We all are connected to one another. Through politics, economy, through friendships and interests we share. 

We just need to take a closer look.

Do you know this feeling?

A city, some­where in Europe. You know exactly that you have never been there before. And still, there is a fee­ling of knowing this place. Streets look the same, shops are simi­lar. People talk about the same topics. People meet, laugh, fight, dis­cuss.

Since years I have during tra­ve­ling and in encoun­ters thought how simi­lar we are. We share the same hopes and fears. We talk about the same the­mes — but we don’t rea­lize.

Discussions are almost the same — but we don’t realize! 

Why is this so? This ques­tion I have posed to ever­yone I tal­ked to. Three rea­sons became obvious:

  1. First and most important: Lan­guage. How can we under­stand dis­cus­sions in other coun­tries, if they are con­duc­ted in a dif­fe­rent lan­guage. Also the few Eng­lish spea­king media can­not over­come this pro­blem. Thus our deba­tes remain natio­nal inspire of being Euro­pean.
  2. We talk about one ano­t­her, not with one ano­t­her. This obser­va­tion is the direct con­se­quence. Our dis­cus­sions are always fil­te­red. We lack a medium on which which we can inter­act directly. A plat­form.
  3. We are simi­lar, yet dif­fe­rent.  A joke here isn’t a joke there. Cul­ture plays an important role. There are small, but strong dif­fe­ren­ces in our view on the world. Those can be seen, respec­ted, and we can even bene­fit from them!

Hence: A European blog!

Those thoughts I want to put tog­e­ther in this blog. I want to write about what unites us. This is also why this site is cal­led “in com­mon”. The­re­fore I talk to people, and hope­fully also you may share your thoughts on this site. Because this is what this blog is meant to be: A plat­form where we can exchange our thoughts on what unites us.

Second, I want to exp­lain Europe, to bring it a bit clo­ser to you. Under­stan­ding Europe has not­hing to do with sol­ving a com­pli­ca­ted mathe­ma­ti­cal equa­tion. It is about being open, lear­ning about some under­ly­ing struc­tures and being curious Europe is much simp­ler than you think!

Already in my stu­dies the topic of Europe has fasci­na­ted me. Later I stu­died in Bru­ges at the Col­lege of Europe, worked in Brussels for some years and now live in Ber­lin. Europe means to me mee­ting, dis­cus­sing and having the oppor­tu­nity to achieve things tog­e­ther, one would­n’t be able to do alone. I am again and again impres­sed by the open-min­ded­ness and the many pos­si­bi­li­ties Europe offers  — in con­trast to many pre­ju­di­ces.