Day 2 – our discussions are getting on deeper level. Today‘s topic was why many Europeans lost connection to Europe. We‘ve saw and heard how European identity is being defined by philosopher Jürgen Habermas, how many people feel European in Europe and which factors determine your identity. It was hard to give a clear picture about that topic though as identity is a personal and individual matter at the end. This is going to be a tough topic.
We had many questions to each other about European identity. What do we want to be? How can the differences of cultures and the diversity along with it fit in political decision making in Europe? For what reasons would we even need such a European identity? We saw that we value Europe for it‘s benefits in easy travels, in having friends across Europe, in mutual peace for a historical long period of time. We also figured that many people might have reasons to not feeling fully connected to it – it might be a feeling of losing natural sovereignty in the home country, or just not knowing at all how they could relate on Europe. Everyone of us has it‘s own story and different reasons or memories that makes us feel European.
At the end, we came to the conclusion that we care about our European identity and think it‘s important to hold on it – not only for today, but also for the future. It is hard for us to put our European identity into words, but we know that we do feel that connection and we know that we are proud to be European.