On 9 May 2009 the INES Regional Group Magdeburg in cooperation with the staff of the BA programme “European Studies” held the first European Studies Spring Party. The event was opened by Prof. Renzsch from the Insitute for Political Science at the University of Magdeburg who then hosted a panel discussion with MEP Ulrich Stockmann (SPE). Approximately 60 guests – some of them part of the European Studies Alumni – posed questions concerning the European Parliament in general, specific EU policy issues or the everyday life of a Member of the European Parliament. Following an interesting discussion, all participants gathered for a cheerful barbecue in order to get to know each other across different classes of students and to talk to Alumni. All in all, the spring party was a great success and the Regional Group Magdeburg now plans to organise a such an event on an annual basis!