Current Cross-Border and Pan-European Projects
Euro Babble – Originally a satirical project, the EFF is relaunching Euro Babble as a witty journalistic platform that offers a regional perspective of European writers and journalists in one common place. Euro Babble is re-launched as the sister-publication of the established European online magazine Katoikos.eu, where its different articles are featured in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as the native language of the respective authors. Through this effort Euro Babble connects readers and writers from different regions and fosters a common European identity by extending regional content to all of Europe.
The eventual goal is to gather enough support to allow Euro Babble to publish all its content in all European languages, diminishing any and all linguistic barriers.
CERGGEY – The Central-European Research Group on Globalisation, Europe and Youth – In cooperation with BISLA College and The Liberal Herald in Bratislava, the EFF is organising a conference on globalisation in December 2017. Groups of students and academics from various central-European (and one South African) universities will come together to present their newest findings and proposals in the field of globalisation research. Following this conference, we aim to establish a new interdisciplinary research group, connecting the EFF and the attending universities in common research efforts, melding theory and practice and enabling students to work with academics and practitioners alike.
Connecting Citizens: Building Bridges Over Troubled Waters Workshop at the European Youth Event 2018 – How would you connect Europe? – Today more than ever, Europe is in disarray and the different nations, institutions and groups of citizens act like strangers with no understanding for one another. In an interactive workshop, we will give participants free reign to address the following questions:
How can citizens from different backgrounds come together?
How to educate citizens about Europe and enable them to engage with it?
How can we educate European and national institutions about its citizenry?
#ELECT EUROPE 2019 – Go European! – An initiative from our partners at The European Moment. Building on last year’s successful campaign #MachsEuropäisch, we will organize a joint campaign running from August 2018 until the European elections instead of each pro-European initiative planning individually. Making Europe tangible, mobilize citizens and involve them in the debate on the future of Europe. What does the Lisbon treaty mean for the average European? We will reclaim EU politics and get them out of the dusty drawers in Brussels – in workshops, on the street and online.
Current Local Projects
Europe Lab Austria – An initiative of our partners at the Bürgerforum Europa, the Europe Lab Austria takes the goals of the EFF and puts them into practice, by bringing together individuals and civil society organisations to workshop new projects for Europe. We were happy to join the Europe Lab and have already proven ourselves to be a driving force for new project generation.
Europe Goes to School – Myths about and prejudice against the EU are common. It’s a bureaucratic monster that regulates everything from the curvature of cucumbers to the size of tractor seats, it has no democratic legitimation and its budget is a bottomless pit. These and other myths are frequently reiterated and reinforced. Our project sends European educators and practitioners into schools, to confront pupils with these, to check them for their accuracy and to critically reflect upon the underlying reasons. Through a learning-by-doing approach, students aged 10-18 learn what the EU is really like, how it is manipulated by politicians and media outlets, why a functioning single-market needs so very much regulation and why exactly the Council of the European Union lands at an impasse so often.
Italics Magazine – an independent Italian online magazine aiming at becoming a reference for readers, professionals and foreign press interested in covering Italian issues thoroughly, appealing to diverse fields of interests and schools of thoughts. We are aware that our country is lacking a complete, in-depth, across-the-board, international and neutral source of information in English. Therefore, we realized that the World needs an ‘Italy inside-out’ storytelling abroad. This would allow foreign readers who do not speak Dante’s language to receive first hand information and opinion from ‘The Boot’, not necessarily and exclusively filtered by foreign sources.
While we take the initiative and create our own projects, we are always open to suggestions from other individuals and organisations and want to make it as simple as possible for members of our network to find each other and start new projects. We will soon be launching our new online platform, where anyone and everyone will be able to exchange ideas and come together to make their ideas come true. That is why we call it Europe CAN.