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“What happens during a EUSTORY Summit stays at the EUSTORY Summit”? Take a look behind the scenes to see what we are working on during events and workshops.

Aequis Libertas: Or what young Europeans think about democracy

One of the results of the seminar about populism and challenges to democracy was the seminar magazine: Aequis Libertas Other results will soon follow!  

Berlin 2012: The “After Movie”

I really regret that we didn’t work with media during this academy, the potential and the motivation was clearly there. Andreas from Belgium produced this photo show to pay tribute to the whole group and the exceptional  atmosphere in Berlin. Enjoy*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qfLOION7nU&amp *one remark: Andreas included music of the Swedish House Mafia (yes, you could argue about...

No complaints!

25 young Europeans from 13 different countries met; and 1 weeks in 2 different cities, 1 fable, 2 songs, 3 videos, uncountable group work sessions, simulations, discussions, potatoe dinners later: an inseparable group of friends (I can’t remember when I have seen so many tears for good bye). Friends who managed to discuss hot issues respectfully, who looked after each other, and: never compl...

There and back again, A Eustorian’s Tale by Ola

Yes. So today we went to the supposedly most beautiful school in Estonia. Again. For the fourth school in a row. The only difference was perhaps that this day I can impartially and partially say that it actually was true. This one even served rice! While being in a completely euphoric state due to the warmly welcomed potato shortage, I was still able to maintain focus on the topic related conversa...

“Can ALL Estonians sing and dance?”

On the very sleepy Wednesday morning we were walking to the Tallinn’s train station to drive to Tartu.  Most of people were using this time to get some sleep but some of us worked on our project or went to get a coffee.  In mean time we had an opportunity to enjoy Estonian’s magnificent nature and small colorful houses. After two hours we were finally there. Mari-Anne, our good friend from academy...

“Why build a mosque when we have a synagogue already?”

It did not take us very long to reach several conclusions on the city of Tallinn; that it’s beautiful, that its inhabitants are warm-hearted and that they are crazy about potatoes with pork on the side (no, not the other way around). Yet, after having enjoyed our second visit to an Estonian gymnasium today, the perhaps most obvious conclusion to reach was this: that Estonians are serious about the...

Strictly unpolitical politics

Presenting the school and students. Welcome to Tallinna Reaalkool! Although the way to the school was rainy and glum, our expectations were much more bright. We got what we wanted – interesting people (some of whom we had met on the first and second day already) and a warm welcome. After the presentation of the school council we formed groups of 4-5 people to discuss challenges to the modern democ...

Up, up and up the winding stairs…

…was the German Institute we worked in today. Dear readers, be prepared for a long post. So many people, so many countries, so many expectations, so many flights but we all had the same goal: arriving in this beautiful city called Tallinn. After a freezing night in our hostel, it was time to get to know each other better. The name-games really helped us remember the names, even if we had to ...

Welcome to Estonia!

Writing this post as there’s just one more participant to arrive, one could say that the Tallinn 2012 academy is already a success  – it’s day one and people are dancing after dinner. Well how could you resist if there’s live music (Estonian version of Country from a Lady with a very sparkly outfit) in the wonderful restaurant you’re having dinner at. It’s been ...

Speaking for myself: After the academy is before the academy…

Yesterday I’ve said good bye to the participants of the academy in Berlin 2012 and tomorrow I will already welcome 25 young Europeans to Tallinn. So I’m now on my journey with mixed feelings but want to say a big “Thank You” to the 25 participants in Berlin. Not only they worked hard and were always motivated to discuss, even during dinner and afterwards. They also were ext...

Success: more questions than answers…

The last day began with a goodbye as Nadia was the first participant to depart from the academy . We stood in the reception area to wish her goodbye and promise to meet again. Following breakfast we began our discussion on power in the 21st century, where Dr Claudia Schmucker talked to us about the G8, G20 and the IMF. She helped us to understand the importance for the smaller nations to be in a g...

“I’ve been looking for…”: On the traces of the ruling powers in Germany

The 5th day morning was a bit different than others – besides of having a longtime night chats, nobody was tired but  excited. 25 artist (with their main composer: Leah and write:  Sofie) prepared a small surprise for our beloved Tina. In spite of fact that almost everybody has a sore throat (our Eustory illness was spread from Czech Republic and Slovakia to the rest of the group) we did our...

Not spoiling the broth*: Day 4 in Berlin

It was probably the sun and the tasty breakfast that gave this morning a special kick. Going into the garden for our third warm-up ‘social gathering’ we noticed there was some new feeling of connection between us and even the most tricky toaster-games worked better. Dr. Jan Behrends brought us back into the 20th century to witness the transformation of Berlin affected by different ideologies. The ...

We are Welshmen in Berlin…: Delayed Day 2

After finishing our Starbucks on Alexanderplatz, our international family began our caffeine fueled cycling tour. Splitting into two groups, with each being led by a British guide (with one happening to be another Welshman to add to the two we already had) , we mounted our ‘Fat Tire’ bicycles, armed only with squeaky ducks to alert unsuspecting dogs. The traditional Welsh humour helped...

Third time lucky: Day 3 in Berlin from a Belgian perspective

Personating a broken toaster, James Bond, a mixer or an island may not seem like the most obvious beginning of the day, but here in Berlin it’s starting to feel familiar! What seemed to become a very peaceful and quiet Sunday, turned out to be a day full of heavy discussion, finished by a lovely concert in the nearby church. After our slightly funny warm-up, we began the day with a panel dis...