A future for Europe – Myropa2012
Recently, the European Union has hit the headlines mainly as the result of negative press: either the debate centers on the Greek departure or expulsion from the Euro zone, or on one the many bailout programs for the weakened mutual currency. But if you take a closer look, you will see that it’s only about money and economy. Nobody speaks about the European idea, the cultural diversity, peaceful coexistence of many languages and nationalities, and the political opportunities the European Union offers.
Of course the European Union is faced with many problems and it’s important to discuss them. However despite the pessimism, one ought to keep the upside and successful projects, such as the Erasmus student exchange program in mind too! The present generation of students experience Europe as more than just tourists. They have made friends in many countries and have become acquainted with other European cultures and perhaps even learned their language. They do not necessarily think within domestic contexts, they consider themselves European citizens instead.
The Myropa2012 initiative deals with how we can shape Europe. Myropa2012 is a Future of Europe Project portal and part of the Nicholas Berggruen Institute on Governance. The “Europe beyond the Crisis” conference will be held on October 30, 2012 as part of this project. The “town hall meeting” will invite the public and politicians to play an active part in the debate surrounding Europe. Its objective is to put the topic of Europe back on the map and create concrete paths towards a far-reaching European integration. It is therefore important that the citizens of the European Union are actively involved in politics, the institutions of the EU are elected according to democratic principles, and that they will answer to the citizens. As on a national level.
In addition to famous politicians, including Helmut Schmidt and the former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzales, the debates will be open to all of Europe. Anyone gave leave their wish for Europe and post a statement or video at myropa2012.de. You can become a member of the community on the corresponding Facebook page to join in the discussion and vote immediately.
The Facebook community will select one hundred messages and wishes. They will be handed over at the meeting on October 30, where the politicians can state their position on them.
Every entry automatically participates in a daily sweepstakes. Winners will receive two tickets for the conference in Berlin. All of those who can’t be there can follow the event in live stream on Youtube.