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Transeuropa Youth Think-tank for Democracy


We are excited to present TRANSEUROPA Network – a network of activists from throughout Europe working together for the emergence of a new and genuinely transnational European politics, culture and society.

How does it work?

The basis of the activity of TRANSEUROPA network is monthly “transnational” summits where members of the network from each city represented are invited to participate with expenses covered. Members of the Network:

  • Prepare articles and opinion pieces on several key political questions for publication online and in the Network’s own printed magazine, Transeuropa, distributed free of charge in several European cities.
  • Think together about public campaign the network can run to sensibilise public opinion on specific issues/proposals the network comes up with
  • Organise local events and stunts to promote the work and ideas of the network
  • Participate in the organisation of TRANSEUROPA Festival.


What do you get out of it?

TRANSEUROPA Network is above all a platform for those who want to work together to bring about the emergence of a new European politics, culture and society. The Network brings together activists and scholars, artists and students from throughout the continent to develop together a new transnational political subjectivity. You will benefit from the diversity of these individuals, their backgrounds and approaches, and the diversity of topics dealt with. You will also have the opportunity to propose projects or subjects of investigation, and European Alternatives and TRANSEUROPA Network will do its best to allow you to run these projects if they are consistent with the aims of European Alternatives. Finally, you will have the opportunity to travel to other cities in the TRANSEUROPA Network with expenses covered by us.

How long is your commitment?

To become a part of TRANSEUROPA Network you need to be happy to commit to participating between September and the end of May 2011. Once you have taken part in TRANSEUROPA network and helped prepared TRANSEUROPA Festival in May 2011, you will remain a member of the Network, and you can choose how much you would like to continue to engage in our work.


TRANSEUROPA Festival is a trans-European event happening simultaneously in many countries in May 2011. The Festival represents the climax of the work of the Network and the place where the discussions held over the preceding months will be publicly presented. The format of the Festival in each of the participating cities is left flexible so that it can be adapted to the different contexts of different cities, and also to the capacities and resources of the local groups.

What topics are possible?

We have a list of core topics we definitely want to cover in TRANSEUROPA Network over the coming year. We want to explore how they can be best related to and explored in the different social and political realities throughout Europe. You are also very welcome to suggest other topics we should work on. In the TRANSEUROPA Network social networking platform (coming soon!) there will be the constant opportunity to bring up new topics as priorities.

Core topics

Transnational Democracy Includes: the meaning of democracy in the EU and nation states, new participative methods, the future of political representation in Europe. Migration Includes: Common asylum and migration policy; detention centres and camps; integration policies, human rights issues

Ecology&Commons Includes: Environmental policy; common goods and access to general interest services; production model; social justice and climate change Transnational Media&Media Pluralism Includes media freedom and pluralism, transnational public sphere and European media, democratisation of access to the media Gender Equality Includes: EU and national legislation relating to abortion, pay, work-life balance etc. The image of women and of men. Supported by: Youth in Action