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Dear Friends of the Kreisau-Initiative,

Is Europe failing at...? That is the basic question of many headlines and editorials these days - usually followed by keywords such as Greek bailout, solution of the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean or the conflict in Ukraine. What is failing is in fact sticking to national egoism in the face of these great challenges.

It is failing because nation states on their own are powerlessly when facing major issues such as climate change, migration or the rules of globalized economy. It is also failing because all these small filthy, populistic arguments against ‘Brussels’ against migrants and against supposedly less hardworking “Southerners” are slowly becoming a divisive element. The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz accurately observes: Europe may fall apart.

In this newsletter we would like to offer you a somewhat different point of view on this subject: Nina Lüders writes about the difficulties to hold on to educational projects in Greece in the face of the recent crisis. Given the developments in the last months the cooperation between Greece and Germany is more important than ever. Therefore if you have any suggestions, contacts or projects in which we as the KI can assist, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

At this point we would like to sincerely thank Kateryna Khyzhniak, who has just finished her European Voluntary Service in our office, for her excellent work and support. She is coming back to Berlin in October and  will be studying at the Technical University Berlin. Katja, we wish you all the best!

Yours truly,
Ole Jantschek
A Test in Solidarity

"For a long time we have been experiencing a lack of solidarity in politics. Therefore, in times of crisis, certain doubts arise: are we a flourishing European Community or merely a collection of national states? But these times of crisis also shows that there is a strong European civil society",  writes the Executive Director of the Kreisau-Initiative, Nina Lüders. Read more

10 years of MICC

This year, our project MICC is celebrating its 10th anniversary. On this occasion, we are organizing an international conference which will take place from the 8th to 11th of October and gather over 100 MICC alumni. The inaugural event is open to the public. Victor Ochen from Uganda, director of the AYINET and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, will give the keynote speech. (Picture: KI)

Last Projects

We look back on our exciting projects and events of the last three months: the international training "Beyond Growth", the inclusive youth encounter “GIRLS!”, the German-Polish project "Pixies meet Giants" for fathers and their children... and many more! Read more
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For the following projects you can still apply: the German-Polish-Greek training for developing methods in historical and political education "Histoire croisée as a perspective for non-formal education" and the international training on media education and migration in Europe "Citizen Journalists on Tour".
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