We had our first Symposium on Tuesday 12th of december. Together with three inspiring guest speakers, students, lecturers and Green Office member we spent two hours talking about whether “To Europe or not to Europe”.
Controversial statements such as “It is in the best interest of the EU to accept as few refugees as possible” and “Brexit and plans such as Nexit prove the EU is only beneficial for poorer countries” led to interesting discussions among our experts. Pirmin Olde Weghuis, who works as an advisor to pblco, Marien Boonman, board member of Studenten voor Morgen and Richard Wouters, expert on European politics, showed different perspectives and gave interesting insights. Critical questions and comments from the audience contributed further to a thought-provoking conversation.
After a quick break in which we had something to drink and snack, the second part of the Symposium started and we continued the discussion in small groups. Now it was time for everybody to vote with their feet. Depending on whether or not someone agreed to a statement (or something in between), people would walk to different sides of the room. Again it became clear that there are many different opinions about the European Union, and the interactive discussion made some people change their mind about statements like “The EU needs a force to ensure environmental policy” several times. The one thing that everybody agreed on was that this broad topic offers a lot of room for debating.
The first Symposium was a success, thanks to our great guest speakers and intrigued participants. Stay tuned for upcoming Symposiums with other interesting topics! We hope to see you there again.