We got a prize… and forgot to show it here. What a shame!

Back in autumn 2015 we realized the multinational youth gathering “Surveillance galore” with 60 young Europeans from 8 different countries – it was all about the web, the new digital era and surveillance. Now almost two years later we got a nation-wide price plus some nice €s. It’s a great achknowledgement that the things we’re doing togthter with you are worth doing it. Thanks to everybody being part of that project, it’s your price.

Impressionen zur europ. Jugendbildung – Jugendliche berichten im Webtalk

Screenshot.webtalkSchon oft von der europäischen Jugendbildung “think europe” gehört, aber noch kein richtiges Bild vor Augen? Hier berichten zwei Teilnehmer/innen aus der Türkei und aus Litauen über ihre Erfahrungen, die sie auf einer europäischen Jugendbegegnung gemacht haben.

Das Jugendprojekt fand im Mai 2014 im Rahmen des ausgelaufenen EU-Jugendprogramm JUGEND in Aktion statt und beschäftigte sich schwerpunktmäßig dem den Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament. Es nahmen rund 60 Jugendliche aus der Türkei, Litauen, Ungarn, Polen und Deutschland teil. Erfahrungen, Eindrücke und Ergebnisse über den Webtalk hinaus können auf dem Projektblog eingesehen werden: http://thinkeurope.net/voteeurope14

Der Webtalk fand im Rahmen der Aktionstage Politische Bildung der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung statt.


 

Presseartikel zu pARTizipation

Release: Bildband pARTizipation

Der Bildband zu unserem Projekt “pARTizipation” ist da. Hier könnt ihr Euch das Ding anschauen (Fotos by Kleinlaut). In der Galerie schon mal ein paar Bildteaser.

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Internationaler Jugendfreiwilligendienst – gute Infos in 6 Minuten

eurodesk.tv hat einen rd. sechsminütigen Beitrag über den internationalen Jugendfreiwilligendienst erstellt und online gestellt. Für alle diejenigen, die Auslandserfahrungen nach der Schule sammeln wollen, ist das eine riesen Chance. Also reinschauen und aktiv werden. Viel Spaß.

Europa-Haus Marienberg & “think europe” in der Westerwälder Zeitung

Die lokale Presse hat sich wieder einmal dem Europa-haus Marienberg angenommen. Im Rahmen des neuen Imageflyers des EHM fand ein Pressegespräch mit dem Leitungsteam bestehend aus Andrea Kunz, Karsten Lucke und Anselm Sellen statt. Dabei wurden besondere Projekte des Jahres 2013 herausgearbeitet und ein Überblick über das umfassende Angebot unserer europäischen Bildungsstätte geschaffen.

In der Presse kann ein Gesamteindruck natürlich nur in sehr komprimierter Form  vermittelt werden, aber für einen ersten Eindruck und um Lust auf eine Kooperation zu bekommen, reicht es absolut aus. Auch für die Region ist dies ein wichtiger Beitrag, damit die Menschen vor Ort erfahren, was alles im Europa-haus Marienberg geleistet und  realisiert wird.

Der Artikel ist bei der Westerwälder Zeitung leider nicht öffentlich online. Wer auf das Bild klickt, erhält den Artikel als gescannte PDF-Variante:

Presseartikel.WWZ.23.01.13

 

 

New Promotion video for think europe is out!

Berichterstattung über Europajugendbegegnung zu EU-Erweiterung und Social Media

Die europäische Jugendbegegnung von @thinkeurope “EuropeXL” zu den zentralen Themen “EU-Erweiterung” und “Social Media” haben auch außerhalb des Seminars großen Zuspruch gefunden. Das im Seminar entstandene Blog 

http://europexl.wordpress.com hat große Zugriffszahlen und auch die Presse und Partner berichten über das Projekt.

Schaut auf den Blog und hier noch eine Berichterstattung aus der weiten Welt der Presse sowie eine Dokumentation auf der Homepage vom ijab:

Zum Lesen bitte hier klicken!

Europa-Haus Marienberg aktiv im deutsch-polnischen Austausch – jetzt mit Nominierung!

In diesem Jahr feiert das Deutsch-Polnische Jugendwerk sein 20jähriges Bestehen. Im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten wurde auch das Projekt “Guter Nachbar” initiiert.

Die Auszeichnung “Guter Nachbar” wurde im Herbst 2010 anlässlich des 20-jährigen Bestehens des Deutsch-Polnischen Jugendwerks im folgenden Jahr ausgeschrieben. Bis Ende Januar 2011 wurden mehr als 700 engagierte Personen und Partnerschaften im deutsch-polnischen Jugendaustausch für die Auszeichnung vorgeschlagen.

Zu den Nominierten gehört auch ein deutsch-polnischer Austausch, der unter aktiver Mithilfe und Unterstützung durch die europäische Jugendbildung “think europe” des Europa-Hauses Marienberg initiiert und realisiert werden konnte. Die beiden Gruppen vom Göttenbach-Gymnasium Idar-Oberstein und dem

Gimnazjum nr 16 im Króla Stefana Batorego w Krakowie erlebete eine lebendige und aktive deutsch-polnische Jugendbegegung im Dezember 2010 im Europa-Haus Marienberg.

Für den Dezember 2011 bzw. das Frühjahr 2012 gibt es Planungen für einen Gegenbesuch der deutsche Gruppe in Krakau. Karsten Lucke, Studienleiter des EHM, soll auch dieses Projekt wieder betreuen und die deutsche Delegation nach Krakau begeleiten.

Das Europa-Haus Marienberg setzt sein erfolgreiches Engagement im Bereich der deutsch-polnischen Jugendbildung fort. Auch im nächsten Jahr wird wieder mit vielen vertrauten und auch neuen Partnern ein aktiver Beitrag im deutsch-polnischen Austausch geleistet. Dazu zählen neben der lebendigen Begegnung zwischen Polen und Deutschen vor allen Dingen der Aspekt des interkulturellen Lernens sowie der Sensibilisierung für die europäische Dimension. Deutsch-polnische Themen stehen ohnehin im methodenreichen Fokus der Arbeit.

Sehen Sie die Urkunde über die Nominierung zum “Guten Nachbarn” durch das DPJW hier:

„We are Europeans“ at the Europe House Marienberg Sensitization for EU enlargement to the SEE countries

After months of preparation, on May 02nd the Europebus with six representatives from different Balkan states finally arrived at the Europe House Marienberg. We welcomed young citizens from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. The six started just before Easter from Warsaw to discover Europe, to bring Western Balkan culture to the EU and to discuss future enlargement of the European Union to the SEE (South Eastern European) countries. “We are Europeans” is that project called. The lead partner is the Robert-Schuman-Foundation in Warsaw. They came up with the idea and organised the whole project together with the local partner throughout Europe. Also included in the whole project management is the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. “We are Europeans” is supported by the EU via the PRINCE programme.
Two busses with six representatives set out to discover Europe – one northern and one southern tour. The tour through the north of Europe started in Poland went through Germany and then drove along the Netherlands, Belgium and France to go back through Germany ending in Warsaw again. The last station before they went back to the final conference in Poland “We are Europeans” did stop in Bad Marienberg to visit the Europe House and have a colourful programme.
The day the citizens from the Balkan stayed here was separated into three parts. During the morning we discovered the local area showing rural Germany to the participants. We did visit the Abbey Marienstatt, a local traditional pottery shop and a pharmacy garden including a barefootwalk with the local Kneipp association.
After the lunch break we had a very good discussion forum about future enlargement to the Western Balkan. Young German citizens from schools and universities showed up as well as some teachers and representatives of local political parties. The MEP Norbert Neuser attended also – he just rushed from Brussels to Bad Marienberg to take part. It was a very vivid discussion. We crossed many topics and had also an active intercultural dialogue.
The day ended with an European Country Market conducted by an international editors seminar which took part the same time in the Europe House Marienberg: music, food, dancing, presentations,…
Western Balkan citizens long for being part of the EU. But it is not so easy. You can’t say all the countries of the Western Balkan have the same attitude. As Serbia is getting more European every day you’ll find more and more critical voices in Croatia even when Croatia is the country which is most likely the candidate to become the next member of the EU in 2012 or 2013. Brain drain is also a phenomenon which concerns the citizens of the SEE countries. They need the high qualified people to rebuild their own country instead of loosing them to the current EU members. A lot of things have been discussed and as always it is not just black and white. The discussion about the future enlargement is very complicated and multidimensional. “We are Europeans” is a project that helps to have a qualitative discussion about this issue covering many different aspects without being single-sided.
Hopefully this discussion will continue when they are all back in their home countries. Give us some feed back from time to time how things are progressing in that debate in the SEE countries. The Europe House will stick to the topic of future enlargement. Already in September we will have a multinational youth gathering which will deal exactly with this topic. As we will multiply a lot of the experiences via Social Media it could be a good opportunity for you to be engaged as well. Feel free to contact us!
 
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Smart Dictators – One of the main reasons for the implementation of Social Media in Political Education!

This is why we are so concerned about political (non-formal) education and the implementation of social media. The article was published in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Kluge Diktatoren) this weekend and it very well illustrates why we should increase our efforts to implement and explain social media in the field of political education. The author of this article is Evgeny Morozov (author of the book “The Net Delusion” – one of the most cited works when it comes to Internet and Democracy). The Article deals with the question why not Internet-censorship but containment constitutes a true danger for democracy. 

To read the full article you can either click on the picture itself and enlarge it to original scale or you click on the following link and downlaod the PDF file from our ge.tt account.

 http://www.ge.tt/#2pXjwph

Libya: EU sanctions against Kadhafi enacted

We have previously informed you about the planned EU sanctions against Moamer Kadhafi – Here is the update on that! 

03 March 2011, 17:22 CET

BRUSSELS, European Union sanctions against Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi, his family, and leaders of his beleaguered regime accused of brutalising civilians, came into force on Thursday. A list of the 26 Libyans targeted by the 27-nation bloc published in the daily EU Official Journal signals the immediate enforcement of an asset freeze and visa ban agreed Monday. Aside from Kadhafi, the measures apply to his seven sons and his daughter, along with his wife Safia al-Barassi. Kadhafi’s brother-in-law Abu Shaariya, deputy head of Libya’s external security, as well as two of his cousins, Ahmed Kadhaf al-Dam and Sayyid Kadhaf al-Dam, suspected of “terrorist activities”, arms dealing and involvement in assassination bids against dissidents living abroad, are on the list. The list gives names, dates and places of birth as well as job descriptions and reasons for being targeted by the sanctions, as well as passport numbers in a few cases. Also targeted are armed forces chief Colonel Massud Abdulhafez, anti-terrorist chief Abdussalam Mohammed Abdussalam, military intelligence director Colonel Abdullah al-Senussi and his deputy, Al-Barrani Ashkal, as well as the head of Libya’s revolutionary committees, Omar Ashkal. Kadhafi’s personal security chief Abdulqader Yussef Dibri, and Defence Minister General Abu Bakr Yunis Jaber are also on the list. The EU sanctions, which were adopted with unusual speed and rare cohesion, also called for an embargo on arms sales to Libya, in line with a UN resolution adopted last weekend. But toughening up the UN measures, the EU added names to the UN list and also slapped an embargo on sales to Libya of equipment which might be used for internal repression.
The bloc is currently eyeing added sanctions to hit Libyan companies.

And also: This is Reuters latest News on the current developments in Lybia and the actions the EU is considering, i.e. Taking at the moment. 

BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters) – The European Union dispatched a fact-finding mission to Tripoli on Sunday charged with reporting back on humanitarian and evacuation needs there to an EU crisis summit on Libya this week, an EU statement said. The team, headed by the head of EU crisis management, Agostino Miozzo, left for the Libyan capital from Rome on an aircraft provided by the Italian government.
“Its aim will be to assess humanitarian and evacuation efforts on the ground in Libya to make an appraisal of what may be needed in terms of additional support,” the statement said. It said it was the first such international mission to the country since the recent violence erupted there. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has called a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the EU response to the crisis in Libya ahead of a summit of European leaders that will focus on Libya on Friday. “I have decided to dispatch this high level mission to provide me with first-hand, real-time information to feed into the discussions leading up to Friday’s extraordinary European Council when I will update Heads of State and Government on the situation,” Ashton said in the statement. An EU diplomat stressed that the aim of the mission was to gather facts, not to negotiate with the Libyan authorities. “We have people on the borders, but nobody on the ground in Libya to find out what’s going on,” the diplomat said. “We are not there to negotiate, but to listen, and find out what’s going on the ground.” Intense automatic gunfire erupted in Tripoli on Sunday, the first such outbreak in  Muammar Gaddafi’s main stronghold in a two-week-old insurrection against his 41-year-old rule. Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim denied any fighting was under way in the capital, saying the gunfire was to mark the army’s recapture of several cities from rebel forces.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; editing by Michael Roddy)

“Praxis der politischen Bildung & Web 2.0″ mit Anselm Sellen, Europa-Haus Marienberg am 23.2.2011

Der Inhalt: Praxis der politischen Bildung

„think europe“ steht stellvertretend für die internationale Bildungsarbeit im Europa-Haus Marienberg. Ziel ist es Jugendliche aus der ganzen Welt zusammen zu bringen, zu vernetzen und gemeinsam mit ihnen ein Bewusstsein und Strategien für politische Partizipation zu entwickeln. Dienste des Web 2.0 wie Facebook, Twitter, YouTube sind dabei wichtige Werkzeuge vor, während und nach der Seminararbeit. Wie genau kann das aussehen? Was sind die Voraussetzungen? Welche Erfahrungen macht man als Erwachsenenbildner mit dem Web 2.0? Und vor allem: Was bringt das alles für die politische Bildung? Das sind die Leitfragen für den #pb21-Webvortrag mit Anselm Sellen.

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#pb21-Webvortrag mit Anselm Sellen – Web 2.0 und Social Media in der Praxis der politischen Bildung from pb21 on Vimeo.

The EEAS (European External Action Service) and Libya

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Lady Catherine Ashton is head of the EEAS – the new founded European External Action Service – which was established when the Lisbon Treaty came in force. With the Maghreb Countries rising up against dictatorships and struggling for democratic rights… the EEAS will have to come up with sustainable strategies and supporting meassures for the Arab world. Let’s recap what strategies the EU followed so far:

In an official document from 2004 the Eropean Parliament states:
“The EU has currently no formal relations with Libya, and the Commission has no Delegation in Tripoli. Nine EU Member States have embassies in Tripoli, and increased focus is being given to Libya following the lifting of the UN sanctions.On the basis of a consensus among the 27 Euro-Med partners reached on the occasion of the third Euro-Med Conference of Foreign Ministers in April 1999 in Stuttgart, Libya can become a full partner of the Barcelona Process if she accepts the full Barcelona acquis.

At the EU-African Summit

At present, Libya is a passive observer in the Barcelona Process, and is present as such at the Foreign Affairs Ministerial meetings, at high level political dialogue meetings, and at the Euro-Med committee. Libya has also attended, as observer, two high level sectoral Euro-Med meetings on energy in 2003. As indicated in the Communication on Wider Europe, in a context of enlargement, the EU should give consideration to how it could incorporate Libya into the neighbourhood policy. In order to send a coherent message, further engagement with Libya needs to be pursued within a conditional framework and a clear understanding of the country’s interest in making progress towards cooperation based on respect for shared values. However, the EU is considering engaging with Libya in selected areas of interest within a defined bilateral strategy, based on a realistic, conditional, and progressive approach, not to be considered as an “a la carte” offer of Barcelona. The long term objectives of EU policy towards Libya must remain Libya’s full accession to the Barcelona Process, accepting all its acquis. Such an approach should make it possible to address issues of interest, while helping Libya join the Barcelona Process and reintegrate fully into the international community.” [Read the full text here]

The EEAS strategy paper for the timeperiod 2011-2013 notes:
Press freedom has improved. However, freedom of association and freedom of expression remain restricted and there are still numerous reported abuses of human rights. Recently, many Islamic prisoners were freed and the government has taken steps to grant compensation to victims of the 1996 repression at the Abou Salim jail as well as to destroy this prison, a symbol of internal repression. The Leader of the Revolution, Muammar al-Gaddafi, still retains strong influence.“[Read the whole EEAS Strategy Paper on Libya here].

Catherine Ashton and the EEAS are facing a great challenge. The role of the EU in matters of foreign affairs is going to be (re-)defined, especially by the actions the EEAS is going to take now that many Arab countries are heading for change – change that will need careful and deliberate support. Now, with the Maghreb Countries unsettlement, the past strategies will have to be reconsidered and modified – the EEAS will have to prove its ascribed raison d’être.

Dreaming broadband…

This is a speech held by Neelie Kroes just a few days back at the “Fibre to home conforence” – I never knew there was such a thing. But hey, at least Neelie does… and indeed she should since she is one of the many vice persidents of the European Commission and responsible for issues connected to any digital agenda. I am happy to see that the European Commission is turning to the most pressing European issues: “broadband” for everybody, now that certainly beats foreign affairs and diplomacy efforts in and around the Maghreb countries.

Let’s hear what Neelie Kroes has to say:
Milan, 10 February 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is great to be here with you looking at our digital future. I hope to find new ‘digital buddies’ today, and that we will be able to implement the Digital Agenda and build a better future for Europe together.
At the heart of the Digital Agenda is ensuring that Europeans can get all the advantages and benefits that come from access to superfast broadband. Succeeding in this ambition is central to our economic future.
Maximising broadband access obviously takes a mix of players and a mix of technologies, and the role of fibre is central. You are not our only consideration, but you are absolutely key. It not possible to maximise access while failing on fibre. That is how seriously we take your issues.
While the EU broadband market is moving towards higher speeds because of fibre and cable, time is against us. The current rate of new connections – now down to 25,000 a day – is simply not enough to meet our 2020 targets. So we have to intensify our efforts and get higher investments on the ground. Read the whole speech here.
I must say that these lines sound very convincing. This is yet another example of how the European Union “connects” to our everyday life. By 2020 I will 37 years old and I’ll be online faster than I have dreamed to be. I apologize for my sarcasm at the beginning of this log.Neelie Kroes will provide the basic tool that guarantees for a lot of education oppurtunities. Lets hope, that by 2020 there are enough people who are actually capable of using these oppurtnities wisely (we will keep trying to contribute!).

EYV2011

Breaking News: The European Presidecy has just announced the launch of 2011s year of Volunteering website. I guess it’s time for us to volunteer and go abroad or stay and join the voluntary work!

http://www.eyv2011.be/

We will provide all the information we can get a hold of on this blog – so stay tuned and be amazed by the wide range of possibilities the EU offers! This is no commercial! We are aware of all the discourses that shed a negative light on the EU. But where there is shadow, there has to be light and this certainly is shining bright!