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EU Crash Courses

Why was the EU founded? Who makes EU laws? What opportunities do I have to help shape European politics?

This four-hour EU Crash Course examines basic issues around European history, institutions and current debates. Each course begins with an ice-breaker game, an interactive introduction into the topic areas and a question round for the students to ask about current European politics. Participants then work in various workshops according to their interests:

Why does the EU exist? How did it develop?

In this small group, participants set out in search of different EU stories and personal reference points.

Who determines EU policy? Who is the boss?

Participants find out who is really behind the phrase “the EU has decided…”. They discuss and assess the possibilities for exerting influence in the multi-level European system.

How can I have a say European politics?

In this workshop participants formulate their own political concerns. They develop ideas for action and discuss the possibilities for implementing them as well as possible hinderances to doing so.

What proposals are there for a fair distribution of asylum seekers in the EU?

In a role-play, participants discuss the idea of migrant quotas for member states and discover how tough the negotiation process can be.

In Germany, we currently offer the EU Crash Course in Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony. Young, specially-qualified peer trainers go in pairs to schools and conduct the courses for students from the tenth grade onwards. The four-hour courses are designed for a maximum of 25 participants. The service is free of charge for schools and youth groups.

The EU compact courses are carried out as part of the project Europe Understanding in cooperation with the Mercator Foundation.

We can take registrations for the compact course again from summer 2020. Make a note now!

Or: try out our new course format “Good News”.

The courses and our Trainer Qualification Programme are also held in 15 other European countries in cooperation with the European Youth Parliament. You can find your local contact here.

In cooperation with our young trainers we are continually expanding the seminars on offer. Write and tell us which topics you would like to have a workshop on.

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