ARE WE EUROPE
ARE WE EUROPE
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ABOUT

Unity is the second issue of the Are We Europe online magazine series. It features stories from all corners of the continent, about identity, discovery, community and friendship.

Online Thematic Magazine
for the Next European Generation

Are We Europe is a non-profit media collective founded by and for young Europeans. What happens when you collect the voices and visions of young people from all over Europe? You catch a glimpse of a different European reality; one not as readily shown in today’s media. Stories by British youth who struggle with their identity in the wake of the Brexit; by young Ukrainians who are disillusioned at the slow pace of reform in their country; by French feminists who describe the ambiguity of feeling both empowered and defeated during the Women’s March in Paris; by Spanish youth from the Pyrenees who have witnessed the impact of Schengen and open borders; and countless other stories.  

At Are We Europe, our contributors confront Europe's existential crisis with their stories, building a different narrative. Each month we choose a theme and ask questions: our contributors provide their answers. They are free to get as creative as they want in expressing themselves through video, photography, text and other formats. There’s only one “rule”: your story needs to be personal and told in a lively and non-academic way. As we have embarked on our search for what the hell Europe is, we ask you to answer our collective question: what does it really mean to be European?

Join our collective storytelling experiment and join us in the search for Europe.

"Creative ways of exploring European identity"

Are We Europe's founders

Marije Martens (24) Photo-editor The most important question on her mind is whether nation-states and the construction of national identities are sustainable models in our rapidly changing world. She sees the ‘post-Schengen’ generation as a generation that is ready for change and capable of finding new solutions to age-old problems. To accelerate this process, she is excited to focus on creating a visually immersive reading experience that puts these important questions at the center. 

Marije Martens (24) Photo-editor
The most important question on her mind is whether nation-states and the construction of national identities are sustainable models in our rapidly changing world. She sees the ‘post-Schengen’ generation as a generation that is ready for change and capable of finding new solutions to age-old problems. To accelerate this process, she is excited to focus on creating a visually immersive reading experience that puts these important questions at the center. 

Kyrill Hartog (23) Text editor Having lived, studied and worked in several countries, he's the true product of a European upbringing. He's passionate about editing, writing and new forms of storytelling in journalism. He believes the EU is an imperfect but necessary institution in desperate need of an identity and a new political culture. His past experience involves writing, communications and editorial work for the EU, a think-tank, a cultural debating-center and a startup. Kyrill recently opted to take a break from his studies to focus on developing Are We Europe and pursue an internship at the New York Times office in Paris.         

Kyrill Hartog (23) Text editor
Having lived, studied and worked in several countries, he's the true product of a European upbringing. He's passionate about editing, writing and new forms of storytelling in journalism. He believes the EU is an imperfect but necessary institution in desperate need of an identity and a new political culture. His past experience involves writing, communications and editorial work for the EU, a think-tank, a cultural debating-center and a startup. Kyrill recently opted to take a break from his studies to focus on developing Are We Europe and pursue an internship at the New York Times office in Paris.         

Ties Gijzel (23) Text editor Graduated from Amsterdam University College after completing a Bachelor in economics with a minor in environmental science. Two years ago Ties engaged in an internship at the news agency NOS and Radio 1, and last year he was a full-time intern at the Dutch newspaper NRC (he wrote articles for the online platform NRC Q and the newspapers NRC Next and NRC Handelsblad). Currently, Ties is busy pursuing a Master in economic policy at Utrecht University. Together with Marije, Ties represents Are We Europe in Amsterdam.      

Ties Gijzel (23) Text editor
Graduated from Amsterdam University College after completing a Bachelor in economics with a minor in environmental science. Two years ago Ties engaged in an internship at the news agency NOS and Radio 1, and last year he was a full-time intern at the Dutch newspaper NRC (he wrote articles for the online platform NRC Q and the newspapers NRC Next and NRC Handelsblad). Currently, Ties is busy pursuing a Master in economic policy at Utrecht University. Together with Marije, Ties represents Are We Europe in Amsterdam.      

Mick ter Reehorst (25) Video-editor He's mostly interested in documentary filmmaking, podcasts, visual storytelling and more stuff that will not necessarily make you a great living, but hey at least it is fun to do, right? Combine that with a passion to sell what Europe really means - a golden future. He's based in Paris, along with Kyrill, pursuing a master in journalism and international affairs at Sciences Po.

Mick ter Reehorst (25) Video-editor
He's mostly interested in documentary filmmaking, podcasts, visual storytelling and more stuff that will not necessarily make you a great living, but hey at least it is fun to do, right? Combine that with a passion to sell what Europe really means - a golden future.
He's based in Paris, along with Kyrill, pursuing a master in journalism and international affairs at Sciences Po.