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Call for participants: EuroMed Vibes: Back to the roots of Democracy

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JEF Europe and JEF Greece have opened the call for participants for their next international seminar in Athens from 14 to 19 April 2013! As the Arab Spring has moved across the Middle East and North Africa, grassroots calls for democratic reform have opened avenues for increased political participation by traditionally marginalized groups. Young people, often at the vanguard of […]

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The first cross border seminar on the Eurocrisis and European solidarity

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About a year ago the JEF Cross border network was launched.  The JEF sections of Belgium, Maastricht, Leiden, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Luxemburg and Lille all found common ground and started to plan the seminar on the Euro crisis and European solidarity. Even upon arriving at the hostel in Maastricht, the fatigue was already visible on the faces of the organization team. If […]

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The Ventotene Files – II. Peace today in a Globalized World

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Every year at the end of the summer, federalists gather on the beautiful island of Ventotene to discuss federalism to the bone. Last week, the 29th edition of the Ventotene seminar was organized by the Spinelli Institute under the title:  “Federalism: from Europe to the World”. The entire week was devoted to a grounded discussion of European federalism on the very soil […]

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Citoyens et jeunes en Europe : pour un débat démocratique européen

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Selon certains commentateurs, le pessimisme est aujourd’hui à la mode chez les jeunes. En effet, ceux-ci croulent sous les nouvelles inquiétantes  quant à l’avenir de leur continent. Ils ne doivent cependant pas se sentir freinés par ce pessimisme cynique. Un regard critique à l’égard de la démocratisation de l’Union européenne ne va pas à l’encontre d’une promesse de progrès. Bien […]

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Voor een Europees democratisch debat

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De Europese autoriteiten stelden gisteren (dinsdag 26 juni) hun blauwdruk voor de toekomst van de Europese monetaire unie voor. De rol van democratische principes wordt daarbij echter grotendeels uit het oog verloren. Zijn de lidstaten dan bereid om steeds meer democratie op te geven om de Euro in stand te houden? Betekent een sterker Europa noodzakelijk minder democratie?

Erasmus 25

The Erasmus adventure

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“Are you one of the almost 3 million people who had the chance to have a study period abroad? Did you know that the first Erasmus program was launched on the 15th June 1987? This achievement shows how common projects make common dreams come true. When citizens come together, mutual understanding and solidarity increase: that’s the Federalists conviction!” (JEF Europe, 2012) Yesterday was the 25th […]

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Europe Day, a day of celebration?

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Since the Summit of Milan in 1985, The European Union celebrates its fundamental values of peace and solidarity on the 9th of May. Right after World War II, French Minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Schuman, claimed on this day in 1950 the historical necessity to create a supranational European Institution for the coal and steel industry in order to avoid another […]

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European Ombudsman gathers European top in order to start winning back citizens’ trust

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Today’s tumultuous times are indisputably an enormous challenge for everyone involved in politics. This is true for every policy level, but is even more so for the European Union. Even before the financial crisis (firstly) and the budget crisis (secondly) had hit home, the E.U. had a difficult time in profiling itself as a force for good to – and […]

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Giving Kosovo’s youth a viable future beyond the scars of the past

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‘Yours truly’ was present on the 5th March 2012 at the conference ‘Sustainable Kosovo’ organized by ThinkYoung (a Brussels-based advocacy NGO for young people), in collaboration with the European Stability Initiative and the Robert Bosch Foundation. Four noteworthy speakers shared their views and analysis with the audience: Mrs. Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Mrs. Doris Pack MEP, Kosovo’s Ambassador to Belgium Illir […]