In January 2015, the Tunisian Embassy in Brussels welcomed for the evening the members of the Youth Professionals in Foreign Policy. This was a new stage in the vast charm offensive launched by the Ambassador Tahar Cherif since, the dictatorship regime fell and his arrival in Belgium two years ago.
Four years ago, young people took he streets of Tunisia demanding for change and economic fairness. Most of them were educated but out of a job, hence they had nothing to lose. But now that the young democracy has a newly elected President and House of representatives, how can they answer to those young people’s demand? If youth protests started it, the diplomatic corps intends to finish it.
This week’s update is a little bit special as it’s not about one of EusprYng’s main characters.
No this week I have a special treat for you: an interview with Daniel Cohn-Bendit. He represents in a way both sides of this web-documentary. He started out as an activist in the streets of Paris in May 1968 and then he entered the European political arena where he stayed for the past 20 years. But this May, European politics will say farewell to one of its truest believer as he will not be on the lists of the Green party this year or even ever… He says he is too old for that now!
It seemed significant enough to start with his video. Because in a sense he embodies the spirit of EusprYng: the street facing the political system.
But if you know Daniel Cohn-Bendit you know he will not go without a bang! In this interview we talk about the upcoming European parliament elections, Radical left opposition leader and runner up for the European Commission presidency Alexis Tsipras and his party SYRIZA, and of course the possibility of a European sprYng.
In this interview Daniel Cohn-Bendit takes the example of Greece opting out of the Euro currency. More specifically, he talks about a Memorandum, which is the document (several in fact) that Greece had to sign and that forces the Greek government(s) among other things to cut civil servants pay. In exchange Greece receives money “from” the Troika i.e. the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In order to refresh your memory or to know more about that subject you can read the articles below. And if you really can’t get enough of that stuff you can also visit the official websites of the European Commission and the IMF (links also below).
Articles from The Guardian & The Economist
Link to a Wikipedia article:
Links to the European Commission official website:
Links to the IMF official website:
Do not hesitate to engage with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the main characters of EusprYng or me using social networks and this website.
EusprYng was inspired by the Arab spring but not only. For three years now youth worldwide has been rising demanding that the political sphere hear them out and take them into consideration. To me it feels like a new generation is standing up for itself and I have to admit I am really proud to be part of it!
But then I asked myself what can I do to also help shape a new world or at least a new European Union? So I have decided to do what (I believe) I do best! Report and talk about it but also give a new perspective on the so-called Y generation. That’s how the idea of EusprYng started to grow a year ago. And now it’s finally here!
In Europe we have seen young people protest in Spain, in the UK, in Romania and even in Brussels in front of the European institutions. But so far we could not see real change!
Now that the European parliament elections are coming up my aim is to focus on young people that might be able to transform youth (and general) frustration toward the European Union into real change for our society.
EusprYng is an on line experience where all opinions are welcomed as long as they observe the obvious rules of respect for others.
So don’t hesitate to engage with me and to let me know of initiatives taken by young people across Europe and the World that could transform our society.
I hope you will enjoy it!