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More heart, more education

These were two of the key-words when participants summed up their opinions at the Dutch conference, the last of the six national My!Europe conferences.

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The Netherlands in Europe: Leader or troublemaker?

Are "euroscepticists" just the usual troublemakers or is their criticism justified? So asks Ton Wachter in this introduction to the Dutch Sonnenberg Meeting 26th-30th October - the penultimate of seven My Europe conferences in seven European countries.

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Bulgaria: Four group works

"If we want to improve the EU, we have to take the initiative ourselves, for the EU, that's us".That's the conclusion of one group project in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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Letter for the Dutch conference

What does it mean to be a European? This was one of the questions discussed at the Bulgarian My!Europe conference earlier this month. Another was transparency, writes Violetta Gecheva in this letter to the next conference – in the Netherlands October 26-30.

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Five Steps To Make Europe More Social

Don’t talk about a European welfare state. Instead, a German politician suggests, we should think of EU minimum standards also in the social field.

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How do you FEEL about your national history?

Do you feel shame, anger, pride? And how do your national identity feelings correspond to history, asked professor Albena Taneva at a My!Europe conference. Young Bulgarians did not reach even 5 per cent positive identification with anything Bulgarian.

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Bulgaria needs reform...

...and the key reform will be in education, says Bulgaria's former minister of education until February, now adviser to the prime minister. He has tough opinions on many aspects of Bulgarian society, including Roma and other minorities.

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European values and the invisible network

Professor Albena Tanevaof the St. Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia tells a story about Bulgaria's strengths and weaknesses, its "invisible network" and the role of European values.

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Who should select the European Commission?

How could we rebuild the EU to create a more direct link to the ordinary citizen in all the member states? A proposal from the British My!Europe conference.

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Make more friends in Europe

There should be a framework to make it easier to make friends in other parts of Europe than one's own. This was suggested by a group at the My!Europe conference in Canterbury earlier this month. The American Host Program could serve as a model.

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EU as a conflict solving mechanism

When the EU was born, it was an example of international conflict solution. But today, the EU is plagued by a host of unsolved conflicts, growing scepticism, and weak leadership. One proposal is to let national parliaments decide what should be EU matters, and what not.

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Help MEPs to improve EU-law on refugees

The Commission has proposed a law, which will speed up procedures in the EU – and help people smugglers to earn more. A British MEP told a My!Europe conference in Canterbury how we could all help the Parliament to get more emphasis on refugees' rights.

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More Europe, or less?

By Anne Landmann Our group wants more Europe, but a changed Europe.Therefore, what is particularly important to us, is that citizens take part in elections.

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Brexit

The Brexit referendum had some characteristics unique to Britain. But we would be foolish to dismiss what the vote told us about the popular view of globalisation. It is a very negative assessment also widely shared across Europe.”

Donal Tusk, President of the European Council

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A British and a Bulgarian view

Should the EU take over powers from the national governments – or should it certainly not? This was one of the questions discussed in an English-language group at the Bulgarian...

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Local report: How to survive in Bulgaria?

A young teacher in Bulgaria earns 300 € per month. How can you make a living on that? Violeta Gecheva, organizer of My!Europe conference in Plovdiv next week, explains.

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Letter to Bulgaria

"We don’t know enough about the EU", writes one of the organizers of the My!Europe conference in Canterbury - Elin Bornemann, treasurer of the Sonnenberg Association of Great Britain -...