Nav 1-1: This cartoon tells us

Length Browsing: 15 minutes Reporting: 25 minutes
  • To gain insight into historic events that shaped European integration through cartoons.
  • To familiarize yourself with the European Navigator website, a multimedia tool on the history of European Integration.
Introduction Cartoons are a good way to get a better feel for the sentiment that surrounded major steps in European integration. In this exercise you will select a cartoon from a significant moment and analyze it.
  • Go to the website of CVCE and search the keyword: cartoon. (If desired, you can access the page in English, German and French.)
  • Search for a cartoon that reflects on an episode in European integration and copy it in the answering screen.
  • Briefly annotate the cartoon by describing the context and reflecting upon the message the cartoonist tried to convey.  Are their features that make the cartoon very time-specific? Are there parallels with today’s politics and debates in the EU?

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