The sharepoint for young debates on history and identity

Author: Gregor Christiansmeyer

Am I of the West?

Joschka Fischer, once perceived as symbol of a new political era, is now writing books and giving speeches on political crisis, the West without a leader, democracies in danger. For younger people, he is already part of history, as far back as the revolt of 1968. Gregor Christiansmeyer is responding to Joschka Fischers thesis on “the End of the West” and reflecting his feelings when meeting a poli...

#callFrance: Whom to vote for? Vote at all?

The European Union is facing a long row of challenges; the upcoming second round of the French elections is one of the most important. We asked two French women on their perspectives towards the decision next Sunday.

#CallNetherlands: Elections in the Netherlands – end of EU as we know it?

2016 saw the rise of populist leaders in Europe and beyond. Can this year be worse? The elections in the Netherlands might be a first thumbnail on Europe’s future. Two Dutch women share their political perspectives with us.

Ignorance or just a different perspective?

27th of January. International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The art project YOLOCAUST animates to further thoughts. In the following comment, Gregor describes his thoughts about it.  If you have different thoughts or opinions, please share them with us.

#callItaly: Constitutional referendum – shifting power and supporting a gang of mayors and regional presidents?

Voters in Italy will have to decide about a constitutional reform on December 4th. The referendum, strongly supported by Italian PM Renzi, results in heated debates, also in our #callItaly, where our young voters share their fears that it will shift powers away from the parliament or will weaken Italy’s position in the EU. 

#callBritain: Over and Out?

What exactly is going on in Britain? What are young people thinking about Britain’s future after the BREXIT-referendum? We decided to activate our European network and #CallBritain to ask two young voters to tell us about their reactions and their views towards the future. 

What if… European borders closed!

If all the European borders closed would you react in this way, too? Last week Austria closed its borders, now ten more countries follow the lead. Is the European freedom of movement over? The dreams of travellers and opportunities for young people are in danger of ending after over thirty years of The Schengen Agreement.

The taste of holiday: from Finish Christmas to Israeli Hanukkah dessert recipes

For the end of the year we have a special Memory Suitcase for you. It is filled with cookies, cakes and personal stories from all over Europe. We hope some stories will make you laugh, and that some will keep you warm during the cold winter days. Have a go, fill these recipes with life and test your baking skills. And if you’re proud of your results, share the photos of your Christmas baking with ...

Review: EXPO Milan – Feeding the Planet, indeed?

The EXPO in Milan wanted to offer solutions, how to feed the planet and have energy for life. Gregor Christiansmeyer visited the fair. Besides being impressed by architecture and atmosphere of the World Fair, he wonders whether it lived up to its own objectives.

European opportunity gone wrong: Polish troops in Germany?!

Have you ever heard of a Polish occupation zone in Germany after WWII? Gregor Christiansmeyer tells the story of the town Haren an der Ems in Western Germany, which used to be the center for a Polish administration after WWII 1945-48. This story of a vivid cultural community of Polish exiles is connoted by misunderstandings and the lack of communication – yet another lost opportunity for a peacefu...

Memory Suitcase: One Rosary, Two Memories

How does the religious object of a rosary become a symbol of an emancipated woman before it develops to a symbol of eternal family love for a young history student? Find out about the latest item in the MEMORY SUITCASE!

Young Impressions: A European Remembrance Day on Children of War

How did three young Europeans from Austria, Serbia and Germany experience the event at the German Historical Museum in Berlin on May 4th? Read their personal approaches in dealing with the historical legacy of parentlessness, expulsion and war atrocities suffered by children during the Second World War and their view on how this legacy and war-children’s experiences are still relevant today. Milen...