Europe on Track

From Bilbao to Madrid – the Crisis in Spain

In Bilbao Red Team stayed only one night, but had a chance to see the marvelous Guggenheim Museum. The city itself sets an unusual example of blending traditional and modern, a startling coexistence of conventional and extraordinary. No surprise, this is clearly visible in the general mindset of people; even living in a country that has been badly struck by the crisis, they do believe there is a way out and that crisis can be overcome. Their rather optimistic attitude is not unfounded; the unemployment rate in the city is rather low compared to other parts of Spain; around 20%. [...]

From Bilbao to Madrid – the Crisis in Spain2014-02-26T14:43:32+00:00

The new kid in town – Cluj-Napoca

“People need to come to Romania to see what it is really like”, said Monika (26, Social media management), so we followed her advice. From almost-EU-member Croatia we doubled backed along Lake Balaton to Budapest where we picked up our Europe on Track flag, before setting out again to enter the — for the moment — most recent EU members: Romania and Bulgaria. It has been 6 years now since Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, but in many ways, the differences are still clearly visible. Train travel is much slower here than in our previous pays de [...]

The new kid in town – Cluj-Napoca2014-02-26T14:43:37+00:00

Young Entrepreneurs – Lyon by Light

In Lyon Team Red had a discussion in Cooperation with the local University group of „Esprit critique“, a group that promotes Media competition among young people, so they get the means to inform and express themselves. In this discussion 20 AEGEE members from all over Europe participated actively. Among other things they debated on topics such as “Flexibility in the job market”.  In Switzerland or Finland its quite easy to find a new job, when leaving the old one, so it is not considered a big problem, especially as a result of the successful implementation of the Youth Guarantee system, while [...]

Young Entrepreneurs – Lyon by Light2014-02-26T14:43:43+00:00

When school doesn’t teach you everything – Zagreb

When you want to hear young people complain, ask them about their education. This is something which we have learned early on during this Europe on Track project. Wherever we have gone, the same shortcomings of the formal education system have been reiterated. While it does teach you a lot about the topic of your choice, it “does not teach you how to live in the world” (Silvia, 23, Law) and “does not tackle the issues which surround young people” (Marko, 22, Political sciences). Another problem according to many, is that our education systems “do not provide us with any [...]

When school doesn’t teach you everything – Zagreb2014-02-26T14:43:48+00:00

The shortcut to sustainability

In our post from Berlin, we introduced the three most frequently cited obstacles encountered by young people on the road to sustainability—lack of information, time, and money. So now that we have identified the main problems, let's take a look at the current efforts of young people, and some possible solutions they are offering. First, looking at the answers to the question “How sustainable do you think you live?”, we can see that young people are generally willing to make some efforts. Most of them, however, do not go beyond the regular, basic examples of sustainability, which closely mirror their [...]

The shortcut to sustainability2014-02-26T14:44:01+00:00

A way to tackle youth unemployment – in Italy

„Europe does not seem to be united these days and this is the root of many problems. For the greater integration of Europe there is a need for knowledge, mobility, exchanges among the people and young people are the ones doing that. Still it is a shame that they are often excluded from the decision-making processes while the system is promoted as a result of a cooperation. Authorities need to realise the importance of supporting young people”- one of the participants wrote down during the discussion in Bologna where a group of enthusiastic activists were asked to express their concerns [...]

A way to tackle youth unemployment – in Italy2014-02-26T14:44:06+00:00

Budapest: East, Central or West?

The central question to our project is “Where is Europe heading?” For many young people, this is inextricably linked to the question where their own country is heading. In a country with a troubled past—and a lot would say also present—such as Hungary, this is not always an easy question to answer. This is why AEGEE-Budapest organised a discussion evening on the position of Hungary in Europe, linked to the visit of Europe on Track's Team Blue. Is Hungary part of Eastern Europe, Central Europe, or something else? For almost all considerations except geographical ones, participants came to an agreement [...]

Budapest: East, Central or West?2014-02-26T14:44:12+00:00

History is part of the story – Bratislava

When on the road, one encounter often leads to another. A week ago we were at the Against Hate Speech Online event by AEGEE-Katowice, where we met Lencka, one of the participants and a member of AEGEE-Bratislava. We started talking about Europe on Track, she asked if we were coming to Slovakia, and before long, she invited us to stay a night at her parents’ place in Bratislava. One week later, having passed through the south of Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria, we are almost halfway in our journey from Brussels to Istanbul. We only covered some 60km from our [...]

History is part of the story – Bratislava2014-02-26T14:44:18+00:00

Educate yourself!

Erasmus, Bologna, mobility. The air is full of buzzwords on the form of our education. But what about the content? Does our education system prepare young people for their role in society? Does it give them awareness, interest, and tools for the bigger things in life? A better chance at finding a job? “You learn a lot at school, but not everything. Even when you finish university, you have to start from the beginning and you don't know anything”, says Silvija (23, Law student). The answers of young people across Europe consistently point out that none of our project's topics—European [...]

Educate yourself!2014-02-26T14:44:23+00:00

Investing in youth and volunteering – in Naples

For our first stop in Italy, AEGEE-Napoli has organised an event with about 30-40 attendees, mostly the members of AEGEE-Napoli were present to discuss the focus topic of Europe on Track. Their problems, expectations and possible solutions were brought to light both regarding Italy as a whole and their own city as well. Asked about their fears the most frequent answer is the difficulty of finding a job, but also the increase of economic problems in Europe, less possibilities for cultural and youth associations and mobility were among their main concerns. They don´t feel that their opinions count at all. [...]

Investing in youth and volunteering – in Naples2014-02-26T14:44:29+00:00