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Interviews & Comments

The NECE Interviews keep interested people and participants of the NECE network informed. In this section each interview covers a different perspectives on Europe in respect to recent politicial changes and deals with the question what citizenship education in these contextes can mean.


The EU budget 2021-2027 & Citizenship Education – Analyses by Maarten de Groot and Tony Venables with regard to the future of NECE

In its ambition to become more involved in citizenship education on the European level and against the background of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) by the European Commission as well as the results of the ECIT summer school (6-7 September 2018) and the manifesto, NECE has asked Maarten de Groot (ECIT campaign manager) and Tony Venables (European consultant and lobbyist) for a first analysis of the current state of play indicating the potentials and motives for NECE.

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Brikena Xhomaqi
Director of Lifelong learning Platform - European Civil Society for Education

Brikena Xhomaqi on citizenship education in Euope

In a short interview for NECE, Brikena Xomaqui, director of Lifelong Learning Platform LLLP, explains how LLLP fosters citizenship education in Europe how the chances for a European budget for citzenship education can be evaluated and about her personal descision to dedicate herself to the future of education in Europe.

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István Hegedűs

Election Thriller in Hungary by István Hegedűs

In this article István Hegedűs draws a concise analyse of the the Hungarian parliamentary elections taking place on Sunday, 8 April 2018. El País will publish a Spanish verison of the article on 7 April. Please read here the English version.

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Lorenzo Marsili

Lorenzo Marsili on the parliamentary elections in Italy

Lorenzo Marsili is transnationally active as a writer and commentator. He is also the founder of European Alternatives, a transnational citizen’s movement. NECE asked Lorenzo Marsili in what way the results of the parliamentary elections in Italy fit in Europe’s current political landscape.

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Alistair Ross

Finding political identities in Europe

What are the political attitudes of young Europeans (12 - 20 years)? The current and future political and social participation of young people in the European project is critical to the long-term success of the Union. My qualitative study of the views of some 2000 young people, in over 100 locations across 29 EU and Candidate states, was through 350 group discussions about how they construct their political/locational identities.

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Terezie Vávrová

Shifting political landscape in Central Europe

The 2017 Czech legislative election was held in October and since then the negotiation of a new coalition has taken place. Comment by Terezie Vávrová, Civic Education Centre, Czech Republic

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Prof. Haci Halil Uslucan, Universität Duisburg

Haci Halil Uslucan about the Turkish-European Relations

The political situation between Turkey and Europe is currently very tense. The Turkish government has created quite a stir on a number of occasions by making provocative comments against Germany and the Netherlands. Yet it is precisely these two countries that have taken in Turkish migrants for decades. NECE spoke to Professor Haci Halil Uslucan, Professor for Modern Turkish Studies and Integration Research at Duisburg-Essen University about the threat to democracy and Turkey's prospects of joining the EU.

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Jon Worth

Jon Worth about his Euroblog

Jon Worth is a known and asked blogger who writes about EU policy, Brexit and Germany policy. NECE asked him what he intends with his Euroblog.

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Frau Meijvogel-Volk

Meijvogel-Volk about the Democracy in the Netherlands

After the defeat of the right-wing populist party PVV in the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, many Europeans have been relieved. But in how far we might speak about a defeat at all, since the PVV gained five more seats in Parliament? We spoke to Tatjana Meijvogel-Volk from ProDemos – House for Democracy and the Rule of Law about the elections results and their effect to the work of civil society platforms like NECE.

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Almut Möller

Brexit and what it means for Europe

To many continental Europeans it came as a complete surprise when the grand old United Kingdom suddenly became a real-life satire in the aftermath of the EU membership referendum. But Brexit raises some fundamental questions for the EU as a whole, and the remaining member states have to work harder to keep the promise of prosperity, security, and cohesion of the EU-27.

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Demonstration in Łódź, January 23trd, 2016

Interview with Alicja Pacewicz, Vice President of The Center for Citizenship Education (CCE) in Poland

In October 2015, the Law and Justice Party won the elections in Poland and gained the absolute majority in the parliament. NECE talked with Alicja Pacewicz, Vice President of The Center for Citizenship Education (CCE), about the rapid changes in her country following last year´s change of government.

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NECE Newsletter 03/2020

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Useful information ahead of the EU elections on nece.eu
Going to the polls can make a difference, as Brexit and other electoral shocks have shown. Elections do matter! Read more about it here.

Interview with Sarah de Lange
Our new Advisory Board member, Sarah de Lange, introduces herself to NECE. Read the interview here.

NECE Conference 2018: Brave new Worlds?! The Future of Democracy and Citizenship Education
6 - 9 September 2018, Marseille (France)
Conference documentation available here.

Lorenzo Marsili on the parliamentary elections in Italy
NECE asked Lorenzo Marsili in what way the results of the parliamentary elections in Italy fit in Europe’s current political landscape. Read the comment here.

bpb statement to the Public consultation on EU funds in the area of values and mobility
The consultation took place as part of the preparations for the Multiannual Financial Framework which will define and shape the EU Budget after 2020. Click here for the PDF-Icon statement and the PDF-Icon questionnaire.

DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe) Mini-conference on Populism and Democratic Resilience
14 June 2018 in Nafplio, Greece
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25th EUROCLIO Annual Conference and Professional Training and Development Course: Mediterranean Dialogue
April 21-26 2018 in Marseille
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Eurydice Brief: Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017
In an age where the importance of citizenship education is becoming apparent to deal with the current threats to fundamental European values, many countries are implementing changes in their national policies. Read more here

NAME CHANGE: “Hard to Reach” Focus Group now “All-in network” - Your chance to get involved!
Labelling learners as “Hard to Reach” immediately suggests that the problem lies with the learner rather than the educational system.
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MAPPING TRANSITION IN EASTERN EUROPE: Experience of Change after the End of Communism, edited by Louisa Slavkova
Click here for the publication

Civic Education in Eastern Europe - bpb publishes collection of essays as free e-book
The publication is available in English and Russian language.