European Elections Special

Debates

How Europe's education should look in the future

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European education revolution

The traditional, national education is outmoded. Do we need a European higher education system that will look closer at the needs of the European job market and provide customized and free education by establishing MOOC’s (massive open online courses)?

Old school

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Europe needs to restructure its economy or it will lose ground among international competition. The best way forward is to strengthen and harmonize the Union’s higher education systems.

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by Peter Scott
04.07.2014

Open access

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Breaking down rigid environments and supporting new education systems are the imperatives of a change that will soon become a constant.

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by Androulla Vassiliou
27.06.2014

Crucial test: European youth unemployment

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Work in Recess

They are young, educated and desperate for jobs: mass-unemployment has shattered the dreams of millions of young Europeans. But how can Europe persist if a whole generation will be lost?

A Hartz for Europe

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Peter Hartz has presented a series of concepts to fight youth unemployment across Europe – and France is about to repeat Germany's mistakes.

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by Moritz Pfeifer
02.07.2014

A Europe working for young people

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The current young generation is worse off than 20 years ago. Europe cannot afford to go backwards.

Overqualified and underpaid

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Europe’s unemployed young people don’t mind a little economic insecurity. What they can’t stand is a chronic atmosphere of political hopelessness. No wonder they are fleeing the continent.

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by Daniel Tkatch
29.01.2014

The Temp Trap

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What measures can fix youth unemployment? Some simple solutions will do – as long as we correct a big mistake from the past.

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by Glenda Quintini
15.01.2014

Search for a new European narrative

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Le récit est mort! Vive le récit?

Europe is pacified. This is why the narrative of peace does not work anymore - which can be seen in the lack of interest of its people in elections and a common European idea. As a consequence European politicians have major problems to persuade rhetorically. Our authors took a look at some political speeches to find a new story that could possibly bind Europe.

Root Treatment

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I doubt that a European narrative ever existed. Just listen to the speeches given by European politicians like Angela Merkel.

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by Dietmar Till
30.06.2014

Small and useful

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A general European narrative remains elusive, and we have not succeeded in distilling our desires into a comprehensive utopian vision. But there is one thing we should strive to remember.

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by Vazrik Bazil
25.06.2014

Chasing the tale

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The European people struggle with their identity. Therefore, one has to ask: Have pro-Europeans been telling the wrong kind of story?

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by Adrian Armstrong
09.05.2014

The Role of Populism in the EU

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Let's fight

The EU is in need of its populists. Because without loud and critical voices, no fruitful dispute will take place. How could democracy possibly work in such a manner?

A step too far

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The disappointing result for Geert Wilders' far right reflects Dutch attitudes about Europe.

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by Jochanan "JD" Mussel
23.06.2014

Down with the Veil!

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Europe's populists are dangerous. They dress up as democrats merely to hide their authoritarian faces.

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by Paula Diehl
12.03.2014

Afraid?

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Anti-European sentiment is on the rise. This could end up badly. But populism also serves an important function.

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by Christina Schori-Liang
31.01.2014

100 Years Since The First World War

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Never again

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918). Why should we remember? The Great War continues to influence the political landscape of Europe. And 100 years later, Europe struggles again, facing a long lasting economic crisis. Could history repeat itself?

Journalistic Sensationalism

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Comparing the crisis in Ukraine to Europe in 1914 is misleading and absurd. Historical analogizing doesn’t include a license to engage in reckless punditry.

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by Klaus-Dietmar Henke
18.06.2014

Facing reality

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It is high time we start drawing the right conclusions from 1914. Luckily, one German and his Polish counterpart are already doing it.

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by Thomas Weber
07.04.2014

Lessons from 1914

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The world of the early 21st century differs starkly from the 1910s. But a return to the events before World War I can illuminate some of the dangers we face today, and guard against a repetition of past mistakes.

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by Herfried Münkler
10.02.2014

Solidarity in the European Union

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Trust me

The principle of solidarity is based on sharing both the advantages and the burdens. It is quite easy to share the advantages during good times. But when problems grow and solidarity is needed most, it gets harder. The EU still has to proof, how solidary it really is.

For your own sake

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Europe needs to consolidate solidarity if it wants to remain a strong political union. Economic powerhouses like Germany must therefore recognize that helping others is in their own best interest.

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by Martin Brusis
16.06.2014

Leaving Neverland

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Unlike Peter Pan, Europeans need to grow up. Rather than clinging to false fairy tales, we must realize that the overarching ideologies no longer function and that we cannot return to a state in which we separate our fates along national borders.

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by Juliane Mendelsohn
14.05.2014

Solidarity – a misunderstanding?

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Solidarity is no altruistic trait. In fact, it is mostly selfish. And that is just one of the misunderstandings regarding solidarity in the EU.

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by Eckart Stratenschulte
25.04.2014
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