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athanatOs 05.04.11. issue 3/Αθάνατος/ n. [From Greek ‘immortal’]


Licht, mehr Licht!

There was once this dude called Goethe; he was German and wise. He eventually came to his end (as all human beings do) and when it was near just he decided to sit himself in bed and await the inevitable. Just before kicking the bucket he shouted: - Light! More light! The reaction this got was something along the lines of: - Listen to that wise man, eh? - Oh, how does he come up with this stuff? Wish I could, it’s so popular with the girls… No one could know exactly what he meant to say by this. Was it more light on the fiscal troubles of Greece? Being a philosopher, they assumed this meant he wished for more light on mankind, more light to be thrown on our despicable deeds and habits. To enlighten ourselves. Had he been a common little man like you and us, people would have most possibly attributed this to the failing of eyesight that comes with age and death. But no, it had to be something wise just because the old bugger came up with theories. It probably wasn’t even the way he said it. Well, in case his intended meaning was in fact “shedding light on humanity” there is some brightness to be found in EYP. At the centre you will find a special place dedicated to what we like to call Epi-Info, a survey that you delegates answered along with our interpretation of the answers. Go ahead: sunbathe!

Prometheus & LLUIS

Aesop STAMOS

None of the words for “butterfly” in European languages resemble one another: it is “schmetterling” in German; “Papillion” in French; “mariposa” in Spanish; “farfalla” in Italian; “borboleta” in Portuguese; “vlinder” in Dutch; “kelebek” in Turkish and “πεταλούδα” in Greek.

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Waiting for the sun Katarina “Αταλάντη – Atalanta” Warg wonders whether too much daylight is as depressing as none Short days, little sun and darkness; a disturbing thought. Remember the first day of Teambuilding? The rain was pouring and the sun was hidden behind dark clouds. Compare your mental state, your energy level and your general feelings of that day to how you felt on Sunday when sun was shining, warm in your face. Now imagine perpetual darkness, a sun that never rises; a reality for the population of Norilsk, the northermost city of Siberia. During dark winter times the sun only shines for half an hour a day. In parts of Scandinavia people face the same reality. Daylight only appears for a few minutes every day.

“” “Perpetual sunset Rather an unsettling thing” ~Stephen Sondheim, from “A little night music”

A common assumption made is that the suicide rate is significantly higher in northern countries because of this condition. One may back up this pattern by pointing out that northern countries are overrepresented in high suicide rate charts. Yet there are numerous others suggesting that additional factors as important as sunlight affect these results. These same countries experience

a major climatic change over the course of a year. Is their summer’s perpetual sunlight just as disturbing as constant darkness? Continuous sunlight, a never-ending day and sunrays persistently beaming through the window while you sleep, could be as distressing as darkness, leading to sleep deprivation and, subsequently, depression. Human health is dependent on routines such as sleeping and eating habits. Man also needs sunlight to maintain a needed vitamin D level. The seasonal changes affect us on a deep level and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is an acknowledged and common disease. When winter is approaching and summer and sun slide away many people’s mood drops. If the downcast is severe, the condition is diagnosed as SAD. However, SAD doesn’t only strike when winter is on its way but also at spring time, when days slowly extend in length and the sun breaks through the dark clouds.

Is it the irregularities and forever altering day length that affect us, or is it simply the lack of light? The sunny weather during the second day of teambuilding might not have been as appreciated if it had not been raining the day before. Sun and light would not be as appealing if no alternative was offered. Darkness might be daunting but sun shining wherever you go, all day long, with no possibility of shelter, is as terrifying. Bear this in mind, remember the first day of teambuilding, cross your fingers and pray that the enjoyable weather lasts throughout the session but also that we will be able to go to sleep when the sun has set.

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EYF

European Youth Football Panayiotis “Άδωνης - Adonis” Ataou offers a coach’s vision of the game The bright sunshine, the cool spring air, the great football pitch, all make for an excellent day of sports. What better way to release nerves and stretch some muscles, than a friendly football match between committees? The tournament began yesterday during lunch, where EMPL coolly edged past LIBE I after a tense penalty shootout, DEVE overcame DROI 2-0, LIBE II pressed their way past

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ITRE 3-0, whilst AFCO II cruised past CULT 3-0, SEDE skilfully slotted 4 past IMCO with no reply, and AFET scored once to beat AFCO I, the other games was between ENVI and the ORGAS which ended in a 3-0 win for the Organisers of the session. Who will be crowned EYF champions? Follow the rest of the games at the large football pitch during lunch breaks!


Five lost as Centaurs invade Tim “Λερναία Ύδρα – Lernaean Hydra” Keegstra Zeynep “Πηνελόπη – Penelope” Yavuz Sini “Ελένη της Τροίας – Helen of Troy” Ventela Irina “Ανδρομέδα – Andromeda” Gadaeva.

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A no-holds-barred battle concluded with several injuries. Brave Harpy soldier, Mihai Truţa, got his knee demolished in an attempt to protect the preci1 ous flute of Pan.

The epic battle between Harpies and Centaurs resurfaced as tensions reached melting point on Sunday afternoon after a border dispute.

The action of the battle was centered around the two teams stealing relics from one another. Fifteen days after the appointment of the new head general of the centurial army, Yegos Vlasenko, the frontier division of the Centaurs’ Royal Army invaded the Harpies’ territory in Pan’s forest. This sudden assault shattered the peace that had allowed shrines to flourish within these parts of Greece. In fact, these landmarks of cultural heritage seem to have been the targets of the raid, as many relics were stolen and seen being transported back into centurial territory. Zeynep Ekinci, President for the Harpies’ government tried to repell the looting by sending the Harpy air forces, but could not prevent five holy relics from being captured.

Harpy combat specialist, Sammie Straub, evaded opposing centaur troops in a brave attempt to steal the sheepskin of Pan.

Sofia Leal Santos, General, led a team of Special Forces, which broke down the walls of the Harpy Armored Reinstatement Prison Union (HARPU), successfully rescuing most of the centurial cavalry

Centurial forces were greatly hindered by the heroic efforts of the Harpy warlord Sash Banks, who managed to retrieve many of the stolen relics in the process.

Augustin Siraudean is being knighted for his honorable achievements, being the main contributor to the retrieval of relics.

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Murder, Love, Kidnap, Cows

Only in Greece! Conor “Ηρακλής – Hercules” Hamill and Mikaela “Ερμιόνη – Hermione” Kantor describe last night’s Greek comedy. It was a night fit for the Gods of Olympus! Delegates managed to jump out of their ninja poses and untangle themselves from the distressing spider’s web to slog through one idea after another in order to unmistakably (I use that term lightly) portray a tale from Greek mythology. Sounds like a pretty simple concept to grasp all right, but when songs from Lady Gaga start getting mashed in with the European Anthem things start to get a little muddled, albeit with hilariously entertaining results. Greece’s hardest-working organiser, Stella and Ireland’s Conor, the best looking and most adequate journo, co-hosted the event. The question whether they were over-dressed or if the audience were under-dressed still stands but either way, it was one hell of an entertaining night! Beginning the night was the story of 6

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the Ananke, the Goddess of Destiny from ENVI. IMCO managed to end the story on a cliff-hanger, successfully grabbing our attention. AFCO I performed before our first twopart tale of the night from ITRE and CULT which performed a heart racing kidnap-and-rescue mission that looked like something you would expect to come straight out of “Die Hard”! The presentation from SEDE was one for the adults, with a bit of nudity here and a bit of peeping there. Nevertheless they managed to keep things clean. DROI followed begging for the sun to shine through a rich compilation of summer related songs. Next on, DEVE narrated the story of Hebe which showed us that even the Gods struggle with unemployment. Our second grindhouse production came from the committees LIBE I and AFET who provided us with a Greek version of Beauty and the

Beast and used Justin Bieber and Abba to make new artists shine. He is called JuBa. EMPL offered us an interesting taste of beastiality with Zeus falling in love with a cow – the myth of Europe! LIBE II brought to us the tale of Hercules and the headgrowing Hydra. The love story of Apollo and Daphne was told by ECON and AFCO II. A standing applause took place to welcome to the stage the presidential committee, INTA, who informed us of how Medusa came to be the snake haired monster. After facing some technical difficulties we were able to enjoy a unique video about e-democracy made by Riann’s committee, ECON. Soon afterwards it was off to the gym to celebrate the rest of the night. Hope you had fun and will party the rest of the upcoming nights even more.


Euroconcert auditions Conor “ Ηρακλής–Hercules” Hamill plays paparazzi and peaks into “EYP’s got talent”

One at a time the eager-to-impress Euroconcert auditionees entered the massive confidence-swallowing gym where they were faced with the seemingly unmanageable task of projecting their vocals throughout the entire hall and to prove to the audition panel that their piece could not only excite what will be a hopeful and expecting Euroconcert crowd but they also will engage, relate and connect with the audience through their music and lyrics. What seemed like an impossible challenge, turned out to be something quite remarkable. Performers representing delegations from countries like Greece, Latvia, Finland, Spain and lots more came in many melodious forms, from solos and duets to groups and even choirs to fill the room with their acoustics. The charmingly diverse style in songs proved that selecting the final acts will be a difficult and intense discussion. The wide-ranging choice of songs included covers of classical, native and popular music as well as one or two original songs. While there were acts performing a cappella, the majority used string instruments, keyboard instruments and wind instruments like the clarinet and the harmonica. The talent was impressive and the panel have some serious decisions to make regarding which acts’ names will appear on the concert programme. It’s safe to say that from the acts I saw audition, it’s going to have to be a pretty long programme if there’s any justice in the world. Good luck to all the auditionees and I look forward to an incredible Euroconcert on Thursday.

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Democracy 2.0: Sophie “Μήδεια – Medea” Debrunner Hall and Zeynep “Πηνελόπη – Penelope” Yavuz tell tales of revolution

We’ve come a long way since Amnesty International first started sending chain emails posing as starving illiterate orphans with multiple amputations and various tropical afflictions in order to tug at our heartstrings. The internet has infected our political consciousness on two fronts. On one hand becoming a key outlet for news reporting and the media at large, on the other blowing open vast new communication channels and networks between people worldwide; 8

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together, an impossibly large arena for political interest, so huge in fact that it can barely be monitored from outside, let alone controlled. What was once an online Amnesty International petition for an end to the death sentence is now a Facebook page called “Free Libya” with millions of “likes”. Suddenly, people are tweeting and retweeting articles around the world within minutes. When news breaks, our news feeds are inundated with people’s comments; sometimes interesting personal opinions, more

often a banal repetition of the headline or a link to a mainstream news outlet. These very outlets we can choose to follow on twitter or like on Facebook so as to have our news posted somewhere between X’s new relationship status and Y’s holiday photos. The first real twitter revolution was arguably the green revolution in Iran. Protests were organised through social networks and when the standard channels for news reporting out of the country were blocked, people turned to Twitter,


the communication age Facebook and email to spread the word. Thousands changed the location on their Twitter account to Iran to protect those who really were in Iran. When Achmedinejad’s regime cut internet access, servers were set up in secret and abroad. All in all, millions were mobilised.

“” People were saying that thousands were on the streets. People were dying while Cairo burned.

At the time, commentators were eager to trumpet the dawn of a new age. Suddenly, Facebook and Twitter - till that day condemned for numbing young minds – were the catalyst for real social change. Some even drew comparisons between social media’s role in socio-political change and the invention of the printing press or the first Lutheran bible translations. Happily, we took part. With a warm fuzzy smugness, we patted ourselves on the back; we, too were part of this! With each “like” clicked, each article posted, each petition signed, we were one of the millions standing side by side against oppression, cruelty and injustice.

But did social networking really make us more politically involved, more compassionate? Hardly. How much does it take to support a revolution on Facebook? To like “One million clicks to save Japan”? To retweet Bono’s latest musings? Social networking hasn’t made us more active, it has simply lowered the investment needed to be considered so. This kind of activism from the comfort of our own home may raise awareness slightly, but ultimately it does little but assuage our social conscience. That is not only misguided, it can be dangerous. If we let ourselves be lulled into a false sense of political engagement, we compare ourselves to those “in the field”, those really risking life and limb in the battle for political freedom. Commenting smugly on the fact that one is watching Al jazeera (perhaps with a remark about the bias of Western outlets – how culturally aware!) is far from cowering somewhere behind a burning car in Cairo. Zeynep Yavuz, one of journalists who was in Cairo at the time, can testify. When the protests exploded, she was a little outside Cairo and reports of the events began to trickle to her. Deprived of accurate information – the government had blocked phone and internet connections to stop protestors liaising – she only heard snippets. Not knowing what awaited them there, she and her mother made their way to Cairo airport. There, with hundreds of others who were stranded in possibly the safest place in Egypt

at the time, they waited. “I tried to take a few pictures – my camera was taken from me by the police. We were just so helpless.” Through blind luck and 5 minutes of working phone time, the Turkish government was notified and sent a plane for the 50 other Turks at the airport. Zeynep was lucky (debatable, perhaps!) to have seen at first hand the confusion, violence and desperation of the protests in Egypt. What of those who weren’t able to leave? Whose life was called into question? Current affairs may now cast a long shadow onto our web lives, but let us not pretend that a facebook status can be spoken of in the same terms as those who, when Mubarak stepped back, stood on Tahrir Square and wept. Real e-democracy is not the trend of political awareness social media use. Real e-democracy is the rage and passion enflamed by communication. Faster than it used to be, yes. But not ultimately different. The Libyan who secretly emails the BBC with an eye witness report is like the Pole hiding a radio in the Warsaw ghetto. Like any political movement, those online are wonderful, powerful, and dangerous. A Jordanian friend of Zeynep’s dryly commented “there is no ex-president in the Middle East. He is either the president, or he is dead”. To reduce the dark side of these movements to our Facebook mirror of the world is to trivialise their impact and begin a slippery slope towards complacency. Protests may happen faster online, but real change doesn’t. Perhaps, one day, e-democracy may be described as the beginning of the democratic revolution. Let’s wait and see.

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Committee “Normally, the delegates embarrass the chair, why does our chair continue embarrassing us?” Jacob, CULT

ECON completed the bucket rope lift game in a record time of 9 minutes and 40 seconds

It seems as if ENVI have been influenced by their committee Facebook wall as they have for committee work also come up with a “knowledge” and a “brainstorm” wall...

Showing maturity during teambuilding, AFCO I reflected about the international dimension of EYP, proving that teambuilding was a success. May Committee Work be even better than the first part of the session!

You should have seen the public’s face when DEVE told them they are their father.

A DJ Elephant seen among the wonderful IMCO. What’s up next, a showering superman?

Last night’s partying seems to have had an effect on this morning’s Committee Work in I N T A .

“We don’t have a samurai, why would we need his samurai sword?” INTA during the “Zombie Apocalypse” game when the committee received the list of survivor items.

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Updates completely recovered from being hit in the crotch by Fabian Sommer during the ninja game.

AFCO 2 would define EU as “friends with economic benefits”.

DROI carried out Committee Work as a brilliant Orchestra. They were conducted by Jamie their chair and listened to classical music as they were working with their materials!

CULT worship their chair James and bow at his command.

13 amazingly characteristic portraits were produced with ease and a great laugh! LIBE I are real agents provocateurs during certain games and most descriptively have a great time together.

“No, that was not a zop, that was just my British pronunciation”, Marcus Chaplin (IMCO) during the game of zip-zap-zop.

Sofia Leal Santos is going for information presidency. She is like coca cola, with extra bubbles. That is metaphor people.

AFCO 2 loves it when Stefano says “beautiful money”. .

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Spring Cleaning Gen “Κυρήνη – Cyrene” Shorthouse and Liva “Κίρκη – Circe” Kreislere investigate the tradition of Lent The question arises – do we have enough time to acknowledge what is happening in and around us? Most likely, no. Every year at the time of Lent we are urged to suffer on a small scale; a forty day journey about oneself. In older times lent was the period when Christians marked their foreheads with ash and fasted for forty days in an attempt to sympathise with Christ’s toils. Nowadays, Lent has transcended its religious significance from preparing man for the death and resurrection of Christ to being a time when we challenge ourselves to go without and examine what is truly necessary in our lives. Here is an unconventional thought: would fasting during Lent with the aim of preparing your body for summer be a bad idea? In any case, we believe the focus should be on taking action rather than just thinking about what to do. The period of fasting suggests taking in new knowledge. This is not possible until we have gotten rid of something else. Getting rid of gastronomic delights is an easy way to start this journey,

“” Are bad habits chasing you, or is it the other way around?

but does not give much of an insight into one’s personality. Personal experience has shown us how hard saying no can be. Two voices are constantly fighting for your thoughts and emotions. One says “You, human being, need this. There is no way you will

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survive without it”. The other encourages you to be more strongwilled. This struggle leads us to look deeper in ourselves and reminds us of what is actually going on within. Although the meaning of Lent is much deeper than the following, an easy example can be applied: The lives of excellent athletes, are full of routine, diets and limitations because their future success depends on such an agenda. They sacrifice now for success in the future. In order to plan for the future, a deep plunge into oneself is required. What in our lives do we desire to get rid of? Hundreds of openly clear and more elusive forms of addiction exist. The moment we choose to get rid of these habits are the ones we actually realise how addicted we are. There has not been Facebook, internet or junk food in our lives for three days already. We have no doubt there has been a significant amount of personal development and self awareness to replace these. Once we get rid of one thing, there is space for evaluating our lives. Once we are barefoot, would a cigarette seem so important? Often, once we get rid of a bad habit, for example interrupting people, we simply replace it with a substitute. It’s a case of controlling and continuing the process. As Saint Teresa of Avila stated: “One day of meditation and self-reflection is much more beneficial than thousand days of prayers.” If you consider yourself a complete and perfect individual and thus spring cleaning useless, fantastic! But are you sure it’s not the other way around?

Marat from Bulgaria would give up junk food

While Sara from Sweden would like to limit her internet usage, especially facebook


Charles Bellerofonte was ambitious. A Harvard graduate, he’d begun a promising career in the investment banking division of a mighty Wall Street bank, quickly earning the nickname ‘Slayer of Monster Deals’ for his deal-making successes. In his firm, he enjoyed the trust of chairman Proetus Macintosh. So much so that the chairman extended him an invitation to his 50th birthday party. The duly lavish venue was the Heraclean Hampton Country Club, birthplace of the most violent sports and home to many American sport heroes.

This party derailed Bellerofonte’s flawless career. Caught frolicking with Macintosh’s wife at the end of the night, he was sacked by Macintosh on the spot. Bellerofonte had no choice but to move to different shores. Luckily, demand was strong for a rainmaker like him. He was immediately hired by one of the most average banks in their quest to turn around their business’ fate. Bellerofonte joined the firm together with Kim Mera, an aggressive, feared vice president renowned for her versatility and potential to predict the markets and member of a family universally acknowledged as devilish. Bellerofonte and Mera did not get on well. She decided to overthrow the entire business model, obliterate entire divisions and sack hundreds of people. She raged through the company like a monster of the boardroom. Faced with this beast, Bellerofonte decided to take action. He consulted with the Wall Street guru Peter Polyb to deliberate appropriate measures. Polyb only saw one way: Invest in the Pegasus Fund, which bet heavily on the demise of Mera’s family holdings, and thus destroy confidence in her abilities. In a risky move Bellerofonte invested his lifetime wealth into the fund. Within a week, Mera’s fortune was decimated and she committed suicide.

These plants are relevant because they were picked at the teambuilding venue

By Justus “Χίμαιρα – Chimera” Gottemann

This story is a modern tale based on a Greek myth. If you find out which, submit your answer together with your name and committee into The Shoe outside the pressroom. The winner will receive a fabulous prize sponsored by the Press Team..

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Opening

Covered by Alex “Περσέας – Perseus” Narayanin and Boaz “Οδυσσέας – Odysseus” Manger In the last few days we wasted Director of the European Youth countless plastic cups, post-its and Parliament, Ville Vasaramäki. In flipcharts. But who would ever have his speech Ville praised the work of thought that this would delay our the organisers, especially the Head own opening ceremony by 1,5 hours, Organisers, which he fittingly called effectively postponing the start of “courageous”. He encouraged us to the academic part of the session. take the organisers as an example and show initiative by taking Each session is made of 3 blocks: part in our National Committees. Teambuilding, Committee Work and General Assembly. The open- Following Ville were the aforeing ceremony signals the transition mentioned Head Organisers of the from Teambuilding to Committee session, Sofia and Marietta. In their Work, which is the start of the speech they talked about the session; academic part of the session. As about its past, but more imporsuch, this formal event is pre- tantly about its future. How will sent at every session of the EYP. you take up the challenge of democracy 2.0? How will you make your Our own opening ceremony started contribution a contribution to the with a speech by the Executive entire session? Although this might seem daunting, the Head Organers 14

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finished by saying: “Most importantly, keep a smile on your face”.

“” Most importantly keep a smile on your face. Head Organisers, Marietta Anastasopoulou and Sofia Zafieriou.

Next up, the ambassadors’ speeches from countries host ing the previous, current and future international sessions of the EYP; Norway, Greece and France. Elisa Oppheim from Norway gave us her point of view on the session theme as an “outsider” of the EU.


Ceremony She elaborated on how EYP shapes our lives by illustrating how the organisation has influenced her life. Evdoxia Tsoukala started her speech joking with “Welcome to Greece, the country of gods, olives and corruption.” After the laughter died down she went on to talk about the different stages of the session, how she experienced them and how she is looking forward to the remaining ones.

“” Welcome to Greece, the country of gods, olives and corruption. Evdoxia Tsoukala, Delegate, Greece.

Finally, Guillaume Bodson from France, though underprepared, presented the upcoming International Session in Grenoble.

The final speaker was the one and only, President of our session, Hamed Mobasser from Belgium. Hamed started his speech with confronting examples about the freedom of speech. By using these examples he inspired us and reminded us that our freedom of speech is not something that we should take for granted and that we should always remain critical. He specifically mentioned populist politicians in Europe and strongly condemned populism in general. He hopes that we will be able to see further than the people indoctrinated by those politicians.

earlier phases of the session. As multiple speakers have put it during the ceremony we should at all times have fun, even during the academic phases of the session.

Leaving us with those words Hamed finished the opening ceremony by officially declaring the session opened. By opening the session Hamed started the academic phase of the session. That said, the mere fact that we are now in a more serious environment does not mean we should forget the

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A slice of truth

Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Inspector Gadget walked into a bar. They asked the barman “are you the seventeen-year-old urban Swedish male interested in the future of nuclear energy and planning to study humanities who was with the Dutch delegation at 9pm yesterday evening?� These legends of literature may have experience in interrogating evil masterminds, but they never carried out a survey of 195 bright European minds and analysed the results with charts and graphs. This is where we come in. In the following pages we present the results of our mini survey that consisted of 12 questions and were in total answered by 195 delegates under the unified instructions of the journalists. The results and percentages presented in the following graphs are based on the total amount of delegates who answered. That said, not all questions contain a pool of 195 answers to draw results from as some were left unanswered or invalid. We cannot claim with certainty that the results are statistically important. They may, however, be awesome.

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1. Do you actually like your topic? Alex "Αχιλλέας - Achilles" Proctor and Liva "Κίρκη - Circe" Kreislere investigate

Asking delegates which current issue they cared about the most and comparing this to their committee topic was very intteresting. The results put together give a bigger picture of the common interests committees share. A few of the preferences in current affairs are actually quite directly linked to the topic some committees have."Future of nuclear energy" was the most popular subject of interest in the Committee on Security and Defence with four members of the committee, choosing it as the most interesting issue. SEDE's topic is about

topic matches preference topic doesn’t match preference the actual topic

securing peace in Iran while considering their nuclear programme. The Committee on Development seemed to be able to relate to their topic even better as eleven out of the fifteen committee members found "the uprisings in the Middle East and North

Africa" the most interesting issue. Not surprisingly, their topic is about the issues in the Arab world. On the other hand however, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs only had two members (16.7%) choose the "euro debt crisis" as the most interesting topic while half chose the "uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa" as the most interesting. The chart coulod also be used to predict which committees could be the ones attacking your resolution in committee work.

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Boaz “Οδυσσέας – Odysseus” Manger and Irina “Ανδρομέδα Andromeda” Gadaeva hold a beauty contest

2. Which country has the hottest delegation at Athens 2011? Boaz “Οδυσσέας – Odysseus” Manger and Irina “Ανδρομέδα Andromeda” Gadaeva hold a beauty contest

We braved the elements, we battled sleep and we faced the bittersweet truth. All this to provide you with the answer to the most important question of all time: “Which is the Hottest delegation?” Prepare to have your mind blown. As you can see in the graph, the Netherlands and Sweden have tied for first place and France is closely trailing behind them in third place. What you can’t see in the graph however is how the votes are built up. For instance the Netherlands was immensely popular amongst the guys (17.8%) but failed to impress

the girls (6.2%). France on the other hand was the complete opposite; they scored 14.8% with the girls but a meagre 7.8% with the guys.

old, while the Netherlands flourished around 18-19 years old. This might have something to do with the slower development of males as they were most interested in the Dutchies.

And did you know that Sweden has to rely on the rural areas for most of its votes, while the Netherlands gets most of its votes from urban areas. Apparently there is something wild about the Swedes that gets the countrymen going.

So there you have it, the answer to THE question of the session. We would like to congratulate the Netherlands and Sweden with their newfound status. We would like to remind all of you and in particular the delegations that did not make it high on the list, that there is more to a person than just appearance. Just look at Einstein …

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What is the highest level of education attained by either one of your parents?

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What is the highest level of education attained by either one of your parents?

Katarina “Αταλάντη – Atalanta” Warg classifies you according to what you want to study

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You might have an idea what your parents possesses a university degree fellow delegates want to do with their or has advanced university qualifilife, what they want to study. Maybe cations. This result agrees with the you also have an inkling what your results from a questionnaire prenewfound friends’ parents do for a sented in an issue from the 59th living. Looking over and comparing International Session in Rennes 2008. results from yesterdays’ questionnaire They raised the question whether the we have also come to a conclusion. participants at an EYP session are an A general interest in Social Sciences accurate representation of Europe. is to be expected among EYPers They questioned if the high costs and and a quick look at our results con- limitations to English were selective firms this assumption. There were and obstruct the process of choosing barely any differences between gen- a diverse and balanced delegation. ders when comparing the fields they Due to EYPer’s parents’ qualificawere interested in studying, though tions being higher than the average girls were slightly more unsure in Europe, one could assume that the compared to boys as to what they parental income of EYPers is higher are going to study in the future. than average. Consentient results, Furthermore, confirming another though differently asked and interpopular assumption, the parents of preted, only strengthen the accuracy Which field ofas higher in or EYPers are highly educated 89.1% education of resultsare in you Rennes. EYPers tend to planning to enter? delegates answered that one of their be richer than average, plan to enter 71

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high education and come from families where education is highly valued. Moving on, when comparing the participants’ studies with the level of their parent’s education there are no significant differences in their aim to study and qualify from university. However, delegates of parents with advanced university qualifications such as Masters or PhDs were a little more interested in studying science than others. On the other hand, there was significance in what people wished to study when place of residence was considered. Humanities was the most popular subject among people who live in rural settings as they gained support in rural delegates’ answers at the expense of Social Sciences. The opposite applies to urban citizens; they were more inclined to social science on the expense of the humanities. When comparing the results of desired university studies with what current issue people find the most interesting, the most exciting finding was that most people who were the most interested in the future of nuclear energy also shared a common interest in science. The above results might not be really surprising, yet they confirm what we all already suspected. Now we have something to base these assumptions on as well as a reason to act. We should ask ourselves the questions already raised in Rennes ’08. Is EYP representative of Europe or are we an elite excluding certain groups? If so, what can be done to change it ?

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4. Leaning left Within the European Youth Parliament there is constant intrigue as to the political preferences of its members. Fuelled by this discussion, the press team set out to uncover the mysteries hidden within our community.

mean of -0.6, an even greater leftist tendency is visible. Moreover, the questionnaire implied that the older you become, the more balanced your political viewpoint which is represented in the fact that the deviation from the mean becomes smaller.

Looking at the general results, without comparison to other variables, the overall trend among delegates in Athens is a slight slant towards the left with the mean response at -0.4. This is perhaps surprising as the majority of the press team had suspected a substantial right tendency. However, this conclusion is limited by the fact that the respondents to this survey were only delegates. Additionally, the statistical relevance is restricted by the disparities between the available representatives of each age group.

Secondly age was linked to current topical affairs, with nuclear energy and human rights being the topics of most interest to those regarding themselves as more left wing. On the other hand, the recent turn of events in North Africa and the Middle East were more appealing to centrists, with 42% in categories -1 to 1 choosing this issue.

These age groups are of significance because the comparative analysis demonstrates a plausible relationship between youthfulness and being more inclined towards the left than the previously mentioned mean. With almost a third of delegates being 17 and displaying a

Overall, whilst these results are certainly captivating there are numerous constraints on their accuracy. Some delegates reasoned that associating the left with minus numbers potentially gave it a negative connotation and deviations in journalist explanations of right and left could also lead to inconsistent conclusions. Although this article has only examined comparisons between two external variables, other combinations may lead to enlightening results.

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A simple question such as “How much time do you spend on Internet” makes you think of certain aspects of human behaviour we would like to explore with you. After having multiplied, divided and generally used our incredible mathematic skills, we are pleased to present the results of the survey focused on the internet. We only considered a few countries, but hope that they are representative for the whole session.

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Starting with the most obvious and easiest fact: within this session, it came out that the male participants spend an average of 440 minutes online per day, whereas the female participants 368 minutes. While explaining this, we won’t elaborate on things such as time spend in the bathroom or on the phone, but rather the fact that female human beings tend to have various activities in their free time like preparing sandwiches. For the same amount of free time, male humans have fewer options to fill this gap and therefore spend more time online. Moreover, we noticed differences regarding the age of the Internet user. We observed an increasing time dedicated to Internet usage from 15 years to 17 that decreasing constantly from 21 to 23 years. However, there is a puzzling peak of time online regarding the 22 year olds, but since there are only a few delegates who are that old, we won’t derive any deeper. This increasing Internet usage in the teenager time could be explained by the discovery of social networks such as Facebook or Twitter by the interviewees. As well, it is known that teenagers begin to look for their soul mate during this stage of their lives, as hormones take over and “Facebook stalking” becomes an obsession. As for the decrease, usually Europeans study or start working at 22 and have less free time to dedicate to online surfing. Finally, we would like to draw your attention to the spreading of Internet usage within the EU and you will be surprised that Eastern Europeans are the ones who tend to spend the most time online. As well, Northern Europeans spend more time online compared to the Southerners. A climatic explanation would be that Northern Europeans have fewer opportunities to stay outside due to less sunlight and the weather and thus spend more time behind their screens. This could explain why Norway is the leading country when it comes to Internet usage.

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Editors: Lluis Solervicens (ES), Stamos Tahas (GR), Adriana Díaz Martín-Zamorano (ES), Ezgi Ince (TR). Articles: Panayiotis Ataou (CY), Irina Gadaeva (RU), Justus Goettemann (DE), Sophie Debrunner Hall (CH), Conor Hamill (IE), Mikaela Kantor (CY), Tim Keegstra (NL), Liva Kreislere (LV), Boaz Manger (NL), Alexandre Narayanin (FR), Alex Proctor (FI), Genevieve Shorthouse (UK), Sini Ventelä (FI), Katarina Warg (SE), Zeynep Yavuz (TR). Illustrations: Liva Kreislere (LV), Adriana Díaz Martín-Zamorano (ES), Sini Ventelä (FI) Flowers picked by: Sophie Debrunner Hall (CH)

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