Weekly Roundup: 15 – 21 April

Weekly Roundup: 15 – 21 April

A little over a month to go till #EUElections2019! Only 30 days left until the Dutch – and almost certainly now the Brits too – go to the polls on May 23rd, followed by the rest of us on May 24th, 25th and 26th! Catch up with last week’s top 6:

Until next week!

Weekly Roundup: 8 – 14 April

Weekly Roundup: 8 – 14 April

We have just got back from a phenomenal retreat organised by the Luxembourg Hub! Still under the spell of the amazing Shapers we met, things we learnt together and connections we built!

Now, our clock is ticking! Only 39 days left until the Dutch – and almost certainly now the Brits too – go to the polls on May 23rd, followed by the rest of us on May 24th, 25th and 26th!

By the way! Are you in Brussels for the European Youth Week? Then how about you join us at the European Parliament for an interactive discussion on ? The speakers? Young people and the now famous ‘climate girls’. Register here!

Until next Sunday!

Weekly Roundup: 18 – 24 March

Weekly Roundup: 18 – 24 March

We are now 60 days away until the Dutch – and maybe also the Brits 🙂 – go to the polls on May 23rd, followed by the rest of us on May 24th, 25th and 26th! Here’s our weekly roundup:

Until next Sunday!

Let’s take control!

Let’s take control!

Europe is a mess, right? At least that is the impression you get when you turn on the tv or read the news. The last decade seemed to be one crisis after another. From the global financial crisis to the Euro crisis and now Brexit. So why care about the upcoming elections and the future of Europe?

Europe is bureaucratic and disconnected, so many say. It often over regulates the small things and fails to deliver on the big things. Many complain that the costs for Europe are too high and that political leaders only care about their next re-election. Whilst I am clearly biased towards the European Union, growing up in the heart of the European experiment and like millions of others have greatly benefited from Europe’s freedoms to live, travel and work in different Member States, I also realize that our Union is far from perfect.

Yet, just sitting at home complaining does little to change this fact. That is why I am actively engaged in trying to connect today’s policymakers with young people. To give our generation a voice and impact decisions that will affect us.

When political leaders decide on how to address migration, climate change or what to invest in schools and universities it is the young generation that is most affected by today’s decision and need to ensure our voice is heard.

Decision-makers often say “Get involved” but deny us a seat at the table when decisions are made. But the upcoming European elections can change that. It gives us the opportunity to vote for candidates that support a strong voice for the young generation, that will address youth unemployment, invest in education and research as well as address climate change and face up to populism, racism and hate. 

But politics live by engagement – we need to challenge our political leaders, and this is easier than ever before. Using modern technology, we can not only more easily follow what they are doing but we can also amplify our voices and demands.

Nearly 1/3 of Europe’s population is under 30, making us a powerful group. The recent protects by school student in Belgium demanding that the government does more to combat climate change have demonstrated the impact we can have.

Now it is time to make our voice heard all over Europe. The European elections 2019 are our change to ensure that the next five years are shaped for us and by us. So, get involved and go out and vote in May 2019!