Who are we ?
« The Euros » brings together students and young professionals specialising in European matters. They are all members of the Association, to which they contribute on a voluntary basis by writing and posting articles on the website. To learn more about these young writers, click on “Who are we ?”
Why “The Euros” ?
The Euros is all about being passionately interested in Europe and wanting to share that interest with others. Our “European dream” is to make Europeans conscious of the bonds uniting them, be they political, social, economic or cultural. The name “The Euros” therefore embodies the community spirit present among the Association’s members, together with mutual understanding and solidarity. All these values are those which we cherish and hope to share with each other as European citizens, and with neighbouring countries.
The Association and its committed team have one major objective : to create ties between the experts and the curious, between professionals and amateurs, politicians and citizens, between ordinary people and information on the web. This website equally serves as a bridge linking a complex and far-reaching Europe with the realities of daily life.
Concretely speaking, our aim is to establish both an information platform and a place to reflect on ideas and opinions relating to European challenges and policies. Not only does The Euros have a presence on the web, but it has also been very active in civil society with conferences and specific events which aim to encourage citizens to become a part of Europe’s present and future.
The Euros is first and foremost an educational project. We aim to reflect on Europe and, reciprocally, make others reflect on Europe in a new and different way with the best quality analysis.
“Open yourself to Europe” is our motto and our Association is based on four principles :
EDUCATION. This is our main commitment. We seek to explain European policies, make them easier to understand, provide reference material and bring forward issues for debate.
QUALITY. The team has specific writing requirements. We aim to speak clearly and openly on all topics and to reject preconceived or prejudiced ideas.
DIVERSITY. The website is accessible to everyone, from curious citizens and students to specialists and experts. There are many diverse opinions to be found, and we therefore want to include as many people as possible in this debate about Europe. The Euros are neither federalists nor royalists, and we do not favour any political orientation. We seek to give life to the EU in an enthusiastic and intelligent manner.
SPONTANEITY. Articles have a direct and personal tone, and are not written in a formal or professorial style. We wish to create links between contributors and readers, between readers and European professionals in the easiest possible way.
The history behind the website
Created on June 1st 2005 by Mathieu Collet, currently the head of the Association, “The Euros” all began with a blog : « the European dream – les Euros du Village ». This was created as a reaction to the French referendum which rejected the Constitutional Treaty. Within several weeks, thanks to a network of friends, the blog had several contributors. Many of the early articles posted on the website reflected anger and disappointment, which led to the realisation that the relationship between Europe and its citizens was dominated by preconceived ideas. The blog consequently became a user-friendly tool which aimed to inform citizens about European issues and to create enlightened debate. In this way, the blog Euros du village became an informative website which over time has come to be greatly respected.
The Euros was revamped in January 2006. That year saw the contributors create the Association, with new members joining after learning of the project from established members . The enthusiasm that arose from the project coupled with the team’s extraordinary motivation had a snowball effect : from a mere dozen members at the start of 2006, the number had risen to fifty by the end of the year.
After many months of preparation, the start of 2007 saw a major revision and modernising of the website : “Euros du Village 2.0”. The Association subsequently developed decentralised branches in different towns where members were based, including the pilot project in Bruges within the College of Europe itself, and was also active within European civil society. 2007 also saw the launch of the German version of the site, Die Euros. By this point the site had truly transformed from a blog to a portal for information about Europe. By 2008 the Euros du Village was established as a reference media alongside the likes of toutleurope.fr and Euractiv, and had developed a network of translators, experts and members.
In 2009, the site continued to develop and the Eurosblogs were launched, a platform for multilingual blogs which allowed even more people in different locations to become involved with the project. The site also expanded linguistically, with the creation of The Euros and Gli Euros, the English and Italian versions of the site.
The Spanish version went live in 2010, and at the start of 2011 the Euros du Village group, with its headquarters in Brussels, had 350 members living in eight different European countries. The Euros is also no longer merely an Internet project ; it is increasing active in civil society, participating in conferences and organising projects.
The Euros today
Today, The Euros is a medium which specialises in European issues and is widely respected both on a European and national level. In January 2011 around 4,500 articles and reports on European matters were available on The Euros websites in the form of detailed reports, opinions, analysis, profiles of prominent Europeans, and audio and video clips. The website receives around 66,000 visitors a month, a number which is increasing steadily.
As a tool developed by Europeans for Europeans, The Euros allows visitors and members to discover Europe without prejudice, and to develop, structure and express their ideas and ambitions. The Euros aims, therefore, to make this tool ever more accessible, interactive and user-friendly for a growing audience. However, the organisation goes beyond the web, in that it embodies a flexible, open and expanding entity which is in constant search for new talent and challenges. These ambitions enable us to link up with other networks and create successful partnerships, which are necessary elements for conveying ideas.
The way the website operates and its editorial contents
The website is meant to be an interactive tool, accessible to each of our members, allowing them to post their articles, comments and suggestions. The editorial staff is responsible for checking the quality of articles as well as making sure that they comply with our editorial charter and educational principle. The editorial staff then approve the articles and post them online.
The Euros does not pretend to be an exhaustive resource nor does it wish to drown the reader in a flood of information. The frequency with which articles are published is voluntarily limited in order to make the site easy to follow and to ensure a higher quality website. In addition, all publications are done “in-house” to guarantee both relevance and honesty for our readers. We never publish any agency articles or press releases and are particularly careful to prevent any form of plagiarism.
Our website is divided into five main columns
News : The Euros screens European news for you : a brief round-up of European news in “The Month According To The Euros” and a more in-depth perspective on certain issues in “News Focus". In short, carefully selected information is at hand for readers to follow the trends of European construction.
In the spotlight : Hate it or love it, it is Europe as we see it. We express ourselves in “opinions” or external figures do so in “European viewpoints”.
Analyses : The Euros analyse European news or essential themes (“article analysis”). With our policy papers we give you the opportunity to go even further by downloading studies in PDF format.
Listen and Watch : With « Listen & Watch », there are three different ways to tackle Europe audio-wise. With “Our guest”, key personalities give out their views and opinions about an evolving Europe through interviews in which you get to play a part. With our “reports”, just enjoy and listen to a closer Europe. And with our “podcast chronicles”, the news transpires through educational methodology.
Discover : With our « discovery » articles, take a closer look at European locations and people, images and maps included. The Euros also gives you an exclusive educational method for you to understand everything at a glance : the “fact sheets”.
Other columns and information services are also offered, such as “Special reports” which gather articles together according to a specific theme (Constitution, Turkey, etc.). Do not miss our directory “Europe on the web” or “The week as seen by the Euros”. We hope the website will provide new interactive functionalities in the near future.
How to become involved
Our website strove to be a participative one and open to all kinds of sensitivities. Indeed, we offer different ways to be involved in our project :
1. By reacting to our articles. A comment section is available for all the articles published on this website. Comments however may be edited so as to avoid the spreading of contentious opinions (racism, anti-semitism, revisionism, etc.)
2. By taking part in our interviews. For most of our interviews, an advertisement will be published a few weeks in advance so that our readers have the opportunity to submit their questions.
3. By becoming an “external contributor”. We give the opportunity to those people specialised in European issues to send us their article (see “European viewpoints”). If you are eligible you can send us your proposals by e-mail.
4. By becoming a Member. All our contributors are members of Euro People. By becoming a member, they commit to our project for an undetermined period, which is a way for us to guarantee the website’s quality and relevance. Members can therefore lead projects in the The Euros’s name or create a decentralized branch in their town or university. The “associate member” status can be attributed to the non-members who still participate to the website’s activity. This status is allocated in very particular cases and all cases must be examined by our board of administration.
You can send us any remarks or suggestions you may have by writing to : firstname.lastname@example.org
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