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Debate@Europe launches blogging and short speeches competitions
Submitted by Manos Moschopoulos on 5 September 2012
IDEA and its partner organisations are launching two new competitions this autumn for young people in six countries in Europe: the Debate@Europe Blogging Competition and the Debate@Europe Short Speeches Competition.
The competitions allow young people from around Europe to deal with the current challenges the European Union is facing and to share their views on what it means to be European and what the future of Europe can and should look like. In the short speeches competition, the focus is on the strict fiscal policies and austerity measures and their effects on young people, and whether or not they are a fair burden.
Both competitions are open to young people aged 15-30 from Estonia, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. Participation is coordinated on the national level by the Debate@Europe Partner Organisations.
Participants are expected to create and maintain a blog on the Debate@Europe microsite at between September 15, 2012 and October 15, 2012. Five winners (three selected by an adjudication panel and two on the basis of unique commenters on their posts) will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Amsterdam in order to participate in the Debate@Europe final conference, taking place from November 28 to December 2.
The deadline for the submission of blog posts to be considered by the adjudicators is October 15, 2012. The theme for the Debate@Europe Speech Competition will be the Future of the European Union.
Competitors will be expected to address one or more of the following questions:
- What does it mean to be European? Is there an actual European identity? How does an European identity compare to your national or regional identity? How do you see that identity developing in the future?
- How does the European Union impact your daily life? As a young person, what do you think the Union should do in the future to accommodate your needs?
- What do you think of the Eurozone crisis? How do you think Europe should respond to it? Do you think the Eurozone has a future or do you think it will collapse?
- Do you think young people care about the EU? What steps do you think it should take in order to make itself more appealing to young people?
- Do you think the EU is democratic? Can it do anything to become more democratic as an institution?
- How can the EU respond to far-right populism? Is there a meaningful role for the EU to play in the integration of minorities and migrants in European societies?
- Do you believe the EU should have more or less power in the future? How do you think it should exercise its power, in relation to the existence of national governments?
- Do you think the EU should expand further after admitting Croatia in 2013? Do you have a country in mind that should become part of the EU, and why?
Short Speeches Competition
Participants are expected to upload a short speech on Youtube, Vimeo or a similar service and submit their link through an online registration facility available through the Debate@Europe microsite at http://ateurope.idebate.org. One winner from each participating country will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Amsterdam in order to participate in the Debate@Europe final conference, taking place from November 28 to December 2.
The theme for the Debate@Europe Speech Competition will be Intergenerational Justice in the European Union. Competitors will be expected to react to the following statement:
As the economic crisis is getting worse and the resulting uncertainty hurts the core of the social fabric of European societies, the youth are paying arguably the highest price; unemployment is skyrocketing for young people, educational opportunities are limited due to austerity and their prospects seem to be worse than ever.In Greece, a large part of the youth voted for left-wing Syriza, rejecting the notion that austerity was a fair measure or a necessary evil to overcome the crisis, in sharp contrast with the more conservative approach taken by the elderly. In the Netherlands, the Socialist Party, which participates in the same left-wing European Parliament group with Syriza, is leading the polls before the elections.Therefore, it is clear that young people feel unfairly burdened by an economic crisis they bear no responsibility for and they do not have the numbers to affect direct change through the political process.
Some of the questions that could be addressed are the following:
- Do young people have a responsibility to share the economic and social burdens that various EU leaders have deemed necessary to overcome the crisis?
- Are alternative approaches voiced by politicians on the left of the political spectrum realistic?
- What role can young people play in societies that are dominated politically and economically by older age groups?
- Do young people have the willingness and ability to make their societies more tolerant towards migrants and other endangered social groups that are frequently blamed for societal collapse by the far right?