Young European Voices

United Europe is committed to building a Europe that can ensure peace, prosperity and freedom for the next generation. In order to shape this future, young Europeans need to be able to make their voices heard. As part of this commitment, United Europe publishes the viewpoints of participants of its Young Professionals Seminars on these pages. These texts can be on any European topic and intend to spark discussions.

We invite all our website visitors to comment on the published texts or to contact us if you would like to discuss a specific issue in more detail.

Ayaan Güls About the European Dream

Is there a European identity? The European Union consists of 28 countries and over 500 million people speaking official 24 languages. If we include non-EU countries, there are about 750 million people living in 47 countries in Europe. An important prerequisite for Europeans to grow closer together is a stronger identification with Europe and the …

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The Populist Challenge: Conclusions of the YPS Hamburg

In Europe, populist movements are attracting a growing number of voters with messages that are simplistic and nationalist. These parties do not offer sustainable solutions; instead, they stir up resentment against political institutions – including the European Union – and people with different backgrounds and beliefs. This endangers the understanding among nations. United Europe focussed …

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An Alumni Debate on the Future of NATO and European Defence

For 70 years, NATO has helped protect Europe. Article 5, the alliance’s commitment to common defence, is still the most important insurance against possible aggression from the outside. Yet two key allies are sowing doubt about NATO’s cohesion and reliability – US President Donald Trump who has declared the organisation “obsolete”, and Turkey’s President Recep …

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Adele Ravagnani in “Neos Magazine” on the Amsterdam Seminar

Adele Ravagnani, a student of physics at the University of Turin and Honors Program Student at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, joined United Europe for the Young Professionals Seminar in Amsterdam in June. In an article first published by Neos Magazine, this young Italian describes the event. Twenty-two young professionals from twelve European countries were the …

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Anna Penninger: Machines vs. Humans

Artificial intelligence is shaping our life. Many leading forces in this key sector are part of American corporations; in Europe, we are sliding into dependency. Wider questions are raised with the rise of artificial intelligence. Increasingly, people worry about the impact that this technology will have on our societies and economies. While it is true …

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Defending Europe: Conclusions of the YPS Amsterdam, June 2017

As the pace of change in politics and technology accelerates, Europe faces fundamental questions about its security, its identity and its prosperity. Some of our neighbours have turned against us; at the same time, our traditional alliances are becoming more uncertain. Terrorism does not only threaten our physical security, but also our freedom and our …

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Tim Radmacher: Europe Starts on the Doorstep

Trump, Erdoğan, North Korea, Brexit, Le Pen. There is no need for any further words to outline why Europe has been shaken out of a deep slumber. But while the world is currently going through a difficult political situation, we Europeans now have the chance to reposition and reinvigorate ourselves, to commit ourselves to Europe. …

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Alumni Meeting in Helsinki: What a Year for Europe

Meeting for the first time in Helsinki, United Europe’s alumni and friends spent a fascinating evening debating Europe’s future in a year marked by so many national elections. With Emmanuel Macron leading the polls into the second round of elections in France, the group compared his young, visionary and positive message to the politics of …

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Jakob Dalby: Terrorism, Freedom and Security

The terrorist attacks of the last 15 years, from 9/11 to the killings at a Berlin Christmas market last December, have caused governments to greatly expand their security measures. Ever stricter anti-terrorism legislation was passed not just in the United States, but also in Germany and Europe. Dr. Jakob Dalby, a lawyer from Hamburg, believes …

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Vienna Alumni Discuss Populism

It was the day of the Dutch elections when United Europe’s Alumni and friends met in Vienna for the first time. Naturally, the debate focused on all the elections planned in Europe for 2017: Netherlands, France and Germany, with Italy and the UK potentially adding to the mix. The rise of populism worried the young …

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