November 2nd, 2011
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Editor's note: As world leaders gather in Cannes for the G-20 summit, CNN's Diana Magnay and Phil Han are traveling around Europe this week to talk to European youths about the economic crisis.

Munich, Germany (CNN) - What a start to our roadtrip! We couldn't have hoped for a more articulate, engaged group of students to join us at the Zeitgeist cafe in Munich. A conversation that went on long after our little filming session was over.

A big thank you to Felix Hesse, Birgit Biehler, Ole Foerster, Chris Menig and Michael Grossman for sharing your views. Here's what you had to say:

On the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou's decision to call a referendum:  “We're all dependent now on the decision of the Greek people. And that's dangerous; people think in their national interest first before they think European. And that's not necessarily a good thing.”

All of you said the problems of the eurozone were a discussion point amongst your peers but that everything was so complex that it was “difficult to join the dots.”

“We're the generation who're going to have to pay so we should be more informed and involved." That said, you felt your Chancellor was doing a good job, maybe not on the domestic front but on the euro. “She's a brave European woman who's also trying to do her best for Germany.”

For you, keeping the euro and keeping Greece in the eurozone was paramount. “The best thing for Germany is to save the euro. If we let Greece down, we'll be totally lost – the euro will fall.”

But other European countries had to change cultural habits like their savings and expenditure to make the euro work. "We need to iron out cultural borders to make a strict system for the euro."

Phil and I head to Milan tomorrow. We're hoping to iron out our technical problems, work out why our internet plug-and-go stick won't plug and go, see if we can't film our townhall in daylight and eat less revolting service station food.

Music en route: Coldplay's new album, JLS and Jackson 5. All Phil's choices. I'd never heard of JLS, he'd never heard of The XX.

Sweepstake from you on how long it'll take to get to Milan? You'll win ... Um, we'll work it out en route.

And COME JOIN US if you're in Milan on Wednesday afternoon and want to share your views on the mess Europe's in and what you'd like to see done about it.

Here's our schedule, if we can manage the mammoth drive.

Wednesday November 2: Milan, Italy

Thursday November 3: Marseille, France

Friday November 4: Barcelona, Spain.

If you live in any of these cities and want to come and meet up with us, please send me an e-mail at or reach out to me via Twitter @PhilHanCNN.

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  1. hypocriet

    Greece is the only democraty left they ask the people the rest asks there wallet

    November 2, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  2. john azi

    is cnn finding it difficult to add nigeria on there visiting list? the issue of nigeria is something else... the cnn group should come, pls!come

    November 2, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  3. Mann

    I am sick of Germany using hard earned German money to bail out Greece.

    November 2, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  4. Achilles

    Greece financial crisis is like a black hole for the European economy as closer you get the further you fall. I believe is the right moment for the European politics to wake up from the delussion of saving Grecce, because that's the death sentence for the Eurozone.

    November 2, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  5. Deichkind

    How about traveling around more of Germany instead of just Munich! It is situated in Bavaria the CDU/CSU stronghold, automatically different than every other province. Very underdeveloped journalism CNN. Travel a week around Germany interviewing young people and then maybe you can get a real opinion, same with France. Then do the same thing but with countries affected negatively by the economy, i.e. Italy and Spain. This is not informative it is just something to put on the website.

    November 2, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  6. FettesBrot

    I agree with Deichkind.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  7. Dagobert II

    Diversity versus uniformity – there are advantages and disadvantages to each. In trying to "iron our the cultural differences" between members of the EU there is the danger of creating a vast field of monotony where the failure of one is the failure of all, rather like a genetically engineered crop that is vulnerable to being wiped out by a single disease. Good for the Greeks for considering the will of the Greek people. No matter what the 'leaders' decide, it will not work if the people do not support it. In case the 'leaders' do not realize it, that goes for all the other EU nations as well. As Deichkind points out, the will of a few folks in Munich may not be the will of the rest of the German people.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  8. Jestlander

    I think CNN should walk around in Estonia too. Here, there is realllllly no money left for locals. So it feels kind of good to send some country out of the eurozone who has totally f...d with the rules and statistics of getting into euro in the first place.

    So far Estonia has paid a huge load of our somewhat wealth to qualify with the inflation, depth and other rules of euro. Therefore we have lost jobs, wages and cash money circulating in country's economy etc. And we do not have much left for the next decline!!

    We would like to see other countries keep up with the same rules or just announce that everybody can do as Argentine did a decade ago.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  9. Chris

    I am a german and I think papandreou is right to ask greeks before forcing austerity down their throat. the EU troika, merkel and sarkozy should know this. EU policy of this scope must be based more firmly on a democratic footing. but papandreou should have said so earlier, now it is a bit late and he just looks like a spineless lowling not keeping his part of the agreement. he also shows no respect for his political partners in the EU who have risked their career.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  10. @hypocriet

    You are insane. And need to learn English.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm |

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