European Union politics come to life for Portsmouth pupils

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BANKING crises and Arab uprisings were hot topics for debate for two students who travelled to London to take part in a mock council of the European Union.

Anna Bazley and Claire Stephens, both 17, from Portsmouth Grammar School, joined students from 27 secondary schools and colleges across England to debate and make decisions on the hot political issues of the day.

The pair represented The Netherlands and prepared for the occasion with an afternoon spent at the Dutch Embassy, where they met the Dutch ambassador and even learnt a few phrases of Dutch.

Paul Gamble, head of French at the independent school, said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about the politics of the European Union.

‘I am very proud of the way they researched, debated and presented their case at the mock council.

‘I was particularly proud that our students took advantage of the simultaneous interpretation facilities to present some of their contributions in French.’

The event was organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council and the European Commission.