Call for Applications // YEM Model European Union 2017: The Council

Dear Young Europeans, A while ago we asked our members to register their interest in our upcoming Model European Union (MEU) simulation and Annual General Meeting. Today, we are delighted to open the official registration for the event! Set in the charming city of Bristol, the MEU will be discussing EU policy on health and Read more about Call for Applications // YEM Model European Union 2017: The Council[…]

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[…]

Fight fascism – 5 minutes on Twitter is all you need!

My morning started by reading a New York Times article about Breitbart news, and how twitter activists are able to fight back against fascist news, especially Breitbart. If you also want to spend 5 minutes doing something good today, read on! Waking a Sleeping Giant? A small community has woken up on Twitter, and already Read more about Fight fascism – 5 minutes on Twitter is all you need![…]

The attack on Berlin – if anything, proof European Integration works

The recent tragedy that took place in Berlin has had political capital made out of it by all sorts. Some, like Nigel Farage or Geert Wilders, have pinned blame on Europe’s migration policies and particularly Angela Merkel’s Willkommenspolitik. pic.twitter.com/drbYbGGxg8 — Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) 20 décembre 2016 Others, like UEF, have used the occasion to call for further Read more about The attack on Berlin – if anything, proof European Integration works[…]

Report on the Federal Committee, Cologne November 2016

By Chris Powers, YEM Cambridge In November 2016, JEF Europe held its Federal Committee in Cologne. Federal Committee meetings occur every 6 months and are the main statutory meeting of JEF Europe. There we hear about the work of the Executive Board (EB), discuss, debate, and vote on policy motions for the organisation to adopt Read more about Report on the Federal Committee, Cologne November 2016[…]

Turn Up the Volume: Time to Get Involved

Voted Bremain? Still want your voice heard? It’s time for us to turn up the volume. By joining YEM UK for just £5 a year, yo have the chance to work together with great people, travel the continent and shape the Europe of the future. We’re still European, and so are you, so what are Read more about Turn Up the Volume: Time to Get Involved[…]

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[…]

May Activity Report: YEM London

May kicked off to a very political but also European start in London. YEMers were busy campaigning for (or studying) their respective parties, and on May 9th YEM London hosted a celebration for Europe day with a film screening of the Great European Disaster Movie at King’s College London. The screening was followed by an animated discussion on the impact of Britain’s General Election with Denis MacShane, former Labour MP and Read more about May Activity Report: YEM London[…]

The New Federalist – Call for Articles (May 2015)

The New Federalist is the online news magazine of JEF-Europe and anyone can write for it freely to share on all the latest news and views on current affairs, Europe, and federalism. Each month a call for articles is released (though other topics can be written on too). The topics are separated below thematically for Read more about The New Federalist – Call for Articles (May 2015)[…]

April QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters by Tim Otway (YEM Warwick)

Mesmerised, all of us watched on in shock as the words came from his mouth: ‘there just seems to be a total lack of comprehension on this panel and indeed this audience, which is a remarkable audience even by the left-wing standards of the BBC’. Farage’s decision to insult the indepently-chosen, equally-divided audience in the Read more about April QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters by Tim Otway (YEM Warwick)[…]

QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Uselessness by Laura Krawczyk

Is Nigel Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party useless? Can something be useful by being useless? Is being useless truly not having any use? Is being the black sheep only possible when all the other sheep are white? Even though these questions might seem insignificant by themselves, they will take on a new meaning as a Read more about QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Uselessness by Laura Krawczyk[…]

QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Farage’s mathemagicians by Chris Bauer

How was it possible for a high roller’s low-tier political group to carve out a seat for itself at the round table? By using magicians! Mathemagicians to be exact! Although we primarily rely on social and popular media for our news these days, broadcasting corporations and printing houses are still regarded to be publishing the Read more about QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Farage’s mathemagicians by Chris Bauer[…]

QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Britain & the WTO by Chris Powers

I have been going through the manifestoes of the UK-wide parties this week and am designing an info booklet to help people understand what each party stands for in the forthcoming election. In doing so, I looked through UKIP’s and let’s just say it was awful! Firstly, it was highly repetitive about ‘scrapping the EU’. Read more about QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Britain & the WTO by Chris Powers[…]

JEF Europe launches Demalert app!

JEF Press Release:  Thursday 2nd April 2015  JEF Europe has issued a free Democracy Alert smartphone application (DemAlert app) available on GooglePlay and iOS. With the DemAlert app JEF Europe aims at raising awareness on the need of updating democracy in Europe, giving the opportunity to young people to discuss, propose and develop new forms Read more about JEF Europe launches Demalert app![…]

Up in Uppsala and anything but bored in Bordeaux ;)

April’s update from the International Officer! Hi everyone, during the weekend that has just passed I represented YEM UK at the JEF Europe Federal Committee. In Uppsala, Sweden, despite the bad weather, we got through a lot of much-needed discussion and had a lot of fun. Below is a brief summary of what happened: The Read more about Up in Uppsala and anything but bored in Bordeaux 😉[…]

YEM St Andrews: Germany the Powerhouse of Europe report.

On the evening of 23rd February, to a crowded lecture hall in St Salvator’s Quadrangle, the University of St Andrews branch of the Young European Movement delivered an event centred around one of the most existential questions facing European politics today. Against a backdrop of debt-restructuring negotiations in Greece and shellfire in Donetsk, those in attendance ruminated over whether Germany Read more about YEM St Andrews: Germany the Powerhouse of Europe report.[…]

March 2015 Activity Report – YEM Cambridge

February drew to a close in the best way possible for the Cambridge branch of YEM, with a packed room eager to listen to, and challenge, the ideas of the pan-European panel who had been invited to Cambridge to discuss the emergence of ‘The New European Left’. Representatives from SYRIZA, Podemos, Sinistra Ecologia & Libertà Read more about March 2015 Activity Report – YEM Cambridge[…]

March 2015 Activity Report – YEM Warwick

Our main event this month was a talk on the highly topical issue of Greece and the Eurozone. The subject’s relevance meant that we had a good turnout for our two speakers, both of whom approached the question of Greece’s future economic state and place within the Eurozone from a number of different and illuminating Read more about March 2015 Activity Report – YEM Warwick[…]

February Activity Report – YEM St Andrews

After a long period of respite during the holidays, the University of St Andrews branch of the Young European Movement has approached the new term with revitalised enthusiasm. A clear indication of the progress that this branch has made was apparent at the celebration marking 1 year since the Branch was conceived, with dozens of Read more about February Activity Report – YEM St Andrews[…]

YEM Canterbury: The phoenix

The Canterbury Branch is going to restart. If you live in Canterbury or in its neighbourhoods, are between 15 and 35 years old, are interested in European politics, believe in European integration and in political activism, please contact Francesco Violi at: francescov1988@gmail.com. For the latest news, please like YEM Canterbury’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-European-Movement-Canterbury/159852120859058?fref=ts

YEM Warwick: The Big EU Debate report.

On Friday 23rd January 2015 we held our annual ‘Big EU Debate’ with the proposition ‘This house believes that the UK should exit the European Union’. In opposition we had the honour of welcoming Peter Wilding (director of British Influence) and Anthea Mcintyre (Conservative MEP) whilst for the proposition we enjoyed the company of Chris Read more about YEM Warwick: The Big EU Debate report.[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by YEM Cambridge

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz being Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? The odds look like 2015 is going to be a good year for women in politics. Several European countries are governed by female politicians, such as Angela Merkel in Germany, Helle Thorning-Schmidt in Denmark, Ewa Kopacz in Poland, or Dalia Grybauskait? in Lithuania, plus the Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by YEM Cambridge[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by YEM St Andrews

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz advent as Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? The realm of politics has always been and continues to be a man’s world. Taking into account prominent female leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel and the Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by YEM St Andrews[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by Tim Otway from YEM Warwick

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz being Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? Exceptions are dangerous things. If they are taken to ‘prove the rule’, as the saying goes, then they reinforce a status quo of injustice. Case in Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by Tim Otway from YEM Warwick[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by Chris Powers

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz being Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? Feminism has a long way to go when it comes to the upper echelons of political power. People quickly jump to Margaret Thatcher, or Angela Merkel Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by Chris Powers[…]

QOTM: Females in European politics by Laura Krawczyk

In the light of Angela Merkel’s reelection as Germany’s Chancellor and Ewa Kopacz being Poland’s Prime Minister, to what extent is the glass ceiling for women in politics breaking? Traditionally, men have always been perceived as the power holders in the political arena due to the longstanding line of electing them throughout history. The Queen Read more about QOTM: Females in European politics by Laura Krawczyk[…]

QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by Chris Bauer

When debating the merits of the European Union, there are two points of view: pro-European and anti-European (Eurosceptic). The question is which point of view becomes dominant when there is an increase in education about the EU. The most important factor when answering this question is to produce non-biased arguments and to present them in Read more about QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by Chris Bauer[…]

QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by Laura Krawczyk

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for more “EU education in schools across Europe to prepare the next generation and to nurture a European approach”. It has been proven that education is the best weapon one can acquire and nurture. To be educated is to be knowledgeable; to be knowledgeable is to think for oneself. It Read more about QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by Laura Krawczyk[…]

QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by YEM London

Of course more knowledge about the EU decreases euroscepticism, the question is how to successfully transmit this information from the source to the sceptic. On a local level, we’ve found that this is one of the rare instances where quantity trumps quality. Only by uploading a constant stream of good information onto our social media Read more about QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by YEM London[…]

QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by YEM Warwick

Euroscepticism is often based on underlying narratives that have questionable grounding but that are easily sold to the public. Take for instance Farage’s most recent claim that open-door immigration is the reason for traffic congestion on the M4, which is nothing short of scapegoating. The external is so confidently presented as the reason for the Read more about QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by YEM Warwick[…]

QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by Chris Powers

Knowledge can only take you so far. If we throw one figure into the ring, the Eurosceptics will simply throw another. By the time the wombles over at the BBC have established we are the ones telling the truth, the debate will already be over and we will be dead in the water. What we need Read more about QOTM: Would more knowledge about the EU decrease euroscepticism? by Chris Powers[…]

QOTM: The fall of the Berlin Wall means… by YEM Cambridge

Celebrations in Berlin, November 2014 Apparently a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan could set a tornado off in the Indian Ocean. That fateful night there was no butterfly, and the physical distance between the bureaucrat reading a note in front of astonished journalists and the waves of popular rejoicing did not exceed a few Read more about QOTM: The fall of the Berlin Wall means… by YEM Cambridge[…]

QOTM: The fall of the Berlin Wall means… by YEM St Andrews

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall means that the hopes and dreams of a whole generation were finally fulfilled and not only Germany, but the whole continent of Europe was peacefully reunited. The wall was the physical manifestation that symbolized oppression and abuse of power. It represented the political, economic and mental divide Read more about QOTM: The fall of the Berlin Wall means… by YEM St Andrews[…]

President Juncker endorsed by European Parliament, congratulations from JEF-Europe

The EB of the Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe) sees potential in the new Commission from a federalist perspective but is worried about the distressing gender imbalance.   JEF-Europe congratulates President Juncker and the whole College of Commissioners for their endorsement by the European Parliament today. Juncker now is the first Commission President elected by the European Read more about President Juncker endorsed by European Parliament, congratulations from JEF-Europe[…]

YEM (and JEF’s) history of practicing solidarity!

30 years ago we supported the Soviet Union’s satellite states. Today, we must commit to support them again.   In 2014 we bear witness to the most self-evident show of aggression conducted by Russia since the Soviet era. We did nothing in 2008 when Georgia was carved up in the name of separatists, we did Read more about YEM (and JEF’s) history of practicing solidarity![…]

Why being a Historian (or an active YEMer) is difficult..

YEM UK President Chris Powers on History, the EU, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, wondering why people can’t just learn from the past? When I applied to study History at university, I used what I thought was a quote deeply personal to me at that time: “Those who do not study the past are condemned to repeat Read more about Why being a Historian (or an active YEMer) is difficult..[…]

The unbelievable short-sightedness of British politics

By Claire Darmé It has been a few months since the issue of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) last made the headlines of British newspapers. Regularly enough, this government has been announcing it was considering taking the UK out of the ECHR, mainly under the argument that the latest development would prevent the country Read more about The unbelievable short-sightedness of British politics[…]

European elections 2014 – will YOU be voting?

Never voted in a European election before? Fear not, YEM UK is here to cover all what you need to know for election day tomorrow! – Who do I vote for anyway? The European Parliament is currently composed of 766 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who are elected by the 28 EU Member States. Read more about European elections 2014 – will YOU be voting?[…]

YEM St Andrews – What you can do in a short time!

YEM St Andrews have had an interesting year. Starting from virtually nothing they’ve made close friends, learnt new skills and put on events as diverse as debates and brunches to bake sales and meet and greets. In terms of what they’ve managed to achieve it’s a great example about what can be achieved in a Read more about YEM St Andrews – What you can do in a short time![…]

MOVEurope Forward 2014

The European Elections are the biggest opportunity for young people in the UK and across the European Union to set the tone and direction that is taken for the next five years. That’s why they matter to us, and they should matter to you! Join us at http://www.moveurope.eu/

Democracy under Pressure| 2014 Pan European Action

WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN BELARUS BUT THIS YEAR IT’S DIFFERENT For eight consecutive years the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) have organised the pan-European “Free Belarus Action” in numerous cities across Europe on the 18th of March.  In the UK we’ve even had embassy staff come out and take photographs where we have been standing Read more about Democracy under Pressure| 2014 Pan European Action[…]

SAVE Presseurop!

Dear Friends, In three weeks, Presseurop is scheduled to close down. Since it was launched, at the European Commission’s initiative in 2009, Presseurop has earned itself a reputation as a leading independent European Union news website. Each day, readers can find the best of the European and international press translated into 10 languages. They can Read more about SAVE Presseurop![…]

PRESS RELEASE: Young European Federalists support pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine

  Young European Federalists support pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine Backing the recent protests in Ukraine, JEF-Europe expresses its strong concern over the Ukrainian government’s decision to cease negotiations for closer ties with the European Union. JEF-Europe believes that the Ukrainian government serves short term economic interests, rather than the real interests of its citizens when Read more about PRESS RELEASE: Young European Federalists support pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine[…]

YEM UK International Officer reports from the XXII Congress of the Young European Federalists!

YEM UK International Officer reports from the XXII Congress of the Young European Federalists! What has YEM UK been up to recently? YEM UK goes beyond UK borders, to visit the capital of France, Paris for the XXII Congress of the Young European Federalists! Here the YEM UK International Officer,  Alessandro Fusco kindly shares with Read more about YEM UK International Officer reports from the XXII Congress of the Young European Federalists![…]

JEF Federal Committee 2014

The Federal Committee meets twice each year and is responsible for formulating policy for JEF. It is the main decision-making body between the biennial JEF Congresses. The Federal Committee is composed of one representative from each JEF National section plus an additional 20 members elected directly at the Congress which allows JEF to better consider both Read more about JEF Federal Committee 2014[…]

YEM UK Newsletter #1 July 2013

Our first Newsletter from the new board and our new site and part of our drive to reengage! Highlights include: Welcome from the new YEM UK Board Leave the country- and take part in an MEU event with our sister organisation in Albania! Opportunities to have your say on JEF, our European umbrella organisation Dates Read more about YEM UK Newsletter #1 July 2013[…]

Young European Movement National Congress successfully held in Cambridge

Here you can find press releases issued by the Young European Movement UK National Board. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the board please feel free to drop an e-mail to info@yem.org.uk   Young European Movement National Congress successfully held in Cambridge. Cambridge, 22/06/2013 The Young European Movement Read more about Young European Movement National Congress successfully held in Cambridge[…]

European Alliance for the Statute of European Association (EASEA) – 2011

Together with the European Youth Forum, European Movement International and many other associations, JEF is campaigning for the setting up of a European Statute for the European Association, giving institutional recognition to the engagement and to the activism of millions of citizens, freely and voluntarily joining together in associations across Europe. The freedom of association at Read more about European Alliance for the Statute of European Association (EASEA) – 2011[…]

For a user-friendly European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) – 2010

JEF Europe and the citizensinitiative.eu would like to kindly request your attention for the following urgent matter of importance for our organisation, the entire federalist movement and even European civil society as a whole. As you know, Article 11 of Treaty of Lisbon makes it possible through the new “European Citizens’ Initiative” (ECI) to collect Read more about For a user-friendly European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) – 2010[…]