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Freedom in Europe: Equal opportunities?

During the workshop ‘Desire for Freedom’ Mare from Estonia conducted an interview with Sofia (Finland), Sławomir (Poland) and Darya (Belarus) How do you feel about the situation of freedom in your country? How is it restrained? Sofia: Excellent. Not only are the human rights guaranteed to a great extent, I think we have one of the close...

“Pasta for the Poor” – Experiencing inequality

A simulation seemed to be the best way for our Eustorians to experience the situation of inequality during the seminar in Berlin. With pasta as money and socks and tape and socks to create different starting chances for our participants during the distribution of wealth. Giving different voting rights according to wealth just established the inequa...

Freedom of Interpretation

While working with the exhibition ‘Desire for Freedom’, our participants were confronted with the fact, that we were not allowed to take pictures of the art and display them here. They found another way of visualizing their interpretation. You can also look into the Making of

The Desire for Freedom

After only four days of intense working in Berlin on the topic of freedom, our 15 Eustorians produced an impressive ‘piece of art’, a blog consisting of many different pieces. We will are going to publish parts of it here as well, but if you want to see the whole, go here… http://desireforfreedom.wordpress.com/

Never giving up a good discussion about Europe: Roman from Belgium

Name: Roman Age: 19 Hometown: Ronse/Ghent Country: Belgium EUSTORY experiences: EUSTORY Summer Academy Berlin 2011, EUSTORY Debate Paris 2012 Roman is studying his second year of History at the University of Ghent. He plans to finish his master’s degree in history and afterwards he would like to continue studying by getting his PhD. Although as eve...

‘The Desire for Freedom’: The Eustory alumni workshop started in Berlin

Yesterday Eustory alumni from Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain arrived in Berlin. Today the worked started in the exhibition of the German Historical Museum and right now our participants are strolling around the exhibition to look for that one...

Traces of History: The scandals around Wilhelm Gräfer over the course of time and societal changes

Topic of the German History Competition 2010/2011: Scandals in History Topic of research paper: The scandals around Wilhelm Gräfer over the course of time and societal changes Authors: Malte Leimbach, Maria Junker, Jan Schmelter Gräfer was mayor of the town of Lemgo before and until the end of World War II. When the American troops came to the town...

“I have the feeling that certain borders and boundaries, that were torn down in history are being built again”, Tamara about feeling European in times of crisis and her idea of a united Europe

Name: Tamara Age: 22 Hometown: Maribor Country: Slovenia EUSTORY experiences: Berlin 2009, Minsk 2010, Internet seminar – Chernobyl 2010/11, Berlin 2011, Madrid 2011. Actual occupation/studies: 4th year of International Relations As most of the EUSTORY alumni, Tamara loves traveling and knowing different cultures and now she is living one of her dr...

Building Bridges through Europe – Germán about his Erasmus year in Ghent, EUSTORY friendships, ‘los indignados’ and the current crisis in Europe

Name: Germán Age: 21 Hometown: Seville Country: Spain EUSTORY experience: Switzerland 2010, Hamburg, Berlin and Madrid 2011 Current Occupation: Erasmus Student of History at the University of Ghent Germán is living in Ghent today, 2025 km from Seville and he still sees connections and similarities. “Ghent reminds me of my hometown Sevilla, because ...

Dita: “EUSTORY made the borders disappear – now they are some lines on the map and nothing more.”

Name: Dita Age: 21 Hometown: Balvi Country: Latvia EUSTORY experience: Gdansk 2009, Minsk 2010, Berlin 2011 Current Occupation: studies German language and literature at the University of Latvia Dita comes from Latvia – a lovely Baltic state, a country in transition, hellbent on shedding its stalwart old-Soviet image, the Latvia of today is v...

Bulgarian, European and above all Eustorian: Mariella on the coziness of Europe and the unfairness of history

Name:  Mariella Age: 18 Hometown: Gotse Delchev Country: Bulgaria EUSTORY experiences: EUSTORY Summer Academy Berlin 2011, EUSTORY General Assembly 2012 in Hamburg Actual occupation/studies: Senior student Math and Computer Sciences In the 21st century, a century marked by the process of globalization, new technology and daily international contact...

51 years ago… A wall was built

And three years ago, the participants of the Eustory academy in Berlin dealt with the topic of the Berlin wall. They realized three movies around that topic. One fairy tale that tries to explain life in East and West of Berlin Once upon the time in East/West, the DIY video How to cross the boarder in less than one day or the silent movie The Monks,...

Europe in High-Resolution: Ondřej about the change of perspectives through travelling

Name: Ondřej Age: 22 Hometown: Prague Country: Czech Republic EUSTORY experiences: Gdansk 2009, Minsk 2010 + Internet project on Chernobyl, Berlin 2011, Madrid 2011 Actual occupation/studies: MSc in Economics, Tilburg University Ondřej surely is one of those Eustorians who would surprise you with his ingenuity and feeling for life. However, his act...

“Finnish people have a strong sense of independence and a need for space” – Anna about the challenges of feeling European at the margin of Europe

Name: Anna Age: 21 Hometown: Joensuu Country: Finland EUSTORY experiences: Youth Academy in Switzerland 2010, Alumni project “25 years after Chernobyl” in Berlin 2011 Actual occupation/studies: Studies European Law and Administration of Integration and German and English in the University of Eastern Finland and also works as a journalis...

Young Europeans Dissatisfied with Performance of Foreign Policy Makers

An overwhelming majority of young Europeans feel uninformed about how decisions on EU foreign policy are made. The Europe & Me online magazine conducted a survey among more than 6,500 young Europeans to investigate their views on EU foreign policy. Representatives of the Young Europeans will make a difference at this year’s “Berliner Forum Auße...