Organized by Students of the NHL Stenden University (European Studies)
EU Migration Policy – European (political) Family Drama
Migration raises high hopes and deep fears: hopes for the migrants themselves, for whom migration often embodies the promise of a better future (Haas, p.1, 2019). At the same time, migration is met with ambiguity in the several European Member States and over the past couple of years, anti-migration views have grown among its European citizens.
Since 2015, the European Union has implemented several measures to control migration flows better (European Council, 2021). Europe is reshaping its EU Migration Policy, with deals like the EU-Turkey Migration Deal, expanding the border protection agency Frontex and trying to distribute migrants equally among its Member States.
What is the EU Migration Policy, what kind of deals has the EU in place and does it work? In this first session on MeetEU, we will discuss current policies and current events and explain the different types of migration. In our second session, we will attempt to invite an MEP and try to come up with solutions for a better migration policy.
This event is going to take place on Discord.
Organized by FFF Climate Education Team
FFF Climate Education Team:
We Demand Climate Education in all European Schools!
Do students understand the climate crisis to its full extent and complexity? The answer is no.
In our exchange we’ll be exploring the tools of developing an elaborate way of fighting the climate crisis.
Climate education has for years been an underrated topic – we’re here to change that once and for all. Join our presentation to find out about our demands and the pressure we plan to put on the European governments.
One does not simply miss out on that!
Who we are:
The Climate Education Team is a group of 80 young activists from 35 European countries, we are part of the Fridays for Future movement. The goal of our project is to get extensive climate education implemented in every educational institution across Europe. Our vision of climate education is a comprehensive curriculum rooted in sustainability and fostering humanity’s connection to nature. It aims to provide a holistic understanding of the ongoing climate and biodiversity crisis and its underlying causes and consequences, facilitate the development of sustainable innovations and solutions and empower students to actively engage in creating a just, sustainable society.
In cooperation with scientists we have formulated six main demands about climate education aimed at the governments of European countries. During our presentation we will present our long-term plans and visions about climate education.
What’s the outlook for student exchanges between the UK and the EU?
Earlier this year, the UK not only left the European Union, it also withdrew from the Erasmus+ programme. The UK left Erasmus after 33 years and hundreds of thousands of participants. Instead, the UK has introduced the Turing-scheme, which is not considered by many to be an adequate replacement. Together with the Erasmus Student Network, we want to talk about the future outlook of student exchange between the UK and Europe.
- Kostis Giannidis, President, Erasmus Student Network;
- Jacob Duane, President, ESN UK;
- Natalia Flis, Education Officer, ESN UK
This event is going to take place on WebEx. Please register in advance before to join
Bulgarian Parliamentary Election – Who is Who?
Bulgaria’s parliamentary election is held on April, 4. Before that, we take a look at the electoral system, the national parties and what’s at stake for Europe.
This event is going to take place on Discord.
The Eurobubble on Twitch?
An MEP-Assistant Presents His Project
First created to have a few laugh about the life as a parliamentary assistant, Mepassistant became one of the main satyrical (but not only) figure of the Eurobubble Twittosphere.
After leaving the European Parliament, he recently launched the first-ever Eurobubble channel on the popular live-streaming platform Twitch. This channel, through interviews and other events, aims to put faces on the European Union, learn about it, and to recreate positive contact and interaction between EU experts and EU citizens.
How did he come up with the project? Why Twitch? How does the organization work in the background and what is his motivation?
Let’s talk with him about how he realized his project and what challenges he faced. He will answer your questions and use your ideas!
This event is going to take place on Discord.
Do they lack Focus on Europe? (2/2)
3 weeks ago together we looked at the process for picking the people charged with shaping Europe’s future. And we identified some weak spots in the process. This time we will look at a few ideas to improve on the process and give it a better focus on European issues.
Be sure to bring your Ideas and join us!
Klaus from Pulse of Europe
EU for Climate – Let’s Act Now!
On March 19, people around the world will take to the streets to once more raise awareness on the importance of opposing government policies that still do not take the 1.5 limit as an absolute must, even during the pandemic. In the EU alone, more than 130 rallies are planned in various cities.
What are they demanding from European politics, what are their fears and hopes? Why is the demand for “climate justice” crucial, and what does it entail? And what can we personally do against climate change?
Let’s get into a conversation, together with climate activists from different European countries we will talk about the current challenges for society and politics.
Portuguese Presidency: What are the main priorities?
Pedro Valente da Silva, Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Portugal
Under the Portuguese Presidency, the EU should focus on three priorities: promoting a recovery that is “boosted by the green and digital transitions, ”delivering the “Social Pillar as a key element for ensuring a fair and inclusive green and digital transition” and “strengthening the strategic autonomy of a Europe that is open to the world.”
How can these objectives be achieved, in particular, those related to the social pillar?
Let’s talk about it with Pedro Valente da Silva, Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Portugal.
This event will take place on Webex.
Do they lack Focus on Europe? (1/2)
Together we will take a look at the process for picking the people charged with shaping Europe’s future and discuss tweaks to the process. Be sure to bring your Ideas and join us!
Klaus from Pulse of Europe
This event took place on Discord.
Corruption – causes, effects, methods to prevent
Corruption is a complex phenomenon. It occurs in all societies, regardless of the political system, region or religion. The vast majority of people despises corruption. How can it then be that it is so resilient? The presentation discusses a few aspects of the many causes of corruption, their effects and methods how to fight back.
Dr. Michael Heisel, Transparency International
This event will take place on Zoom.
UK-EU defence and security cooperation after Brexit
Dr. Ulrike Franke, European Council on Foreign Relations
Brexit has taken place, but when it comes to questions of strategic security and defence, the EU and the UK will need to continue cooperation. The UK remains in NATO, and it continues to share many strategic interests with the EU and its member states.
So what actually changed with Brexit? The EU has moved forward and established several defence cooperation projects, from PESCO (the permanent structured cooperation) to the European Defence Fund EDF. Partly, this was made possible by the UK’s exit, as the UK had been critical of more extensive European defense cooperation.
What will the future of UK-EU cooperation on defence look like? Is the UK interested in participating in EU projects such as PESCO and EDF, or will it rather seek to cooperate with individual EU member states? What are the economic interests behind close cooperation and is there any alternative?
Since Donald Trump’s presidency in the U.S., EU countries have realized that they need to prepare for the challenges of a changing world more independently. Will the UK, even with the Brexit, strive to position itself security-wise with the EU in this rapidly changing world? Let’s talk about this with Dr. Ulrike Franke.
This event will take place on Discord, for more information about how to join click here.
The German Council Presidency – Enormous Challenges, Historic Solutions?
-Michael Gahler (MEP in the EPP Group)
In July 2020, we welcomed Thilo from the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Berlin, who told us about the goals and challenges of the next six months under the German Presidency. Now, seven months later, we would like to look back on progress made during the German Presidency. Our guest will address the challenges of the pandemic for the EU and explain how the German Presidency has responded. What solutions were found to problems and did the decisions taken break new ground? How far have other goals (e.g. EU-China investment agreement) been achieved, which were set long before the pandemic?
Let’s talk about this with the MEP Michael Gahler…
… who has already experienced some global challenges since his first election to the European Parliament in 1999. Today he is the foreign policy spokesman of the EPP group.
This event will take place on WebEx, for more information about how to join click here.
January 26, 18:00 CET
The Situation in Belarus – What Significance Does It Have for the EU?
– Sebastian Gerhardt (diplomat at Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU)
The demonstrations in Belarus continue, and the government in Minsk, even after massive international pressure, is not willing to comply with the demands for a new, free and fair election or even a resignation. How did this come about? What has been the EU’s position in the past and what is the country’s significance for the European Union?
Let’s talk about this with Sebastian Gerhardt, who worked for the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany as an expert on Eastern Europe in Moscow and now uses his knowledge for the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU.
January 19, 18:00 CET
Let’s watch Europe!
BIG TECH In the EU
Regulations & Opportunities
Debates about the big five (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple) have increased in recent years, while at the same time news about record fines and competition violations have piled up.
Together we will watch a video from TLDR Europe and then talk about whether and how the EU should regulate big tech companies.
January 12, 18:00 CET
Strategic autonomy – Can a United Europe do without it?
“The strategic independence is our new common project for this century,” said EC President Charles Michel. Emmanuel Macron has been applying strategic autonomy to everything from France’s defense sector to European industry …
What is it? What is it not?
Come join our exploration of EU’s latest catchphrase. As always followed up with a lively discussion among committed European citizens.
Thank you Klaus (Pulse of Europe) for organizing this Event!
December 23, 18:00 CET
ERASMUS in Lithuania – my adventure in the Baltics
with Lars Berndt, ERASMUS student from the Netherlands
“Lithuania, a destination unknown to many Europeans. One of the three Baltic states, a gem in the North-East of Europe. With only a population of roughly 2.7 million people, of which most of them live in the main capital Vilnius. This is where my story begins, along with many other Erasmus students. My name is Lars Berndt, a student in European Studies from The Netherlands. I have stayed in Lithuania for almost a full semester, learned about their history, culture, seen the beautiful wilderness and met new people from all over the European continent.”
December 15, 18:00 CET
MeetEU Christmas Quiz
How much do you know about the EU? Find out in the MeetEU Christmas Quiz! Besides a lot of interesting questions (… and answers) you have the chance to win great together.eu merch.
If you make it to the top 3, you can expect an EU Christmas parcel with branded badges, bags, can openers, flags, etc. A big thank you to our prize sponsor: the European Liaison Office in Berlin.
What you need to prepare:
- You need your smartphone (for choosing the answers) and another device, e.g. PC or notebook, with the Discord app installed (to see the questions).
- On the device with Discord installed you have to join our live stream in Talkroom 1. To do so click the LIVE button.
- On your smartphone, go to https://kahoot.it and enter the game code that will be displayed in our live stream (Talkroom 1)
- On Kahoot, please choose the same name that you use on Discord.
December 8, 18:00 CET
European stories – Our adventures!
No matter if it’s for work, study or just to explore. We have all traveled through Europe and experienced exciting stories. Let’s talk about them! Meet interesting people, listen to thrilling situations and share your own favorite adventure with us on MeetEU!
December 3th, 18:00 CET
The European contribution to the climate crisis
Will EU mitigate emissions at the necessary rate?
Martin Hojsík (Slovakia), MEP Renew Europe
Timothée Galvaire, Assistant of Pierre Larrouturou (France), MEP Socialists & Democrats
It is about our future! In December, climate policy decisions will be made that will define the goals for the next decades. Your opinion interest us! Together with representatives of the European Parliament you have the opportunity to discuss the upcoming political appointments:
- On 12 Dec, we will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, but what is there to be celebrated? Have the European countries, gone anywhere near the climate goal we should have reached after 5 years of the COP 21 meeting?
- On 10-11 Dec, at the Summit of the Council of the EU in Brussels, the heads of states and governments of the 27 countries will meet to decide upon the 2030 emissions reduction target. Will the Council of the EU come up with a bold target, that meets the urgency and scale of the challenge we face?
- It will also be decided whether to introduce a TFT (= Tax on Financial Transactions) to finance climate, health and social issues: Pierre Larrouturou, who is the current budget rapporteur for the European Parliament, went on hunger strike for 18 days in Brussels, to break the resistance of French and German governments against the introduction of this Tax.
Our guests will be asked to give their thoughts in three successive rounds – after each round there will be plenty of time for all participants to enter into contact with them and ask questions directly. You’re in?
A short overview about the TFT can be found here: Tax on Financial Transactions
Thank you Claudine for sharing it!
November 17, 17:30 CET
Africa and the EU – Together towards a better future?
With Hildegard Bentele, MEP,
Group of the European People’s Party, Member of the Committee on Development
The African continent is growing the fastest in the world, the population is longing for prospects and countries like China are increasingly intensifying their relations with the countries in the region. In the last two years, the EU’s priorities in Africa have focused particularly on building a pan-African union, investing in the population, for example by promoting education, and integrating a common African market. How does the future of cooperation between African states and the European Union look like and by which common interests is it driven? What foreign policy significance does Africa have for the EU?
November 10, 18:00 CET
Freedom of speech –
a predetermined breaking point for our society?
The session is organized by Klaus from Pulse of Europe.
The murder of Samuel Paty in France again has put the flashlight on the basic human right of Free Speech and those who reserve the right to kill if their feelings are hurt by somebody exercising this right. Yet from suppressing political opinions, hate speech to the battle about the validity of science and sheer manipulation in times of social media there are numerous issues in between.
We want to spend this session on understanding where we actually stand, what is at stake and discussing the issues.
Picture: N i c o l a y S m e h, u n s p l a s h
Live Report from Brussels: the New EU Climate Law
Michael Bloss, MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance
The EU aims to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The new EU climate law will form the basis for the transition to a green economy. As you may imagine, there are different opinions on this in the member states;) One of the negotiators is MEP Michael Bloss. Tuesday night, he‘ll tell us where we stand now and what the biggest sticking points are.
Nini Tsiklauri presents her new book:
‘Lasst uns um Europa kämpfen’
Nini Tsiklauri is an actress, writer, political activist and passionate European, who grew up in Hungary, Georgia and Germany. As an actress, she is known for ‘Die Wilden Kerle’ and ‘Schloss Einstein’.
Nini studied political sciences in Austria. She is also an initiator of the PulseofEurope movement in Austria. Her new book „Lasst uns um Europa kämpfen“ (Let’s fight for Europe) offers a new perspective to understand and feel the European Union. Nini charges Europe with strong emotions and provides a do-it-yourself rescue plan for the EU. A very private and at the same time highly political book.
Please be informed that the reading is in German . Questions can be asked in English.
Transnational European HomeParliament
The project – set up by the civil society organization Pulse of Europe – is organised under the patronage of President Ursula von der Leyen.
What is it about? In groups of 4-8 people, you discuss the Future of European Solidarity.
The 3 core questions are:
- Should wealthy EU member states provide more economic support to member states that are particularly hard hit by crises?
- Should the EU invest more in social policy measures to tackle social inequality between the member states?
- Should the EU, in the interest of future generations, primarily focus on environmentally friendly innovation and jobs?
The results of the discussions are sent to Ms. von der Leyen and 29 members of European Parliament, such as Manfred Weber, Othmar Karas, Gabriele Bischoff, Fabienne Keller, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Martin Schirdewan, Ska Keller, Pedro Marques, Lukasz Kohut and Damian Boeselager. They will comment on the results on a digital platform and will invite you to this discussion.
Will the pandemic turn out green?
Delara Burkhardt, MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
The European Commission defined the Green Deal as a roadmap to transform Europe into a sustainable and carbon neutral continent by 2050.
However, will the pandemic push that goal to the background? Or has the COVID-19 crisis shown that we can take radical and immediate measures? That is what we’d like to discuss with Delara Burkhardt, MEP and a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
Child Rights and Germany’s 2020 EU Council Presidency
The German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020 comes at a crucial time for children: We are facing an unprecedented crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic and we entering the Decade of Action to deliver on the SDGs until 2030. Progress for children has been significant globally, but challenges to the realization of all rights for all children everywhere, especially the most vulnerable ones, remain.
We want to discuss UNICEF’s recommendations for the German EU-Presidency such as a comprehensive EU Child Rights Strategy, an impactful partnership between the EU and Africa for children and a child-focused humanitarian response
Lydia Berneburg, UNICEF Germany
September 29, 2020 – 18:00 CEST
European HomeParliaments by Pulse of Europe
We like to present you a cool initiative: the European HomeParliaments by Pulse of Europe.
What is it about? A HomeParliament is a meeting of 4 to 8 people who discuss an European question. Anyone can become a host of such a HomeParliament. The citizens’ movement Pulse of Europe provides you with all the documents.
The results of your discussions do not end up in a drawer somewhere, but are sent to EU policy-makers, like Ursula von der Leyen, Manfred Weber, Ska Keller or Damian Boeselager.
Hendrik Michel from Pulse Of Europe Frankfurt will show you how it works and how you can participate.
The 3rd round of European HomeParliaments takes place from 19 September to 1 November 2020.
Hendrik Michel, Pulse of Europe Frankfurt
September 22, 2020 – 18:00 CEST
Let’s meet, MeetEU!
A half year is over, we would like to use the opportunity to look together with you over the past months and talk about the future of MeetEU.
September 15, 2020 – 17:00 CEST
The State of the Union speech of Ursula von der Leyen in front of the European Parliament
On 16 September, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver the annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament. Afterwards the Members of the European Parliament will discuss the main challenges for the coming year. The day before the speech, Georg Pfeifer, Head of the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Germany, and Jörg Wojahn, Representative of the European Commission in Germany, will give an online briefing on the upcoming speech and answer your questions.
September 8, 2020 – 18:00 CEST
Conspiracy Theories in the Coronavirus Pandemic
Prof. Butter is Vice Chair of the COST Action “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories” and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council (ERC)-funded project “Populism and Conspiracy Theory (PACT). The project investigates the significance of conspiracy theories for populist movements in different European countries (Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland), Brazil and the United States.
Prof. Dr. Michael Butter (University of Tuebingen)
September 1, 2020 – 18:30 CEST
The Western Balkans: EU members of tomorrow? – Progress and challenges in the accession process
The Western Balkans play the central role in the EU’s enlargement plans, but how likely is it that the accession conditions can be met in a region where other global actors are increasingly trying to assert their interests?
Let’s talk about this with Michael Gahler, MEP & Foreign Policy Spokesman of the EPP
Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament
Aug 11, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Workshop: Introduction to the EU-institutions
How is the European Parliament elected? How do the EU Institutions work together? And how does the EU pass new laws?
These and more questions are touched upon in our workshop. You will gain valuable knowledge about the European Union and its institutions or refresh the knowledge you already have. This will prepare you to follow EU politics more closely and understand the processes that unfold in Brussels.
So join us on 11 August 2020 at 18:00 CEST and learn more about the EU-Institutions.
Every participant will receive a certificate of attendance by the European Parliament Liaison Office in Germany.
Frank Burgdörfer, Expert in Team Europe of the European Commission, Lecturer for European Policy at the University of Koblenz-Landau
Aug 4, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Brexit Talk with #EUsupergirl Madeleina Kay
What is it like to be young, pro-European and British while the UK has officially left the EU on 31 January 2020? The withdrawal of the UK from the EU, which became widely known as Brexit, agitated British society in many ways. In the course of Brexit, Madeleina Kay became a vocal pro-European activist in her country, which earned her the name #EUSupergirl.
On 4 August 2020 at 18:00 CEST she will share her experiences of the last years and will show you Brexit from a very personal angle.
July 21, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Understanding EU Jointly:
Assessing the European recovery and budget package – A glass half full or half empty?
July 14, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
What you need to know about the Columbus laboratory and other ESA projects
What is Europe actually doing in space? What is the Columbus module? And what is ESA?
Lucas, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
July 7, 2020 — 16:00 CEST:
German Presidency of the Council of the EU
Germany is set to hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July 2020. Many pressing topics need to be solved, such as Brexit, the long-term budget of the EU and the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. What could it mean for Germany to preside over the Council of the EU? How can it shape the presidency? Who is involved? What will be important?
Thilo, Press Officer at the European Parliament Liaison Office in Berlin
June 30, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
First generation academics as European bridge builders? – Why social diversity in EU institutions matters
People with a migration background and those from non-academic families are strikingly underrepresented in the work environment of the EU. The initiative “ArbeiterKind Brüssel” wants to encourage more first generation academics to study or work in Brussels and at the same time raise awareness in the European quarter about their special skills and qualities – for instance as ambassadors of the European idea which can comprehensibly explain EU affairs to broader parts of society.
Benedikt from the initiative “ArbeiterKind Brüssel” (literally ‘Working class child Brussels’).
June 23, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Situation of the Judiciary in Poland
Let’s analyze together: Where do we stand? How did we get there?
Klaus, Pulse of Europe
June 16, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
The EU Immune System: The Infringement Procedure How does it work? Does it work?
You have no idea what we are talking about? Great. You definitely should join our talk next week;)
Klaus, Pulse of Europe
June 9, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Career opportunities within the European institutions
If you are interested in a career within the EU institutions, make sure to join us in Talkroom 1.
Jill (PR Officer), Astrid (PR Officer) and Annika (Trainee) from the European Parliament Liaison Office in Berlin
June 2, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
The Franco-German recovery fund initiative. Helpful or divisive?
Were Merkel and Macron right to come forward with their proposal without having included the other 25 in the discussion? Is this how successful leadership works or did the stepping ahead make other member states feel passed over? We are excited to hear your arguments and perspectives.
Klaus, Pulse of Europe
May 26, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
How can the European Union provide equal education for all?
Poverty and social exclusion are depriving many European children of educational opportunities. What can the European Union do to guarantee every child a fair start in life? How can it ensure access to higher education for all ?
Moritz Wille, high school student in Germany
Everyone is welcome to join, even if you haven’t been to school for a while .
May 19, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Factual overview on the EU’s financial response to the Corona crisis
After the talk you can ask questions and discuss with us how can we combat the economic fallout, what long-term recovery strategy we need and if there should be a spending control on EU level.
Willemijn de Jong, PR Officer and former official at the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) Secretariat of the European Parliament, the Netherlands
May 12,2020 — 18:00 CEST:
The Challenge of Mastering the Pandemic and its Economic Impact jointly
To give you some background: On May 19th (18:00 CET) we’ll have the exclusive opportunity to talk to Willemijn de Jong, PR Officer, Liaison Office European Parliament Netherlands, about the EU‘s financial response to the Corona crisis. In preparation of this event we want to identify what we deem to be the key questions so that we can get real benefit from the availability of this EU PR Officer.
Klaus, Pulse of Europe
May 7, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
See and Change / Book Reading with Leonhard Hepermann
Leonard Hepermann, a young German together.eu volunteer. His book is about what should the new Europe look like? How do we manage the ecological transformation? After the reading you can ask questions to Leonhard and discuss visions for a future Europe.
May 5, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Coronavirus app – what’s going on in your country?
Several EU member states are designing smartphone apps to help track the spread of Covid-19. Tell us what is the situation in your home country? Should the app be mandatory or voluntary? What about data privacy versus public health? Will Europe succeed in pushing through a common standard?
Introduction by Klaus, Pulse of Europe
April 28, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Lars, Bachelor student European Studies, the Netherlands
April 26, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
April 21, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
ERASMUS and Covid-19 – Your questions please!
“I wanted to go on ERASMUS this summer – can I leave the country?” — “I have already booked my trip to start my ERASMUS semester – but my host country has closed its borders. Will I be refunded?” ERASMUS in the time of coronavirus raises many questions.
Michel Boehm from ERASMUS Student Network Germany (ESN)