• Political activism in southern Italy: an insight on the new born JEF section in Calabria.

    Choosing political activism in a region like mine it is not an easy choice. A region like mine in which, in many cases, but not in every case yet, politics is involved with Mafia and Mafia is involved with politics. In a region which has one of the highest rate of school dropout in Italy and in Europe as well. Not to mention the rate of unemployment especially among younger adults. Precisely, more than 60% of young adults, from the age 15 to 29, born in Calabria, either does not have a job, is not looking for one or is not going to continue their studies. This is a region in which those who face difficulties involving social and economic integration are not only illegal migrants (thousands of them who arrive everyday in the most important harbours of Calabria). It is quite the contrary, those who face those difficulties the most are young adults who live in Calabria. But they are not just citizens from Calabria, they are Italians, they are European. These are serious issues that would discourage anyone from engaging in any form of political activism in a region as such.

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  • Political Participation: why and how we should address the young generation

    11 January 2016  19:28, by KAPPIA

    can you send instructions on how to receive training, on election procedures and other civic related skills

  • Europa and the bull: The significance of the myth in modern Europe

    4 December 2015  09:26, by jes

    Hathor was the Egyptian Goddess of cows, as ancient as Isis or Aset, and her Sinai temple links her with the storm god of Syria. the antiquity of Europa to even ancient Greeks indicates a link to the time when the March Equinox fell in Taurus.

  • JEF Official Statement on Paris Attacks

    15 November 2015  18:00, by Reimar Glueck

    To all the members of JEF-Europe, ever since JEF has been a symbol for a resisting conviction of a united Europe. After this terror attack, all of you members become a symbol of this quote: “There is no better answer to hatred than fraternity.” So, even more now ... don’t be calm in carrying on the european future.

  • #WeAreUnited

    14 November 2015  15:30, by JEF CRETE-UEF CRETE

    Dear French people, our thoughts of solidarity, from all the federalist members from Crete. Democracy,european identity, unity, our values. Vive La France.


  • The European Nation

    26 October 2015  19:44, by duodecim stellae

    Hey Ludger, nice article. (Wieso gibts den eigentlich nich auf Deutsch beim Treffpunkt?)

    I think Switzerland should be the role model for the European Union in many ways. The big language groups are subdivided in small cantons, so the nationalistic feelings within the language groups are kept smaller and the all-Swiss patriotism is very strong, which is part of switzerlands self-understanding of being one nation, despite the different language-groups. And yes, being NOT German, French nor Italian is part of the Swiss self-image, which makes it difficult for Switzerland to join the European Union, what is kind of ironic.

    It took more than hundred years for Switzerland to become a nation that respects all language groups and unites them in solidarity. The European unification process is only about 60 years old and it is still a long way to go. Guys, we’ll need to push things forward and show lots of endurance.

    The priority should be the promotion of European foreign language education in Europe, and not only English. (Just today I met a refugee from Africa in town who did not speak a word English or German, just French or Italian. If I never had learned a bit of those languages, I would not have been able to understand what he wanted from me and to communicate.)

    And what we really need is European media! Where are the pan-European newspapers? Where are pan-European broadcasting stations? There is Euronews, but we could have a European music channel, European Films... There are so much possibilities, but I doubt that something will grow out of the free market. It is up to the politicians to give us a pan-European public service broadcasting station!

  • Catalonia and the referendum phenomena

    24 October 2015  20:48, by Giuseppe Marrosu

    I agree. Catalonian independence from Spain could be good for the EU. Spain has no moral right to oppose a free choice by Catalonia on this issue. European democratic values are incompatible with the policy of preventing the self-determination of peoples. Anyway what do the spanish want? As a member of the EU independent from Spain Catalonia would share with them the same currency and external borders, the same EU budget (Catalonian money would still be flowing to Spain although less than now) and probably the same alliances (NATO). That is not OK with them, it seems that what they really want is to dominate the Catalans, force them to speak spanish, obey their king, depend on them. Is that for practical reasons (taxes) or for a need for self-assertion?

    Sure enough, if Catalonia somehow broke free of Spain it would be against the will of the spanish governement; then Spain would keep Catalonia from joining the EU and other international organizations. We should then expel Spain and welcome Catalonia. If Spain prevented that too, we should all leave the EU and the Euro and refound them with Catalonia and without Spain; and the new EU should not be bound to unanimity regarding accession or expulsion of member states. If some members do not like a new member they can always leave. The spanish would then eventually come to their senses and ask to join the new EU.

    This is how we should deal with all the countries who act contrary to european values and common interests. We should not negotiate with them. If they accept these very broad standards they’re in, if not, no one can oblige them, but no one can force us to keep them either.

    Freedom and independence work both ways.

  • The European Nation

    30 September 2015  15:50, by giuseppe marrosu

    I agree to most of the article. A language should be democratically chosen, however, to be intended as the official common language, not replacing the existing ones but rather acting as a vehicle of communication so that all europeans can understand each other. The traditional existing languages would be not only be allowed but people would be encouraged to actively preserve them and keep them alive, including those that are endangered now by a linguistic dominator (catalan vs. spanish for example). Unity in diversity.

    More stress should be put on democracy: we europeans need to get to participate actively in european politics. We need a European republic. Monarchies are problematic because they contradict the notion of all people being equal, because they tend to identify with the nation and because it is hard to imagine a king, Queen Elizabeth say, as a european citizen loyal to an elected european president.

    Canada or Australia (or Tunisia, Taiwan, S. Korea or the US) would be welcome in the EU as far as I am concerned if they ever wanted to join. Russia too if it became reliable, pacific and democratic.

  • France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg want more EU

  • A spectre is haunting Europe – The spectre of Jeremy Corbyn

    25 September 2015  19:21, by Karl G.

    It’s interesting to see, how after so many years Lenin is still such an important issue. In Germany, where I live, there are always news about Lenin statues or busts and even art projects about him as iconographic icon: www.leninisstillaround.com

  • Jeremy Corbyn Vs Europe

    21 September 2015  23:07, by Richard

    The Labour Party doesn’t have 600,000 members, let alone that many new members.

    It has attracted a large number of “affiliated members” and “registered supporters”. These are persons who paid the nominal £3 fee in exchange for the right to vote in the leadership ballot.