Dear friends of INES,
it all started as a student initiative back in 2006 in Bremen when students of political sciences, European studies and other academic backgrounds decided to found an association to promote the European idea among citizens. The “International Network for European Studies” saw its basis in the academic sphere acknowledging the rise of a new research discipline all over the world, with the notion of “Europe” being at the heart of the debate.
However, from the beginning it has been much more than an academic circle. With intercultural workshops in Hungary and Romania, excursions and exchange programs on democracy and human rights in Strasbourg and Brussels, INES addressed important questions for the citizens of Europe. The independence of Kosovo and the consequences of the financial crisis were likewise topics of our activities.
Since 2006 – back then only experts knew the name of the European Commission’s president and the difference between the Parliament and the Council. The awareness has grown. Certainly, we have seen ups and downs in European solidarity, especially in the financial and refugee crisis. Besides all crises, the EU has been a success story, economically, politically, and culturally. Where on this planet are you able to find half a billion people with a variety of cultures, 24 languages (not counting all the dialects) living peacefully together for decades?
We truly hope that INES could participate in this process of “building a common house of Europe” as it was written in our mission statement. After ten years of work, we are closing the activities of INES on 31st December 2016, thanking everyone who supported the association and our ideas.
All the best,
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.
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.
For more information please visit http://www.symposium-magdeburg.ovgu.de/Symposium+Magdeburg.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!