"Everyone can do politics."
Verena Riedmiller is fighting for more civic participation in Europe. In her opinion, civic participation – alongside a system of checks and balances, parliaments, and courts – is a key part of a functioning democracy. By civic participation, she does not necessarily mean forms of direct democracy but the empowerment of disadvantaged groups.
This, she says, is what the European Union is lacking. And this is why Verena founded Cube. Your Take on Europe. Since 2016, the social start-up has been working to ensure that young people especially have a greater impact on politics. To this end, Cube organizes workshops across Europe and gathers the ideas emerging from them. As a next step, a youth lobby channels them to EU institutions by lobbying members of the European Parliament. Verena’s project does not only reach hundreds of youth, but has also won over representatives of the European Parliament. In 2018, it was awarded the European Charlemagne Youth Prize in Germany.
Born in Munich, Vera completed her Bachelor in European Studies at the University of Maastricht. Besides her interest in and engagement for Europe, Verena is a freelance civic education trainer and an environmental activist, blogging about zero waste and giving lectures on how to live sustainably.