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Dear Jean Monnet Community Member,

We would like to remind you of the possibility for students to take part in the essay competition on the EU's global strategy – as presented at the Jean Monnet annual conference by Mr Alfredo Conte.

1. Who can participate?

Any student at undergraduate (Bachelor) and graduate level (Masters) currently studying a module/course offered by a Jean Monnet Chair or Jean Monnet Module-holder.

2. How can you participate?

(a) Students shall write an essay on the topic ‘Why is the European Union's foreign and security policy important for your daily life?'

The essay should be in English language

- Maximum length: 800 words

- Format: Microsoft Word

(b) Students should submit essays to their Professor by 18 December 2015. However, the deadline of 18 December is indicative – The stage after that should see the professors emailing their 'best essays' to the EU's EEAS service mail address  by 31 January 2016.

3. How will the selection of the essays work?

(a) The Jean Monnet Community will be informed of the call for essays via e-mail. The call will also be announced on the Jean Monnet Online Platform

(b) Jean Monnet Chairs or Module-holders will gather the essays from their students and select the best contribution to be passed on to the Global Strategy selection team. Among all contributions three winners will be chosen.

4. Winning Essays: Publication on the Global Strategy website & Participation in the Global Strategy final conference

The organisers will select the best three contributions by 15 March 2016, and publish them on a dedicated page in the Global Strategy website. A selection of the best essays will also be made available on the website of the Global Strategy:

This way, your contribution will reach the policy-makers and experts participating in the reflection and consultation phase of the Global Strategy.

The winners would also be invited to participate in the final conference on the Global Strategy organised by the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris in April 2016 and to meet with the High Representative (tbc).

5. Possible assessment criteria

1) Sound answer, related to the topic 2) originality of contribution, 3) robustness of the argument (not just a flimsy opinion), 4) pertinence of the examples/illustrations, 5) correct English language.  

20 November 2017: The Financial Times today announces the winners of the Future of Europe project, an initiative designed to stimulate conversation about Europe’s future with the bright young minds inheriting it.

Students from six Universities across Europe - Trinity College Dublin; Jagiellonian University, Krakow; Bocconi University, Milan; Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Athens University of Economics and Business and Science Po, Paris - were asked to submit 600 word responses to four key questions about Europe’s future.

The entries addressed questions relating to the desirability of German leadership, the Eurozone’s priorities, the four founding freedoms in the EU treaties and whether the next frontier for Europe should involve deeper integration.

​FT editor Lionel Barber said: “We were very impressed by the quality of submissions and ideas generated from students across the continent. Europe is going through an unprecedented period in its history​ and the repercussions of decisions made now will affect generations for years to come. We’re delighted to see so many young people coming to the FT to debate the issues that will shape their future.”

The winning submissions are:

  • Spyros Tsaousis, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece: Europe cycles into the digital age
  • Enrico Ellero, Bocconi University, Milan: Germany’s place at the centre of the EU cannot hold
  • Julian Lang, The Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: What​ ​the​ ​EU​ ​must​ ​learn​ ​from​ ​Donald​ ​Trump
  • Aron Kerpel, Jagiellonian University, Krakow: Further European integration must start at the grassroots level
  • Marie Sophie Hingst, Trinity College Dublin: Europeans should not abandon a collective identity
  • Rositsa Kratunkova, Science Po, Paris, France: “It’s the taxes, stupid”

All of the winning entries will be free-to-read and published on throughout the course of the week. The student essays will sit alongside editorials from a group of leading economists and FT commentators including, Claire Jones, Tony Barber, Mehreen Khan and Wolfgang Munchau.

The project includes a series of live-stream debates at the Universities, the first of which will be held at Athens University of Economics and Business on Wednesday 22 November.

You can find further information about the Future of Europe project here.

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For more information please contact Oliver Stannard,, +44 (0) 20 7775 6342.

About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 870,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

About the Future of Europe Project event series

A series of panel discussions will take place at six European universities over the next few months. Each panel will consist of senior members of FT editorial staff, leading professors from the local university and a selection of the students who entered their essays into the Future of Europe competition.

The events will be held on the following dates:

  • 22 November 2017 - Athens University of Economics and Business
  • 4 December 2017 - Bocconi University, Milan
  • 6 December 2017 - The Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • 9 January 2018 - Jagiellonian University, Krakow
  • 17 January 2018 - Trinity College Dublin
  • Late January/ early February 2018 TBC - Sciences Po, Paris


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