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“The relations between ordinary people matter more than political decisions.” Anna from Russia about what makes her feel European

Name: Anna Age: 17 Hometown: Novocherkassk, Rostov Region Country: Russia EUSTORY experiences: Youth Academy – Ljubljana (Slovenia), 2013, “The End of Empires: New Borders, New States, New Loyalties?” Actual occupation/studies: Last-year student of secondary school EUSTORY is not the ordinary type of project. What distinguishes its Academies from other seminars and history forums is the stro...

“Just live!” – Aurélien from France about life, art, music and being French

Name: Aurélien Age: 18 Hometown: Le Lardin Saint Lazare (South West – Dordogne) Country: France EUSTORY experiences: Slovenia 2013 “The End of Empires: New Borders, New States, New Loyalties?” Actual occupation/studies: Student, in graphics, internet, communication and audiovisual. Impressionism made him love art and his aspiration to become a journalist drove him towards the studies o...

“History is not about facts, but about people.” Talking with Zuzana from Slovakia

Name: Zuzana Age: 23 Hometown: Spišská Nová Ves Country: Slovakia Current country of residence/study: Slovakia EUSTORY experiences: Youth Academy Berlin 2007,  Alumni Seminar Minsk 2010 (Chernobyl), Alumni Workshop Berlin 2011 (Chernobyl), Alumni Workshop: Desire for Freedom Berlin 2013 Actual occupation/studies: European studies – final year (5th) Zuzana is one of those people you are just amazed...

THE PRESENT PEOPLE OF THE PAST: Michał on the historical profession and the perception of yesteryear

Name: Michał Age: 27 Hometown: Grudziądz/Gdynia/Warszawa Country: Poland EUSTORY experiences: EUSTORY Summer Academy Berlin 2005, EUSTORY Alumni Project Berlin-Hamburg “Remembering Protest, Resistance, Civil Disobedience” 2006-2007, EUSTORY Alumni Project Berlin “25 years after Chernobyl” 2010-2011 Actual occupation/studies: Historian and journalist Today’s world retains a complexity which is diff...

What no school book will ever teach you: Orest, Ukraine

Name: Orest Age: 19 Hometown: Kyiv Country: Ukraine EUSTORY experiences: EUSTORY Berlin Academy 2010, “25 Years After Chernobyl” 2011. Actual occupation/studies: Studying Law at National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla academy” Orest says he chose studying law because he has always been interested in the legal and political underpinning of the society. A constant challenge is what he prefers and the sp...

“EUSTORY gave me extra motivation for my further development in the future.”

Name: Vaya Age: 23 Hometown: Pleven Country: Bulgaria EUSTORY experiences: Youth Academy in Switzerland 2008, Youth Academy in Bulgaria 2010 Actual occupation/studies: Studies Accounting and Finances at the University of World and European Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria Athough Vaya does not travel very often and she says she lives in a state that does not accept diversity, she strongly belives that t...

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 every realistic young person he is having a back-up p...

“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 dreams moving to Prague for one semester (Erasmus ex...

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 it had an important role in European history and y...

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 vibrant, enigmatic and for sure will become one of ...

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, it has become significantly harder to identify o...

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 actions speak louder than his words. He proves that t...

“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 journalist in newspaper Karjalainen. The 21 years old Anna ...