The longer voyage: one bus, sixteen cities and forty hours

Why it might be worth taking a 40-hour bus journey instead of catching a flight.

By Sandra Harney (IE)

I arrive at Paris Gare du Nord, ascend from the metro and search for Rue de Maubeuge. I find a urine-covered and rubbish-filled street, lined with a dozen or so people, their baggage on hand, waiting to board a black and yellow six-wheeled bus. On the bus we are met with an unholy smell of stale sweat and dust, a scent unique to only the most ancient of busses. I locate place 59 and sit down in my cramped seat, breathing in the fumes. I begin to think that this idea that came to me late one night, taking a 40 hour bus from Paris to Riga, may not have been the best idea after all.
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The 21st century is the century of expression

… for just about anyone who has an opinion on anything

By Elisa Martinelli (IT) & Randolf Carr (DE)

Consequently, all of a sudden everyone seems to have an opinion worth expressing on everything. Countless platforms exist where everyone can address virtually unlimited numbers of people with whatever they are thinking. And the best thing is that no matter what they write, they can always count on there being someone on Blogspot, WordPress, Tumblr or Twitter to read it. The total number of such blogs on the Internet in 2012 is estimated at 181 million and their contents cover anything from anime fan-wisdom to gastronomic critiques; from pop science to inane GIF collections.
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Less could be more

By Nives Kaprocki (RS) & Aida Grishaj (AL)

The main economic actors nowadays are large countries like China, Brazil, Russia, India or Germany in Europe. The human and geographical potential are considered to be among the main contributing factors in the on-going rise of these countries. Yet, other smaller countries are showing the world that being successful is not unequivocally related to the size of a country.
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The Olympics and politics – a lethal cocktail or a cure?

By Jan Nedvídek (CZ)

Big sport has implied big politics ever since Ancient Greece, and the modern Olympics have always been a battle ground for many political contests. With the 2012 Olympics going on in London, the question of whether or not sport and politics should mix becomes a very topical issue. In this article, we shall see that sport cannot exist in a vacuum and that it will always reflect the state of world affairs. The question follows – is this a good or a bad thing?
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“It’s the show of bad pop songs, bad choreography and glitter.”

By Aida Grishaj (AL) & Ilias Oikonomuo (GR)

This fairly critical definition made by an American comedian is only one of many. The opportunity of getting to hear the reactions of others right after the final concert is a treat on its own. Just like the votes some countries award, these comments are the same every year. When the new winner is announced, the discussion always turns back to how bad the previous winners are, so it is more than logical to think that next year’s show will no longer be followed by the European audience. Yet, Eurovision remains the most popular and largest non-sport TV show on the planet.
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An alternative Europe

By Nives Kaprocki (RS) & Ilias-Marios Oikonomou (GR)

Just imagine that you had the power to change an important milestone of European history. Imagine that you could choose Robert Schumann to never present or even think of his plan for deeper cooperation between Europeans. The European Coal and Steel Community would never have been founded and Europe would have developed in a very different way.
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The GB elections – why EYP needs an information campaign

By Randolf Carr (DE) and Arnolds Eizenšmits (LV)
In order to register for this session, all of the participants had to use the Alumni Network. Hopefully you did not make the same mistake as a UK delegate some time ago, erroneously signing up as a GB (Governing Body) Member, thinking that GB stands for Great Britain.

This illustrates a severe problem within the EYP – while so many people feel passionate about EYP as an experience, they mostly do not bother about the technicalities of our organisation. Interestingly, while fighting for active citizenship in Europe, the members of the organisations are rather indifferent when it comes to electing members of the GB.
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Photos: Day 2

Find our photos from Day 2 here on Facebook.

Refresh button frenzy

… or our beloved first-come-first-serve application process

By Zuzanna Gil (Delegate of LIBE III, PL)

“I actually registered so fast that I might have been registered as a female, or might have clicked on Norway instead of the Netherlands, but anyway: I’m registered”. Yes, we all have been there to get here. Perhaps you thought getting selected for an international session is a challenge? Try applying for the summer one. For one day, refresh buttons in every web browser are abused internationally. Why? Ah, yes. First-come-first-serve basis.
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