The Dutch know this very well: soft mobility is the smartest choice inside and outside cities. No traffic congestions, no noisy and polluted cities, no parking problems. These are just some of the many benefits of urban cycling. On the contrary, in some European cities, traffic is still a huge problem, with high levels of air pollution and, of no less importance, noise pollution. In some of these cities people feel the need to own a car, or more cars, because there are no alternatives. But cities full of cars are something we inherited from the past century and the environmental crisis we are going through suggests we should change this habit.
Digitalisation has changed the entire world and consequently Europe. The authors Frieden/Heinen/Leither recommend in their book a so called “Europe 5.0” as a new business model for the entire continent in order to increase the European competitiveness on the market. According to their concept, European enterprises should join forces and cooperate on a transnational level with the goal to remain globally successful. Our industries can only keep up with digitalisation and the global developments this way.
What is the situation regarding the freedom of the press in 2018?
Every year, two weeks after Easter, the Andalusian capital city hosts the long-awaited Feria de Abril (The Festival of April), a dynamic festival in which cultural, musical and culinary traditions are the real protagonists. A unique opportunity for everyone to immerse themselves into the Andalusian lifestyle and traditions. This year the festival will take place between the 4th and 11th of May.
Madeleina Kay is a pro-European campaigner in the UK, known for her EU-Supergirl persona on social media. She is currently campaigning for a People’s vote on the Brexit deal, and hoping to stop Brexit in March 2019.
In May this year we will be asked to vote for the European elections.
For many years a large number of migrants have waited in Calais, in incredibly precarious conditions, hoping to cross the Channel. Antoine decided to spend his holidays with the humanitarian association Utopia 56 in order to help them. He shared with us the work he took part in there.
This summer, I was fortunate enough to be one of 1500 18-year old Europeans who won an Interrail pass in the #DiscoverEU competition, organised by the European Commission. Here is the story of my experience, my wonderful discoveries and my difficulties behind this impressive publicity stunt from the EU.
The European Union is often cause for heated discussions. Do we still need it? How can we improve it? Should more countries join? But even though public debate is focussing on the EU often these days, facts often seem to get blurred with fiction. Time to check your knowledge about the European Union!
While European politics is discussing symbolic political measures and right-wing populists of all countries are trying to push through deportations and prevent immigration, hundreds of people continue to die in the Mediterranean attempting to reach Europe by sea. Civilian sea rescuers are doing their best to prevent this – and are increasingly criticised and criminalised for doing so. We spoke with Claus-Peter Reisch, the captain of the Lifeline, about the the fraught situation.