Playing a Role in a Model

IMG_0458Taking part in a simulation like the MEU Vienna requires, according to some participants, “much more than preparation.” We asked some of you, how you prepared yourself for this simulation.

Nicolas Herrero Folley (from Spain), the Faction Leader for ALDE in the European Parliament, is interested in International Law and previously attended the Model United Nations in Oviedo. He gathered information about the parliamentary group he is representing, and researched about economy and the current government.

“At the beginning you are nervous because you think others might know more than you about the topics. During the event you share knowledge, ask each other, and you learn certain aspects that you didn’t consider before.”

“When you are unsure about the position that your party would take, you bring your personal point of view. – Of course

Sabrina Iannazzone (from Italy) representing EFD UK:

“I attended a MUN conference and a MEU conference before and would like to work as a MEP in the future. I am studying International Relations and had an exam on Frontex and the rights of migrants so I didn’t have to prepare a lot for the conference. What I find difficult: that I have to represent a right-wing Eurosceptic party and not my opinion, which is to the contrary. But I watched YouTube videos and read interviews on the party’s website to prepare. And I am enjoying the game.”

Andrei Constantin (from Romania) representing Italy as Member of the Council; finished his bachelor in Politics and is doing a Master in Law. From his experience at MEU Strasbourg, Model NATO Youth Summit and WorldMUN, he takes his roles serious enough to wear sunglasses to the sessions, says ciao bella and acts like a real Italian. As if he was born in the fashion capital Milano, he has become a trendsetter: you just need to count the people wearing sunglasses today.

He recommends to play a different role in every event. “I would like to work in the EU institutions. I have taken part in several events. In every event you gain confidence. The participants that come for the first time are usually shy to share their positions.The best part is learning by doing: playing your role, participating in the debates, defending your position.”

Sara Stjepanović (from Austria) representing ALDE UK:

“It’s the first time I am taking part in such a simulation, so I wasn’t familiar with how it works. I had university exams until Tuesday, so I didn’t have a whole lot of time to prepare; what I did was watching YouTube videos of real EMPs from the faction I am representing. My personal opinion is different but playing another role is not that hard. I go with the saying: Know your enemy better than yourself.”

Benedetta La Sala (from Italy) representing ECR UK studies Translation and Interpretation.

“It is interesting to meet people from different backgrounds and learn more about politics.  I sometimes feel unprepared, because it is not my field of studies. However, I can bring a different perspective.”

 by Lidia Zabala de la Fuente

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