In search of clever voters

6. April 2018

by Andras Varga

Hungarian voteHungarians should brace themselves; elections are coming…On 8 April, general elections are taking place in Hungary. According to the polls, 45% of voters have indicated they still support the current PM and his ruling party. However, 46% have indicated they want a change in government. This high level of support for change is a new development in Hungarian politics. Corruption scandals, anti-EU policy measures and xenophobic rhetoric have made some voters turn away from Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party (Alliance for Young Democrats) and mobilised some of the passive ones the past few years. But despite the growing criticism, the governing party is still in the lead. How is this possible? Is there any hope for the opposition or is the game already over?

Proposals for a more effective European Plastics Strategy

27. March 2018

by Kawthar Karout

garbage 2According to a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation report launched at the World Economic Forum, there is going to be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Plastic production has increasing all over the world: in 2014 alone 311 million tonnes of plastic was produced, which represents a twentyfold increase since 1964. (1) This includes the production of plastic packaging material, only 5% of which is recycled and retained in the economy according to the European Commission. The rest is lost after first-time use, costing the Union between and the European Commission has put this problem on the agenda.

Civic Act

Concerned by young Europeans’ disengagement from politics, Civic Act will be organising workshops on civic activism in high schools in Greece and Portugal. Using a learning-by-doing methodology, Civic Act aims to educate and empower young people to solve local problems through active participation, promoting the importance of youth engagement in political and social life. The members of this multinational team are experienced in civic engagement, data protection and campaigning, and will act as facilitators.

European Heroes

Concerned about young people’s decreasing levels of political participation, European Heroes aims to inspire young people to take action at a local, national and European level by providing them with role models and hands-on advice on how to make their voices heard. The team will interview young European activists who carried out various successful initiatives and produce videos and ‘how-to’ articles on the different ways to become civically engaged, such as how to start a petition or a movement.