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Dear friends,

Welcome to the new website of the Youth of the European People's Party. Since its foundation in 1997, YEPP gradually became the biggest political organization for the European centre-right youth. It became a genuine meeting point for those committed to European integration and sharing our values: the rule of law, freedom, human dignity, preserving our traditions and the rejection of any kind of extremism.

YEPP provides continuous training for young centre-right activists, most of whom will play an active role in politics in the years to come. Within YEPP, young delegates also get to know the insights of EU decision making and the art of compromise. Besides this, YEPP is a well functioning network. It provides a permanent information flow in various political issues with special regard to best campaign practices.

Last, but not least, YEPP is a platform for policy making. We make our voice heard in most EU-related issues, especially when it comes to the interests of the youth. During the term of the current board, a special focus is being put on youth employment, economic governance, environment and human rights. We also take our share in fighting against political extremism within and beyond the European Union.

 

In recent months, there has been a natural tendency to compare the cases of Greece and Portugal because both countries have an Economic Assistance Programme negotiated with the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and European Commission. However, one should be careful in this exercise. Each case is different both in the origins of the problem and in the type of programme agreed upon. Each country has its specific strengths and weaknesses but I am confident that in the end both will prevail. 
In Portugal we happen to have a considerable political consensus around the measures contained in the Memorandums of Understanding, because the three main political parties in Parliament (representing more than 80% of the votes) supported the agreement with the Troika.
It is national understanding that the Assistance Programme can also represent a huge opportunity to modernize our country, as it gives us the right incentives to implement structural reforms in key areas, such as in the judicial system, education, health, banking, energy and labour market.

 
greece-crisis

Greece is on the global media spotlight for the last 20 months. Thousands of front pagers, millions of articles, trillions of opinions, countless thoughts on what has gone so wrong in this country. On hearing “Greece” the world understands “problem”. The trust is gone, so is the credibility. Is it the fault of politicians? Definitely. Is it the fault of the Unions? No question. Is it the fault of our parents' generation? I think so. The only ones not having done anything to cause the crisis, are the ones who will literally pay for it. The young greeks, who are so sick of everything representing the past in their country, who do not want to follow the "safe way" of getting a job in the public sector, who desperately want to follow the western type of career building and entrepreneurship, all those who want to do something to change their country but they don't know how.

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