A group of LSE students has won the 2011 European Charlemagne Youth Prize for their online lifestyle magazine, Europe & Me. Five of the nine editorial board members currently study at LSE.
Based on the motto ‘make Europe personal’, Europe & Me aims to support the emergence of a young European public and contribute to a new perception of the European community. Founded in 2007, the magazine approaches Europe from a transnational perspective, with authors and readers in over 20 different countries.
The Charlemagne Youth Prize is organised by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen and is awarded for projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people. The award comes with a prize of €5,000 and was presented by European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek. It is the first time that a British project has won the prize, beating projects from 27 different countries to come out on top.
Mathew Shearman, a masters student at LSE and a member of the magazines editorial board, said: ‘Winning such a prestigious award is a great motivation for us. We all put a lot of effort into Europe & Me voluntarily and it’s wonderful that the hundreds of authors, editors and partners involved have been recognised by it. I really hope to see the Charlemagne Prize acting as a new catalyst for expanding the project even further.'
To read the magazine, visit www.europeandme.eu.