EAO – focus on European politics education 2016–2020

The European Union is paling its charm, in particular with the so-called Gener­ation Y. While older gener­a­tions appre­ciate the EU for preserving peace and providing freedom of movement, these achieve­ments have more and more often become taken for granted by younger EU-citizens. Moreover, they feel that the EU has to deal with numerous internal and external challenges, in which the organ­i­sation falls down on the job. At the same time, citizens in almost all member states project their vague feelings of insecurity and worry onto the EU. This is conveyed very explicitly in rising Euroscep­ticism which is reflected in national contro­versial discussion. Therefore, the EU has to cope with two issues: firstly, the indif­ference of younger gener­a­tions and secondly, the gener­alised fears that are projected onto the EU. As a result, the inter-societal and inter-gener­a­tional contention with the unique model that is the EU becomes ever more crucial. The founda­tions for such a debate about the future direction of the EU can be, on the one hand, academic engagement with the subject matter, or, on the other hand, examining and learning about the positions and insights from related areas like culture, media, journalism, and civil society. Only via a steady inter­change of ideas and productive discus­sions, new approaches to and visions for the EU can emerge. It is of vital impor­tance that these issues are discussed vastly and regularly with respect to civic education – for young­sters and adults.

The project “EAO – Fokus europa­poli­tische Bildung 2016–2020“, which is conducted by ASKO Europa-Stiftung and Europäische Akademie Otzen­hausen (EAO) in collab­o­ration with Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), integrates these three levels with one another. Current and future key aspects and challenges for European integration will be identified and analysed. An integrative process that brings together alter­native and open-minded approaches of education practi­tioners, young experts and junior researchers will yield results that may serve as prolific principles for the educa­tional work executed by the EAO.

The project is kindly funded by ASKO Europa-Stiftung.

Time Frame

February to June 2016

Project Team

Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Marhold
Julian Plottka


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