by Michela Turrina
To us, travelling around Europe, booking a train ticket for a city close by or for a city at the other side of Europe is equally easy: just a couple of clicks. However, it has not always been like that. Nowadays, we can enjoy this easy way of travelling thanks to the Schengen agreement. Such agreement is considered one of the hugest successes of European integration, second only to the long lasting peace that the continent is witnessing since 1945.
This word is almost common fashion in Europe — the union of values. The word is so to say the ethical and moral foundation of what unites us. Among the principles are human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law as well as human and minority rights.
Today I was in the mood for another cup of coffee. Soon I was talking to a young guy next to me. “What does the word “Europe” mean to you?”, I asked. “To be honest”, he answered, “I do not quite get the concept. I mean thinking of Europe I see bureaucracy, unnecessary regulation, lack of transparency. It’s not even that this is my opinion”, he added, “but I do not really know anything about it. And to search the internet for long explanations — I neither feel like doing that, nor have time for it.”
These days the Treaties of Rome celebrate their 60th birthday. Pretty old! But luckily with seven enlargement rounds and six treaty revisions there were quite some refreshers for the European Union. Time to decide where one wants to go the Commission thought and published a white paper on the future of the European Union. Why this may sound technical, but should be of interest to all of us, you will read here.
“Having something in common” does not mean “being the same”. This is the more true for Paris and Berlin: Both cities have a lot in common. They are global players, defining themselves over art and culture, economy and politics. In these cities dreams are being born and sometimes materialize. At the same time these places symbolize a dream for many people: To visit the city or even live in it is a dream many people share.
A purely fictional interview with someone, whose ideas continue to live.
..often ask yourself how people can know what you are thinking — although they haven’t talked to you? This is why I went out to talk to some people just on the street and asked them their opinion on Europe. Today: Marie and Gabriele.