Successful INES Workshop on “Promoting good working conditions worldwide”

INES was delighted to host the workshop “Promoting good working conditions worldwide” during this year’s Magdeburg Symposium. We enjoyed watching the participants taking the role of different political organizations, arguing about benefits and risks of a law which guarantees good environmental and working conditions around the world. This was not an easy task, however, the representatives of the European Commission found a compromise among all stakeholders. In the evaluation of the workshop, one participants remarked that “the wealthy part of the world will have to show responsability and solidarity with the poorer part”.

With this conclusion we would like to thank our participants and the organizing committee of the Magdeburg Symposium! It is encouraging to see all the great commitment and work. We are looking Forward to the next workshop with you.



Join the Magdeburg Symposium on “War. Peace. Europe.”

Current conflicts in our neighbourhood are questioning the EU’s ability to promote peace beyond its borders. This year’s Magdeburg Symposium is raising this question and invites all interested citizens to participate in discussions and workshops on Europe’s responsibility in the world. NGOs, politicians, and scientists are invited to participate in the programme.

INES is proud and delighted to offer its own workshop on “Promoting good working conditions worldwide”. We would like to discuss to what extent the EU’s industry and consumers are able to promote fair working conditions and environmental protection worldwide. Therefore we would like to simulate a political consulting process on the European Level with our participants.

The Symposium takes place from 12 to 14 June 2015 at the University of Magdeburg. The INES workshop takes place on 13 June at 4 PM.

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Alumni Talk: “Career Perspectives with Europe” / On May 8th at 6 pm at the Humboldt Univeristy in Berlin

Former students of European Sciences tell about their experiences. An evening for Social Scientists and interested individuals.

Four young professionals and alumni European Sciences tell something about their first career steps. How relevant is their study background in their jobs? Does Europe play a role at all? Looking back from today: What were good decisions during and after their studies? What would they do differently? INES would like to discuss these and other questions with

  • Petya Alexandova, Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Philipp Andree, Referent, Mittelstandsinitiative Energiewende und Klimaschutz, DIHK
  • Antje Roß, Junior consultant, s.Pro – sustainable projects GmbH
  • Tobias Schaaf, Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Bundestag

We cordially invite all students, Bacherlors, Masters, Alumni and interested individual to this discussion. Please register until May 4th at

The discussion (in German) takes place on May 8th, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm (followed by snacks & drinks) at the Foyer of the Institute of Social Sciences of the Humboldt University, Universitätsstraße 3b, 10117 Berlin.

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Wrap-up of a successful and interesting symposium in Magdeburg

Should Europe ensure asylum for more refugees or strengthen its external borders? How can we overcome democratic deficits in Brussels? What should be the role of Germany in Europe’s future? These were among the central questions during the first Magdeburg Symposium which took part on this year’s Europe Day weekend between May 9th and 11th 2014 at Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg. Under the working title “Understanding and shaping the EU“ 68 students of European Studies and various other disciplines participated in workshops, lectures, and discussions. Among the speakers of the weekend were representatives from NGOs, political parties and academia.

INES as a partner of the organizing committee held the opening session. Tina Kortsch, head of the INES Board, lectured on the basics of the European institutions and politics. After that, participants were invited to a role play, simulating European political campaigns. They were assigned membership of one of the major German parties running for seats in the European Parliament. The parties elected their top candidates who then engaged in a thrilling and sometimes heated mock-TV debate on refugee and asylum policy and the EU’s democratic deficits. After the debates, INES held a simulated election among all participants of the symposium which saw the Green party as the undisputable winner.

The organizing committee saw the first Magdeburg Symposium as a great success, eager for a new edition in 2015. INES would like to thank all participants at the simulation game and of course the organizers of the symposium. It was a fun weekend with lots of inspiration and great people!

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Shaping Europe’s future – the Magdeburg Symposium

You want to know what it is all about the upcoming European parliament elections? Discuss with scientists and policy makers current hot EU topics during the Magdeburg Symposium, taking place from 9. – 11. May at the Otto-­von-­Guericke University. On the agenda: Asylum Policy, Lobbyism and the role of German within the EU. The conference language will be German.

The International Network for European Studies is proud to be a project partner to this conference and invites all interested young people from age 16-30 to register now on

INES organizes a workshop on the European elections on Friday afternoon – learn about the different parties, their candidates, their history, their programme and about their vision for Europe. We hope to see you there!

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