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We like Europe. We like each other. Out of those two facts this magazine was born.
It's really hard to define what Europe really is: a continent, but with no clear border in the East; an area with a common history which is understood in a thousand different ways; a unity which consists of about 50 countries and more than 700 million people speaking 100 languages.
That's why we keep our definition simple and snappy: Europe is a state of mind.
We have very serious goals. We want to support the emergence of a young European public. We want to contribute to a new perception of the European community - beyond the category of a nation state. And last but not least, we want to have fun! We don't particularly fancy the boring world of Brussels, we'd rather have the colourful and kitsch world of Eurovision Song Contest. But both of these are us.
Europe is us!
E&M is an online lifestyle magazine created by young Europeans for young Europeans. Its motto is to "make Europe personal", because Europe is often only identified with politics and bureaucracy. The magazine was founded in September 2007 and first published in July 2008, and since then we've been writing about every possible "Europe" - the Europe of young masters students, the Europe of Chernobyl survivers, the Europe of the European Commission, the Europe of immigrants and the Europe of ex-pats.
During the last three years, the magazine has published a new issue every three months and built up an online community of more than 1500 participants. More than one hundred authors have written for the magazine. The founding team comprises eight people with six different nationalities, and the writers and readers come from twenty different countries. Editors, authors and community work together voluntarily for a common goal: to capture the feeling of a new, transnational lifestyle.
The magazine is not funded by the EU or affiliated bodies, although we have received some prize money and some funding for individual events. All participants are independent volunteers. Find out more about our partners here.
History of the project
E&M was born in September 2007. Six of our founders met for the first time in Berlin as part of the Studienkolleg zu Berlin programme. The programme invites students from all over Europe to study European topics for a year. The idea arose that we could use the year together in Berlin to create an online magazine: in spite of our different backgrounds, we all agreed that for young people like us who were enthusiastic about Europe, there was no magazine in the European media landscape with which we could identify as "Europeans". So what could be more obvious than to start one of our own?
The eight founders could not have been more diverse: we came from Germany, Austria, Latvia, Poland, UK and Bulgaria and studied journalism, law, German, European studies, philosophy and economics. However, to get the project started, we had to start recruiting immediately. To ensure everyone had a chance to participate, we sent out calls for collaboration across a large number of networks. Authors from across Europe applied.
On July the 1st, 2008, the first edition was published and presented to the media. During the next year, dozens of collaborators joined us. With them, we developed the concept further. By now, more than one hundred authors have written for the magazine. In 2010, the project was nominated for the Charlemagne Youth Prize (we were the UK nominee), and in 2011, we won first prize!
A magazine for the whole self
We believe that if Europe is understood as nothing more than a political unit with corresponding institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, this will hardly encourage people to identify with it. Hence, the central aim of E&M is to make Europe more personal. Taking this aim seriously meant designing a magazine for the whole self. Accordingly, the concept of E&M relates to the human body as a symbol: Brain, Heart, Diaphragm, Baby, Legs.