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Jonathan is a French Erasmus student in Riga, the capital of Latvia. We’re on the 9th of May. The Russian community of Latvia celebrates the Day of Victory, the victory of the Red Army against the Nazis in 1945. On the other side of the river Daugava, which runs through Riga, the Latvian non-Russian community celebrates the European Day.
One country, two communities, two languages…a situation that we can find throughout many countries of the European Union. How does the Latvian youth experience this event?
Jonathan meets with the Klubs Māja, an active youth organisation in Latvia and Europe, also member of Young European Federalists.


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JEF Europe

The Young European Federalists participates in the exchange of opinions and experiences and concentrates its action on the achievement of international democracy through the establishment of federal systems in Europe and in the world. The aims of JEF are to work for the creation of a European Federation, first step towards peace and World Federation, and for a freer, more just and more democratic federal society.
Federalism proposes a decentralised, self-managed society, in which all persons affected by a decision may participate in making it.

Europe Day

May 9, Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe.

Victory Day

May 8 in Europe
Victory Day marks the end of World War II in Europe, specifically the capitulation of Nazi forces to the Allies (the United Kingdom, Soviet Union, France, the United States and other principal Allied nations) on May 8, 1945.

May 9 in Russia and countries of post-Soviet space
In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries of the former Soviet Union, the day of Victory over Nazi Germany was celebrated on May 9, because when the German Instrument of Surrender actually entered into force (May 8, 1945 at 23:01 CET), it was already May 9 by Moscow Time. Some post-Soviet countries, most notably the Russian Federation, have continued the tradition.

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