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European Company Sport Games, #loveyouEU and #BeActive

I dare to assert that sporting activities, regardless of age, origin and actual motivation, are always based on a fundamentally positive idea – be it exercise in nature, improving one’s health, simply having fun or enjoying competition, the motivation for doing sports has a positive effect. Major sporting events such as the European Company Sport Games have long been a platform for numerous social welfare objectives. These include initiatives against social exclusion and the unequal treatment of men and women, as well as for uniting people.

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Not even populistic. Just insane!

Andrej Babis portrait

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. 

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We need a European Sustainability Pact

Those who want a secure and competitive Europe, first have to fight climate crisis and environmental destruction. Dependence on fossil resources, the ever-increasing costs of coping with the climate crisis, but also the lack of concepts in dealing with refugees and migration, which will increase due to impacts of climate change, are threats to Europe’s stability and solidarity and restrict the EU’s ability to act.

It is therefore indispensable that the European Union takes a pioneering role in global climate and environmental politics. Not only for the sake of the environment, but also to ensure our long-term prosperity.

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Europe & me: Loud, cheerful and in the thick of it

Portrait Julia Irländer

I am 35 years old, I have freckles and a loud laugh, and I come from Germany. The fact that I was born here is pure coincidence, I could just as well have been born somewhere else on this planet. When I have to fill in the field “origin” on forms, I always find it strange to write “German” – I would definitely prefer “Human”. I studied in Austria, spent my semester abroad in Paris and then went back to Munich. I never felt Austrian, French or German, but always like myself. Loud, cheerful and in the thick of it.

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Vote for environment, Europe and democracy

A plea to set the course for a common European environmental policy on 26 May 2019

Germany once was a trailblazer in environmental protection and a driving force for environmental progress in Europe. But these times are over. Our reputation in Europe has suffered. No other country is sued more often by the EU Commission in environmental issues – for example relating to air pollution control or fertiliser legislation. The current federal government represents a lack of courage and ambition in environmental policy. However, it would be right and important for Germany to once again assume an active and leading role in Europe’s environmental policy. Without Germany’s active commitment, Europe cannot effectively play its role in the world.

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Europe? Europe! – Now it counts!

My future. My choice. #loveyouEU Undine Kurth and young boy

There are only two weeks to go before we decide on how Europe is to be governed in the future, and who will steer the fortunes of our continent in the European Parliament. And one would hope that a pro-European decision in these elections would be a matter of course. After all, there are so many good reasons for this European project. Even if not everything is yet as we would like it to be for Europe.

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It’s the emigration, stupid: Where Viktor Orbán is wrong

Hungary has an emigration problem, not immigration controlled by Soros.

The Hungarian Prime Minister calls for the final battle to save the Hungarian soul and Christianity. In his eyes, Hungary is threatened by Islamist mass immigration, operated by speculator George Soros with support from the useful idiots leading the EU. Migration is the weapon of the mortal enemies. Hungary was deceived after World War II, its territory should be larger. Friends of a special kind are the Russians, loving Hungary so much that they came to rescue the country in 1956. Unfortunately, Alois Mock only cut the Iron Curtain instead of moving it to Hungary’s southern border. A few decades later, Donald Trump would have helped with a wall.

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The Europe that we want is the Europe that we need!

copyright: Bernhard Zlanabitnig

The Heads of State and Government of the EU Member States will meet for the ‘Sibiu Council Summit’ on the 9th of May to discuss the future of Europe. For almost one year everything has been heading to this single day. Like a deer in the headlights — under the sword of Damocles called Brexit and only 3 weeks before the European elections — Europe seems to be paralysed: What will happen after the 26th of May, the last day of the European elections? Who is going to be the new President of the European Commission? Will the UK participate in the elections or not? And above all: in which direction should Europe move?

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Why I love EU

I confess: the European Union is my great love!

It was not love at first sight, nor a blind, hot passion, but a grown, deep and profound love. A love which I am ready to defend and fight for.

As a conservationist of the Hainburg generation I was not a fan of this obscure and little-known construct in distant Brussels in 1994 when Austria decided on whether to join the EU. I saw accession more as a danger to my concerns for nature, animal and environmental protection than as an opportunity.

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Why your vote matters – for the Europe we want!

The European Union: not perfect, but the best foundation for a sustainable future.

Raphael Weyland, Rechtsanwalt und Mitarbeiter des Hamburg Instituts.

In these elections the future of the European Union (EU) is at stake. And with it, all it has achieved and still has to achieve to protect our environment. Dear reader, you matter, because you are entitled to vote in the European Parliament elections in May 2019. Please use this opportunity.

These elections are primarily about defending the idea of the European project, about defending civic space against destructive nationalism and populism. However, the elections also represent a chance to better protect our planet.

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My heart beats for Europe

Portrait Photo Hannes Jaenicke black and white

While for biographical reasons I own both an EU and a US passport, my heart beats for Europe, the so-called ‘old world’. Even if Europeans have long forgotten it, large parts of the world envy Europe for its achievements and quality of life. For over 70 years, most of Europe has lived in peace, with amazing social standards, a strong notion of democracy and a marvellous cultural, linguistic (and culinary) diversity.

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Part I – “Populism and Economic Dynamics in Europe”

Portrait Karl Aiginger

The blog-article is the conclusion section of a new study about “Populism and Economic Dynamics in Europe” by Karl Aiginger and colleagues at the Policy Crossover center, Vienna. It serves as an incredible valuable and interesting analyses of populism and its impacts. The paper does also put forward a vision of Europe as a role model for high income, low inequality regions, with a new view of globalization, migration, and partnership with neighbors. Therefore, we believe it is an important contribution to better understand the situation but also how to react.

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Oh Europe!

In my childhood days there were two television shows I never wanted to miss: “Jeux Sans Frontières” and “Einer wird gewinnen” (“One will win”). The first was a kind of Olympics where teams from different European cities competed against each other, the second a quiz show in which the name of the show was deliberately chosen so that, at least in German, the acronym EWG stood for the show as well as for the European Economic Community.

I cannot say whether I was born a European and therefore liked these programmes or whether these two entertainment shows turned me into one. But I still remember very well, what particularly fascinated me: It was great for me to see and hear people giving my mother tongue the flavour of their own languages. The candidates in these shows seemed both alien and lovable, exotic and familiar, distant and close, and above all: so interesting.

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