06. June 2013
When speaking with a class of 15 year olds about Europe; about possibilities, history, culture and the institutions, explaining decision making in the EU wasn’t the easiest – and I don’t blame them, it’s not crystal.
03. June 2013
A lot has been said about the crisis and its social extensions. Middle class, citizens but also cities themselves have been reached by crisis and have to deal with challenging phenomena such as xenophobia, homelessness, unemployment and substitution of the state by solidarity initiatives. All the above were discussed during the debate took place at the closing plenary of the Annual General Assembly of the European Foundation Centre in Copenhagen on Saturday 1st of June 2013.
29. May 2013
Yesterday German and French Ministers presented a “New Deal for Europe” aimed at tackling youth unemployment. The plan is based on three main pillars: access to credit for small and medium-sized businesses; assistance to fund apprenticeships; and encouraging mobility throughout Europe. Unfortunately the plan contains mainly repackaged old promises. A few key issues have been forgotten – but there is still time to take them on board.
06. May 2013
by Heidi Beha
Reflections on the debate with Commissoner Joaquín Almunia on Europe’s lost generation.
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring it looks as if it has become en vogue for politicians to be advocates of the youth. Teenagers could be dangerous with their Facebook revolutions and their practices of setting cars and in some countries even governments on fire. Especially European politicians took the chance to cover this topic. Why? Youth unemployment is an noncritical issue as everyone has to applaud if you say that it’s a serious problem and you will tackle it. Also you won’t need big legislation or a lot of money to show your effort. A few billion Euros and a half-baked youth (un)employment package are already a sign and more than national governments are ready to invest.
03. May 2013
Europe and its ‘neighbourhood’: Please mind the gap!
Growing up in the political transition and a candidate country, the project of European integration always had two connotations for me: an area of freedom and commonality, an exclusive economic club that everyone would like to enter and simultaneously a normative stance – a “force for the good in the world”, a club of advanced democracies. This emotion from a childhood memory re-entered my mind recently, when listening closely at the Bergedorf Roundtable.