EU future

Ventotene: Give Shape to Europe!

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Ventotene

Ventotene, Italy – 1 to 6 September – Application deadline: 22nd June The “Altiero Spinelli” Institute for Federalist Studies has been organizing an international seminar on the island of Ventotene since 30 years. This island off the Italian coast, was the place where Altiero Spinelli, author of the Federalist Ventotene Manifesto, was imprisoned during the Second World War. As the European Union is facing […]

EU history

Exchange for Europe: JEF Brussels in Maastricht

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JEF Brussels in Maastricht

Mirena Ivanova, a member of JEF Brussels, participated in the Exchange for Europe, a two-part international trip, organised by JEF Brussels and JEF Maastricht. Here is her account of the experience. Part I: Maastricht Signed in 1992, the Maastricht Treaty is a cornerstone in the history and development of the European Union. It entered into force in 1993 and led […]

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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 […]

EU history

The Ventotene Files Part I: European federalism and the Ventotene manifesto

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Every year at the end of the summer, federalists gather on the Italian 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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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 […]

Debates and lectures

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 […]

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The New Federalist – August 2011 (English & French)

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Sarah Dejaegher, a JEF Belgium member active on different JEF levels, has written an article on the significance of myths in modern Europe. The article has been divided in two pieces, enjoy!   Both articles are also available in French: Part I  Part II The New Federalist, which is also available in French, German and Italian, has contributors, translators and readers from […]