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Blood, Sweat & Tears

Are all the European anthems worth listening?
By Aida Grishaj (AL)

Do we mean what we say?
“ To arms, citizens,
From your battalions,
let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows!”

These are some of the verses of the Marseillaise, the song that the French sing at every Olympiad, at every important political meeting, in events that promote peace, harmony and tolerance. National anthems are about to loose their importance in all parts of the continent. For instance, the Swedish would prefer singing “Mamma Mia”, the legendary song by ABBA instead of their official anthem. The declining significance aside, it is interesting to analyse the content of the anthems that represent the European states. Here is a classification according to the message conveyed and the object praised.
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To go or not to go online?

By Jan Nedvidek (CZ)

It is not a surprise that a country so fond of IT as Estonia decided to introduce remote online voting first in the world. The question of whether or not online voting is fit for democracy in the 21st century seems to be answered in Estonia, but is it the case in the rest of the world?
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EYP addiction

By Aida Grishaj (AL) & Erdem Osman Topçu (TR)

The love and passion we feel for different people and things are essentially chemical processes and are sometimes difficult to oppose by pure reason. Luckily for us though, the heart is many cases not the only driving force for our actions. We are rational beings, we think and we judge. However, there are certain things, habits or people that reduce our capacity to have a critical approach towards them. This does not happen because they are stronger and we are weaker – once again, chemistry can be blamed.
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The melting pot that never stops

By Sandra Harney (IE)

The world truly is a wonderful place. Our natural wish to travel, see, experience, feel and get to know new places and people has created a wondrous melting pot of cultures and nationalities. Not only can one see these differing nationalities and cultures inside the borders of a country but also within individual people.
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Losing jobs and losing faith

By Aida Grishaj (AL)

Being young means being idealistic, dynamic and optimistic, at least when one is young and has a job. Nowadays, it has become a bit difficult for this to be the case. The UN considers the unemployment rates among young people to be dramatic, especially in the countries most affected by the crisis. This drama is not only related to the short- and mid-term economic consequences these financial difficulties will have. The current situation is reshaping our everyday life, our character and our perceptions and therefore will have impacts, which will extend further than in a near future.
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EYP from a rational point of view

By Jonathan Engel (DE)

There are many possible ways to explain EYP to someone who has never heard of it. It is highly likely that the alumni refer to the so-called EYP spirit, an abstract term for a remarkable intertwining of unique experiences. But what if one is asked to approach the presentation of EYP from a more analytical point of view?
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Freedom or Harmony – two sides of the same coin?

By Jan Nedvidek (CZ)

The basic belief of any democratic society is based on the libertarian maxim as
presented by J S Mill – ‘’I should be allowed to do whatever I wish as long as I do not
harm others.’’ Liberalism and democracy go hand in hand, and freedom of expression
is a pre-requisite of a functioning political system. As V. Havel, former Czechoslovak
and Czech president observed in his essay The Power of the Powerless, if we are not
allowed to say what we think, we deteriorate as humans beings. The question is – should
an individual be allowed to say and do whatever he wants, even if it might offend
others?
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