17. September 2012

Europe beyond lost generations

by Estefanía Almenta

estefania-almenta-lopez-modifiedSpain is very proud to have the best prepared generation of young people in its history, but not so pleased to confront that all that training is no guarantee for a job. Unemployment in Spain (25%) is twice the average for the rest of the EU, and that percentage soars up to a staggering 50% among the youth. No wonder why the term ‘lost generation’ has become so popular lately.

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13. September 2012

Who Chooses the Commissioners?

by Saila Huusko

saila-huusko-modifiedAt a dinner table surrounded by Europeans of various nationalities, the question hung in mid-air:
“But, who chooses them? Who chooses the commissioners?”
“The people…”
“But, who, specifically?”
“The European Parliament…? The heads of states? The leading political party in each country?”

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05. June 2012

O Sport, You are Peace?

by Ulyana Vynyarchuck

ulyana-vynyarchuck-modified“Wars break out because nations misunderstand each other. We shall not have peace until the prejudices which now separate the different races shall have been outlived. To attain this end, what better means than to bring the youth of all countries periodically together for amicable trial of muscular strength and agility? ” Coubertin 

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01. June 2012

Accession to the EU – Rules and Regulations

by Milan Balaban

milan-balaban2Last time I wrote about the breaking point of the EU. This time I am going to take a different perspective on the issues of sustainability. While I like the idea of the European Union and am convinced that one day we will be able to implement the whole idea 100% as a reality, it is clear that the execution phase today is rather faulty. One might argue that we have to try and iron out the bumps along the way and I would agree up to a certain point, the point of no return. That point is over-complexity.

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15. May 2012

The M-15 Movement, a Year Later

by Estefanía Almenta

estefania-almenta-lopez-modifiedA year later, the so-called M-15 protest movement is back in Spain. But was it ever gone? The M-15 movement, also known as ‘Los Indignados’ (The Outraged), started on May 15th 2011 to demand a radical change in Spanish politics. Chanting “They don’t represent us”, this youth movement voiced their disapproval of representative democracy. The fragile economic situation worsened by corruption and political bi-partidism led to tens of thousands of citizens who were up in arms over the political scenario.

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