Following The Euros’ interview with its editor Lucy Duggan earlier this month, our website of the month is our fellow European web magazine Europe&Me !!! Launched in September 2007, the English-language project aims to “make Europe personal” for young people.
This means, as Lucy told us, “focusing especially on how being European affects our everyday lives - our love lives, our cultural lives, our sex lives... how it affects the way we tell jokes, the jobs we choose to do, the way we understand our history”.
The magazine, which is published every three months, has five principal sections, which have the initially bizarre-sounding names of Brain, Heart, Diaphragm, Baby and Legs. Lucy explains “our sections are named after parts of the body, because we want our readers to find something for their ’heart’ as well as for their ’brain’, for example”. So roughly speaking, articles in Brain make you think, Heart’s pieces provoke feelings and emotions, Diaphragm’s funny oddities make you laugh, Baby is about sex and love, and Legs inspires taking action and getting involved.
Europe&Me also aims to write about topics that interest people all over Europe, rather than just in one country. Having 125 writers and nine editors spread out all over Europe must certainly make this task easier ! It also aims for equality as far as European countries are concerned, as Lucy says,” I think we also manage to give “smaller” countries space in the magazine, rather than focusing on ‘big players’”.
To give a few brief examples, this edition includes articles about, amongst other things, human trafficking, a Spaniard and a Pole who met and fell in love on Erasmus, writing cover letters, sex with robots and the top five bridges and tunnels of Europe. All issues that are relevant and fascinating for young Europeans, some that they can personally relate to, some that are thought-provoking. And all certainly a million miles away from the image of faceless Brussels bureaucrats by which for too many, Europe continues to be symbolised.
Image sourde : E&M Magazine