A shift in Scandinavia’s open societies?

Posted on 20. April 2015 by Noora Löfström Around the world, Scandinavia is often portrayed as a role model: the welfare system, close to gender equality, no corruption, good quality of school systems and safe and secure environments. Openness and transparency shape the Nordic societies. You could think that being born in Northern Europe was like … Continue reading A shift in Scandinavia’s open societies?

G20, Y20 and Youth Unemployment

Posted on 16. December 2014

by Noora Löfström

noora-lofstrom2With 2014 almost over, the presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) was passed to Turkey from Australia. The G20 met in mid-November in Brisbane, Australia and the outcome of the meetings and the communique was not as widely covered by the media as the premature departure of the Russian president. All eyes were on Putin; the G8 summit that was meant to be held in Sochi in June was transformed into a G7 meeting in Brussels without Russia, to protest against the Russian annexation of Crimea.

It is a shame that so many abstain from the ballots

Posted on 13. May 2014 by Noora Löfström What do young people feel when they think of Europe? What would they want to change, where does the EU plays on their nerves? Handelsblatt Online and FutureLab Europe joined forces to bring up a set of young voices. The respondent today is Noora Lampinen (26) from … Continue reading It is a shame that so many abstain from the ballots

A model explaining European cultural differences

Posted on 06. June 2013 by Noora Löfström 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. “Codecision” or more fancily “ordinary legislative procedure” being the standard procedure of … Continue reading A model explaining European cultural differences

The European flag – the missing body of Europe?

Posted on 11. February 2013 by Noora Löfström When people think of the European Union, one very likely image to depict in the mind is the blue flag with twelve golden stars. Another conceptual postulate that may pop up is the euro coin, but with this text I will focus on the previous, the flag that … Continue reading The European flag – the missing body of Europe?