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World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, 20th June, the External Voices team went along to the Fairplay for Refugees Football Tournament to ask organisers, spectators and participants: "Why is this important to you?". Here are some of the responses:

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Football is played everywhere from professional stadiums to schoolyards, from slums to posh suburbia, and enjoyed by young and old alike. Football is the world’s most popular sport, yet as millions gather to enjoy the World Cup, countless children across the world will not have the time to watch a single game - they’ll be hard at work. That chocolate you so like, that cigarette billowing smoke next to you, those new edition shoes you see on children’s feet…all might be the fruit of tiny hands’ labour.

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Just before the last batch of Europe hit the voting ballots Internal Voices spoke to Matthijs Pontier, the 29 year old representing the Dutch branch of the Pirate Party. The artifical intelligence graduate talks about the importance of democracy in Europe, protection of personal data protection and how to tackle youth unemployment. One of the youngest candidate MEPs, Matthijs told us he hoped to remind voters that among the potpourri of established political parties, unusual but not irrelevant voices can be found. Unfortunately, however, Matthijis's party failed to get a seat yesterday...

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Although the European Elections are taking up all of her time, Socialist MEP Kathleen Van Brempt, member of the Belgian socialist party sp.a, allowed us at Internal Voices to shoot her some questions on youth unemployment, climate change and the future of Europe. With a vibrant voice, this MEP active from 2009 in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy as well as Public Health and Food Security, passionately defends her opinion on all these matters. On why the youth needs to misbehave a bit more and be the architects of their European future.

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Each week in Brussels normally begins in the same way. Most people take the metro, the bus, the tram, drive or simply walk in order to move from one side of the city to another. They go to university, do their shopping, or go to work (if they are lucky enough to have a job in the current economic climate). It is a scene similar to that which takes place in any other European city, included some impatience about the traffic or about - presumed or real - public transport delays. Often though, there is no time to think that, at any given moment and maybe not so far away, different itineraries are in operation and that the price paid by their protagonists could be too high.

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InternalVoices We are looking for interns to contribute with articles. Don't hesitate to contact us! http://t.co/3yxGWKmMF6
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InternalVoices @InternalVoices asked past interns where are they now, checkout @LSulin's answer.. http://t.co/CrLoEP0AmU #PastVoices http://t.co/iTAd7cwMks
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InternalVoices On Friday June 20, the #ExternalVoices to support Fair Play for Refugees http://t.co/5Zp24AwYC5
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InternalVoices #NOchildlabour: At the start of the World Cup 2014, raise the red card against child labour! http://t.co/IcTrUacXJL
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InternalVoices The Mediterranean Sea seems to be becoming a place where thousands of people decide to gamble with their lives. http://t.co/cm1erjDOsA
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