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

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

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

Europe now has to stand on its own two feet

November 9, 2016, 2:16 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: Donald Trump is a living example of how at the end of the day, Europe can only fully rely on itself.   ....Continue Reading

More than anything, Britain needs Remoaners

November 13, 2016, 10:25 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

“Get over it, don’t you realise that you lost!?” “Remoaners trying to stop us from exercising the will of the British people!” It’s not easy to be a Remainer with an opinion in Brexit Britain. As Theresa May’s government is pulling Britain out of not only the European Union but, it seems, also the Single Market, alternatives to proposed policies can hardly be presented without outcry from the Brexiteer camp. On June 23, Britain made the biggest decis....Continue Reading

Scotland: Life amid Brexit and visions for a European future

November 17, 2016, 2:50 am // by Juuso Järviniemi

Image: Can Edinburgh be the capital of the next new EU Member State?   5.295 million. That&rsq....Continue Reading

Can Scotland negotiate its own relationship with the EU without independence?

December 2, 2016, 4:19 am // by Carol Silveira

Image source: Scottish Government There is no denying that the Brexit vote has brought a wave of uncertainty in an already tumultuous time. From Westminster, we hear the cry that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, a phrase which is devoid of any real semantic meaning; from the tabloids, we are given a taster of the early effects of Brexit on our favourite products – a potential marmageddon or toblerone doom. And amidst sensationalist headlines, and political claims to ‘take back our country’, we might be left wondering: who’s country are....Continue Reading

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