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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe.
Here at E&M, we don't just want to know what young Europeans think about Europe, we also want to find out how they see and feel the continent. As part of the newly-revamped Sixth Sense, we have introduced a photo competition called Europe Through a Lens and are publishing a selection of our readers' photographic work on a regular basis. All you have to do is submit images that you think best represent our European theme of the month.
Now that the clocks have gone back and the days are getting shorter, we've selected the theme of "Europe at night". So think maybe moonlit skies or street lamps casting shadows onto deserted pavements, perhaps even a club dancefloor or the queue for the last bus home... In the end though, it's up to you and your powers of imagination: feel free to interpret the theme however you wish!
Ready for some Good Reads from Europe and beyond? This time Veronica Pozzi, one of our Sixth Sense editors, takes up the challenge and shares with you some multimedia content. Follow this intriguing mixture of media, from an article about the way we structure European cities to a podcast on the Berlin Wall.
Veronica, Sixth Sense
Modern Ghettos in Civilized Europe
Strolling around in Berlin's Museum of European Cultures, I once saw pictures of doorbells being used to show the social changes different cities have undergone. I was rather interested by the idea of demonstrating how waves of immigration have changed European cities through the years, so that doorbells have slowly started to feature not only local surnames, but also last names typical to other countries as well.
Since then, whenever I visit a city I cannot resist the temptation to have a look at some doorbells here and there, daydreaming about what brought immigrants there and whether they feel integrated in the city's society. It's an easy way to grasp how a city has organised itself, how it copes with its past and current social issues and what kind of social mix characterises the quarter you are in at the moment. It is no surprise that if you are in the outskirts or deprived areas, you will most likely stumble across many doorbells of immigrants, let alone prisons or mental hospitals, as society tries to hide or not to think about these realities.
On this topic, I was intrigued by the views that the Italian architect Guido Morpurgo shared on Eutopia magazine. His article poses the question of social identity in European cities and does not forget how European society is still far from having an integrative – and integrated – society. As Morpurgo argues, Europe has a long-standing tradition of ghettos, mostly associated with Jewish communities and the Third Reich.
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E&M is Europe's first online lifestyle magazine created by young Europeans for young Europeans. We believe that modern, connected Europe deserves a modern, connected form of media. With this as our guiding mission, we publish transnational writing across a broad range of topics, from politics and identity to travel and sex. We aim to "make Europe personal" – and we want your help in doing so.
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Move over MEPs, there's a new assembly in town! Last week, Giorgio Nicoletti and Petya Yankova attended the Young European Council 2014 on behalf of E&M. Here they provide a run-down of the main recommendations put forward by delegates.
Imagine a group of brilliant future leaders, from almost every part of the European Union, gathering in Brussels to negotiate recommendations and ultimately influence EU institutions. This is what happened between 20 and 23 October, when the Young European Council, organised by the up-and-coming NGO Young European Leadership, took place, with astonishing results. Sustainable development in cities, education and employment, digital revolution and technologies were the topics for discussion at an event which attracted more than 100 young people.
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