Friday, June 24, 2016

Consequences of the Referendum

This is probably the saddest day for me personally as a young European... I grew up with nothing but a feeling of unity. It was always clear to me, that Europe was one in spirit, with all the differences still to embrace.
The vote of the British people feels like a slap in the face. It feels like me and many of my European friends have been betrayed by fear. It's not about not recognising the legitimacy of the British people's vote but about recognising that this is really how they feel.
For the first time since I was born, Europe does not feel quite right. Something has broken and who knows how long it'll take to heal. It is a victory of fear over a vision. A vision of an ever closer union, which felt so right, so very natural to me. Maybe I'm one of the few who felt like this, but here I stand. United with those who share this idea, across counties and hopefully still across newly founded borders.
For those people who fought to remain in the EU I could not feel more sad. You have my deepest respect and I am hoping you will be fine wherever this journey will lead you; will lead us. There will always be people in Europe who will welcome every single one of you with open arms.

May what unites us be stronger than what tries only to divide.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Brexit or Stronger In?

Hello my fellow readers,

it has been too long. I've spend most of last year finishing my degree, and after graduating (yes, I did finally graduate) I had to move for my job. I am currently living in Cologne while doing a graduate programme at a Fortune 500 company. Travelling is part of my job now, and it is so to an extend where being at home becomes a rarity. This however is not what I want to write about today. I will gladly write more about the people I have had the pleasure of meeting during my many travels in the last couple of months and about the experiences I have made. Today I want to write about something that is close to my heart, maybe closer than it should be.

The upcoming referendum in the UK - the Brexit.