Not surprisingly, in the piece of art unveiled at the Council of Ministers by the Czech presidency, in which all EU members states are portrayed according to some national stereotype, the UK is nowhere to be found. A clear irony about the British semi-detached status in the European Union.
In a country with one of the lowest turnouts at European elections, where, according to a recent pool, 64% of the interviewed are in favour of weakening Britain’s ties to the EU (Telegraph) and where David Miliband negotiating the UK opt-outs in Lisbon 2007 is likened to Neville Chamberlain in Munich 1938.
It is in this country that AEGEE is going to launch a one-month campaign aimed at motivating young people to vote in the European election of 4 June 2009. The UK Y Vote Campaign Tour, starting from London on 26 April, will stop in other twenty-six cities before arriving to Edinburgh for election day! I had the honour to be primarily involved in organising this campaign, and in this blog I will follow its development in the four months to come.
Here my mission, here my challenge…