Latest posts by Hans Blokland (see all)
- Social media are useless for civic and political participation: experiences with a project in Germany - September 29, 2023
- Dr. Nargiza Nizamedinkhodjayeva new fellow at SSW - September 17, 2023
- Yasmine Benyoussef new intern - September 17, 2023
Together with 18 high school students and citizens, Social Science Works was at the German Foreign Office to discuss the values and the future of the European Union. Several politicians and civil servants were present to answer their questions. Before they visited the Foreign Office, the students and citizens had prepared their questions in four workgroups. They choose to concentrate on (1) the rule of law, human rights and separation of powers, (2) migration and population aging, (3) security and defense (4) climate change and renewable energy. Telling was again that the participants saw the European Union in the first place as a community of values, and not as an economic project. The citizens formulated each of their questions in about 30 seconds. For the answers especially the politicians regularly took more than 10 minutes. It’s true, things are often terribly complicated, but as the great German twitterer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, already noticed: “In der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister”. We will report on the project later again.