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    History of the East - West Working Group

    The East-West Working Group (EWWG) was the first Working Group within AEGEE. It was founded in the 10th of April 1988. At the moment the EWWG has got around 40 members. People in this Working Group are interested in general in the integration of the East and the West.

    In the beginning, the EWWG coordinated and supported activities in Central and Eastern Europe and helped to set up new contacts and new antennae in this area. Later on, it focused on practical problems, ideological work and CSTs. In the mid 90s, the CST was the main field of action. Aim of the CSTs is to deal with the situation and problems of certain areas, especially those of young people. In the future the EWWG will cooperate more and more with other Working Groups on the field of the CSTs (due to same aims, form and overlap). There have been CSTs to Albania in 1993 and to Ukraine in 1995.

    In 1996 the EWWG supported the CST to the Former Yugoslavia.
    In September 1997 a CST to Moldova took place and a Baltic CST was prepared.
    Focus of these CST were the progress made in the political and economic transformation after the fall of the Iron Curtain, as well on student life, minorities and history.

    "Quo Vadis Slovakia?" was a 1998 Spring Study Visit to Slovakia, continued by
    "Transylvania - an example for a multi-cultural society?", a CST to Transilvania later that summer. A second CST to Former Yugoslavia took place in 1999.

    In 2002 a CST to the Caucasus was prepared, adopted as a an AEGEE Project, and finally realized in 2003. The results were presented at the PM in Wroclaw, March 2004, and preparations were made to revive the EWWG at the Spring Agora in Macadonia by Workshops. On the way to the Agora, a small and quick visit to the Western Balkans was made as a kind of Case Study Trip to discover the present situation of once established (contact) antennas.

    At PM in Aachen and Fall Agora in Torino more workshops where given, that resulted in a Caucasus Project group by November 2004.

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