Today the polls are open in one of the biggest decisions handed to the British electorate in history. A vote in a general election just decides on the government for up to five years but the vote on whether to stay in the EU could be a decision that lasts a lot longer. The last referendum on Europe was in 1975, 41 years ago, or half a lifetime so many voters may never again vote on Britain’s place in or out of Europe.That long period of time is also why this referendum matters immensely to young people, even those who are not yet able to vote.

June 23, 2016

23rd June. On that day British voters will make the biggest decision since the start of this century; whether to stay in the European Union or to leave. The official campaign does not kick off for more than a month yet; the 14th April. However there have already been twists and turns since the unofficial starting gun of Cameron returning from Brussels clutching the fruits of his renegotiation and declaring Britain’s special status in Europe.

March 01, 2016

IDEA NL and three Dutch student debating societies are cooperating with Bürger Europas and IDEA member VDCH on a project called European Debates. The project consists of a series of public debates between politicians, experts and young Europeans about key issues of European politics. The debates are conducted as Oxford-style debates following a pro-contra approach.

November 10, 2014

The position of migrant youth in the labour market, the responses of African families to public authorities, the treatment of undocumented asylum seekers and the relations between the Netherlands and the Congo: all were discussed during the concluding event of the IDEA project  Inclusion of African Youth in Europe in Nieuwspoort, Den Haag on May 22. Five participants of the project presented their advocacy cases to a public of experts, young people with African roots and policy makers.

May 26, 2014

The thirteen participants from the project Inclusion of African Youth in Europe completed their blog-writing and advocacy trainings at the IDEA NL headquarters on January the 31st. The series of trainings sought to give them the instruments to plan and carry out their own advocacy campaigns and helped them develop a consistent and effective advocacy plan for projects that they are currently working on.

February 03, 2014

The Porto Debating Society organised a public debate on youth unemployment on the 12th of December at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. About thirty students saw a debate between Álvaro Novo, research economist at the Structural Studies division at the Banco de Portugal (Portuguese Central Bank), Ricardo Carvalho, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Portuguese Youth Foundation, and Pedro Costa, an unemployed young economics graduate.

January 28, 2014

Open Communication (OK) Serbia organised the “Little Debate School”: a series of debate seminars for high school students in December culminating in a public debate on healthy lifestyles and reproductive health on the 23rd of December. A total of 45 high school students took part in the four training sessions run by OK trainers. They covered argumentation, different debate formats and their rules, case building, debate preparation and how to structure speeches. An external expert discussed health issues with the students to better prepare them for the debate.

January 23, 2014

The Bosnian organisation Centar za Kultura Dijaloga (CCD) was founded in 1997 and from the beginning set out to promote debate and democratic values through open-minded and well-argued discussions. They have faced difficulties due to their focus on tolerance and open debate, but at the same time have reached out to over 20,000 young people in all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

January 22, 2014

Macedonian society is not always open to debate in the public discourse, whether it be on policies, values or fact.  This is one of the reasons why the Youth Educational Forum  (YEF) was founded, and why it promotes debate and critical thinking skills with considerable success among university and high school students across the country. Reaching out to the adult population has proven harder, and that is why YEF started the annual event Argument: Organised Expression in 2010.

January 20, 2014

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