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Our Europe; or why Brexit is relevant to all of us

Johanna Nyman

Johanna Nyman is the President of the European Youth Forum. Johanna has a long background in youth organizations. She joined the scouts at the age of twelve and held various positions within the Scouts and Guides of Finland. She was an activist in the school student movement, and acted as Vice-Chair of the Swedish-Speaking School Student Union of Finland. She did previously serve as President of Allianssi’s international committee. In 2013-2014 she was a board member of the YFJ.


Our Europe; or why Brexit is relevant to all of us

ai???Poll reveals young remain voters reduced to tears by Brexit resultai???

This headline encapsulates what I and many friends and colleagues felt after the decision of the British people to leave the EU. I have lived in the UK for close to a year and the farce we have witnessed in recent weeks feels somewhat unbelievable. My intention is not to criticise the UK in particular, because I could see a similar situation happening in many European countries, but merely to highlight a state of political turmoil that seems to have become almost normal.

 

For many years now we have witnessed our societies becoming increasingly divided. They are divided between rich and poor, older and younger generations, political extremes, south and north and east and west, urban and rural. This is a deplorable development and it scares many of us. A big part of the problem can be traced to the global financial crisis and the economic crisis in Europe that followed it, and of course to the bitter medicine of austerity prescribed as a solution to the economic woes of our continent. For example, income inequality in Europe has risen ai???quite substantiallyai??i?? since the mid-1980s Silfar no rx, cheap Zoloft. acquire neurontin, acquire dapoxetine. . Another problem is that the EU and many of its member states are run by middle-aged men and women who are seemingly not in tune with many European citizens, especially a huge proportion of young people. This contributes to alienation from formal political processes; the debate about the future of our society remains remote for many citizens.

 

Linking this back to the Brexit vote, I think that the take-home message is clear. My generation will be affected and most probably not in a positive way. Whatever decisions are to be taken about the UKai??i??s relationship to the EU, as well as reform of the EU itself, need to involve young people. We care and we know what we want. Europe needs to find a way back to its values, values of equality and equal opportunities for all. We need more cooperation, more human rights and a Europe that can compete successfully on the global market. I know that getting there will only happen if we combine resources and work jointly towards this goal.

 

An overwhelming majority of young voters in the UK voted to stay in the EU and this is not to be forgotten when building our common Europe.

 

The important message Brexit sends us is: this is not about one country taking a decision that will only affect the citizens in that particular country. This will, in one way or another, affect all 1.2 million UK citizens living in other EU countries as well as the sildenafil 100mg price buy periactin weight gain pills. . 3.3 million EU citizens living in the UK. But it will also affect the rest of the EU citizens and will most probably be felt beyond the borders of the EU. This is a decision that puts deep marks on the future of Europe, but it is a decision we need to live with and work with. And this just could, if the right lessons are drawn, be the crack in the ceiling that lets in the light. But for the crack not to split the continent into fragmented pieces, it is mandatory for the EU to change and for young people to be sitting around the table where the decisions are made.

Johanna Nyman

Johanna Nyman is the President of the European Youth Forum. Johanna has a long background in youth organizations. She joined the scouts at the age of twelve and held various positions within the Scouts and Guides of Finland. She was an activist in the school student movement, and acted as Vice-Chair of the Swedish-Speaking School Student Union of Finland. She did previously serve as President of Allianssi’s international committee. In 2013-2014 she was a board member of the YFJ.

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