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Number 28: Welcome, Croatia!

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Vibrant cities, rugged coastlines, impressive national parks, islands, mountains… Croatia has it all. And from the first of July onward, it’s more accessible than ever. On that day, Croatia becomes the 28th member state of the European Union. Croatia has been a candidate member state since June 2004. In 2011, the European Commission, the member states and the European Parliament […]

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Ventotene: Give Shape to Europe!

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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 […]

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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?

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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 […]