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Thursday, 15 December 2011 12:30

A call for change

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Youth employment in Europe. Access to labour in a time of crisis. A call for change. What does this have to do with me?   

I'm reporting from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Conference Centre in Paris where the first day of the A Call For Change Conference is taking place. As the expert panels entered into dialogue with the delegates in the morning, they opened up a great diversity of perspectives, studies, and ideas on youth access to labour. Being confronted with the past, present and future status of youth employment in Europe, I was fascinated by all the young people around that were engaged in the debate.

As the day went on, my curiosity about the audience grew. So it was time for a little E&M investigation

Saturday, 10 December 2011 08:23

Wired in #26: Manel

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Following on from the Wired in special review by Heart editor Marta, I thought it'd be great to interview the guys from the Barcelona-based band Manel this week. If you wondered how Kenneth Branagh has inspired their songwriting or how artists deal with the empty feeling when you start a new album from scratch, read on!


E&M: You are already very successful in Spain. How do you plan to conquer the rest of Europe?

Manel: Well, we are not really planning to conquer anything. Actually, we never did. Four years ago, when our first album came out, we hadn't planned or expected that it was going to be this succesful. We were happy because we liked those twelve songs and that was all... Now, if we play in Europe and somebody wants to see us, it's amazing, but we don't have a master plan.

E&M: Your two albums have very interesting titles (translated to English "Europe's best Professors" and "10 Miles to See a Good Armour"). Can you explain how you came up with them and what they mean?

This is a special day in Berlin, the first Berlin Foreign Policy Forum has just started in the beautiful Humboldt Carré and E&M are reporting about the events throughout the day. Most importantly though, we are there to make the voice of young Europeans heard. We're very excited to discuss the views you expressed in the survey with politicians, media representatives and policy analysts from around the world. If you want to know all about the EU foreign policy survey in which over 6,500 of you participated, check out our presentation with the outcome of all questions here.

You can access the main points of the results here.

Sunday, 27 November 2011 12:33

Who has the most influence in the EU at the moment?

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Most of you think that Van Rompuy and Ashton have little power in the EU... Without that, is it still possible to create a more unified EU foreign policy?
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