02. April 2014

The Ukrainian crisis from the Serbian perspective

by Srdjan Hercigonja

Since February 2014, when dozens of people were massacred on the streets in the center of Kiev, a quite interesting and unusual debate has developed in Serbia. Although it may seem that the discussions in Serbia, on the situation in Ukraine are irrelevant for the EU integration process, it’s not the case. These discussions and debates clearly show a deep and complex division among Serbian society on the vision of the country’s future. They show how the strategic goal of Serbia’s eventual EU membership looks in reality. There are a few main subjects of these debates; however, I would like to underline two of them, which are, in my opinion, very important.

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01. April 2014

An interactive and outstanding Europe@Debate in Ronda

by Marsida Bandilli

marsida-bandilliAlthough all events happen only once in a lifetime some will remember longer than others. As such the Forum on Employment and Entrepreneurship in Ronda is clearly one of the most notable experiences I have recently had. The event was organized with a great eye for detail, and there was a perfect balance between stimulating debates, vivid discussions and time for more informal talks with individual speakers and participants. Furthermore, because I had the honor to be on the first panel of the Europe@Debate with other FutureLab participants and Dr. Lieve Fransen, the Director for Social Policies and Europe2020 in the European Commission.

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31. March 2014

Where Europe is not a tempting alternative

by Danijela Bozovic

danijela-bozovic-modifiedOnce upon a time, there was a country…Wait, I don’t believe in fairytales. Let’s start again. Today, for young people growing up in Serbia, especially outside of Belgrade, the future can look decidedly depressing. A high unemployment rate among young people (about 50%) and a lack of access to the labor market, a bad education system, a bad health system, just intensifying young people’s desire to leave their towns and Serbia behind, altogether.

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30. May 2014

Democracy is like a long-term relationship. Exhausting, but rewarding.

by Miruna Troncota

miruna-troncotaThe financial crisis has rekindled debates about the legitimacy of the European Union (EU) and, in particular, whether citizens trust the EU and its deepening democratic deficit. My question for people who claim they have “lost faith in the EU” is really simple. Think in business terms. How can you trust a partner you do not interact with? Before deciding to be passive in EU related debates and before criticizing all day long EU for its democratic deficit we should simply do our homework –inform ourselves on main EU issues, interact with the EU by active engagement in public debates and by voting in the European elections. This is how trust can be built on the long run.  How can you build a partnership in “a blind date”? If we want to manifest our anger for the EU by widening its democratic deficit, than we contribute to the problem itself instead of finding a solution.

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22. March 2014

To move or not to move – is that the question? The fairy tale of mobility

by Estefanía Almenta

estefania-almenta-lopez-modifiedMove! If you can’t find a job in Spain, you should move. There are lots of opportunities for people like you’ – I’ve heard these sentences so many times lately that for a moment I almost believed this is the magic solution to move my career forward.

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