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Happy Birthday, Google! Can the search engine replace history teachers and libraries?

What is our first thought when we don’t know something? “Just Google it up!”. Google will celebrate its 20th birthday this year and it is undeniable that the search engine occupies a prominent role in our lives. But could Google (and technology in general) go further and completely replace libraries, archives or even teachers by becoming the sole instrument to research, teach and learn history? Could Google rearrange our knowledge about the past with their untransparent algorithm? Camilla Crovella from Italy reflects on these questions, after attending the Eustory Annual meeting in Turin on these topics. Researching is a fundamental human activity. Even if some of us would not admit it, nowadays most of us look first on Google to find something we don’t know. The largest search engine in t...[Read More]

A Memory You Can Wear

Let’s play a quick game: Imagine your house is on fire and you can only save a single item, the one you care about the most. What would you pick? Furniture, clothes or a TV can be replaced easily, but an item carrying a particular memory cannot. Our author Jonas pondered this question, read here, which item he would save from destruction and why.

Catalonia: Outbreak of illegal nationalism or oppression of a democratic movement?

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]

Food and Faith: Practising religion during the Summit

Going to the synagogue three times a day, praying with a branch of a palm tree and eating kosher food. Orthodox Judaism demands many rules to be obeyed. Shahar from Israel, an orthodox Jew himself, explains how he managed to keep his lifestyle while attending the EUSTORY Summit:    

What was most inspiring at the Summit so far?

Jonas, Denmark Sara, Slovenia Ronja, Germany Florian, Germany Bohdana, Yuliia & Krystyna, Ukraine Andreas, Belgium  

Why is history important to you?

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                  

Stuck in the “Brussels Bubble”?

Brexit, Orbán and Le Pen. European right wing populism and state egotism is on the rise, the EU threatened by dissolution and there is no end in sight. What has gone wrong in the last years? How can the European Union get back on track? For Enja from Norway the EU bureaucrats have been detached from reality and ignored working class people for too long…

Where Were You When…the Bosnian War Began?

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Bosnian war. In April 1992, after the Bosnian parliament declared independence from what remained of former Yugoslavia, Serb forces began to siege the city of Sarajevo. The war soon spread across the country and lasted over three-and-a-half years and claimed more than 100 000 victims. We asked people from Bosnia and Serbia to share their memories about the beginning of the war. 

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?

Rallying for the Reconquista – Incognito among the Identitarians

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?

#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.

When the Tanks Broke Free

Marching soldiers, cheering crowds, tanks and cannon fire. The martial and enthusiastic manner of the May 9 parade in St. Petersburg, celebrating the victory over Nazi-Germany and the end of World War II, reminded Daniela, who is spending a voluntary social year in Russia, of the horror of war, triggering tears of fear and an intense stream of thoughts.