It seems to be far away, but the spirit that animated the idea of creating the European Union in order to peacefully overcome differences among people and countries was very alive in programs such as Erasmus, and it needs to be reinforced.
Yes, we need to renew our faith in the European Project. I am convinced that it has transformed my life for the better and the lives of so many people who, like me, have moved from their countries as well. It enlarged and enriched my perspective of the different countries, by making me become more understanding of differences and helping me to avoid prejudice towards people who do not think, feel or act like me. At present, I collaborate daily, as a volunteer, in an association engaged in the reception and integration of immigrants.
Nevertheless, the answer the European leaders have given to the refugees’ crisis does not show the face Europe used to display in the international arena defending the human rights and social issues. It´s time to raise one´s voice, as European citizens: What has happened to the spirit of friendship and companionship? What has happened to the respect of the international human rights conventions? It´s time to raise one’s voice again for the Europe of people, the Europe of solidarity!