Society

  • NOlimpia: Budapest against the Olympics

    By on Feb. 27, 2017

    A group of young Hungarians just finished a successful campaign calling on the city of Budapest to drop its 2024 Olympic bid. The movement, which has long-term ambitions of becoming a political party, says that apart from protecting Budapest from the expenses of the games, it wants Hungarians to take back democratic control over their own lives. [OPINION]

  • Have we really had enough of experts and intellectuals?

    By on Feb. 7, 2017

    Michael Gove, former UK Secretary of State for Justice, famously asserted that "people in this country have had enough of experts" in the run-up to the Brexit referendum. This strain of anti-intellectualism, which can be easily detected in Gove’s discharge of pundits, turned the spotlight on politicians and intellectuals alike.

  • Why are only 2% of MPs under the age of 30?

    By on Dec. 13, 2016

    51% of the world’s population is under the age of the 30, but only 2% of the world’s parliamentarians are from that age group. By lifting the veil on this number, we found out that we’re getting stuck in a vicious cycle. We spoke to two young potential parliamentarians to see what can be done about this discrepancy. 

  • "Hello? I want to die." Working for a mental health helpline

    By on Oct. 10, 2016

    Emilia likes travel books and fruit-flavoured beers. She’s 26 years old and has curly hair, which she usually dyes red. For a year she worked for a Polish mental health helpline, convincing children and teenagers that a break-up is not the end of the world, and that it’s possible to do something about an abusive father.

  • Sexism in Germany: "sweet mice" bare their sharp teeth

    By on Oct. 3, 2016

    In an open letter to Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), 26-year-old politician Jenna Behrends fights back against sexism in her own party - and also finds herself struggling against women within her own ranks. We speak with another victim of sexism in the Young Union - and look to France to see how accusations of sexism can play out.

  • Italy's #FertilityDay totally misses the point of parenthood

    By on Sept. 6, 2016

    The Italian Ministry of Health seems to think that rushing young people into having kids is a good way of combatting population decline. However, the issue for young people is not the act of conception, but the ability to raise their children - which is where the support from the state seems to dry up. [OPINION]

  • Commentary on the Latin Wars

    By on Sept. 1, 2016

    Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, wrote Caesar - all of Gaul is divided in three parts. But when it comes to teaching classical languages, how many parts is Europe divided into? Is there any use to learning Latin? Could it be a panacea for the problems of young Europeans?

  • Meet the MacGyver of Ukraine's public transport system

    By on Aug. 29, 2016

    In 2013, a graphic designer selflessly created a plan of the tram network for his home city of Dnipro. This summer, he decided to renew the timetable of a park railway for children, design collector tickets and print them out at his own expense. What does the 25-year-old altruist have to say about his work?

  • Moving mountains through volunteer work

    By on Aug. 16, 2016

    "Nobody is so poor he has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich he has nothing to receive." This month we've been traveling throughout Europe in search of people whose summer is synonymous with altruism. This has come to make the trip to Tenerife and meet Elena.   

  • Sexual assault in Spanish universities: the ugly truth

    Around 33% of female students in Spanish universities have experienced some form of sexual harassment. How can we tackle this trend? How should universities intervene? How should we support the victims? We tell the story of Amanda*, a young student who was left hurt and humiliated twice: first by her abuser, and then by her university's refusal to investigate the issue.