Posts in Elections Issue
Note from the editors

This fourth issue of Are We Europe magazine both is, and isn’t, an issue about the European parliamentary elections of May 2019. Because elections are about more than campaigning and tallying votes, and these issues reach much further.

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At the Grassroots of Populism: Yellow Vests, Red Fury

Does populism always need strong leadership? The leaderless "Gilets Jaunes" in France have managed to change domestic policy, proving to be as disruptive as radical populist parties in other Western democracies.

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Feminist Firestarter: To Influence, or Not To Influence

Norwegian pop culture icon Ulrikke Falch never wanted to be an "Instagram Influencer". Now she uses her fame to start a revolution about body positivity—drawing the attention of policymakers along the way.

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Artivism in Europe's Last Dictatorship

In heavily-censored Belarus, the country known as “Europe’s last dictatorship, the Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) is a strong voice of dissent.

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Close Watch: Monitoring Free and Fair Elections in Turkey

To protect democratic values in Turkey, "Oy ve Ötesi" believes monitoring the election process, and not just the election results, is key.

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The Punk Rock Philosopher

Srećko Horvat, the co-founder of DiEM25, thinks his message could resonate with voters in Germany, where immigration is a hot topic.

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Can the UK Solve Its Political Divide Over Coffee?

Can youth-led solutions solve political divisions in the United Kingdom? One youth-led charity is trying to make that a reality.

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Lobbying, for Citizens’ Sake

The Good Lobby—because citizens should lobby too.

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Change the Narrative: How a Swiss Group is Beating Right-Wing Populists

Operation Libero is winning key victories by using fun but hard-hitting messages to tackle fear and pessimism.

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The Thunderous Campaign of Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, 16, is a Swedish climate activist. In December 2018, her speech at the UN Climate Change Summit in Poland made international headlines after she criticized global leaders for their inaction.

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From Macho to Matriarchy: Spain’s New Feminist Wave

Spanish feminists have taken the country by storm, with organizations like Comisión 8M organizing patriarchy-crushing marches and strikes around the country.

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Dreaming About a “Woke” Slovenia

Slovenian rapper N’toko is known for his socially critical and often fierce lyrics in both English and Slovenian. He thinks getting to a better future requires radical change, not just do-goodism.

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The Editor Leading the Fight for Independent Journalism in Slovakia

Despite threats to press freedom in the country, Matúš Kostolný and his team of journalists choose to plough ahead.

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Fighting On All Fronts in Romania

How can the youth change Europe? 31-year old Romanian changemaker Florin Bădiță leads us through his journey.

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Vhils—Destroy. Create. Repeat.

The economist Joseph Schumpeter said that the product of creation is often the destruction of something that existed before. Portugal's Alexandre Farto has reinvented graffiti in this manner by blasting walls to create art.

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Abort Mission: Inside Poland’s Largest Anti-Abortion Lobby Group

For the generation of Polish women who grew up under Communism, the right to abortion is self-evident. But recent efforts to tighten abortion laws enjoy widespread support among the population—particularly the youth.

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Body Politics: These Women Organized the Largest Anti-Abortion Ban Protest Ever in Poland

Marta Lempart and Natalia Pancewicz helped organize a wave of protests that challenged the Polish government's strict abortion laws.

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Stateless in Europe: A Boy's Fight for the Right to Stay

Nine-year old Nemr Salim made headlines protesting his potential expulsion from the Netherlands. What really helped him remain in the Netherlands?

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From #ANGRY to #ACTIVIST

Acting as a bridge between youngsters and politics in the Netherlands, Dutch TV-presenter, producer, and author Tim Hofman isn't afraid of swearing if that's what it takes to get young people to vote.

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Malta’s Leftist Relief

In polarized Malta, a left-wing NGO acts as a voice of reason by campaigning around land-use issues.

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