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Europe: Emilie, youngest of the Parliament

At 25, Dane Emilie Turunen is no novice in politics. She joins the European Greens group.

Just 25 years old and already experienced in convincing. If the Dane Émilie Turunen is the youngest member of the new European Parliament, she is not the least competent. On the contrary ! The one who was still there
some time ago, a social sciences student, with a good head… and feet on the ground.

Born on May 13, 1984, Émilie could have become a professional handball player. A knee injury, at 17, decided otherwise. “I then turned to politics,” she jokes.
Which is not entirely by chance. Very early on, “my mother spoke to me about social justice.”

“I dream of changing the world”

From Cambodia, where she leaves with a Danish NGO to help women victims of prostitution, she returns determined. “I had to do something. » President of the youth of the SF, the party
popular socialist, she recognizes herself in the values ​​of this party made up of ecological, peaceful and left-wing values ​​which has traded ingrained euroscepticism for critical European support.
Belonging to the European Greens group, she is “delighted” with her first contact with the European Parliament. “Here, everyone is very open, ready to help you. " It changes. " In Denmark,
people are more closed. »

Émilie chose to exercise her talents within the very serious Internal Market Commission. “Because that’s where we have the most power over our everyday lives.” The young Dane
understood everything... With this enthusiasm, the leader of the Greens, Dany Cohn-Bendit, can be reassured... The next generation is assured.

(published in Ouest-France, June 30, 2009)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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