Founded in 2014, VoxEurop is an online news and discussion website on European issues, in up to 10 languages. It is run by a team of experts and highly connected senior journalists, translators and developers with more than 20-years of experience in several media across Europe, mastering several languages and cultures. VoxEurop also relies on a network of more than 50 professional translators and as many freelance journalists, and regular and occasional contributors.
VoxEurop assumes European values such as human rights, democracy or freedom of expression as a foundational criterion. As a European news website, it deals with current affairs such as euro-scepticism or the rise of populism, climate change or the crises of democracies which are on the European information agenda, and which are directly addressed against European integration. VoxEurop explains these phenomena from a European perspective for a better understanding of their roots and therefore of the means to combat their storytelling.
At a time when Euroscepticism is gaining ground and European integration is losing it, we believe that only transparent and democratic institutions and true democratic debates can reverse the trend. Informed citizens are aware citizens. Continuing the work Presseurop carried on from 2009 to 2013, VoxEurop made all of Presseurop’s 7,000-content archive freely available to users, so as to provide with an inestimable source of documentation based on thousands of contents available in several languages, particularly appreciated by journalists, students, teachers, researchers, academics, and ordinary citizens eager to get reliable news on European issues and a sense of the state of the debate on topics that matter to them and that are common to Europeans.
VoxEurop is not another “Brussels-bubble” news site: it does not target the specialised public, but the average European citizen willing to have a better grasp of what is going on in the EU and in the countries his own one shares a common destiny with. We privilege explanation and analysis over plain description and always provide context to stories that could otherwise be hard to understand for a non-native audience.
VoxEurop is a place where European citizens engage in a productive discussion about common affairs of European interest: by publishing the most interesting coverage of European topics, providing users with a translating and commenting multi-language platform, and taking active part in the discussion about Europe, VoxEurop provides a place where EU institutions are accountable and EU citizens can engage. In its editorial choices and news coverage both of national and international news, VoxEurop always tries to provide a European perspective, by multiplying angles and sources, so as to provide the widest possible viewpoints. In this way, it seeks to foster a truly European public space, which is essential to a more democratic EU. A true European community, where news and ideas can freely circulate.
The ultimate goal of VoxEurop is to contribute to democracy in Europe and to foster the emerging of European public space. For this purpose, it has developed a unique feature: citizen involvement by means of discussion, article proposals, and comment translation. It is the only European news site to offer such a multilingual commenting platform, giving its community a tool for transnational engagement and discussion.
By sharing its own content and by partnering with other media and organisations, such as OBC Transeuropa, Internazionale, Alternatives Economiques, Social Europe, the Green European Journal, Visegrad Insight or Cartoon Movement, VoxEurop promotes content sharing and contributes to the circulation of ideas throughout Europe as well as to increase its partners’ editorial offer and coverage. Through the years, it has slowly built an ever-growing network of media willing to share their experience, expertise, and content. VoxEurop is the platform for such sharing, fostering cooperation between media organisation rather than competition as a way to face the economic and editorial challenges they are facing for decades.
By taking part as a founder to international media networks such as the Climate Editors Network, the Global Editors Network, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, Librexpression or the European Data Journalism Network, VoxEurop contributes to building transnational media collaborations with the purpose of bringing journalists from different news organisations to work together on common projects and defends freedom of the press. It also aims this way at increasing the coverage of European affairs, always from a European perspective, and to address citizens rather than EU insiders.
By taking part as member or a cofounder to pro-European initiatives, such as EuropaNow!, Media4Europe, the European Democracy Lab, Alliance 4 Europe, Pulse of Europe, Stand Up for Europe, Civico Europa or WeEuropeans (the largest pan-European citizen consultation ever made, with over 3.5 million people reached), by hosting their contributions, and providing coverage of their actions, VoxEurop aims at making their voice heard. It also wants to help to build ties among those organisations which share the same values and purpose: fostering a European conscience among citizens, and involving them in shaping a more democratic, open, accountable, and transparent Europe.
By opening its pages to NGOs such as Bloom, Oceana or The Good Lobby, and to individual contributors, both citizens, and civil society organisations, VoxEurop aims at providing a voice to those wanting to raise awareness or willing to engage with their fellow citizens on the issues that matter the most: the environment and global warming, governance and democracy, and inequalities and social issues. Ultimately, VoxEurop aims at being the reference media for European civil society.
By translating the content it publishes in as many as 10 languages, VoxEurop contributes to extend the discussion on the topics it covers to as many citizens as possible, beyond the very language barrier that prevents a real pan-European debate to be truly popular.
By being run by the first European Cooperative society ever to manage a news organisation, VoxEurop aims at being truly at the service of stakeholders through opening its capital to its contributors, its users, its partners (individuals, media, NGOs), and anyone wishing to take part to its endeavour and support it.
Kryzys demograficzny jest nie do uniknięcia
W niektórych krajach Europy emigracja stanowi znacznie większe wyzwanie niż imigracja. Za kilkadziesiąt lat, jak pisze Slavenka Drakulić, Chorwacja będzie krajem ludzi w podeszłym wieku, w którym nie będzie już nikogo, aby się nimi zaopiekować. Tymczasem zamiast wypracowywać właściwe rozwiązania politycy oferują tylko puste obietnice i patriotyczne hasła.
Criza demografică nu poate fi evitată
În părți ale Europei, emigrația reprezintă o provocare mult mai mare decât imigrația. În câteva decenii, scrie Slavenka Drakulic, Croația va fi o țară de oameni bătrâni în care nimeni nu va rămâne să aibă grijă de ei. Iar în loc de soluții reale, politicienii nu oferă nimic altceva decât promisiuni deşarte şi sloganuri patriotice.
In Europa del sud e dell’est l’emigrazione è un problema molto più serio dell’immigrazione. Fra qualche decennio la Croazia sarà un paese di anziani senza che sia rimasto nessuno per prendersi cura di loro. E invece di vere soluzioni i politici non hanno altro da proporre che vuote promesse e slogan patriottici, scrive Slavenka Drakulić.
Der demografischen Krise kann man nicht aus dem Wege gehen
In Teilen Europas stellt die Auswanderung eine viel größere Herausforderung dar als die Einwanderung. In einigen Jahrzehnten wird Kroatien ein Land der alten Menschen sein, in dem niemand mehr für sie sorgen kann, schreibt Slavenka Drakulić. Und statt wirklicher Lösungen bieten Politiker nichts als leere Versprechungen und patriotische Parolen.
Eastern members of the EU are experiencing extreme depopulation, due to a combination of mass emigration and low birth rates. Nationalist governments pander to patriotic sentiments but consistently fail to address the social and political problems which drive young adults westwards.
Dans cet entretien avec Eurozine, le politologie Ivan Krastev développe sa thèse selon laquelle les régimes illibéraux en Europe centrale et orientale s’insèrent dans la contestation globale de l’hégémonie libérale occidentale, et débat de ce qui est advenu de l’héritage de 1989.
In quest’intervista per i trent’nni di Eurozine e della caduta del muro di Berlino, il politologo Ivan Krastev torna sulla sua tesi secondo la quale le democrazie illiberali in Europa orientale si inseriscono in una contestazione globale dell’egemonia occidentale, e discute della fine che hanno fatto le speranze dell’89.