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Time for some more “My Europe” posts! Remember, you can also follow the latest “My Europe” posts on Bloggingportal as they’re added to the site here.

Rory in Berlin asks us:

“Is this the right time to celebrate Europe, with riots in Greece and on the cusp of a new era in British politics?”

He’s got a good point – and he’s written a thought-provoking “My Europe” post on his blog here.

Daniel Antal’s contribution argues that the Greek financial crisis shows we need a federal Europe now more than ever.

Ralf Grahn is setting out his vision for Europe in a full week of posts, with the latest installments here, here and here.

Mathew Lowry has posted his idea for Europe here, and he hopes to look back on it in a year’s time to see how his ideas have evolved. This is a fantastic idea – recording your current thoughts on Europe and seeing how events change them.

Nosemonkey has also taken part, offering us a pragmatic vision of a multi-tier Europe where those nations that want to co-operate closely can do so, and those that feel uncomfortable with European integration can take a step back.

On Twitter, the #MyEurope hashtag meme has been a hit with eurogeeks microblogging their ideas for the future of Europe. Some of the best:

@kosmopolit In #myeurope everyone that lives and works in another EU country should be given the right to vote in national elections in that country.

@mteu In #myeurope caring about the society you live in is being considered cool and helping out in your neighbourhood the most natural thing.

@simonblackley In #myeurope, the UK would join the euro, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and Schengen…

@joelitobarski In #MyEurope, the weather would be harmonised across Europe, and minimum sunlight and warmth standards would be implemented.

@hughbs In #myeurope “market Europeans” would be welcomed as builders, not feared as destroyers

@JulienFrisch: #myeurope is a Europe where it doesn’t matter whether my plumber speaks Latvian or French as long as she fixes my tap.

We expect a lot of posts to come on May 9th – the official EU “Europe Day” – but keep them coming today and tomorrow as well!

Written by Joe Litobarski

May 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

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First “My Europe” Posts

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“My Europe Week” has now officially started!

It’s the morning of the first day, and the first few posts come from Late Night Thoughts of Sarcastic Mind, who is very critical of the future EU; Ralf Grahn, whose first step is a careful consideration of the reasons the EU came into being; and the editorial team from Treffpunkt Europa (German – Google translation here) set out a bullet-point list of their ideas.

Both Ralf Grahn and Treffpunkt Europa promise further installments, and we look forward to reading those. Please – take the time to read and comment on other people’s blogs – this week is a conversation about the future of Europe.

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May 3, 2010 at 8:02 am

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Next Week is “My Europe” Week!

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My Europe Week LogoWe’re all looking forward to the launch of “My Europe” week on Monday. From May 3rd until May 9th we will be asking people from around Europe to post online their thoughts about the future of Europe. What would “Your Europe” look like in twenty, fifty or a hundred years time? If you’re a blogger, then put your post online on your own blog and send us the link here. If you don’t have a blog, but still want to take part – then you can submit your post with this form. We’d really like everyone to take part – you, your friends, your colleagues or classmates.

To help promote “My Europe Week,” we’ve added some new features to the Bloggingportal website. We’ve added a new tag to Bloggingportal – and you can follow that tag on this page here. We’ve also added a box showing what people are saying on Twitter about My Europe (using the #MyEurope hashtag).

You can also follow @Bloggingportal on Twitter and keep updated on our Facebook page.

We hope you’ll be taking part next week!

P.S. You can post in any language you want – not just English!

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Written by Joe Litobarski

April 28, 2010 at 7:40 am