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Joana Bértholo and Giuseppe Porcaro imagine a Europe where a hundred years from now geography has changed, the sea level has risen and a network of floating cities dominates what once was known as the Mediterranean sea.
“I believe that the reason we don’t feel free in our streets might be related to the lack of freedom we have experienced for a very long time,” explains Evelina Ozola, a Latvian architect trying to bring communities together in Latvia by redesigning public spaces.
What if 1950s England would conquer the whole continental Europe? What if a pan-European railway line and an apartment block would be independent states? Giuseppe Porcaro speaks with Dave Hutchinson, from UK. Dave is the author of the four books of the Fractured Europe Series and one of the other few authors that has put an imaginative European background so prominent in science fiction world building.
This 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 far and wide. Also, meet the next generation of Europe’s "movers and shakers"—activists, authors, lobbyists and campaigners—in each EU country and beyond.
In at least a few noticeable ways, Muslims have thus become “the new Jews,” scapegoats onto whom Europeans tend to project their anxieties about the future. But that doesn’t mean there has been a passing of the torch from anti-Semitism to Islamophobia.
In 1964 Asimov wrote a piece for the New York Times, after visiting New York’s World Fair, where he wondered what life would have been like in 2014. And when describing the world in 50 years, he got right quite a lot of stuff, from the development of computers, to transportation, and demographics. Inspired by this, Giuseppe Porcaro and Loranne Vella imagined a fictional Europe in 2064.
What will that version of Europe's future look like?
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It's the economy, stupid! Vandaag hebben we het over geld, met hoogleraar economie Barbara Baarsma, want de Europese Commissie heeft ruzie gemaakt met de Italianen over geldzaken. En verder: hoeveel geven we uit aan "Brussel", wat krijgen we ervoor terug, en wat zijn de belangrijkste kostenposten van de EU? Dat zijn de vragen van Oma Joke, die deze week voor de rekening komen van de Kiesmannen.
Even though Germany has among the highest number of Bosnians, who went there after the war, Alen knows that moving there won’t be a cakewalk—neither for him, nor his wife, Dina.
The Drums of Democracy, the first story in our Edges of Europe series, has been shortlisted for the European Press Prize (Innovation Award) alongside stories from journalists at Der Spiegel, Reuters, and the New York Times.
Moldova is the fastest shrinking country in the world. Predicted to lose half its population by 2100, the future of the country is quite literally at stake. But, while youth should clearly be a priority, chronic corruption and a faltering economy block most reforms. Pulled to either the EU or Russia by better job prospects, young Moldovans thus find themselves at a crossroads: should they stay or should they go?
Over the past few decades, increasing numbers of women and gender minorities from Europe’s former colonies have pushed at the shape of French feminism.
Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt used to cover the refugee influx to Europe at his newspaper. He never imagined that Erdogan’s war on the press would would soon force him to become one such refugee.
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“In France I don’t have the feeling of being ‘read’ as black. It’s a liberation and a shock to most black Americans when they leave the States."
Are We Europe is a quarterly publication. For each issue, we will commission articles and photo series from the best young journalists in Europe. The focus is on in-depth, long-form journalism that captures the theme of each issue. We’re not interested in hard news, but rather in original and well-researched background stories that shed light on the most important issues in Europe today.