Who, If Not Us? - English

Who, If Not Us?

The Young European Collective is a group of Europeans from different countries, backgrounds, and perspectives. Each week, one member will voice a unique viewpoint on a topic from a variety of social, political, and cultural developments and aspects of life in Europe. The activities of the group are funded by Stiftung Mercator.

More Feminists...

Women’s equality is directly linked to Europe’s overall well-being. Only by overcoming gender inequality can we truly lay the foundations for the continent’s future.


We do hold a responsibility to remember about the dark past of Nazism. However, this is not for Germans only to shoulder this responsibility in the form of national guilt.

Get back up, try again...

Across the world, people are getting to stage to share their biggest failures.

Quitting the paralysis...

Half a decade after Stéphane Hessel’s call for outrage, young people continue to languish in apathy. Could our society’s emphasis of individualism be at fault?

Get them traveling! ...

Despite open borders, Europe still suffers from a lack of personal connections. A free Interrail pass for young Europeans could change that.

The quality of change...

In the fight against racism, Europe can learn a lot from a little school in Berlin.

Why even care about a ...

European identity is a term widely used but only vaguely understood. We need to change that.


Is it okay to take some time off after university to devise a plan for the future?

The Book of Faces...

We spend much of our lives online. It's time to communicate there as we do in person, and our rich, personalized online presences can speak volumes in a setting where body language is off the table.

We Need to Talk...

German-Greek relations need fixing. While governments seek to repair them on the political stage, societal-level exchange programs are needed to break through negative media coverage and bring Germans and Greeks closer together.

A morbid formula...

Only war and hatred tend to give way to progress and cooperation. 70 years after the end of WWII, we need to break with this paradigm.


Young people struggle to make themselves heard in Europe. In order to stop the spread of apathy, we need to teach them how to engage.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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