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Latvian award winners | Photo: Toms Kalniņš
Latvian award winners | Photo: Toms Kalniņš

The award ceremony of the Latvian history competition took place in Riga, in The House of Blackheads, the President's residence, on 25 May, 2013. There were 135 research works this year, submitted by 165 students of all districts of Latvia. It was the 12th round of the national history competition and the topic of this round was “The history of education in Latvia”.

Swiss Award Winners | Photo: Kerstin Peter
Swiss Award Winners | Photo: Kerstin Peter

On 25 May, 2013, Switzerland’s History Competition HISTORIA awarded twelve young researchers during its award ceremony in the National Library in Berne. The topic was "A Place. Stories? History!" The winners came from all parts of Switzerland.

Finnish award winners | Photo: Tina Gotthardt
Finnish award winners | Photo: Tina Gotthardt

On 24 May 2013, the fifth round of the Finnish history competition officially ended with an award ceremony in the Hotel Klaus K in Helsinki. The topic 'Two stories' motivated 425 students to send in a total of 350 competition entries. Finland will be one of the places this year where a EUSTORY Youth Academy will take place.

Swedish Award Winners | Photo: Zenita Johannson

The award ceremony of the Swedish History Competition was held in the University of Kristianstad on 24th of May. The topic of this year’s competition was (E) Migration: Immigration and Emigration in a local perspective. In attendance were the prizewinners, their tutors and parents...

Estonian Student receives award | Photo: Tina Gotthardt
Estonian Student receives award | Photo: Tina Gotthardt

The award ceremony for the 14th edition of the Estonian History Competition took place on 18th May at the Ministry of Education and Research in Tartu in the south of Estonia. This round marks the end of an era: Tiiu Ojala and Viivi Rohtla stepped down as Estonian organisers.

Russian Award Ceremony | Photo: Gabriele Woidelko
Russian Award Ceremony | Photo: Gabriele Woidelko

Youngsters from all over Russia celebrated the award ceremony of the 14th Russian history competition run by the International MEMORIAL Society in Moscow on 30 April 2013. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and commitment in these difficult times!

Italian award winners | Photo: Andrea Guermani
Italian award winners | Photo: Andrea Guermani

Award Ceremony Season is starting

The Italian event in March kicked off this year's series of award ceremonies. On 30 April, the non-governmental organisation MEMORIAL will honour the winners of the Russian history competition in Moscow. The Estonian ceremony follows on 18 May, Finland and Sweden will hold their ceremonies on 24 May, followed by the Swiss and Latvian ceremonies one day later.

Group photo EUSTORY organisers 2013 | Photo: Didzis Grodzs
Group photo EUSTORY organisers 2013 | Photo: Didzis Grodzs

From 20 - 23 March 2013 twenty-eight organisers of national history competitions from twenty-two countries gathered for their annual EUSTORY network meeting in Riga. During a reception, Andris Bērziņš, President of Latvia, honoured the work of the EUSTORY network.

Ruprecht Polenz | Photo: private
Ruprecht Polenz | Photo: private

Ruprecht Polenz, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the German Bundestag, is a strong supporter of accepting a premise that the Islam belongs to Europe. On 13 March he spoke during a Europe@Debate event organised by FutureLab Europe and hosted by the Körber Foundation in Hamburg, Germany.