Captain Europe Comes to Cardiff!

Captain Europe comes to Cardiff! This weekend, YEM UK has hosted a small event dedicated to Captain Europe. The aim? To create a comic book with our friends in Les Jeunes Européens and JEF Spain in English, French, and Spanish telling the story and following the exploits of Europe’s own superhero! This comic can then Read more about Captain Europe Comes to Cardiff![…]

Notes from National Board Meeting 30th April 2017

This week’s YEM UK Meeting as ever covered a lot of ground! Chris our Europe at School Coordinator has completed an application for funding for a planned Model European Union event that we are hoping to hold in Bristol in October. And the meeting also signalled the closing of applications for those interested in being Read more about Notes from National Board Meeting 30th April 2017[…]

Notes on the French and British Elections

The result of the first round of the French Presidential election has provoked mixed feelings in YEM UK, but also a common sense of purpose, which relates both to France’s second round, and to the UK’s own General Election on June 8th. Firstly, we should say that we count in our membership a good many Read more about Notes on the French and British Elections[…]

Fighting for Academic Freedom

By Chris Powers, UK President Fighting for academic freedom as part of a truly ‘European’ network Many of you will have no doubt seen and heard about the passing of a bill in Hungary that has the effect of restricting its best higher education institution, the Central European University, from operating. Some of you will Read more about Fighting for Academic Freedom[…]

FC Report: Rome 2017

Escaping Brexit Britain for a few days, our representatives at the JEF Federal Committee in Rome made sure to make the most of their time, brandishing flags, voting for change and chatting with our continental friends. With all national JEF sections represented, the latest bi-annual statutory meeting took place in Italy’s historic capital, organised by Read more about FC Report: Rome 2017[…]

Europe in Space

By Liam McDonald, UK President Brexit may be the fashionable topic amongst fellow Europeans but I would like to talk about something different. I’d like to talk about space. About the wonder that is our solar system, our galaxy, our universe. As a former Physics student turned Mathematician (I know you might not think they Read more about Europe in Space[…]

Pigeon Chess: Why Arguing With the Brexit Brigade Just Won’t Work

By Anna Wilson, UK Communications Officer In an age of Brexit, the refugee crisis, “post truth” and sensationalist media, never has the term “pigeon chess” been more appropriate. Arguing with the irrational – as is now so often the case – is like attempting to play the game with a bird: no matter how clever Read more about Pigeon Chess: Why Arguing With the Brexit Brigade Just Won’t Work[…]

Civic Tech Seminar, Edinburgh

YEM UK was pleased to join our friends JEF Europe to host the first seminar of 2017, “Discovering Civic Tech” in Edinburgh! The 5-day event saw participants from all over Europe join local YEMers to discuss the pros and cons, challenges and future of technology and democracy in Europe. As part of a series of Read more about Civic Tech Seminar, Edinburgh[…]

Re-Booting Europe @ School

By Chris Stenseth, UK Europe @ School Co-Ordinator We are finally ready for the re-launch of one of the Young European Movement’s most popular initiatives!   It is with great pride that we want to introduce you to our new Europe @ School programme, and the process that has been taking place over the last Read more about Re-Booting Europe @ School[…]

YEM’s Treasurer- A Rare Young Thoroughbred

By Jo Roddy, UK Treasurer YEM UK’s Treasurer and youngest board member, Jo Roddy reflects on what it means to be a non-student, a pro-European and a YEMer.   So, I admit as an opening title it’s a weird one! Hopefully with a bit more explanation the title will become clear   I’m Jo Roddy, Read more about YEM’s Treasurer- A Rare Young Thoroughbred[…]

Friends of YEM: The First Meeting!

This Wednesday was the first meeting of the Young European Movement UK’s new initiative, Friends of YEM! Meeting at a pub in London, the gathering was the first of many events hosted by YEM UK and aimed at uniting the older and younger generations of the pro-European community. Taking a break from the usual intense Read more about Friends of YEM: The First Meeting![…]

Is it Time for a Social Europe?

By Chris Stenseth The European Union is at a crossroads. For about 60 years, there has been a seemingly never-ending integration process within the EU. Economically, our countries have come closer and created new bonds at an unprecedented rate, due to the effects of the single market and the four freedoms. However, this integration has Read more about Is it Time for a Social Europe?[…]

Reflections of a heartbroken Euroholic

By Georgia Bachti, YEM UK Treasurer   From scaremongering and elitism to loss of touch with the public and blind submission to corporate interests, the Remain side became the target of various accusations in the months leading up to the referendum. When engaging with them, Remainers passionately rejected them as dishonest communication ploys. The morning Read more about Reflections of a heartbroken Euroholic[…]

Brexit and a Federal Europe

By Ariane Forgues ‘If Europe has not moved towards a federation of states yet, that is simply because the Brits didn’t want to.’ Oh, how spread that idea is amongst continental federalists! Oh, how easy things would be if such was today’s situation! Actually, why is Europe still waiting to become a federation now that Read more about Brexit and a Federal Europe[…]

Brexit: a Real Stinging Sensation

By Liam McDonald, YEM UK International Officer Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a minor obsession with both the EU and with bees: so imagine my excitement when I was asked to write an article about the two. Over the last hundred years or so, bee populations have vastly decreased for a number Read more about Brexit: a Real Stinging Sensation[…]

Musings on Brexit by Liam Mcdonald

By Liam McDonald   On the 24th June I wrote to my branches in Scotland to express my devastation and my pain as well as my personal gratitude for their hard work throughout the campaign. This was certainly not a situation I had anticipated on the night of the count. As we now wander through Read more about Musings on Brexit by Liam Mcdonald[…]

QOTM: A day in the life of Chris Froome by Tim Otway

By Tim Otway (Treasurer of YEM UK) What men once fought over for centuries, I now cross on my bike. As the door opens, the perfectly mathematical string of lamps light up, each one precisely the same distance apart as the last. The intensity of purpose and forceful sense of direction is disorientating. The lights Read more about QOTM: A day in the life of Chris Froome by Tim Otway[…]

No, There is no EU ‘Propaganda’ in Schools, and it’s Worse Than You Think

Read what Chris Powers (our International Officer) has to say about European education in schools (or lack of!).   A friend of mine recently sent me an article written by a Raheem Kassam with the title “Yes, there is EU propaganda in schools, and it’s worse than you think (and no she didn’t buy the Read more about No, There is no EU ‘Propaganda’ in Schools, and it’s Worse Than You Think[…]

QOTM: A day in the life of Johannes Gutenberg

By Anna Wilson (Communications Officer of YEM UK) It seems my printing press is a success! Right now, I am using the ingenious idea of moveable type to write this message so it can be distributed quickly and cheaply to the masses. Without meaning to brag, life in Europe has changed dramatically since I created Read more about QOTM: A day in the life of Johannes Gutenberg[…]

QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters by Bettina Wolff

By Bettina Wolff a member of YEM Warwick As I pointed out in this article, the emergence of UKIP is simply a reflection of the mainstream parties’ failure to address the issues UK citizens are actually concerned about. Unfortunately this, however, leaves UKIP to shape the debate with regard to those issues, as they are the first Read more about QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters by Bettina Wolff[…]

QOTM: A day in the life of Napoleon Bonaparte

By Laura Krawczyk (Local Branch Officer) Not since the days of Rome, has a greater Empire existed than the one I have created. I am the supreme ruler and emperor who unites the world under the white, red and blue flag. Some thought of me as short, unfortunately they seem to have lost their heads Read more about QOTM: A day in the life of Napoleon Bonaparte[…]

QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People

7.5 million Europeans between the ages of 15 and 24 are neither employed nor in education/training. It’s the kind of statistic we’ve become painfully used to seeing. And, to make things worse, it’s one that our generation even receives blame for. In line with a nostalgia for the good old days that lies behind several Read more about QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People[…]

QOTM: UK <3 EU by Bettina Wolff

What is the best reason for people residing in the UK to love the EU? I think it is important to realise what “EU” actually stands for: EU is the acronym for European Union.  Therefore the question really is about loving the union within Europe or preferring nationalism. For me, the choice is obvious: In a globalised Read more about QOTM: UK <3 EU by Bettina Wolff[…]

QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People

By Anna Wilson – Communications Officer for YEM UK Without delving into the depressing depths that are the employment statistics for European youth, it is safe to say that the scene is a pretty tragic one. Although varying vastly from state to state, the young people of Europe are being disproportionately affected by the consequences Read more about QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People[…]

QOTM: Youth Unemployment by Bettina Wolff

“7.5 million Europeans between the ages of 15 and 24 are neither employed nor in education/training.” This reality seems to be symptomatic for the dramatic living and working conditions the European youth is facing since the economic and financial crisis triggered an even deeper European crisis, not just within Eurozone countries. From my own experience respectively that Read more about QOTM: Youth Unemployment by Bettina Wolff[…]

QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People

By Chris Powers – YEM UK International Officer To be fairly blunt: the younger generations have been well and truly screwed over by the Age of Austerity, and with Gideon Osbourne’s budget announcement on 8th July, things are only getting worse. The youth unemployment rate is the highest it has been for a long time. Read more about QOTM: Employment Prospects for Young People[…]

June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum

By Chris Powers – YEM UK International Officer What will happen following the victory of the Yes vote in the EU referendum? It is without doubt that the UK will vote to remain in the EU, and this is obviously good news for us in so far as we are not slicing off our nose Read more about June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum[…]

Board Banter – 7th June 2015

After National Board meetings, we write a brief post to let you know what’s happening up here in the Ivory tower. We’ll give an overview of what we discussed; the most important action points; any important details YEM members should know about; and our YEMers In The Limelight! If you have any questions for the board, Read more about Board Banter – 7th June 2015[…]

Why Remain?

By Tim Otway – Treasurer In celebration of Europe Day and to mark the common EU <3 UK action, what is the best reason for people residing in the UK to love the EU? (no limits on quirkiness) By Tim Otway from YEM Warwick This month we were fortunate enough to welcome our university’s Chancellor Read more about Why Remain?[…]

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