2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the democratic constitution in Estonia, one of the smallest and youngest democracies in Europe. "Not for Free: Challenges to Democracy in Europe" is the title of the Youth Academy in Estonia which started today. Visit the blog!
Start of Youth Academy in Berlin
The EUSTORY Youth Academy in Berlin started on 14 September. Participants who arrived a day early were sent out on a mission: to exchange a box of matches for something significantly better. Read about their "matchbox" experiences and everything else that happened on the EUSTORY blog.
Special Competition on French-German Relations
"Neighbours - Enemies - Friends" is the title of a special competition for pupils in France and Germany. This cross-border project on French-German neighbourhood is part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty in 2013. Information in French | Information in German
Special Initiative on Polish-German Relations
"Polish and Germans: against, aside, together“ is the title of a special competition initiated by the German Körber Foundation and the Polish Karta Foundation. This competition encourages German and Polish pupils to work together on the topic of Polish-German neighbourhood history after 1945. Information in German| Information in Polish
The Croatian writer and journalist Slavenka Drakulić presents her ideas about European identity in an interview with the young online magazine Europe & Me. The discussion will be continued in Hamburg on 13th September at the KörberForum. You can view the English debate via video stream.
The award ceremony of the 16th Polish history competition (History at Hand) took place on 10 September 2012 in the Royal Castle in Warsaw. 470 students sent in 237 contributions in three different categories.
On September 5th, the announcement for the tenth Italian History Competition went online. The topic for the year 2012/2013 is "Exchange and Conflict Between the Peoples after the Second World War."Visit the competition's website.
The topic of the 23rd round of the German history competition is "Familiar Strangers - Neighbours in History". Everybody has them. They live next door to us, down the street, in the next village or country. Young people in Germany are encouraged to find out what brought neighbours together, what made them quarrel, and how they reacted to changes and challenges.
Political scientist Claus Leggewie argues against an “EU-machine of harmonisation” of memory and supports the European Commission’s recommendation to establish a common day of commemoration on 23 August, the anniversary of the Hitler-Stalin Pact.