‘No to the European Union.’ Ok, but what then? A nationalist renaissance? Political isolation and marginalisation? Stirring up hatred and closing borders? Anti-European movements are growing, not only in Great Britain, where Brexit taught us that everything is possible. This shows us that EU-scepticism represents a real threat to the basic values of our European coexistence.
An example from German-Czech history shows how difficult it can still be today to produce a collective narrative for the European commemorative culture.
Rallies of right-wing populists and anti-EU demonstrations have been the order of the day in Europe. Pro-European and liberal movements, however, only usually make their voices heard just after an election has been decided in favour of nationalists and populists. But Pulse of Europe wants to change that and give the fans of a united Europe a voice. We spoke with Akilnathan Logeswaran, who has been out on the streets of Munich, demonstrating for the EU since February.
What is the first thing you teach your new foreign friend in your native language? More often than not, it is a bad word, am I right? Most Erasmus students come back home experts in multilingual swearing, and if you haven’t heard these expressions before, here is your chance to catch up!
Culture Shock. It is a term we have all heard a hundred times before and it is something that every university will mention in pre-departure meetings. As Erasmus students, we all associate these two words with the beginning of our time abroad. But what do they actually mean? And is it possible to get “culture shocked” twice?
Seven days after Christmas and the magic of the festive season slowly comes to an end. But never fear, there is still time to throw one last big party before packing up the Christmas tree and going back to work. This party is, of course, New Year’s Eve! But how do different countries celebrate the new year? And why on earth would you need a bowl of grapes, a pot of onion soup and a ridiculous amount of fireworks?
While it may not be a recognised medical condition, that glum feeling you get when you return to your home university is definitely normal, and something that every Ex-Erasmus student experiences. Right? In our new series, you can follow our author’s way back into ‘normal-life’ after an eventful year abroad.
24 June, the day when the result of Britain’s referendum on exiting the EU was announced, happened now several weeks ago. The first feelings of surprise and disbelief that the UK, Europe and the world experienced on that day have subsided and the country is now different from what it was. What has changed and what will the future bring?
In Europe, so many different countries and cultures are packed together that it is hard to imagine everyone getting along. And yet, we do. Sort of. Well, some teasing and quarrels happen even in the best families. But what we should never forget is that this diversity is also our biggest asset. Nine young people from different parts of Europe have told us about what they feel the people in their country could learn from others in Europe, and also how they think their country could serve as an example for the community in other ways.
Young, motivated and ready to change the world: this is how the members of the European Youth Parliament of Armenia are best described. Hovsep Patvakanyan, head and founder of EYP Armenia, told us about his experiences establishing this extraordinary youth organization in Armenia, and the wonderful ideas which came to life thanks to the efforts of its members.