No Damsel in Distress – Why a referendum could save the British-EU relations

Posted on 18. February 2013 by Juliane Sarnes So he has really done it: Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron pronounced the R word! He promised his voters an ‘in or out’ referendum on EU membership in 2017 – if he does not succeed in negotiating more preferable terms for the UK, that is. And if he … Continue reading No Damsel in Distress – Why a referendum could save the British-EU relations

World cities and citizens of the world

Posted on 28. January 2013 by Juliane Sarnes Xenophobia in the Microcosm of Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg – A comment on the „Swabian Invasion” Yesterday, the Vice President of the Bundestag procured me with a really awkward moment. Living in the UK, I had not expected to be confronted with curious questions about the “Swabian Invasion of … Continue reading World cities and citizens of the world

Creating Opportunities for Young Europeans: It’s the Future, Stupid!

Posted on 08. January 2013 by Juliane Sarnes Click here for the full article London shrank faster than any other financial centre in the world – and, ironically was much harder hit than Germany. It almost felt as if I was personally being punished for having left my country when it was down! Technically, I could … Continue reading Creating Opportunities for Young Europeans: It’s the Future, Stupid!

O Tetris Tree – A Comment on the Brussels Christmas … Installation

Posted on 21. December 2012 by Juliane Sarnes As I was putting stamps on my traditionally late Christmas cards and trying to remember where I have hidden the presents for my loved ones, I came across an article on BBC News with the slightly bewildering title “Abstract Christmas tree sparks protests in Brussels”. Interesting, I thought. … Continue reading O Tetris Tree – A Comment on the Brussels Christmas … Installation

Youth Employment Package – after four years of crisis

Posted on 05. December 2012 by Juliane Sarnes On Wednesday, 5 December 2012, after four years of crisis and numerous reports on their nightmarish impact on Europe’s young people, the European Commission is going to present a set of measures to drive down youth unemployment. While the crisis has not exactly been a picnic for anyone, … Continue reading Youth Employment Package – after four years of crisis