June 23rd, 2016 – #EuropeLovesUK – UK Embassay in Berlin

On June 23rd, 2016 – the day of the UK referendum on EU membership – we headed for the UK Embassy in Berlin with a message of love for our neighbors and friends in the UK. With us we brought 55,000 signatures of Europeans who shared our message of love on and a bunch of heart-shaped balloons. Unfortunately, police would not let us right in front of the embassy. We thus let the balloons fly into the Berlin sky right outside the security perimeter. We were happy to have three different news agency teams present to document the moment. The petition may be found here.

Photos were taken by Sebastian Glowinski


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Europe Calling, Düsseldorf. June 16th, 2016 – “Democratic Europe – held back by the right? ”

Vincent participated at a panel discussion in this high-profile FES conference that took place in several European cities. The Düsseldorf panel also featured Birgit Sippel (MEP), Prof. Frank Decker (Bonn University), and Prof. Michael Rosenecker (Karl Renner Institute) and discussed ways to address surges in right wing populism. Vincent presented our ideas on youth quotas, free interrail passes (#FreeInterrail), and more efforts to support women and girls as practicable ideas to combat anti-democratic movements. You can find more information on the event here.


Global Media Forum, Bonn. June 15th, 2016 – “Can media help to prevent violence against women?”

Vincent was one of four guests of a panel at the 2016 DW’s Global Media Forum in Bonn. The panel discussed the question of media’s role in supporting women’s empowerment around the globe. The panel was co-organized by UN Women National Commitee Germany, the GIZ, the chancelory of North Rhine-Westphalia, and DW. Vincent particularly stressed the responsibility of men to support gender equality and combat all forms of objectification and sexualization of women and girls as that leads to continued violence and oppression. The audience featured women and men from various countries and ensured a lively debate, moderated by DW’s Jaafar Abdul Karim. Read the joint press release here.


June 7th, 2016 – #EuropeLovesUK – Stay with us

We started a petition with expressing our love for the UK and our wish for the country to remain part of the EU after the upcoming referendum on June 23rd. We are honored to cooperate with other oustanding pro-EU campaigns in the field and are working together to finding more ways to spread the word and love to our friends in the UK. Sign the petition here.


100. Katholikentag, Leipzig. May 28th, 2016 – “Sind wir schon oder noch Europäer?”

Both of us presented on European youth and young perspectives on European identity at a panel discussion of the 100th bi-annual Katholikentag (Catholics Day) in Leipzig. The panel featured among others current European MEPs and a former Europeans Commissioner. We also happily got to present our FreeInterrail initiative that drew some attention and helped us to grow our network of supporters.


PolisBlog, May 24th, 2016 – “First Bridges: Improved Labor Market Participation for Refugees”

This article, that we co-authored with Polis180’s Kevin Müller presents the Frist Bridges programme. Designed to incorporate refugees arriving in Europe into the labor market, this proposal could effectively strengthen integration and business practices. The First Bridges ideas was developed during the 2016 Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s The Lab. Read the full article here.


NDR Redezeit, May 24th, 2016 – “Die Folgen der Wahl in Österreich”

Martin took part in a lengthy debate and public discussion on Germany’s public radio NDR on the consequences of the Austrian Presidential elections. The talk revolved around the tropics of right wing populism, the power of democracy, the role of youth, and visions for Europe’s future. The guests at the talk included experts on Europe, democracy, and election cycles. You may listen to the whole show (in German) here.


ZDFheute, May 5th, 2016 – “Europas Jugend: Auf der Suche nach Zukunft”

Generation Europe – the first generation of true Europeans, who grew up in a Europe without bordern and many international experiences – has much potential to change the continent for the better, but is currently still holding back. We argue that this generation deserves more attention, since it is Europe’s youth that can provide important and helpful answers to solve the countless issues and problems facing us today. Read the full article here in German.


Schwarzkopf-Stiftung, Berlin. May 4th, 2016 – “Stimmungslage UK: In or Out?”

Vincent moderated a public discussion with German Ambassador to the UK Dr. Peter Ammon. The event drew a good crowd, including many young attendees. The Ambassador urged European civil society to do their part in talking with Britons about the beauty of a united continent. A good reminder for all of us to think about own ways of engagement.


Die ZEIT, No. 20, 2016. (May 4th, 2016) – “Echt schön hier” (p. 13)

Our article discusses the importance of European civil society in solving current and future problems facing our continent. In fact, much creative energy originates beyond the parliamentary political realm, hence, this is where we need to look to find innovative and forward-looking visions and ideas. Read the full article (in German) here.


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin. May 1st & 2nd, 2016 – “Building bridges: Overcoming distances in the age of refugee and migration flows in Europe”

Together with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, we organized, moderated, and ran a new innovative event format: The LAB. The workshop aims to bring together young, creative minds from all over Europe and established representatives from politics, media, and civil society. We were happy to have 12 outstanding young talents participate in the LAB with MEPs Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann and Brando Benifei, Prof. Gesine Schwan, SPIEGEL editor Ann-Katrin Müller, and German Foreign Ministry representative Yvonne Nasshoven providing input from their experiences and perspectives. The focus this year was integration. At the end of the two days, we had drafted two project proposal papers and presented them to the public at a panel discussion on May 2nd.