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Saturday, 14 November 2015 18:58

A dark day for France and for Europe

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What happened last night was, as President Hollande put it in an emotional address to the nation, "une horreur". Our sincerest condolences go out to all those affected.

As the facts become clearer and we try to comprehend the who, the what, the why and the how, it is important to try and remain calm.

Nationalist groups across Europe are already using these terrible attacks as a political tool to whip up support for their cause. In particular, the link has been made between the ongoing refugee situation and the atrocities in the French capital. This is dangerously false – these are quite clearly the kind of violent thugs that people are so desperate to escape from.

The values that E&M stands for – tolerance, multiculturalism, fun – are under threat from both the terrorists behind these attacks and those promoting divisive solutions that only take us backwards. We must stand firm and stick to our ideals.

On an evening which risks tearing Europe apart, E&M prefers to take solace in the magnificent show of solidarity across the continent and beyond. There is much more that we share than which divides us. Let's remember that.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 18:36

Am I a threat to the German way of life?

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In the face of increasing calls for limits to be placed on EU migrants in her home country, E&M's Frances Jackson, a Brit based in Germany, wonders if she too is a burden on the state.

For the last four years, I have been living in a country that is not my own.  I wasn't born here.  I didn't grow up speaking the language.  And if you stopped me on the street, I probably wouldn't – apart from a provisional UK driving licence that expires in 2017* – even have any proper ID on me, as I worry about losing my passport, so prefer not to carry it around every day.   

Don't tell anybody, but I am one of those EU migrants you've heard so much about.  I came to Germany – in part, at least – for the cheap higher education and have stayed firmly put since then, going as far as to secure myself a PhD scholarship in the process.

As Europe witnesses the largest wave of mass migration since the end of the Second World War, and anti-foreigner rhetoric continues to rise around us, creeping steadily into the political mainstream, I have been giving a lot of thought to my own status as a sort of "economic migrant".  Does my presence pose a threat to the German way of life?  Am I putting unsustainable pressure on the country's infrastructure?  And if not, why not?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 17:33

E&M is recruiting!

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Online magazine (early 30s, sharp mind, GSOH) seeks editorial types for fun and long-term collaboration.

E&M is an award-winning magazine that gives voice to a generation which thinks about Europe from unconventional perspectives.

It is an outstanding project and we are looking for outstanding people to join us and shape the future of the magazine. We don’t care what you’ve studied or what you do in life. We want talented people, passionate about Europe and motivated to make a difference.

We believe that modern, connected Europe deserves modern, connected 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. In short, we aim to make Europe personal.

OUR OFFER

Being an editor of E&M means that you are an essential part of a high quality and innovative media platform. As an editorial team we determine the content direction and make the big decisions that influence the future of the magazine.

But E&M isn’t just a magazine, it is a first-rate network of passionate young people. Previous editors have gone on to work for leading press agencies and newspapers in Europe and further afield, blue-chip companies in the finance and communications sectors and high profile public sector organisations. Several have been accepted onto some of the most competitive PhD programmes in the world.

Thursday, 01 October 2015 15:23

E&M at #30

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To celebrate the publication of the 30th edition of E&M, co-founder Christopher Wratil reflects upon the journey the magazine has gone through to reach this milestone. 

How it all began

It was in September 2007 that five young people met and created the idea of E&M. Europe felt as irrelevant as it felt paralysed at that time. Six years before, in 2001, heads of state and government had met in the Belgian city of Laeken, near Brussels, and seemingly agreed on an epochal move in European integration: the drafting and later adoption of a European Constitution. A fundamental text drafted by a representative convention that should envision and settle the interactions between states and citizens in Europe for generations to come. The new millennium had not started with yet another step of European integration but with the most significant initiative since the signing of the Treaties of Rome in 1957. From a European charter of fundamental rights to a common foreign policy with a European army – every federalist dream appeared just an arm's length away. 

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