If you are a citizen of an EU country then you are also a European citizen. But what does this mean in practice? What has the European Union done for you? Well, for a start, we all live in peaceful times, which in itself is a huge achievement, but it is not the only thing that Europe has done for us.

If you are between 14 and 18 and interested in finding out more about the European Union — then this publication is for you!

It will tell you how the European Union was built, what values we share, who does what in the EU and how all of this is relevant to your daily life. You will also learn about the many challenges that the EU deals with today, challenges that will also shape your future.

The European Union has been constructed over time. It is a continuous ´work in progress' and it will soon be your generation´s turn to decide what to do next. So now is the time for you to shape your own opinions about the EU. This publication and the exercises it contains should provide food for thought not only for you, but also when talking about Europe with your friends and family.

An online quiz accompanies this booklet and is a fun way to revisit some of the issues covered.

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Manuscript completed in January 2020.

The text of this online publication is based on the German manuscript of the 2010 publication 'Europe. A journal for young people' by Eckart D. Stratenschulte, European Academy Berlin. For this edition, it has been revised and updated by the Directorate-General for Communication of the European Commission.

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