The sharepoint for young debates on history and identity

“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 Čakić 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 exchange). Actually, as she says, “One of the reasons that encouraged me to aim at studying abroad was Eustory and the experience of the different academies. It showed me that living and working in a foreign environment prevents you from becoming ‘lazy’ and ‘settled’ in the very well-known and cozy domestic environment – it challenges you in a very positive manner.  It makes you work and think...[Read More]

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

Name: Germán Jiménez Montes 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 you can also appreciate walking through its streets in the same way”. It seems that the more you know about our history, the more you feel the interconnection with other Europeans. He chose Ghent because he didn’t want to finish his bachelor without seeing how it’s like in Flanders. Flanders is a really important area for the Spanish and Sevillian history. “In fact, I’m doing my bach...[Read More]

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!  

New Eustory competitions

The new competition rounds 2012/2013 have started in almost all countries. Topics range from neighbours to family history, from history education to democracy, from heritage to (e)migration. You can find an overview of the current topics here

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*: *one remark: Andreas included music of the Swedish House Mafia (yes, you could argue about the taste of music 🙂 , but due to legal regulations we decided to publish without music. So its up to you, if you follow the recommendation of the producer…

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

Name: Dita Bētere 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 Europe’s next A-list star. Dita loves her country and recommends being there during the Midsummer celebration which takes part on June 23, when people stick to the original traditions of the pre-Christian festival, picking plants known for their healing powers and lighting bonfires to protect against evil spirits. What is amazing about Latvia is how did such a small country (Latvia ha...[Read More]

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 complained! Not about the workload, the hot-cold showers, the potatoe-pork-repetition, not when being sick or tired. So thank you, guys! It was a pleasure working with you… Hope to see you soon! Tina

There and back again, An Eustorian’s Tale by Ola Borre

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 conversation. Democracy during crisis, voting age and the value of young voices in politics were debated and different levels of participation were discussed. Fun, informative and emotional. It is with a sad face that I forcedly say goodbye to Tartu. Of course Peter the giant hostel spider will always keep his spot in my heart. I pick Tartu over Tallinn every day of the week. Back in the capital, we went ...[Read More]

“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, greeted us to Tartu which was very welcoming. We put hurriedly our bags to hostel and went to Miina Härma Gymnasium.  There we had nice greeting from headmaster and students. It was interesting to find out that this school contains people from all over the world like in our academy. For the warm up we discussed what we learned from yesterday.  It was followed with silent discussion. Questions we...[Read More]

“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 their education. School newspapers with a circulation of almost 1000, student councils resembling the governmental system, and the option to choose subjects ranging from economy to physics to Estonian culture and even national defense. Although we might have visited schools whose students seem to be somewhat exemplary, I am left with the impression that education in Estonia is not a matter to be take...[Read More]

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 democracies and thought of some other points to consider about the topic of our academy. Lunch. Tallinn Secondary Science School. After the tasty lunch at the Tallinn’s Reaalkool we went to visit the Stenbock Maja which is a historical edifice in which now the government resides . Visit to the Stenbock Maja. Democracy and E-Government. We ooh’ ed and ahh’ed about the remarkable building and laughed lou...[Read More]

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 ask some people more than 5 times what their name was. Afterwards we were so good at getting to know people that we also wanted to get to know the locals. This was the perfect time for a trading game! Each group chose one little figure to start with. The task was to exchange this figure into something more valuable and luckily everyone came back with different stories and items: mission completed!