European Waves

Ruben Sansom

Having concentrated on European history and political philosophy during my bachelor’s degree at Maastricht University, I decided to take the European element to the next level and study throughout the continent. As a massive railway enthusiast, you won’t catch me taking a plane to any of my university destinations though! I write articles for European Waves, as well as working on the website.

Europe needs a Decade of Rail, not a single year

In March 2020, the European Commission announced that 2021 was to become the European Year of Rail. This initiative was supposed to help make rail a more popular alternative to less sustainable modes of transport and step up the pace of railway modernisation. It appeared to be a timely initiative, given the scale of transport …

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Summer School Review

Rather than being idle all summer long, many of us participated in summer schools: from a course on citizenship to insights into global challenges, from a methods summer school to one on European integration. Unfortunately mostly online (with one exception!), they were engaging and insightful, and something we also wanted to share with other interested …

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Soul Searching in the European Railways, between low-cost competition and reliable public service

Travelling by train is fun, sustainable and socially enriching. This is no longer only the opinion of a small number of railway enthusiasts, but that of the European Commission and governments across Europe. The Commission wants to create a ‘European railway network’ by establishing more high-speed rail connections across borders, increasing technical and legislative interoperability, …

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