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Call for: EST blog writers

Are you a European student, interested in European news and policy-making and would you like to contribute to a freshly established youth organization?

Then we have just the right offer for you. The European Student Think Tank is looking for contributors to the Think Tank’s Blog. The EST organization is a student-based platform project that aims at engaging students in the political and policy-making process of the European Union. We believe that young students can and should involve in the European policy making process. As the European Student Think Tank, we want to promote your ideas for change. The basis of our platform will be an interactive website. On our website, an overview of current European news items will be featured. More importantly, the website will function as the platform for updating, highlighting and discussing policy proposals of the European Commission. As a European think tank, our primary activity will be the generation of new ideas and strategies for policy in the European Union. To do so, the Think Tank will focus on three main activities: a regularly updated blog that includes the publication of the European Commission’s policy proposals and the ability for students to respond to these officially (to the EC), strategy thinking groups and annual seminars. As the Think Tank finds itself just in the first stage of its foundation, the blog is the first activity we want to get started. That is why we need you: to write blogs about topical developments in the European Union and European policy. Because we are such a young organization, you are mostly free to decide how to organize the content of your writing. However, we have set some basic rules: - Length: between 750 and 1000 words, but definitely not longer; - Topic: a current issue in the European field (an inspirational list is included towards the end); - Style of writing: reportive as well as opiniative: introduce the topic and its recent developments, provide background knowledge and give your opinion, based on an argument; - Frequency: once a week; - Feel free to write an article with two or more writers; - Format: Times New Roman 12, main title in 13 bold, subtitle in 13 italic, subheaders in 12 bold.


(On a side note: these requirements will last approximately until January 2011. As our organization is in the first stage of its development, we are expecting an increase in visiting rates and interest in participation. This will have consequences for the requirements and general structure of the blog. We do not know what is going to happen, though, so for the coming months we will stick to the structure and requirements sketched about above.) So, what will you get out of all this? First, a free ticket to the Think Tank’s first conference this February about nationalism in the European Union. Also, access to the EST Network where you have your own profile page that lists your publications and achievements within EST. You can add your personal information such as education and field of expertise here as well. You can use the network to get in touch with other European students. The Network also increases the opportunity to participate in other activities. Through a search engine, you will be easily traced down when we need your expertise for a certain article, proposal critique or strategy group. The European Student Think Tank hopes to welcome you soon. If you would like to start contributing, please send an e-mail to sari@studentthinktank.eu before Wednesday October 27th. You can also communicate the topic of your blog through this adress. In case you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us at: contact@studentthinktank.eu. For a sneak peek of our website, see: www.studentthinktank.eu. Kind regards,

Sari Nijssen EST Secretary and Vice-President


List of example topics - SWIFT agreement - EU views vs. American views - What does the current financial crisis of the Euro mean for the future of the European Union - its

unity, its financial and democratic structure etc? - National governments are trying to cut the EU budget. Where is this coming from, how does the

EU respond and what does it mean for the future of the European Union? See http:// www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/meps-clash-with-member-states-over-2011-budget/ 68495.aspx - Eurostat shows that the production rate of the Eurozone is growing again. Is there need to worry

about a crisis at all? - Closer criminal cooperation within EU states. See: http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/

imported/eight-states-want-closer-criminal-co-operation/68499.aspx - Economic future of the Eurozone, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/stephanieflanders/

2010/07/the_future_for_the_eurozone.html - Genetically Modified crops - EU decision, or national decision? See http://ec.europa.eu/news/

agriculture/100714_en.htm - Estonia is adopting the EURO! - New research indicates that not enough EU citizens are using their right to work in other EU

states, while this should be at the basis of the success of the Union as a whole. What does this outcome mean for the EU? How should we interpret it? How can it be improved? See: http:// ec.europa.eu/news/employment/100713_en.htm - The recent proposal of an extension of the maternity and paternity leave - interesting angle: this is the first social policy decision made by the European Parliament


Call for Blog Writers