2. Online Meeting

Day 2 – our discussions are getting on deeper level. Today‘s topic was why many Europeans lost connection to Europe. We‘ve saw and heard how European identity is being defined by philosopher Jürgen Habermas, how many people feel European in Europe and which factors determine your identity. It was hard to give a clear picture…

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1. Online Meeting

And so it begins. Ahead of us await many more online meetings, deep conversations about Europe (and life) and a 10-day sailing adventure. We are all surely going to be spending a lot of time together, so we needed to get familiar with one another, and that is why we started our first meeting by…

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Time to explore. Time to discuss. Time to connect. We offer time and space for an open exchange of ideas. The participants of the summer school, organized by the Hans Farmont Foundation, are invited to spend time with young people from Europe on a ten-day sailing trip in Greece and Turkey. On the foundation’s sail…

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Greetings from Marleen

The Marleen is out of the water and ready for winter. We would like to thank everyone for a great season! We are already looking forward to 2020 and more summer schools on the sea. Greetings from the Marleen Crew

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DAY 8: A PROMISE

This year it is the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. It seems that the human race has always been obsessed with exploring the unknown (better to put it this way than say conquering what cannot be conquered). Fifty years later, we are still trying to reach places that seem impossible to be reached. However,…

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DAY 7: SHARING IS CARING

Two days ago we learned that a storm for sailors isn’t about thunders and lightnings, but a heavy and strong wind and today we had to finish our sailing trip, even though it was supposed to last for one more day.  Coming back to Rhodes, to the place from which we started our trip, was…

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DAY 6: MAKE REALITY SEXY AGAIN

Last night we haven’t slept much – we had to be awake and do the anchor shifts. Since we weren’t in a harbor, we had to take care of our boat not just sailing away from the bay. That was exhausting, but again gave us a time to reflect. After being awake for almost the…

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DAY 5: SHIT HAPPENS

Today’s sailing was one of the longest. It took us 8 hours to get to the Island of Symi. This was a good time to reflect since the notion of time was no longer a constraint.  After finally arriving to Panormitis, at the Island of Symi, for the first time there was no harbour. We…

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DAY 3: WATER IN THE SEA IS SALTY

There are some truths in the world that are very obvious, but you often forget them – such as that water in the sea is salty. If you don’t live at the seaside, and go for a swim in the sea for just ten days a year, you might forget about it. Also – your…

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DAY 2: THE SUN WILL NOT WAIT FOR US

The sentence in the title is not supposed to sound passive aggressive, it is just supposed to be a reminder of why it is important to follow schedules.  Our group is surprisingly punctual – not only we appear at the meeting point on time, but we are all always there even earlier. That is what,…

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DAY 1: SLEEPLESS AT MARLEEN

Hello Everybody,  We are thrilled to be the third and final group for this unique experience sailing across the Mediterranean Sea.  If you were wondering why a group of young enthusiasts have decided to spend 10 days together on a sailing yacht Marleen here is why: We all have different backgrounds, different languages but are…

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Day 8: Rhodes

Today was our last full day as a crew on the Marleen. We spent our day exploring the cultural sites of Lindos, and the more southern parts of Rhodes. We also had our last discussion about what take aways we have gained from this experience, and how we can use these in the best way…

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Day 7: Back to Rhodes

Today greeted us with the first sight of clouds and grey sky that we had in days. Luckily, fortune turned in favor of us once we were out on the sea and we enjoyed five hours of sailing in almost perfect conditions. The Marleen safely carried us into her home harbor in Rhodes, were our…

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Day 6: Panormitis

Before 9am, we were on the waters again, off to the island of Panormitis. Wind and waves were plentiful, making for an interesting discussion experience while the Marleen waltzed the sea. The topic: European narratives and the potential of pan-European storytelling. Crew members agreed that European stories can be found anywhere – including on this…

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Day 5: Nisyros

After a comparably late start to the day, we set off to be greeted by the exhilarating view of the island’s volcano. Thankfully Hephaistos did not unleash his fire and fury upon us, and we were able to proceed unharmed.  To escape the heat, we found some shade in a village cafe to start our…

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Day 4: Nisyros

Ship ahoi! Our day started a bit differently today – awoken by the sweet sounds of Marleen’s engine, we departed from Symi in the early morning hours and enjoyed a lively breakfast on the high seas, accompanied by the exasperating view of the sun rising over the mighty Aegean – Odysseus would be proud!  Despite…

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Day 3: Symi

With the engine working with us rather than against us, and our spirits uplifted by the power of Ximeromata, we finally reached our destination – the scenic island of Symi. Captain Sweet-Tooth brought us safely to the harbor, where we were welcomed by the impressive scenery of traditional Greek housefronts. After a quick dive at…

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Day 2: Rhodes

What about the current refugee crisis in Europe, what about European values, and what about Grünkohl? Today did not exactly go as planned. After several hours at sea, our Pirates of the Caribbean fantasies turned into unexpected reality when our engine stopped working, and we were depending on our sails (and no wind). After the…

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Day 1: Rhodes

Yesterday the second group of this year’s Farmont Summer School checked in on the Marleen and met as a crew for the first time. After a lot of first impressions and a good night’s rest, we spent our day roaming the streets of the old and new town of Rhodes, using a break above the…

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Day Seven: 36°25’56.1″N 28°14’21.1″E, Rhodes

We are back in Rhodes!! Surprisingly we all survived – thanks to the amazing sailing skills ( and fortune-cookie-like life wisdoms) of our skippers. Thank you so much for this unique opportunity, we hope we can spread some of your new ideas for a future Europe.  Yours Carlo, Cary Cary Lady, Jessy J K, Claudi the Lighthouse and…

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Day Six: 36°33’01.5″N 27°50’42.2″E, Panormitis

When – at some point – we might agree on a utopia for Europe, how can we make it a reality? Through reform or through transformation? At a first glance, we perceived ourselves as a rather homogenous group, however with time we realized that every one of us has different areas of engagement in the…

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Day Five: 36°37’07.4″N 27°10’16.7″E, Nisyros

Today we experienced one of the bright sides of the European spirit: playing football with more than 7 different nations, all ages, religion, genders and socio-economic backgrounds. Being „united in diversity“ motivated us to work towards a concrete goal, that does not only benefit us, but also the next group of Hans-Farmont-scholars and the greater…

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Day Four: 36°40’01.6″N 27°07’39.9″E, Giali

Throughout the trip there is one question that constantly comes up: Can we have an impact/ multiplicator effect large enough to justify our privilege of attending a fully-funded summer school on a yacht for ten days in Greece? 

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Day Three: 36°53’23.6″N 27°18’10.9″E, Kos

Questions of the day:1. Do you think that younger generations see fundamental European achievements up until now as a given (e.g. peace, Schengen,…)?2. What responsibility do we have as European citizens in strengthening European values? 3. How can we as Hans Farmont scholars take concrete actions to further the European vision (e.g. political engagement, become a…

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Day Two: 36°53’23.6″N 27°18’10.9″E, Kos

7:00am Wakin’ up has never been that easy -why? Cause we had a long day of sailing ahead of us! #jk7amsucks 3:30pm “Marlene” (our sailing boat) almost reached its limits bending over in stormy waters … 5:00pm .. however, we arrived safely on the beautiful (and touristic) island of Kos where we’ll stay for the…

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Day One: 36°37’08.8″N 27°50’15.6″E, Simi

07:00 Being woken up far too early by our big boss08:00 Setting sail after a greek style breakfast and coffee08:06 Apesing Rasmus, God of the Sea09:00 sailing10:00 sailing11:00 still sailing12:00 no wind, stuck on the boat and starting to wonder why we are here13:00 learning basic knots and sailing know how – in case the…

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36°25’55.3″N 28°14’19.9″E, Rhodes

Lukas, Head of Music and Analytical ConclusionsClaudius, Principal Challenger and the Real Colossus of Rhodes Carina, Part-time Mermaid and Doctor on Bord(ers) Carlotta, Morning Coffee Expert and Representing Swiss Neutrality  Jasmin, Masterpiece and Spirit of Europe  While we are busy posing, we are only here thanks to our real Crew Milena, Minister of Culture  Angelika, Mumager  Andreas,…

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Start of our Summer School Programme 2019

Tomorrow we open the season for our Summer School Programme 2019. The first group will arrive in Rhodes tomorrow and will be on board for the next 10 days.The preparations have been made and we are looking forward to the participants.We will inform you daily with small blog entries about our discussions, current topics and…

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JOIN OUR CREW THIS SUMMER!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS About the project The participants of the summer school, organized by the Hans Farmont Foundation, are invited to spend time with young people from Europe on a ten-day sailing trip in Greece and Turkey. On the foundation’s sail boat, the fellows receive the opportunity to realise a project idea concerning Europe, to…

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Day 6 – still online

After roughly a month we are coming back together – still online, still figuring out what is ahead of us. Since today’s aim is to make it more clear, what we want to work on during our time on the boat, we are collecting topics and tools that we want to use and discuss first…

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6. Meeting – Creating a project plan

We finally met again one month after our 5-day online forum. In the last meeting, we decided that we would be working on a project together, but we still did not know what that project would be, so today we presented our ideas to each other. After exposing our thoughts, we ended up agreeing on…

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Day 5 – Lack of Leadership

During the last session of the summer school the topic discussed was “Lack of Leadership in EU Institutions – Looking for a better framework for common decision-making” The EU has entered an era of transformation, facing challenges of a global scale and facing a rise in nationalism and populism and with the legitimacy of the…

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Day 4 – Human Rights and the Migrant and Refugee Crises

Topic: ‘Human Rights and the Migrant and Refugee Crisis: Treatment of asylum-seekers in Europe’ The keynote speech focused on exploring how the EU has dealt with the large numbers of asylum seekers entering or attempting to enter its space from 2015 until today. The general framework to which it was connected was the dilemma between…

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Day 3 – What is Europe?

What is Europe? For citizens of EU member states the EU is often equal to Europe and vice versa. However, Europe spans further and covers European countries that made the deliberate choice to either stay out of the EU from the very beginning, such as Switzerland, or leave in tge process, such as the UK.…

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Day 2 – Bubbles and Collaborations

We are diving into critical discussions, questions of self-reflection about privilege and ideas for sustainable change. After focussing on philosophical and anthropologist approaches to the definition of collaboration and being more than just an individual in a sealed and closed space, but rather always being a part of bigger pictures, encounters and relations with other…

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Day 1 – First look and many questions

Today was our first meeting on the sailing ship called “Zoom”. After introducing ourselves and our houseplants we started the meeting with a little game to break the ice. We searched for an object in our room that represented our idea of being European. It became very clear that all of us had very different…

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5. Online Meeting

After four days of getting to know each other, inspiring discussions and thought-provoking questions the first part of the our online summer school has been coming to an end. We used the day to reflect on our take-aways and our feelings regarding the past four days. Our team discussions revolved around topics such as the…

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3. Online Meeting

We entered the third day looking at populism – through the lens of political parties across Europe – hoping to find answers or at least clues for the rising success of this ‘ideology’.   First, we delved into the definition of populism, but we quickly ran into some issues finding a clear and well-structured definition…

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