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UK-based journalism project wins Charlemagne Youth Prize 2011

Innovative online magazine, Europe & Me, is the first British nominated project to win prestigious i

Europe & Me, a UK online lifestyle magazine for young Europeans, has won first prize at the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2011. The second prize went to "Balkans Beyond Borders", a short-film project (Greece) and the third to the Escena Erasmus Project (Spain), a cultural exchange programme for Erasmus students.

The Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded annually to projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people.

Europe & Me is an online magazine created by young Europeans, for Europeans. Its motto is to "make Europe personal", because Europe is often identified only with politicsand bureaucracy.

Since it's creation in 2007, the website has developed into a cultural platform with followers numbering in the thousands.

The prize of 5,000 Euro was presented to the project by European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek on 31 May in Aachen, Germany.

"The project we chose is extremely original," Mr Buzek said, "it represents a different idea of what being European means."

Editor and co-founder Lucy Duggan said the project emerged because "We were fed up with the perception that Europe is just the EU and ends somewhere behind Solvenia."

"We want people to identify with being European," she added.

Emanuelle Degli Esposti is the editor and founder of The Arab Review, an online journal covering arts and culture in the Arab world. She also works as a freelance journalist specialising in the politics of the Middle East.