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European Horizons at Carolina is the UNC chapter of a non-partisan think-tank which examines transatlantic relations, the construction of an EU identity, the state of the social market economy, and so much more. Currently, the organization meets every Wednesday from 6-7 pm in the FedEx building to discuss a specific topic as it relates to Europe and by extension, transatlantic partnerships. This year we have discussed the refugee crisis as a humanitarian construct as well as a policy complication, the short and long-term implications of Brexit on the EU and on global markets, and the effects of this summer’s attempted coup in Turkey on its EU membership application, to name a few. A brief overview is sent out before the meeting so that participants may familiarize themselves with the topic which is then discussed at a round-table forum. The structure allows us to dissect the problem, parse out underlying causes and concerns, as well as try to formulate potential solutions.

European Horizons also affords students the opportunity to meet with other chapters and policy makers through annual conferences including a Fall Policy Convention as well as the European Student Conference in addition to regional conferences such as the one which will be held next semester at Tulane University. One of the most exciting aspects of participating in a fledgling organization is the opportunity to collaborate with other students equally passionate about European affairs to construct the think-tank as we see fit. Furthermore, our connections afford us incredible opportunities to have our work published in the Review of European & Transatlantic Affairs. An asset to students’ professional and academic growth, it is also a wonderful community of scholars who can share their enthusiasm for European affairs with other students and on-campus organizations.

The Curriculum’s own Xilen “Izzy” Vega says that “The think tank is really a niche thing, but I’m really glad I’m involved because it does focus on issues I care about and other people are equally passionate.” Izzy led a meeting last September where students discussed the separatist movements in Catalonia, Scotland, and Basque country. The students suggested possible resolutions that the regions might take and discussed the legitimacy these regions would have as separate entities and how these resolutions might effect relations between European states and with the European Union as a whole.

For more information, please contact European Horizons at Carolina at europeanhorizonsatcarolina@gmail.com.

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