Generation What – Europe – EUR

Generation What – Europe – EUR


Do you feel European? Yes I do. Yes. Yes, very much. I do, definitely. I have smoked cigarettes. -And you like a French baguette!
-I do like a baguette, yeah! No, I’m Welsh. I don’t feel European,
I feel Belgian. I feel European, yes.. I pay with Euros and all. But I don’t know if there really is
a European identity. I really become aware of that when I’m on a continent other than Europe… then I feel European. And there’s that Schengen Agreement
where you basically only need your passport to travel to other countries.
That’s when you definitely feel you’re in Europe. It’s not the same thing to travel inside Europe.
I really do feel European. My father is Portuguese,
my grandparents Polish, I myself had the French nationality,
but have been naturalised as Luxembourger. So yes, I feel European. I feel European, with the characteristics
of my own private roots. Balkan-European. Balkan-Oriental-European. I suppose I do feel European… …but maybe that’s just because I know
we’re part of Europe. I mean what does it
actually feel to be European? I mean what does it
actually feel to be European? I mean what does it
actually feel to be European? I mean what does it
actually feel to be European? Apart from open borders,
what’s Europe? -No, I feel I am a human being.
I know it sounds a bit woolly. There is absolutely nothing
that makes me feel European. There is no… If it would be like
‘all Europeans wear the same shoes’ or ‘all Europeans love hip-hop’
or we’re all jazz lovers, or… -…then I would feel European, but no.
-No. Do you feel you’re a part of your city,
your area, your country… of Europe, or the world? Hmm. Well spontaneously I’d say the world. I feel like a citizen of the world,
because I traveled a lot… … and even because of the internet. I’m a citizen of the world.
No Europe. Yeah, more ‘Europe’, I guess. With globalisation and education… …people in different countries don’t
seem like “aliens”. They’re just other people with other
lives and other families. Country? Yeah, country. Because Europe is almost… It’s too big , yeah. There is such
a strong nationality to being Irish. I feel German.
I see myself as a German. I speak German. I think German. Like where punctuality’s concerned and such.
So, German values anyway. We don’t know enough
about the world to call ourselves world citizens,
but Europe… In that case, I don’t know
enough about Europe either, so I feel mostly part of… …Maaseik. (Belgium city)
– Yes. Oh la la! Of a village, in my case. It is most tangible for me, because of people and places I know, and because of experiences I made there. There is necessarily the geographic feeling. -So ‘your city/region’ is the logical answer.
-Yes. I see myself like in that Asterix movie, there is this big planet and then you zoom into the little village. I am at home there, for the most part. But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel part of the whole world. It is a modular system of some sort. What do you think about
nationalism in Europe? It is increasing and I think
it is a negative evolution. it is increasing and I think
it is a positive evolution. or I don’t find that nationalism is increasing. I don’t think nationalism is on the rise… -I don’t really feel any.
-Me neither. I don’t really see a growth in it. But that could just be me not paying
attention to the news. There has been a massive upsurge of… …nationalist politics. Places like France and England. Places that are defining themselves as
anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant… …on the rise again. And I think it is a negative evolution, because
it’s growing based on people’s fears. There’s not only nationalism.
There’s hint of populism, fascism.. The fear of ‘the Other’,
‘the Unknown’, ‘the immigrants’. And they scare the people
into believing that… …there is a problem with immigrants,
or with crime and immigrants. It is actually a problem
of integrating them correctly, rather than just blaming them
for the problems of society. I clearly link immigration
and insecurity together. I think it is increasing and
it is not really positive. It’s spreading,
but I think it’s a positive phenomenon. Absolutely I see a growth in nationalism. I think it’s nefarious. I think it’s wrong. I’ll always look out for my people first, if we’re doing fine,
then we can help others. But firstly, things should
work out for us if there was a problem. “Hitler’s back. Nazism’s back.” No. It’s just that people… …don’t want the World
to be a giant hotel! It’s spreading rapidly, and I feel it’s against
the concept of European Union itself. Personally I know
a lot of Turkish guys… who jump on the nationalist bandwagon
and promote Turkey, Morocco, or Surinam. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because
they’re missing something. Or it could have this underlying meaning,
having this country from your past. You start to want to belong there,
because that’s all you have. If you’re Dutch from Dutch parents,
that’s all you have. I guess that makes you
a bit more level-headed. Being patriotic isn’t bad at all, I think it’s great. But nationalism is… bad, always. No. ‘Keeping Britain British’ and all that is
just bollocks. It means nothing. And especially Irish people saying it! -There’s an anti-Islamic party being set up.
-Of course there is! And it’s just like, Fuck off! We’re from North Africa or Europe
anyway, as Irish people. Or we’re Normans or Vikings. Or Beakerfolk. It doesn’t mean anything. Fuck nationalism. -Happy to go onto the next one?
Got that out of your system? -Yeah. Luxembourg should leave the European Union.
I agree. I disagree. I don’t care Disagree. Disagree. France should leave the EU.
I agree. …Yes I agree! Yep! No it shouldn’t. Are they crazy? -Belgium has always been part of Europe.
-Belgium is even capital. -Brussels is the capital of Europe.
-Yes, this is it. -We’re a founding member
along with Germany, if we leave.. -If we leave,
everything collapses! If Germany leaves the EU,
the EU will go down the drain. France has nothing to offer. England wants
to leave, too. Germany is the driving force. Politically speaking, Germany rules the EU. It’s because of german policy that
Greece is declining. Greece should stay and have it good,
like the other Europeans. Not stay and be treated
as a second class member. What happens then, you just let the South
have it miserably? Have a ‘second class South’? I think Italy is already a step behind
other European countries… … and leaving the EU
would bring us back to the stone age. Europe should just stop working for Germany. -I agree.
-Me too. We can use some grants but I feel that it’s hurting
us more than helping us. As a farmer, I disagree with that…. because there is a lot of support
which comes for Welsh farmers, and to agriculture across the United Kingdom. Obviously being part of the EU
helps the country. I mean if you went out on your
own you’re on your own. I mean if you went out on your
own you’re on your own. I mean if you went out on your
own you’re on your own. I don’t want to go back to having a limited world view… we worked so hard on that… and I’m scared of losing our achievements. To whom should we open our borders?
To everyone. To refugees from war zones. To immigrants from
developed countries. To immigrants from
developing countries. To educated people
from the whole world. According to the quotas based
on their job and their origin. To no one. Difficult question. -It’s a hard one. -Tough. The priority should be
given to refugees from war zones. -For people in war zones.
-Yes, I agree. Because to be honest, if there
would be a war here, we’d leave too. If there was a war in your country,
if your family and friends were killed, what would you do,
stay there? It’s normal, I’d leave immediately. It’s like when the Warsaw Pact
armies invaded us in 1968. We also fled
and the world was open to us. But I don’t know if
Europe can save everyone. We can’t take everyone in… and then… What are we going to do? It’s important not to have
too many come to the country, to give opportunities for people
who live in the country to get jobs. Everyone, to a certain extent. If we say for everyone,
then really everyone will come. I’ve been to Rwanda a few times. People there are fine where they are. If we open our borders, they won’t
suddenly all decide to come over. So I think those fears are,
first of all, unfounded. And secondly,
we still have a lot to offer. There is plenty of space,
there are many empty buildings, There’s plenty of money that
we can’t get to, but it’s there. So I can’t see why
we shouldn’t show solidarity. I think it’s absurd and one of
the biggest disgraces of this era. A hundred years from now,
they’ll say it was a disgrace that hundreds of people are now
drowning at sea and we are saying: “Fuck you, our lives aren’t
good enough yet, go away.” That is…

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