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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.