November 2nd, 2011
05:28 AM GMT
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.”
“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 Phil.Han@cnn.com or reach out to me via Twitter @PhilHanCNN.
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