Europe on Track

Vote at 16 – Wien

Things 16-year-olds can do: Pay income taxes, be tried as an adult, get married, start driving lessons, join the army,… Things 16-year-olds cannot do: Vote. Unless you are Austrian. Or from Nicaragua, Brazil, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Ecuador, or Argentina. But unfortunately Europe on Track does not call at any of these destinations, so we ask some young people in Wien about their opinion on lowering the voting age to 16. Not mature enough, easy to influence, not sufficiently prepared, not informed about politics. People on the streets and at university find plenty of reasons for not giving 16-year-olds [...]

Vote at 16 – Wien2014-02-26T14:44:37+00:00

Ile-de-France or Ile-d’ Europe? – From Paris with love

Asked about their identity young people responded that they feel Parisian at the first place, then European and then French. Generally we can already say that most people politically don´t think in European terms, the first is always the national perspective. In London we experienced the same. And it appears that here the capital city is an island more connected to Europe than to France itself. Should Ile-de-France change its name to Ile-d`Europe?! Paris is giving home to thousands of international students with conflicting views on the future of Europe depending on whom you are asking; law students of the [...]

Ile-de-France or Ile-d’ Europe? – From Paris with love2014-02-26T14:44:45+00:00

The bumpy road to sustainability

So far, the interviews indicate that young people are mostly preoccupied by our increasing dependency on fossil fuels, closely followed by the threat of resource shortages and the treatment of waste produced by our high-consumption society. But what are they doing about it? How much are young people aware of their own impact on the sustainability of our planet, and how does it influence their lives? The first responses from Berlin show a mostly basic understanding of sustainability among youth, but young people also face a number of obstacles when pursuing a more sustainable life-style. The first of these problems [...]

The bumpy road to sustainability2014-02-26T14:44:50+00:00

Are Czechs more selfish?

Some days ago, while in Prague, the question came from Brno if Europe on Track would be stopping there as well. Since we are in the neighbourhood, we quickly manage to arrange an extra stop in Brno, breaking up the fairytale journey through the snow-covered, sun-reflecting hills of Moravia. After all, a plan is only something you can divert from. As we pull into the station and the purser opens the door, 3 girls walk up to the train: Jana (23, Theatre studies, Aesthetics, and Management of culture), Veronika (25, Economics), and Dita (26, Informatics). They take us to the [...]

Are Czechs more selfish?2014-02-26T14:44:56+00:00

United States of Europe in 2020?

Since the beginning of the project we were looking forward to visiting Enschede, home to one of the biggest locals of AEGEE, with many engaged members, a strong focus on content, and the only local with an own bar, Sociëteit Asterion. At the NWM in Leuven, European Affairs responsible Thijs confirmed their participation in Europe on Track, and 2 days later we were knocking on the door of their office in the centre of Enschede. After a reassuring afternoon on the campus of Universiteit Twente—engineering students seem to trust in their technical expertise to find a job easily after graduation—we [...]

United States of Europe in 2020?2014-02-26T14:45:02+00:00

British youth about the British education: not as good as it seems like?

In London Team Red arrived to meet a group of students from different areas of the city, with clashing views on recent tendencies on the Islands' most pressing issues regarding educational policies. A lot of interesting interviews have been carried out in order to picture their ideas on how changes in youth policy and institutional education - for instance, the recognition of non-formal educational methods - could improve the situation the English youth are facing. Among the people interviewed was Frank (22) who was rather concerned about the current state of the British education system claiming; "the government decided that it is good to [...]

British youth about the British education: not as good as it seems like?2014-02-26T14:45:08+00:00

First interviews

You always remember your first, no matter the number of experiences after that. Our first interview is with Sintija (21) from Riga, studying International Business Law and board member of AEGEE-Tilburg. It is only fitting that, when asked about her idea of Europe, she would come down to the basic raison d'être of the EU: for countries to “cooperate, support, and help each other economically.” She is therefore confident that we will see this crisis through with all member states, as “we are in this together.” Arriving at Tilburg University, Janneke (21), student in Fiscal Economics disagrees. Janneke: “If the [...]

First interviews2014-02-26T14:45:13+00:00

Promote sustainable travelling – win €1250 for your local!

InterRail offers two locals the unique opportunity to win 1250€ for their projects or event. We would like to invite you to take part in a competition promoting sustainability and environmental awareness offered by our partner – InterRail! The prize money can be invested in any project or event you are planning. www.InterRail.eu offers train passes to Europeans to explore Europe by train. Train travel is one of the most sustainable ways of traveling through Europe. How can you participate? The topic of the competition is: "Promoting Green Travelling - Sustainable Europe by 2020”. Do you care about a sustainable future - and do you [...]

Promote sustainable travelling – win €1250 for your local!2014-02-26T14:45:18+00:00

Europe on Track – Launch from Leuven!

Saturday morning, 11am. Seven people in dark green hoodies walk through the gates of the scouting premises in the centre of Leuven. After a day of preparation in Brussels, they are ready to kick off the project which will define their every step in the coming month. They are the members of Europe on Track: Cristina Manso, Manú Bueno, and Mathieu Soete (Team Blue), Natalia Kondrat, Héloïse Treis, and Benni Battke (Team Red), and the coordinator of the project, Réka Salamon. Participants discussing the project with Mathieu (Team Blue) Inside, 25 AEGEE-members from locals around Belgium and the Netherlands [...]

Europe on Track – Launch from Leuven!2014-02-26T14:45:32+00:00

Meet the travellers: Mathieu Soete from Leuven

Mathieu Soete Age: 26 From: Leuven, Belgium Studies: Law, Management It is sometimes said that Ryanair has done just as much for European integration as the EU, but to me travelling by train is the best way to see the diversity of our continent in the right perspective. The slower pace of train travel, the constant contact with both locals and other travellers, and the real touch with the land, allows you to realise that borders can separate countries, but not people, ideas, or beliefs. A project like Europe on Track will therefore give a much more representative cross-section of [...]

Meet the travellers: Mathieu Soete from Leuven2014-02-26T14:45:53+00:00