Who’s at the helm in Europe?

by Michael Seckler

“Eurosur”! Ever heard of it? Even though it may sound like a new “no-frills-airline” it is not about moving people. Actually, quite the opposite. Eurosur is short for “European Border Surveillance System” and is part of Europe’s answer to illegal immigration. For me, it is the law that convinced me to go vote in May 2014 when the next European parliamentary elections are being held.

picture: zeit.de

photo: zeit.de

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My problem with Merkel

by Michael Seckler

22nd of September, 18:50pm: Angela Merkel has just received the message of her overwhelming victory in the parliamentary elections and is ready to give a speech to the celebrating audience. She goes to the stage, waits until the crowd stops to applause and says “jooa…. now….”! This is how you a start-victory-speech Angela-Merkel-style.

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Havens on the Wane

By Camy Roch

States are like people. At least, sometimes they do have the same survival instincts, especially when it comes to money. I mean, what would you do if  you’re short on money but still craving  a refreshing beer? You desperately rake up your pockets. And if you still can’t find any, then you go rake the neighbour’s. At least, that’s what I would do.

Let’s leave the metaphor there. It seems like today, due to economic hard times, states are struggling to afford that goddamned beer. Leading the European Council to gather in Brussels two days ago, with the firm intention to scrape some money together. Here to understand: tackling once for all tax evasion, and putting an end to the reign of tax havens and bank secrecies. (As I said, if you can’t find coins in your own pockets, go for the neighbours’).

As sad as it may sound, not every tax haven does look like that.

As sad as it may sound, not every tax haven does look like that.

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10 beds and one shared bathroom

by Veronica Sanchez

Ten years ago, staying in a hostel was fun. While I was travelling in Europe with my best friend we would share the room with five, six, seven people from different countries and I would enjoy it. We would have a chat in the room with the other travellers and probably end up having a beer down in the hostel bar or doing some sightseeing together. We would exchange e- mails and maybe write each other some lines once we were back in our one- year jobs in the UK. The people we met were actually an important part of the trip anecdotes. Some appear in our photo printed albums.

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Imagine Europe… And do it fast.

By Camy Roch

This week, the Forum for European Journalism Students took place in Utrecht, where 100 participants discussed the topic Imagine Europe. I was not there, so I’m not very sure about what they imagined. Instead, I was surfing here and there to see what was said this week about this big Europe thing. And, oh surprise! The brand new Eurobarometer 2012 was out!

Not that I particularly like statistics. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of reminds me of my years working as a telephone operator. That sweet time where I could skillfully piss someone off by only saying “Good evening, Sir!” Anyway, I figured that in the case of the Eurobarometer statistics, hopefully, some conscientious people would have done their job and done it right. So I’ve checked out those stats to see a bit what actually people think and whether it confirms, like some would say, the fact that this Union might be slowly going to its end.

As a matter of fact, EU does have an end (Cabo da Roca, Portugal - western most point of Europe)

As a matter of fact, EU does have an end (Cabo da Roca, Portugal – westernmost point of Europe)

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