Midwest Model European Union

Created in 1993, MMEU is the second oldest intercollegiate simulation of the EU in North America. Every April, more than 160 college and university students meet in Bloomington, Indiana, to decide the future of the European Union. Playing the roles of prime ministers and presidents, ambassadors and commissioners, ministers and diplomats, they spend three days haggling over policy, resolving disputes, building compromises, and charting the course of European unity.  From Thursday afternoon through midday Saturday, students introduce, discuss, and reach decisions on EU policy. National leaders provide overall direction, ministers huddle to work out the details of policy, Commissioners and their directors-general try to give new direction to foreign and security policy, the single market, eastward enlargement, and the development of the euro, and emergency joint meetings are held to break impasses.

Though role-playing, students don’t just absorb information about the EU, they live it.  And by traveling to a single location and meeting teams from around the country, they interact with others who are as passionate about politics, international affairs, and European studies as they are.  And student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “This was a superb learning experience which brought together everything we’d been studying in our class on European integration,” commented one recent participant. “It was a real eye-opener. I’m looking forward to coming back next year.”

The next MMEU will be held in Bloomington on April 21-23, 2016.  We invite you to visit our website to learn more: http://www.iub.edu/~euroinst/midwest-model-european-union.  Please consider having your students to join us.  To do so, please contact Liese Hilgeman, Institute for European Studies Assistant Director at lhilgema@indiana.edu or 812-856-3832.  Please note that the registration fee for each team is $150.  Registering early will ensure we will have space available for your team.  If you are unable to join us in 2016, consider arranging your schedule to participate in April 2017.

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