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Young, promising and unemployed. It might be International Youth Day on 12 August, but for the more than 5.3 million Europeans under 25 without a job, there will be little to celebrate. All the more reason for the EU to make tackling unemployment a priority. Read on to discover what is being done to help young people. (Read more: International Youth Day: how the EU is working to reduce unemployment )

 

Up north: reviving Sámi culture

Others Culture08-08-2014 - 09:00
 

Welcome to Nuorgam in Finland, the EU’s northernmost point. The sun kisses the monumental fells next to the small village, while stunted mountain birches push themselves through the snow. Spring is coming, but wind still gets under the clothes. It is in this beautiful setting that the Sámi live. This article was originally published in May as part of our Frontiers of the EU series. We are republishing it to mark the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on 9 August. (Read more: Up north: reviving Sámi culture )

 
Get the picture: first ever event with Instagram followers at the Parliament Photo gallery - Institutions / Information06-08-2014 - 09:00

Something words fail to capture the full European Parliament experience, but pictures certainly can help. In May the Parliament organised its first ever instameet, a special event in Strasbourg for its Instagram followers. They had the opportunity to take photos in and around the Parliament and post them using the hashtag #EPinstameet. (Read more: Get the picture: first ever event with Instagram followers at the Parliament )

 
 

Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles

Others Institutions / Information04-08-2014 - 09:00
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The quality of life in Europe today, Ukraine, a photo contest, the composition of the new Parliament and cheaper phone calls were the topics of our most-read articles of the first half of the year on the European Parliament’s website. Check out our links to experience the highlights of the year so far. (Read more: Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles )

 

Re-discover Europe with Parliament’s new Foursquare list

Others Institutions / Information / Tourism01-08-2014 - 09:00
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An abandoned rail road, a sand castle and a secret Soviet bunker... Last year Parliament asked you to discover Europe with the help of our list of 28 little-known attractions, one per member state. This year, we are making a tradition of it and asking you to re-discover Europe once again with our new Foursquare tip list. (Read more: Re-discover Europe with Parliament’s new Foursquare list )

 

28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict

Others Institutions / Culture28-07-2014 - 09:00
A picture acquired from the historical archives of Sarajevo on June 28, 2014 shows Archduke Franz Ferdinand inspecting his troops during military manoeuvre, on June 27, 1914 in Sarajevo, the day before his assassination. ©BELGA_AFP_HISTORICAL ARCHIVES OF SARAJEVO  

Exactly 100 years ago Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, triggering a conflict that would soon spread throughout Europe and the world and become known as the Great War. “Remembering this lesson is the best way to honour those who fought and died”, EP president Martin Schulz said ahead of the sad anniversary. (Read more: 28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict )

 

Record-breaking number of students take part in Erasmus programme

Others Institutions / Education / Youth25-07-2014 - 10:56
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Erasmus keeps getting bigger and better! In 2012-2013 a record-breaking 270,000 students took part in one of the popular EU programmes for studying or training abroad. And the numbers are expected to rise even further in the future as the European Parliament backed the new and improved Erasmus+ programme that kicks off this September. What are the most popular destinations and which students are the most active in the programme? Read on. (Read more: Record-breaking number of students take part in Erasmus programme )

 
LUX film prize 2014 Finalists - from top: Class enemy (Razredni sovražnik) by Rok Biček, Girlhood (Bande de filles) by Céline Sciamma, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski_  

The three films competing for this year’s Lux Prize have been announced: Class Enemy (Razredni sovražnik) from Slovenia, Girlhood (Bande de filles) from France and Polish/Danish co-production Ida will all be competing for the European Parliament's annual firlm award. The finalists will be subtitled into the EU's official 24 languages and be screened in all 28 member states during the LUX Film Days this autumn. The winner will be chosen by MEPs and announced on 17 December. (Read more: And the finalists are... Three European films battle it out for the Lux Prize )

 

EYE2014: Fresh perspectives for a better Europe

Others Youth11-07-2014 - 15:36
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The European Youth Event final report has now been handed over to the MEPs. Last May, a few days before the European Elections, the European Parliament welcomed thousands of young people from across the continent to Strasbourg to share and discuss their ideas for the future of Europe. The European Youth Event (EYE2014) took place from May 9 to 11 and involved 5,500 young people aged 16 to 30 from across the continent. (Read more: EYE2014: Fresh perspectives for a better Europe )