread and salt upon arrival. Because of this common gesture of hospitality, we consider ourselves as welcoming nations. Unfortunately, this does not often apply when it comes to greeting foreigners, and it is even worse if you are a foreigner from another continent looking for a job.

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