It is about time to reveal a bit more about whom we are, also to give potential trainees the opportunity to make a well-informed choice.
The only causes worth fighting for are lost causes
At average we are 33 ¼ years young. This youthly figure is without the trainees but includes the boss! Still a large number of us were too old to be at the meeting between Hillary Clinton and young Europeans recently in the Parliament, although some of the editors managed.
If something bothers you: confront it. If it does not work: leave it
We have a gender-balanced team with seventeen women and twelve men though the boss and editorial coordinator are both men……
Always try to get better
Interestingly, six among us have previously worked for an MEP or a group, covering the political spectrum from the left to the right.
What is worth doing, is worth doing well
Since we are working for a multilingual website, we master together all official EU-languages of course, but there is more. You can also address us in Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Faroese, Frisian, Galician, Hebrew, Yiddish, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, even in Calabrian and Milanese dialect and of course in American English. Moreover, one of us has plans to learn Arab and we have also an editor who can imitate Swiss German on request.
Always do what your mother recommends not to do
Are we law-obeying citizens? Well, together we have had during our collective adult lives 438 parking or speeding fines. Quite a lot for such a young unit and bearing in mind that seven among us do not use a car! We see a clear distinction here since 346 of the fines are collected by people who have sun, wine and good food in common: they are all from below the garlic frontier.
Try to get the best out of everything
One of us even stopped driving because she figured out paying taxis would be cheaper than paying the fines….
When it is worth having, it is worth working for
We studied communication science, cultural studies, economy, European studies, film art, finance, history, law, public relations, journalism, marketing, photo journalism, political science, many languages and translation, sociology and international relations. Almost everybody did more than one study, the real die-hards up to five!
Don’t let money or gadgets take you hostage
Together we have ten domestic animals and eighteen domestic kids. Here we witness another frontier: the men in the unit tend to like animals, the women don’t. The men together possess 3 cats, 1 part-time dog and 4 gold-fish. One of the fish-owners, however, wants “to get rid of his two goldfish” so if you would be able to give those two a loving, caring home, please leave your contact details below.
The glass is half-full
The women together possess 2 cats. In addition, one recently caught a mouse and one has two potential rabbits.
Do not worry about something until it becomes a problem
The kiddos most likely will continue to outnumber the animals since three more are on their way …
Don’t regret the things you have done but the ones you haven’t done
Finally, what do we do when we are not at work? We like sports! So off we go: climbing, diving, horse-riding, orienteering, wind- or kite surfing, playing rugby and paragliding.
To live and let live or only you can make you happy
Some of us really relax while playing the birbynė, archiving, ship spotting, deciphering hand-writing, filling in crosswords and flying radio-controlled airplanes.
From the evil you fear or the good you expect, you will always only get half
I am nothing if not a nihilist
Finally, tried to make sense of the titles? They actually reflect the life-philosophy of the team members!