19. May 2014

Europe is still young and malleable

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dorit-fauckFor me, Europe is more than a continent offering a wide variety in terms of geography and cultures. It is more than just a collection of nation states seeing their borders being obliterated with the passage of time. Europe is also more than just a political system. Europe is an ideology, a perspective and a set of basic values.

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19. May 2014

Why do young Europeans feel neglected?

by Christopher Wratil

christopher-wratilIt was two weeks ago that it happened. In Maastricht, four leading candidates from the major party groupings in the European Parliament were discussing their visions for Europe after the European elections. Young people from all over Europe were invited to ask questions for a  90-minute session via live stream, in 13 languages. I missed it, although I am informed about European matters to an above-average degree and am more interested in EU politics than almost anyone else around me.

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16. May 2014

Presidential elections. One day in Ukraine.

by Ulyana Vynyarchuck

ulyana-vynyarchuck-modifiedCurrently studying as an Erasmus Mundus student in Rome, having left most of my family and friends back in the city of Lviv (Western Ukraine), my daily morning check up of news from home has turned into a torture.  And it is not that the news reports have always been optimistic. But rarely were they dominated by such exotic words to our press as “separatists”, “extremists”, “antiterrorist special operation”, “victims”, “invasion” and “military action”. The frequency of these key words appearing in the national and international press in the context of Ukraine as well as the level to which the media seem to enjoy the sensation of reporting from a battlefield so close to the EU border is impressive.

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16. May 2014

Europe is doomed to be united

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german-jimenez-montesEurope is for me an undoubtable historical reality. United or not under a same political or social framework, the different European regions have never survived in an autarkic way; on the contrary each of them have had a parallel development dependent on their relations with the other parts of the continent. At the same time, the Europe we know nowadays is for me the result of a modern myth based on the ideals of peace and prosperity. A myth in which I believe and which I defend today more than ever, as a response to the dramatic situation we are currently living in. Europe is condemned to be united, but only through cooperation it will be able to build a sustainable and solid future.

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16. May 2014

2014: The First European Elections?

by Estefanía Almenta

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Very soon European citizens will cast their vote to elect 751 MEPs representing 500 million people in 28 member states. Strictly speaking, these are not the first EU elections, yet two factors make them primary. To begin with, these are the first elections since Europe started to suffer the crisis. In addition to that, for the first time the electorate will have a direct say in choosing the president of the European Commission, thanks to the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. To put it simply, the elected MEPs will vote a president.

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