I came up with this blog, because I wanted to do something cool about the European Union. In Germany, there are a lot of talk shows. I mean A LOT. Whenever the topic in one of these manifold shows is the European Union, or the Euro, I witness mostly old men talking about whether we need the Euro, need the European Union. They argue how the European project is bound to fail, how without one common language it will not be possible to communicate, the list goes on, and on.
To me, the European Union has always been a fact. I have friends all over Europe who speak several languages, live in other countries than they were born in and are used to moving around the continent for a new job or a university degree. The EU is far from perfect. But, and at risk of painting a biased picture, I wanted to interview young Europeans that promote the European idea, and engage in getting people to vote in the European elections in May.
These interviews appear on “hungry for EUROPE”.
If you really want to know about my identity, I guess I would say I am European. As corny as that sounds. I grew up in Bavaria and went on student exchanges to New Zealand the States. I know that’s not very European, but, to quote one very wise man whom I was to meet later on: “Sometimes it is good to also get a perspective outside of Europe, on Europe.” So I did. In New Zealand I was asked whether Hitler was still alive (I’m not kidding) and in the States I learned that no one really cares about Europe. Lessons learned: As Germans, we still needed to work on our PR and as Europeans we should be less egocentric.
Back in Europe, I finished my Abitur (German A-levels) and started studying European Studies in Scotland with exchange semesters both to France and to Spain. After that I started my Master’s in politics and international relations in England, which I finished in Berlin. This is where I still live now, doing something at the interface of media and politics.
Germany meanwhile has learned to promote its capital, instead of being remembered for its history, but Europe is still as egocentric as ever. Maybe in a few years time, this will change…