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#callEurope

#callEurope is a wake-up call for Europe in this eventful and sometimes confusing time: Every election seems to highlight what divides us. Instead of finding common ground, every nation seems to focus on their individual issues. But what do we know about the local, regional and national elections, opinions and issues? What do we know about the opinions of young people? #callEurope bridges this information gap in Europe. We collect personal insights, which are mirrored neither by our national nor by international media. If you want to share your own piece, get in touch with the Editors’ Team.

#CallSerbia: Presidential elections: A »white knight« challenging the system?

This year’s presidential elections on April 2nd in Serbia are getting quite peculiar. In the time when nationalist and populist movements are on the rise, Serbia has a wacky situation with a fictional candidate being the unexpected challenge for the ruling party, ranking high in opinion polls. What do young people think about the candidates and how do they see Serbian future? We are activating our European network and asking three young voters to explain their choice. According to all estimates indisputable winner of elections will be current prime minister Vucic from the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) . He opened his campaign with a video that quickly became viral on social networks. It shows him as  a passenger in a plane flown by two pilots fighting around the steering wheel, bec...[Read More]

#CallBulgaria: Backwards to the Future or On the Train of Unkept Promises

On 26th March Bulgarians are electing their parlament members. Convened  earlier than originally scheduled, as a consequence of the prime-minister Boyko Borisov’s resignation, the elections are preceded by a campaign that has turned into a real political battle between the major parties in Bulgaria. As an addition, a quite controversial businessman, Veselin Mareshki, whom The New York Times compared to Trump for his provocative statements and intentions for a complete change of the political situation, is also entering the race for Parliament with his party “VOLYA” (WILL). Whether the candidates’ promises are real or just a way to become members of the next Parliament, has to be seen after the elections. What do young people think and expect from it? I asked Ana Maria, Yoan and Maria about...[Read More]

The making-of: Bulgaria’s populist revolt

Looking at the political situations in various countries around the globe, one can get a feeling that once more a specific trend is on the rise. Namely, populism. Following the trend-setters in form of Hungary, Poland and the USA, there is a growing fear that Bulgaria might be the next populist trend-victim. Have a look of how the fear of “the Other”, combined with Bulgaria’s own fake news and alternative facts created populism’s perfect breeding ground.

#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.

#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. 

#callGreece: Dignity for citizens and refugees?!

In the last months it has become quite silent on Greece media-wise. But is the less coverage also connected to the most urging issues in the last years – debt and refugees? We decided to activate our European network and #CallGreece to get some insights in the actual happenings.

#callSpain: “I don’t have any hopes”

What exactly is going on in Spain? What are young people thinking about their future after the second elections with open results? We decided to activate our European network and #CallSpain to ask two young voters to tell us about their reactions and their views towards the future. 

#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. 

#callScotland: Don’t Go Brexit My Heart

“Queen hailed as backer of Brexit.” “Bankers told to delay their summer holiday plans until after EU vote.” “Henry Hoover ate my pay packet!” These are some of the attention grabbing headlines in British papers surrounding the vote to leave the European Union (EU). We used our European network to #callScotland and asked Felicity about a Scottish perspectives on BREXIT.

#callVienna: Election time in Austria – Why I voted for Hofer or why Van der Bellen is the lesser evil

What exactly is going on in Austria? What are young people thinking on the candidates and Austria’s future? We decided to activate our European network and #CallVienna to ask two young voters to explain their choices. 

#callAnkara: Deserted streets and cumbersome silence – the seeds of a great conflict

Streets, normally full of pedestrians, tourists, street artists and beggars, deserted. Shopkeepers in shopping malls complaining about no visits, and instead of children in city parks police patrols with automatic guns. Bomb attacks from the very recent past (last one on the 1st of May) that claimed more than 170 casualties had paralyzing effects on the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul.

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