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Europa - und jetzt?

Das europäische Motto lautet: „In Vielfalt geeint“. Doch aktuelle Debatten zeigen, dass das vereinte Europa keine Selbstverständlichkeit mehr ist. Wie artikuliert sich der europäische Gedanke heute? Und wie können ihn Kultur und Zivilgesellschaft mit neuen Inhalten füllen?

Europa wählt!© Tobias Schrank | Goethe-Institut

Wo stehst du in Europa?

Gemeinsam statt einsam

Was bringt uns die EU in unserem täglichen Leben? Anders gefragt: Was ändert sich, wenn ein Land nicht mehr zur EU gehört? Antworten aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven – illustriert von Zeichnerinnen und Zeichnern aus ganz Europa.

Research in the EU Illustration: © Ella Frances Sanders

A short history of EU funds

Stephen Hawking already knew: Brexit is also bad for British researchers. What if they had to forego EU funds in the future?

Capital 2 Illustration: © Karolien Vanderstappen

EU institutions
The capital

For Brussels, the EU means above all one thing: plenty of jobs. What if "the capital of Europe", and with it cities like Luxembourg or Strasbourg, were suddenly without EU institutions?

Agricultural subsidies Illustration: © Sara Quod

Agricultural subsidies
A piece of culture

France was the initiator of the PAC, the common agricultural policy in the EU. Today PAC ensures the diversity of food in many countries. What if the common agricultural policy were completely abandoned?

Borders Illustration: © Goethe-Institut / Ricardo Cabral

Schengen Area
Over all borders

Anyone crossing national borders within the EU will no longer encounter turnpikes. Since 1995, the Schengen Agreement has ensured freedom of travel. What if border controls were reintroduced everywhere?

Pensions Illustration: © Daniel Montero Galán

Under the sun

Many older Britons have settled in Spain to enjoy the sun: the EU ensures that citizens of EU member states can receive their pensions abroad. What if the British are no longer part of the EU?

EU subsidies
The small state and the sea

Latvia has benefited from economic support as has no other EU member. What if the Baltic country had never received it?

Roaming Illustration: © Giulia Gardelli

Call me maybe

Whether at home or abroad: since 2017, you pay the same tariff in the EU for telephone calls and mobile data. What if there were still high roaming charges in countries like Italy?

Erasmus – with and without the EU Illustration © SOWATORINI Landschaft

Better studying

The EU Erasmus program makes it easier for students to spend a semester abroad. This also benefits many cities. What if the Erasmus program were cut short or completely discontinued?

Common public Illustration: © Anna Haifisch

Common public
We have to talk

In the debates surrounding the euro crisis, some saw the birth of a European public. The European elections in 2014 were followed by disillusionment. What if the EU didn’t exist – would we then be more likely to debate together?

Europa, that's what I wish you!

Europanetzwerk Bild 0 Photo (detail): © Goethe-Institut Brüssel

My wish for Europe

…that is the title of the postcard-project which was created by the Europanetzwerk Deutsch in collaboration with schools from different EU countries. The Goethe-Institut Brussels received more than 250 postcards which record the pupils’ wishes, hopes and fears concerning the future of Europe. The eight winners of the project were invited to Brussels to spend a weekend in the European capital before the EU elections in May.

Lebendige Demokratie

In 2018, eleven German media companies announced and backed the “Deutschland spricht” campaign. Throughout the country, people with different political views met in pairs for a one-on-one discussion. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/dpa/Jörg Carstensen

“Germany Talks”
Fighting – for democracy’s sake

The “Deutschland spricht” (Germany Talks) project brings people with opposing political convictions to the table. Can discussion unite a society? For Zeit Online editor-in-chief and project co-initiator Jochen Wegner, the campaign was an experiment that garnered a great response.

EU Kunst - Was ist das?

Smile to Vote: Screenshot of the fictitious company website Photo (detail): © Alexander Peterhaensel 2017

Smile to Vote
A smile please... you have voted!

The media art project “Smile to Vote” revolves around a voting booth that scans faces and automates the vote-casting process. Its originator, artist Alexander Peterhaensel, criticises the increasing encroachment of technology on privacy. 

Politik und Social Media

News and politics on YouTube: The “Reporter” series by funk. Photo (detail): © Annika Fußwinkel / funk

Politics for Digital Natives

Their videos regularly appear on YouTube channels with names like “MrInfo2Go” or “Young & Naïve” and reach millions of young Germans. Yet these vloggers are not talking about music, gaming, or lifestyles; they are into politics. 

The smartphone means politicians always have an effective public stage in their pockets. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/POP-EYE

Staging the self on social media
Politics as a stage

Politics has always played out on stages: from the popular assemblies of antiquity and to the live-feed public parliamentary debates of today, politicians have performed for their voters. Social media have both expanded and fundamentally changed this political stage.

Fake News - was man dagegen tun kann

The Future of the Library © raumlaborberlin on behalf of Kulturprojekte Berlin

Media competence versus manipulation
What can libraries do against fake news?

Libraries are ill-equipped to fight fake news, critics say. Maybe they were celebrated too soon as bastions against misinformation. But as part of a network they can certainly act against manipulated reports.