YEM London’s trip to Paris – Brexit won’t stop us!

Following last year’s successful trip where the Young European Federalists, Paris Branch, came to London, The Young European Movement, London Branch, made the return journey to Paris. The trip lasted for three days and it was an excellent opportunity to discuss the future of the EU, see friends and ensure that even after Brexit, young Read more about YEM London’s trip to Paris – Brexit won’t stop us![…]

Brexit Britain: What now for the Europeans who call the UK their home?

By Robert Heslop, YEM London Theresa May has refused to guarantee EU citizens, who are current living in the UK, the right to stay in the country once the UK has left the EU. Her reasoning for this is that it would be a premature move by the government to unilateraly guarantee the rights of Read more about Brexit Britain: What now for the Europeans who call the UK their home?[…]

Trump and Brexit: What Now?

By Robert Heslop, YEM London Brexit Britain, what a wonderful vision. Free of the shackles of Brussels, the buccaneering UK will be able to strike free trade across the globe, the UK’s security will be secured through membership of NATO and in a generation people will wonder why the UK ever joined the EU?  Yet, Read more about Trump and Brexit: What Now?[…]

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?[…]

Scotland: Visions for a European Future

By Juuso Järviniemi 5.295 million. That’s less than one tenth of the overall population of the United Kingdom (64.1 million), but Scotland plays a bigger role in the Brexit debate than its relative size. A considerable majority of Scottish voters expressed their wish to remain in the European Union on June 23, and with that Read more about Scotland: Visions for a European Future[…]

More than anything, Britain needs Remoaners

By Juuso Järviniemi “Get over it, don’t you realise that you lost!?” “Remoaners trying to stop us from exercising the will of the British people!” It’s not easy to be a Remainer with an opinion in Brexit Britain. As Theresa May’s government is pulling Britain out of not only the European Union but, it seems, Read more about More than anything, Britain needs Remoaners[…]

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[…]

QOTM: What difference can one man make? by Dainius Balcytis

By Dainius Balcytis, a member of YEM Aberdeen Some say that changing the world is a fool’s errand. Efforts of one man are just a drop in the sea, they don’t make a difference against the tides of history. However that’s not always true, and from time to time a man appears who simply refuses Read more about QOTM: What difference can one man make? by Dainius Balcytis[…]

QOTM: How can one person make a difference – the first follower by Chris Powers:

One person can always make a difference, but the one person I want to focus on is not the idealistic hero that people always focus on, but the loyal first follower.  I watched a really very good TEDTalk on the idea of the First Follower, and the video is embedded just below: Basically, for any movement to Read more about QOTM: How can one person make a difference – the first follower by Chris Powers:[…]

YEM St Andrews: Refugee crisis in perspective report

On Monday, 12 October 2015, the Young European Movement St Andrews held its first event of the new academic year. More than sixty undergraduate and postgraduate students listened to presentations on the refugee crisis and discussed their views on the European Union’s response to this unprecedented challenge. Natasha Saunders, who is a committee member of ‘Refugee Action St Read more about YEM St Andrews: Refugee crisis in perspective report[…]

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[…]

What is the Greek Government’s Agenda?

The Greek people voted “No” on Sunday, but Greece’s then Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis clarified yesterday: “’NO’ means YES to a democratic Europe!” Soon afterwards he resigned from his post as Minister of Finance and left us wondering about what his and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ agenda has been all along. For me the questions are whether Tsipras and Co. who call themselves “Marxists” are naïve or calculated and whether this really makes a Read more about What is the Greek Government’s Agenda?[…]

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

By YEM St Andrews What will happen following the victory of the Yes vote in the EU referendum? A probable (although altogether uncertain) victory for the “Yes” campaign in the European referendum would hardly alter the political topography of the British establishment: there will still be ardently Eurosceptic Conservatives and UKIP’s fate will be unchanged Read more about June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum[…]

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[…]

The Wee Tale of YEM Edinburgh

Today begins the establishment of a new Young European Movement branch in the  Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Scotland and its capital has for a long time been a stronghold for pro-EU sentiment,  especially amongst its young people and students. However, with the upcoming  referendum on Brexit, a group of students at Edinburgh University decided to Read more about The Wee Tale of YEM Edinburgh[…]

Activity Report: YEM Oxford

I. Activities The National Board is aware that YEM Oxford has been undergoing changes in the Committee in May, which led to the nomination of Gael Sirello as the new President and Hristo Boshnakov as new Vice-President. Due to understandable time constraints, the academic year finishing before the end of June, this resulted in the impossibility to organise the events the section intended during its previous meeting earlier in the year.  II. Positions, articles Read more about Activity Report: YEM Oxford[…]

QOTM: UK <3 EU

By Gael Sirello & Hristo Boshnakov The heart of the UK is also European: let’s ensure it will not be broken by the 2017 Referendum. By Gael Sirello (President of YEM Oxford) & Hristo Boshnakov (Vice-President of YEM Oxford) The future of the UK is bound indisputably to the whole European Union. The heart of many British citizens pulses with European values, ideals Read more about QOTM: UK <3 EU[…]

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?[…]

May Activity Report: YEM Warwick

This month we had a talk from Sir Richard Lambert who is our university’s Chancellor and formerly both the Editor of the Financial Times and Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. A slightly disappointing turnout, only to be expected during exam-season, meant we had a more intimate Q&A session as a result. Sir Read more about May Activity Report: YEM Warwick[…]

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