The Illusion of Choice

by Laura Vilaça

Two years ago, the Occupy Movement made a stand with the slogan “We are the 99%”. They were referring to, as Wikipedia puts it, “the concentration of income and wealth among the top earning 1%, which reflected an opinion that the “99%” are paying the price for the mistakes of a tiny minority within the upper class”. Though this was an American movement, their protest expanded around the world, with Europeans feeling this inequality as well.

The world is run by a few – that we all start to realize. But how few are they? And how do they become so big? Well, dear reader, not only but also, because of you. We are part of the oil that makes these giant, transnational corporations run smoothly, earn market power and, consequently, political influence. An example: Breakfast. You have a Nescafe coffee. Then a shower, using L’Oréal to wash your hair and Garnier to cleanse your face. Moving on, you moisturize your body with products from The Body Shop, put on your Diesel jeans and grab a KitKat for the way. In a simple, standard morning routine, all things used are owned by Nestlé.

William True - "Nestlé's Milk Project" (1901)

William True – “Nestlé’s Milk Project” (1901)

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Imagine Europe

 by Noort Bakx

Talking about Europe is not always a popular subject. Across nations, borders, ages and citizens, there are different ideas and opinions about it. However, to me, that’s what makes the discussion interesting.

To me and apparently for about 100 other European students: I am currently in Utrecht at a five day congress from the Forum for European Journalism Students, where we’re discussing the topic ‘Imagine Europe’. Going beyond European politics and economics, we debate on culture, society, identity and solidarity.

It is also questioned if reporting and writing about the continent is something that could and should change, if we can restore some optimism about Europe through journalism and if there is a European identity. About the question where Europe starts and where it stops, in political terms, but also when it comes to borders. There are many questions being asked here, some answered, some not. Here are some of my notes and scribbles of the first two days.

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