Our activities in 2008

Conflict Handling Training Course in Passau - 18th to 25th May 2008, "Overcoming Borders – Promoting Mutual Respect"

In beautiful city of Passau, between 18th and 25th May 2008 a Conflict Handling Training Course took place. Keeping in mind that also inside Europe conflicts can escalate AEGEE Passau in cooperation with IPWG decided to organize “Overcoming Borders – Promoting Mutual Respect”, a conflict handling training course aiming at the promotion of non-violent solutions for conflicts.

23 young people from 16 European countries spent one week in Passau to broaden their knowledge about conflicts and especially non-violent solution methods. Three professional trainers, Ann Daniels from Belgium, Aleksander Weisner from Serbia and Basak Tuzun from Turkey, conducted the training course.

During week participants get some theoretical instruction about different kinds and triggers of conflict, and started a group work that extended about several days. The goal of the group work was a negotiation that took place on Friday where the groups had to fight for their position and their point of view.

During this negotiation they could also employ the negotiation tools they had learned before. Another highlight of the training course was the Round Table Discussion “Give your Piece to Peace” that took place in the University of Passau and was also open for university students.

All in all, one can say that the training was a great success as most of the participants were satisfied with the organization and will hopefully use the knowledge acquainted in the future.

The training was supported by Youth in Action grants.


Europe and the world- the world and Europe

During Spring Agora in Ljubljana Prisca Merz and Daniel Soujon held the IPWG workshop about "Europe and the world – the world and Europe" - around 25 participants dealt with the position of Europe in the world.

The workshop started with taking a stand on different statements like "EU is sufficiently supporting developing countries". Afterwards the participants splitted into three groups in order to focus on specific regions: Americas, Africa & Middle East and "Emerging Markets" (Russia and China).

The task was to evaluate the past relations as well as the current European influence and interests in these regions in order to conclude with an outlook on future relations. The participants analyzed for example what should be improved in the external relations of Europe. "After the presentation of the group work results we had a very fruitful discussion" says Prisca, one of the trainers of the workshop. There was quite some interest to continue working with those questions in AEGEE and in the future there might be some project about Europe’s role in the world in order to emphasize the "International" in IPWG.


IPWG "went" to the Hague

International Politics Working group went for 5th time to den Haag, political capital of the Netherlands Kingdom. Event organized in cooperation with AEGEE Utrecht was again great opportunity for AEGEE members to visit tree main United Nations courts and meets global justice. From 25 to 28 February – before European Boards Meeting in Delft 20 participants from each corner of Europe from Portugal, Greece, Poland, Greece, Germany, Malta, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Spain. Malta, Hungary, Netherlands and Switzerland enjoyed workshops and lectures in case study trip to United Nations agencies. Organizers provided participants with study visit to International Court of Justice – Peace Palace, International Criminal Court which deals with genocides and international criminal offences in Africa and International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia. “The last one was the most interesting” says Cezary, participant from Poland. “We could go inside this international tribunal, we had a lecture with PR officer of the court, we could ask all interesting us issues and what the best when we were lucky coz this time was hearing of one of the former Serbian criminal Vojislav Seszelj. We could sit in the court and watch how it looks like. It was really interesting experience for me, international relations student.” Besides this events, participants meet NGO in Utrecht University dealing with human rights and lecture with human right professor when we could also have conversation with him. “Such events shows how interesting can be global justice and international law when you meet this in real life, not just at law books at Faculty” summarize event Mark from Malta. What else? IPWG is happy of giving opportunities and shaping perspectives…


At the beginning of February 2008 IPWG with cooperation with AEGEE Pristine in Kosovo and with financial support of Youth in Action EC programme organized a training course involving 24 participants from 6 organizations from 6 countries (DE, PL, RO, AL, MK and RS) with support of 3 trainers.

Before coming to the training selected had also to write an essay showing their attitude to such issues like - What does you passport/your citizenship mean to you? Is a European citizenship a desirable achievement for you? Why? What does active citizenship imply for you? )

The training course on active citizenship involved in the youth work and to support the development of youth NGOs and youth participation in Balkans, by extending knowledge and competences to integrate European Citizenship within projects. Most important points of focus were democracy, active citizenship such as Election Monitoring, participation in civil society and voluntary work as well as different other forms of activism available to young people to influence the society they live in; participants were trained In youth participation, European integration, youth policies and youth work.

Kamila, participant from Poland express her positive attitude to the event: “It was great idea to make this training in Kosovo. We have an opportunity to find out what is the difference in understanding word "citizenship" between young people from such different countries. It was also opportunity to see on our own Kosovo and to speak with both sides of conflict - Serbia and Kosovo. I hope I will get the possibility to come back to Pristina some day.”



Activities in 2006

Election monitoring mission Ukraine: 23-28 March 2006

The AEGEE Election Observation Mission is going back to where it all started: Ukraine. After previous EOM actions in Ukraine, Albania and Azerbaijan, this EOM is organized within the framework of AEGEE's flagship project of 2006: "Take Control, ways to democracy in Europe".

Depending on sponsorship, the fee for this event might be lowered. No visa is required for Swiss + EU citizens.

Next to the completed application form, we expect from the applicants their CV and a motivation letter. We are looking forward to you application

World leadership, skills & knowledge: 2-9 April 2006, Eindhoven

“World Leadership; skills and knowledge” is a congress where students learn about the qualities and skills which are needed to become a world leader. AEGEE-Eindhoven will organise this congress at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Forty students and young professionals will attend this congress. The main target of the lectures, workshops and discussions are creating awareness about political differences and providing skills for a career as a leader in a company or as a politician. It will cover topics like democracy, dictatorship and people and conflict management.


Diplomatic seminar: 2-10 April 2006, Ljubljana

What is it about? “Diplomatic Seminar” is a project organized at the European level by International Politics Working Group of AEGEE Europe (Association des Etats Generaux des Etudiants Europeens) and AEGEE-Ljubljana. The project is meant to, on the one hand, provide the guidelines of conduct in the diplomatic field for the young generation of leaders and, on the other hand, to make the current persons involved in the diplomatic field fully realize the potential of action and involvement in the field of diplomacy that students have.

More info will soon appear at this website and at http://ballz.ababa.net/diplomatic-seminar/

Transition to Democracy in Central East Europe: 7-10 May 2006, Lódź

At the end of the 90’s and beginning of the 90’s in the 20th century the communist system collapsed and the democracy emerged in the countries of central Europe. Such symbolic events as the Solidarity movement in 1989 and collapse of the Berlin Wall once and forever changed peoples perception of the world that surrounds them.

15 years later in Ukraine and Georgia similar processes have started to take place. In order to accelerate these processes and to avoid the mistakes which were made in the 90’s it seems natural the desire of dialogue between people of countries in transformation. Students from Lodz Region partner regions have even bigger chances for shaping the reality around them through the cooperation of the regions, fighting the prejudices, stereotypes, constructing new common projects, talking about problems and searching common solutions.

Partners: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, European Institute, City of LódźOffice, Marshal’s Office, University of Lódź, International Politics Working Group of AEGEE-Europe

Tolerance - Acceptance - Peace

EU and US, Transatlantic Relations and Perspectives, AEGEE-Heidelberg, 26-31 January 2006.

EuroIslam - integration without assimilation

EuroIslam is a new project building dialogue between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in europe through their young people. This independent AEGEE project is supported by IPWG as well as other AEGEE bodies.

EU and Europe - towards a European Identity

This event cycle has now come to an end, and the results are being collected. Watch this space for more information!


Activities in 2005


International Observers Mission to Azerbaijan - 4-9 November 2005, Baku
Aiming for peace and stability, AEGEE fosters the possibilities to help their members creating a better Europe by stressing the value of democracy and fair and neutral election. The second round of the Ukrainian presidential elections where a spin off, the parliamentary Elections in Albania a memorable experience.

As a result of a part of the Year Plan Topic 2006 ­ Democracy in Europe ­ a project-team for Election Observing within AEGEE emerged, aiming to take election observing to the next level, and make it something permanent in AEGEE.
With the support of IPWG, AEGEE's Election Observing Mission organized a mission to the election of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, November 6th.

The Transnistrian Conflict: Actors, Stakes and Perspectives - 17-20 November, Chisinau

This fall will bring the challenging conference in another breakthrough territory for IPWG: the Republic of Moldova. In collaboration with the motivated team of AEGEE-Chisinau, the conference promises to make a sharp analysis of the causes, stakes, actors involved, ways out of the conflict proposed and future solutions in the new context Europe finds itself in. For more information, please consult the program.

EUrope 4 Dummies, 24-27 February, AEGEE-Amsterdam

Participants are now wondering what does the European Union do, what has the European Union accomplished and how it emerged, what the European Union's future will bring us, whether the European Union will remain an intergovernmental organisation or will it become a supranational body. A spectacular final debate titled "The Future of the European Union" will take place on the last day.

IPWG Workshops, 17-20 March, EBM, Valetta
* EUROPEAN ECONO-ME? The European citizen in a common market.

Building Bridges, 28- 30 April, AEGEE-Lodz
a part of Tolerance - Acceptance - Peace

IPWG Workshop, 6 May, Spring Agora, AEGEE-Enschede
* Workshop on the European Constitution

Ethnic Diversity: Provoking Conflicts? 9-12 June, AEGEE-Passau

IPWG-IRSH Albanian Elections Monitoring Week, 28 June-4 July, Contact Shkoder

AEGEE20 - THE HAPPENING 22-25 September, Prague
* Workshop "Is AEGEE a political organisation?"

The "Euroislam: Mixed or Separated", 2-8 October 2005, Bucuresti
This conference represents the peak point of a 2 year project throughout Europe. Besides presenting the results of all the events that have taken place within the framework of Euroislam, the conference will tackle a lot of hot topics itself. That means a range of issues from economics to traditions and from politics and society to religion and history.
The conference is organized by AEGEE Bucuresti with a partnership of IPWG, Sabanci University, AEGEE Ankara and of course the Euroislam Project and support of the Council of Europe. Moreover, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania patronage the event.

Activities in 2004

"Know thy Neighbours" workshop in Wroclaw, March 2004:

Big Bang - 10 new EU members. What does this mean ? We get NEW NEIGHBOURS!
At the workshop "Know thy Neighbours," we will discuss the relationship between the countries of the (future) EU as well as the relationship between the EU and the non-EU countries.

EU and Europe
A circle of conferences and seminars on the relations between the EU and its new neighbours after expansion.

Welcome New Europe!
1 May 2004 was a historic day for European Integration, with the enlargement of the EU from 15 to 25 states. This was celebrated with activities all over the continent, from Helsinki in Finland, via Gdansk in Poland to Valleta on Malta.

IPWG goes Den Haag IV
In May 2004, the International Politics Working Group visited the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and other international institutions in The Hague for the fourth time.

Pre-event for the Autumn Planning Meeting 2004 in Aachen concerning stability and the role of the NATO

Diplomatic Seminar, 2nd edition
In October the 2nd edition of the Diplomatic Seminar to place in Beograd, in cooperation with Youth4SEE.

Activities in 2003

IPWG Agora in Zaragoza
IPWG Agora in Zaragoza, October 2003, where a new board was elected: Olivier Genkin (Speaker); Patrik Reuter (Secretary); Bernd Knüfer (Treasurer); Ioana Muresan (Fundraising); Nando Navarro (Local groups); Rob Tesh (List moderator and website); Alexianne Galea (Public Relations).

Europe’s (Torn) Identity
Seminar on European identity co-organised with AEGEE-Ljubljana, October 2003. This event marked the opening conference to IPWG’s year plan project "EU and Europe" within the framework of AEGEE’s year plan topic "European Identity".

The European Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Perceptions and Future Possibilities
Conference organised by the PIE project team, Copenhagen, August 2003.

E[YOU]rope – let’s get closer
Conference co-organised with AEGEE-Osnabrück, aiming at creating ways and visions about how people can be helped to better understand the EU.

Diplomatic Seminar
Intensive courses in the field of foreign affairs, meant to offer practical and theoretical guidelines for the career of a future diplomat and training skills such as negotiating and lobbying, Bucuresti, May 2003.

Europe and/in the Arab World
IPWG workshop at Agora Bucuresti in Constanta, May 2003.

Yearplan topic "European Identity"
At Agora Bucuresti in Constanta, May 2003, the Comité Directeur and IPWG suggested "European Identity" as AEGEE year plan topic 2004. The proposal has been approved by the AEGEE delegates with a large majority.

IPWG goes Den Haag III
In March 2003, the International Politics Working Group visited the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and other international institutions in The Hague for the third time.

Europe’s (Torn?) Identity; Iraq conflict
IPWG workshops at Planning Meeting in Enschede, March 2003.

The European Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Past European Peace Initiatives and Future Possibilities
Conference co-organised with the PIE project team, Hofgeismar, February 2003.

Activities in 2002

Europe – In-Sight-Out
Conference co-organised with AEGEE-Münster, December 2002.

Diplomatic Academy
IPWG workshop at the Agora of AEGEE-Europe in Athina, November 2002.

Europa 2005
Simulation of Europe in 2005 organised by local IPWG Konstanz in November 2002.

Rightist Movement and Xenophobia and European Convention
IPWG workshop at AEGEE’s Planning Meeting in Cagliari in September 2002, given by Dijan Albayrak, Alexianne Galea and Olivier Genkin.

The European Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Conference in Hamburg, 12-15 August 2002, which gave life to the AEGEE project PIE (Palestinians – Israelis – Europeans).

The future of Europe and Europe in the world
IPWG workshop at Agora Amsterdam, May 2002.

IPWG goes Den Haag II
In April 2002, the International Politics Working Group visited the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and other international institutions in The Hague for the second time.

Activities in 2001

Fight international terrorism
IPWG workshop given by Hakan Gumus and Olivier Genkin at the Agora of AEGEE-Europe in Ankara, November 2001.

IPWG Agora in Brussels
IPWG Agora at the European Parliament in Brussels, October 2001, where the discussion rules for the IPWG-L mailing list were approved and a new board was elected: Olivier Genkin (Speaker); Christine Binzel (Secretary); Bernd Knüfer (Treasurer); Yuriy Tokarskyy (IT, Website); Eugen Albu (Public Relations); René Keijzer (List moderator); Catalin Nacu (Events).

Summit of 28
A simulation of decision making in an enlarging European Union. The highlight event of the AEGEE Year Plan Project Quo Vadis, Europe? on the Future of the EU.
Bruxelles, European Parliament Building, October 2001.
Pictures of the summit are also available online.

Better late than never
Conference on Yugoslavia after Milosevic, Beograd, May 2001.

Peace and stability
Workshop on the situation in Ukraine and Macedonia at Agora Constanta, May 2001.
IPWG also promoted the Skopje Declaration of AEGEE at this occasion.

IPWG goes Den Haag (Visit to the ICTY)
In March 2001, the International Politics Working Group visited the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Activities in 2000

IPWG Agora in Udine

Workshop on decision making in the EU (simulation) at the Agora of AEGEE-Europe, Udine, November 2000.
An IPWG Agora was also held, where a new board was elected: Timo von Focht (Speaker); Demet Yazilitas (Secretary); Wolfgang Schwerdt (Treasurer); Olivier Genkin (Public Relations); Janna Schönfeld; Lazar Sestovic; Bernd Knüfer.

Statements of local IPWG groups during the Kosovo War
as prepared by the local IPWGs in Ankara and Athina
Have also a look at another list of Balkan-related AEGEE activities

Kosovo/a - Understanding the Past, Looking Ahead
The website of the Conference organised by AEGEE's International Politics Working Group in March 2000.

Activities in 1999

Ten Years of Transition in Germany & in Poland
Twin-Conference in Berlin and Gdansk in December 1999.

Germany & France
Seminar organised by AEGEE's International Politics Working Group in co-operation with AEGEE-Heidelberg, AEGEE-Lyon, AEGEE-Münster and others, which took place in November 1999.

Ten Years of Transition in Romania - The Birthpains of Democracy
Conference by AEGEE-Timisoara in November 1999.

European Identity
Conference organised by AEGEE-Münster as the final result of discussions of the local IPWG on this field; September 1999.

Ten Years of Transition: Ukraine 1989 - 1999
Summer University in L'viv in September 1999.

Wars: Destiny of Anatolia
Travelling Summer University in August 1999, organised by AEGEE-Ankara in co-operation with several AEGEE-Working Groups.

Ways out of War - Keys to Peace in Spain, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Bosnia
Conference organised by AEGEE-Erlangen/Nürnberg in June 1999.

CST 2 through states of former Yugoslavia
Information about the 2nd Case-Study Trip to the formerly Yugoslav Region which was organised in February 1999 as a common project of several local AEGEE groups.

Activities in 1998

Diplomacy - it's Role in European Integration
Conference organised by AEGEE-Gdansk in November 1998

Perspectives for the Balkans
The Website of a Summer University which was organised by AEGEE-Beograd in cooperation with AEGEE's International Politics Working Group in Summer 1998.

Pax Westphalica Anno 1648
Conference in Münster & Osnabrück, organised by the local AEGEE groups in cooperation with ELSA; May 1998.

Activities in 1997

CST 1 through States of former Yugoslavia
Information about the 1st Case-Study Trip to the Former Yugoslavia which was organised in 1997 by AEGEE's East-West-Working Group.