As the international conference on trade in endangered species just ended, let’s recall one of its most prominent issues – the efforts to prevent elephants from becoming extinct – and what the European Union and its Member States are expected to do next.
Elephants are facing their worst crisis in decades due to poaching for their ivory. Populations are thought to be falling by about 8 percent annually and at least 20,000 African elephants continue to be killed each year.Read full blogpost
Do young people get active for integration? If so, how, why and where?
In times of “Fridays For Future”, the commitment of young people clearly has taken on new significance, and not only regarding environmental protection and climate justice, but also in the field of migration and integration.
How can young people – up to 30 years old according to the EU definition – receive support for their great commitment, be it through exchange, networking or further education? Over the past three years, a European consortium has been investigating this question, including with the aim of making the young people’s inspiring examples of integration public, above all “in the local context”, be it at community level, in rural regions or in urban districts. Research, investigation and development were carried out, projects were visited and analysed in detail, the young initiators were interviewed. Five young people from each partner country were then invited to a week of training in Croatia offering informal learning, training and a lot of networking opportunities with researchers, teachers and migration experts.Read full blogpost
Blocking progress or progressing towards a stronger and united European Union? This has been one of the core questions before the European Parliament elections. Right-wing and other populist parties haven’t been shy to claim that it is their fundamental objective to put national interests first and that they are willing to block consensus, thereby preventing progress in essential policy issues. They expected that these claims would secure important votes by EU-sceptics.Read full blogpost
Okay, so here we arrived, it is the 31.01.2020.
We are convinced BREXIT is a huge mistake, but so it is. A reality.
It doesn’t disrupt our friendship to many Brits, no matter whether they have been in favour or against leaving the European Union, no matter whether they live inside the UK or in an EU Member State or elsewhere. The past months made us even more convinced that respectful debate, discussion and dialogue, distribution of facts and reflection of information is essential if we want to progress our society.Read full blogpost
Topic: 2019 EU elections
Dear everybody we have been in contact with over the past weeks,
It is time to say THANK YOU and direct a few more words to you.
First and most important for us is to say that this is just the beginning of the #loveyouEU initiative.
When we started this initiative a few months ago, it was driven by the motivation „we have to do something“. We had recognized that many people shared the same feeling and concerns about the negative, counter-productive, hate-driven narrative of nationalists and separationists and those who simply have identified „the EU“ as being responsible for all problems we are facing. Not offering any solutions, but pointing the finger at the weak and often poor, often extremely uninformed or manipulative, these groups still managed to gain strength and supporters over time.
With its diversity of companies, communities, sport and sporting events, company sport contributes to relationship building and thus ultimately to peace and mutual international understanding in Europe. Apart from all competition, company sport is not primarily about performance, but rather about contributing to topics relevant to society, such as integration, environmental protection or health promotion. The basic idea is that company sport knows no boundaries. Bridging all the differences in language, culture, education, age and gender, company sport brings people together across Europe and conveys values such as fair play, friendship and solidarity. In company sport, people always meet on equal terms and develop partnership-based interaction as the basis for peaceful, friendly and successful cooperation.Read full blogpost