People being beaten up by the police just for trying to vote, a government which declares a referendum binding even though parts of the electorate where not able to vote and a large number of ballots where confiscated, and finally nearly the whole democratic elected government either in prison or in exile – the events around the Catalan independence referendum where unexpected and incomparable to any political development the old EU member states experienced since the end of the dictatorships in the South. Camilla Crovella from Italy tries to find explanations for these developments and looks also for future solutions by asking students both from Catalonia and Spain about their views and opinions. Joaquim Candel (22), Economics student from Barcelona and active member of the Catalan Moveme...[Read More]
Driven by their passion for history more than 100 young Europeans made their way to Berlin, against all odds: storm Xavier devastated northern parts of Germany cutting of train connections to the German capital. Five participants told us why history is important to them. Anete Kalnina, Latvia Elvira Kinzhaeva, Russia Andreas Theys, Belgium Sarah Scott, Ireland Pauline Husemann, Germany
Last year Polish historian Michal Przeperski published his first book Unbearable Burden of Brotherhood. The book deals with Polish-Czech conflicts in the 20th century but takes also a more thorough look on the background of the troublesome relations of these two nations. The conflicts between Poles and Czechs are numerous, but in the name of learning from the past we wanted to ask Michal, is there something to learn from this quarrelsome history. In his opinion there is – and it’s a quite simple one.
After a long camapaign the Austrian Voters finally elected Alexander von der Bellen as new president. The candidate of the far right party FPÖ, Norbert Hofer, got more than 46 percent of the vote. With this the FPÖ, a party which is strongly connected with the new emerging right wing movement of the Identiarians, has found its path into the centre of the Austrian society. But who are the Identitarians? What do they stand for and how will this change the Austrian society?
Citizens of the Russian exclave Kaliningrad make a special case in the Russian-Polish relationship. Paulina Siegień regularly crosses the border between these two worlds, working for the local media in Kaliningrad, as well as in Gdansk on the Polish side. She spoke to young Europeans from the EUSTORY network about the current tensions between the two countries and their impact on the region.
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.
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.
2014 marks the Centenary of the First World War, a war that changed Europe as it was and had huge consequences for millions of people. Once great and extensive multinational empires slowly shrank in the course of history and new nation states were created. People living on the very same territory sometimes changed their citizenships multiple times due to the often changing border-lines. Some decided to stay and accept their new citizenship, while others decided to migrate; to follow the sometimes very elusive border-line in order to once again live inside the borders of that country, which represents the fundamental part of their national identity. In preparation of the centenary young Europeans met during seminars in Finland, Spain and Slovenia and discussed the consequences of WWI for th...[Read More]
When the alarms rang at 6:30 a.m., we were drowsy and still unaware that we would return to Celica Hostel twelve hours later with a new perspective on the Slovenian borders, minorities and history. But after a few cups of coffee, we were ready for a day in the name of exploration and expedition! From the bus on our way to the first destination, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, we embraced the stunning Slovenian mountains, rivers and fields, and Bojan Balkovec provided us with a good dose of historical facts and anecdotes. As Danes were not used to the great mountains and crystal blue streams, so our noses were pressed against the bus windows during the entire ride. The drive concluded with steep, narrow roads on the mountain sides, which required us to trust the driver with our lives. E...[Read More]
What do 23 young people from 18 European countries have in common? Firstly, the Eustory academy in Ljubljana, Slovenia and secondly, interest in the topic of changing borders and the consequent questions of identities and minorities. It is the day Zero or the arrival day and all the new, young and enthusiastic Eustorians are gathering in Ljubljana in order to start a yet unknown, but surely unforgettable and interesting Eustory youth academy. Before the beginning of the academy they all had to do a little bit of homework and preparation, where they had to search for historical maps that show how the borders of their own countries changed in the course of centuries and find out which side and which alliance did their countries choose in different confrontations in history. Since changing bo...[Read 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]