Keeping Europe together
Germany is one of the founding European Union member states and even in difficult times supports European cohesion.
Ever had enough of Europe? No way. Europe comes together on the Open Day in Germany’s Foreign Office with music from all over the continent, cakes and plenty of room for creative ideas as well as critical questions.
The citizens’ initiative Pulse of Europe is committed to fighting for the European community. People are already taking to the streets in around 20 cities – and the numbers are increasing all the time.
In 1992 Nadine Didier-Mantovani met her husband during an Erasmus semester in Italy and decided to stay. She tells us how she found a new home abroad and what Europeans can learn from each other.
The success achieved by the pro-European demonstrations has surprised even the organisers at “Pulse of Europe”. Founder Daniel Röder explains why it is worth getting behind Europe.
Johannes Trommer is a 35-year-old mentor from Jena who helps international Erasmus students in Germany. He says: “It’s best to experience for yourself that everyone benefits from an open Europe.”
German is still one of the most important European languages. For the 14-year-old Elisa Lena from Brussels, German is one of four languages that she speaks and uses quite naturally on a daily basis.
Germany is more popular than ever among students from all over the world: International diversity shapes the face of life and learning in the universities. About every second foreign student comes from Europe.
Thomas John and Johannes Rosenberger travelled 4,700 kilometres across the EU on four weekends – to promote a Europe without borders. On the way they were able to inspire lots of people to support their idea.
Two Berliners want to enable all young Europeans to travel around Europe by train free of charge and to arouse their enthusiasm for the European idea. Their plan could now become reality.