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Turning points

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 political leader with perspectives on politics different from Gregor’s generation. (Former German foreign minister Fischer at #KHF2017, Photo: Körber-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer)

“An Austrian woman with a French family is drinking a Soviet champagne…”

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Iron Curtain not only had immense political implications for Europe, but for many also on a personal level. For Eleonore Dupuis it meant to eventually get the chance to search for her father, a former Soviet soldier in occupied Austria.

More Freedom of Choice or a Vacuum of Values?

25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Anna from Moscow finds herself caught in the middle of a heated debate in her family: the life during the Soviet Union – lack of personal freedom or a system of security and solidarity? Why is it perceived so differently? And what can her generation learn from the past?

#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. 

#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. 

From Homeland to Home.

Can you imagine going to the toilet in the middle of the night and seeing something that will change your life and your country forever? The 8th of May marks the 71st anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, and Mr Chojcknaki shares his memories about the Second World War and how it changed him and where he called home.

Not an ordinary grandma – Part two

Talking to average and ordinary people is boring? Andreyan from Bulgaria tells about the metamorphosis of his attitude after meeting a 70 years old women from a polish village.

Not an ordinary grandma

Talking to average and ordinary people is boring? Andreyan from Bulgaria tells about the metamorphosis of his attitude after meeting a 70 years old women from a polish village.

Europe and democracy

What is the price of democracy and who has to pay it? Is the EU an economic union or a physiological unity? After the Greek referendum Milan from Serbia shares his considerations on democracy. 

History is personal! Interview with Children of the Revolution on the importance of 1989

1989 marked a change of epoch in Europe. Twenty-five years ago, the peaceful revolutions in Eastern Germany and Europe saw the fall of totalitarian regimes and borders. Like in a relay, the movements for freedom and independence in Central and Eastern Europe handed over the baton, with Poland starting in spring and Romania feeling the change in December. Depending on where they lived, Europeans' perceptions of one and the same year differ widely. Five young Europeans from the EUSTORY network explain what that year of change and the following time of political upheaval meant to them personally – besides the fact they all have in common: 1989 is their year of birth. Helena Ursic from Slovenia, Milan Vukasinovic from Serbia, Vlad Baldea from Romania, Ivor Onksion from Estonia and Ju...Read More

“The absence of war is far from being peace“

There are so many present problems and pressing issues which are linked to World War I, the prime catastrophe of the 20th century. At the same time it shows that hardly anyone learns from history. Haris Huremagić (20), a prize winner of the Austrian history competition, has a Bosnian Background and demands honest efforts of modernization for Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

The »Concept of Trust« as a determining factor in Norwegian politics and society

Twenty-three young Europeans from 12 countries met in Oslo for the Eustory History Camp “National Constitutions and European Democracies in Times of Crisis”. Read how participant Jan Schmelter (19) reflects on what he learned about the “Concept of Trust” as a determining factor in Norwegian politics and society.