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European students cast a critical eye on Moldovan parliamentary elections

On the weekend of the 30th of November AEGEE-Europe deployed 22 young observers to the parliamentary elections in Moldova. In pairs of two the observers visited around 50 polling stations,  that were spread out across different neighborhoods of Chisinau. During all stages of election day (opening, voting, closing and counting) no major irregularities were observed. In general everything was well organized, all necessary materials were present and stations opened and closed on time. A big number of international and national (partisan) observers were present. However AEGEE-Europe observers noted some procedural irregularities.  Due to the failure of the national online voter [...]

European students cast a critical eye on Moldovan parliamentary elections2015-08-03T10:19:51+00:00

The Anniversary Toolkit is here!

It is here! The Anniversary Team is proud to present the long-awaited Anniversary Toolkit for you! You can find useful information regarding the general framework of the anniversary year, the thematic structure, different activity suggestions for the different topic, tips and guidelines for organising your perfect Anniversary event. The locals who wish to apply for the Night of the Seven Antennae event can find the guidelines in the toolkit. Application deadline: 7th December 23:59 CET Download toolkit  

The Anniversary Toolkit is here!2014-12-02T09:27:34+00:00

Contributing to democracy in Europe – AEGEE observing the Bosnian elections

On 12th of October 2014, 17 student members of AEGEE-Europe from 7 different countries were observing the general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Country is divided into two different entities, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and Republika Srpska (RS), of which both were visited. The observers, in teams of two, visited 45 rural and urban polling stations in district Sarajevo. Minor irregularities were noticed in five polling stations, for example usage of wrongly coloured ballot box sealing, overcrowding of the polling station and voting outside the voting booth. The complexity of the constitutional set up of Bosnia and Herzegovina is [...]

Contributing to democracy in Europe – AEGEE observing the Bosnian elections2015-08-03T10:21:13+00:00

Witnessing when democracy is happening: European students observing the Referendum in Scotland

An election observation mission by AEGEE-Europe was present at the Scottish Independence Referendum held on the 18th of September 2014. Setting its main focus on the representation of the youth in Europe, the mission had as its goal to enhance democracy by ensuring the transparency of the voting process and the compliance with international voting regulations. The ongoing debate whether Scotland should be independent from the United Kingdom reached its culmination with yesterday's referendum. The public opinion on the matter had been divided during the campaigning process: preliminary polls had predicted an even distribution of votes on either side, with [...]

Witnessing when democracy is happening: European students observing the Referendum in Scotland2015-08-03T10:21:53+00:00

The shooting down of the flight MH17 in Ukraine should be a wake up call for Europe

The shooting down of a Boeing 777 on July 17th is a shocking reminder of the fact that, while the international community divides its attention between the bombing in Gaza and the holiday destination of the German world champions, the situation in Eastern Ukraine has degenerated into a civil war whose consequences are unpredictable. AEGEE-Europe has been paying continuous attention to the situation and we are worried that this attack can lead to a crossing of accusations and an escalation of the conflict. The current and the new boards of AEGEE-Europe would like to express their condolences to all families [...]

The shooting down of the flight MH17 in Ukraine should be a wake up call for Europe2014-07-18T22:19:12+00:00

“If we don’t cry out, who will?”

Commeorating 25 years of the Tianammen Square massacre As a European students’ organisation, we do not often look beyond Europe in these days while so many conflicts are happening in our continent. But today we do. We want to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crackdown of one of the biggest students’ protests in history, the Tianammen Protests in China, with a million of students demanding for reforms towards freedom and opening of the communist regime. “People were disappointed in the government. They thought, If we don’t cry out, who will?” says Kenneth Lam, who was 20 then. When the [...]

“If we don’t cry out, who will?”2014-06-04T12:28:31+00:00

Outcome of World Youth Conference Sri Lanka

AEGEE-Europe was present in the World Youth Conference in Sri Lanka, with the participation of our Liaison Officer towards the European Youth Forum, Marko Grdosic, and liaison officer towards United Nations, Laia Garcia working on young people's involvement and participation in the post 2015 MDG process of the UN. During the 1 week conference, representatives from all the Governments in the world (both Government Official from each of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and youth representatives from each of the National Youth Councils) together with international youth prepresentatives from the biggest  International Youth Networks in the world, met and dived [...]

Outcome of World Youth Conference Sri Lanka2014-06-02T13:16:53+00:00

Tense situation in Ukraine the days before their most important elections.

Even though most western media have shifted attention from Ukraine, AEGEE-Europe / European Students’ Forum is still concerned about the situation in the country. We pay close attention to the Eastern regions, where several independence referendums were conducted some days ago. Regarding the absence of the international observers, and the lack of a legal framework to hold these consultations, neither the government of Ukraine nor the international community give validity to the results, but this seems to have little importance these days. The situation in the country is very unstable. On the one hand, the provisional government (established once President [...]

Tense situation in Ukraine the days before their most important elections.2014-05-22T11:56:12+00:00

How AEGEE is helping at the Turkey mining tragedy and the Balkan floods.

In the past days, two different tragedies have shaken our continent with too little impact on the news in many of the EU countries, which are focused into their national problems, the European Parliament elections, and in some superficial events such as the end of the football championships. In Turkey, 300 people died trapped in a mine in Soma, in the worst accident in a mine in the region in the last decades. The mourning for the victims has been mixed with outrage for the feeling that this accident could have been prevented. (1) In the Balkan peninsula, [...]

How AEGEE is helping at the Turkey mining tragedy and the Balkan floods.2014-05-20T18:28:03+00:00

Spanish Electoral Board forbids the EU to promote voting in Spain.

On a resolution issued on the 20th of March, the Spanish Electoral Board (administrative organ that veils for the neutrality of the elections) banned the possibility of a direct encouragement of Spanish citizens to vote by any public. Concretely, it forbids the public powers to use images of people voting, urns or slogans urging to participate in the election process. AEGEE believes that such an interpretation of the law does not follow the democratic values, since one of the pillars of a democratic society is participation in the election of their representatives, and the right to vote should be encouraged [...]

Spanish Electoral Board forbids the EU to promote voting in Spain.2014-05-19T13:05:38+00:00