Charlemagne Youth Prize

November 30, 2015, 11:31 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: The city hall of Aachen where the winners of the Charlemagne Youth Prize are invited to attend the Charlemagne Prize ceremony. As we have told, we have been selected the Finnish national winners of the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2015 contest! This means that I will travel to Aachen, Germany to represent Undivided Europe and Finland in the final ceremony where the winner is announced. The four-day event starts tomorrow so now is a good chance to explain what the contest is all....Continue Reading

Nantes Creative Generations

October 24, 2015, 8:12 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: The logo of Nantes Creative Generations. Image retrieved from the europa.eu website. On the last week of October, we will be present at the Nantes Creative Generations Forum where young participants from sixteen European countries – from Ireland to Ukraine and Portugal to Finland – will gather to share their projects and ideas. More than a hundred applications were sent to the organisers and we were invited along with some thirty other projects. Abo....Continue Reading

Being a part of the Euro Generation

May 6, 2016, 3:28 am // by Mikko Salo

Image: The famous euro sculpture in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo credit: Jim Woodward // Flickr (CC BY 2.0) Generation Euro. Having lived most of my life in the Eurozone, one of the biggest coherent economic areas in the world, I identify as being a part of that generation. Of course, for most of our lives I and my agemates have not properly understood the economy or what the Eurozone is. And when we finally gained a rudimentary understa....Continue Reading

Who needs the European Council?

June 2, 2016, 10:08 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: European democracy in action? Informal meeting on Greece in the margin of the European Council, March 2015. Photo credit: European Council President // Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) The European Council is the European institution where nation-states' leaders determine the overall priorities of the EU and, if state interests clash big time, negotiate on specific topics. Important political battles, like what to do about migrants (June 2015 summit) or who should ....Continue Reading

It's not an undemocratic superstate, guys

July 13, 2016, 7:54 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image source: danoah.com. ”Unelected bureaucrats” and ”superstate” are catchphrases thrown around by Eurosceptics around Europe. In Britain the ”take back control from the Brussels bureaucrats, restore democracy” narrative contributed to tearing the country away from the European Union. Criticism against the state of democracy in the EU system is not a new phenomenon. In 2002 already, Andrew Moravcsik, a well-known professor of poli....Continue Reading

Macht stark, was euch stark macht

July 16, 2016, 4:07 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: Reuters / File Yet another devastating terrorist attack rocked France on the day of liberty, equality and fraternity. In Turkey dozens of civilians and more than a hundred coup plotters were killed in what seems to be a failed coup that can lead to the further consolidation of an authoritarian rule. The notion of a free, stable and secure society that we are so used to is constantly being challenged around us. ....Continue Reading

Is this the new 1930s?

July 21, 2016, 7:28 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: Soldiers of Odin is one of the xenophobic movements echoing the 1930s that have gained prominence in the 2010s. The photo originally appeared on newobserveronline.com. As today's young generation, we would have plenty to discuss with our great-great-grandparents. Living with a prolonged economic crisis, seeing how the general public trusts standing power structures less and less, and witnessing the collapse of democracies around us are experiences we have i....Continue Reading

Protect national sovereignty - with more EU

August 22, 2016, 9:38 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: When you're excluded from the process, your hands are tied. European decision-making can help a small country break free from the chains of exclusion. A European Union that penetrates deeper and deeper into policy making undermines the sovereignty of nations, especially the small ones, it is claimed. What if that's not the case? Prepare for surprise: a strong EU can, in fact, protect the sovereignty of European countries, especially the small ones.....Continue Reading

On being like Böhmermann

August 23, 2016, 11:55 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: Satirist Jan Böhmermann on the Be Deutsch! (Achtung! Germans On The Rise!) YouTube video. Image originally from the Blick am Abend Twitter feed, video posted on YouTube by the Neo Magazin Royale channel. What determines who is truly French? Or Bulgarian? Or European? Who is eligible to become a member of a community ultimately depends on how the concept is defined in the minds of the general public. If we are to define nations and shared identities in cult....Continue Reading

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