New Educational Video Discusses ‘Is the EU Democratic?’

With the EU referendum next month Shout Out UK and Sheffield University help young people unravel the issues surrounding Brexit and the EU.

The EU Referendum is closer than ever, and next month the public will vote on the future of Britain. Whilst politicians scramble to secure votes and the media speculates on the outcome, many are still coming to terms with the what a referendum entails. ShoutOut UK and the University of Sheffield have created an animation that decodes some of this uncertainty, putting knowledge and informed choice firmly in the public's hands. Overall addressing the question, how democratic is the EU?

The political climate surrounding the EU goes beyond Britain, and this video unearths the deeper roots [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"353","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignleft size-medium wp-image-8860","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"199","height":"300","alt":"Matteo at Brunel Innovation Hub"}}]]of the EU debate. Where does the future of the EU lie, and what challenges are preventing the EU securing a future as an effective democracy? This three-and-a-half-minute clip looks at the emergence of the EU, voting participation, representation and recent topical issues such as the Eurozone and the refugee crises.

Whether Britain remains in, or exits the EU, the emergence of this reform has overturned some deeper issues, one of which the feeling that the EU is undemocratic. This video has pinpointed three key areas in need of reform to create a legitimate political community for the EU: political engagement, common public identity and the EU’s ability to problem solve.

The animation has been produced by Dr Matthew Wood from the University’s Sir Bernard Crick centre for the public understanding of Politics, who also lectures in politics at the University of Sheffield. It is the final video of three, from independent news network and youth politics course provider Shout Out UK and funded by the ESRC. The first entitled: Why do we hate politics? – Focusing on the idea of political disengagement, the second, looking at ‘Are we living in a Dis-United Kingdom?’

Matteo Bergamini, founder of Shout Out UK said; “The issue of political education is an integral topic that unfortunately isn’t being addressed sufficiently. There is a level of political apathy and misunderstanding of current issues at present and we aim to open people’s minds by showing them the power they, themselves hold. Only when we realise the political power we, as a collective have, will we then truly have a voice within society.” Crick Centre Director, Professor Matthew Flinders, said:

“These films are designed to introduce the public to key political issues, ensuring that anyone - no matter their level of political knowledge - can understand what is happening in contemporary politics.

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