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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds It’s so hard define. I mean I haven’t thought about it, actually, that much. Because I live in it, so it just comes naturally. Europe can be defined in many ways. A very vulnerable idea. For me, it is a continent. Europe is a– continent? Europe is a continent. Except for the continent, a collection of countries working together. It’s a group of countries and it’s a continent. A semi-continent. Geographically Europe, is from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural. I don’t know, it kind of feels like we’re closer to each other in Europe but– It’s just being part of something bigger. I think– I think about it as my home. It’s kind of my home. Home.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 seconds It’s where I can feel somewhat at home. Europe, for me, is really home. Sometimes, I think about it, as I said, geographically. And sometimes I think about it culturally. But for me, it’s more it’s my home. A group of countries in which I feel at home. It’s– I guess a sense of home. It is a cradle of culture, but it is not a centre of the world.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 seconds Collaboration of common history and values and understanding. What it has become is due to the flexibility and to the variation, and to a lot of coincidences. I mainly think about the classical tradition. Freedom, I would say. Diversity, human rights. Europe in the first place is a community that has a long history. So for me, Europe shares a common heritage, a common perspective of seeing things, of mentalities. Common set of values. It’s way more. It’s also a cultural concept. Very good food and tastes. Different– different kind of foods. It used to be just a continent. Now we, of course, associate more with Europe, for example, European Union.

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 seconds The movement that we see in Poland, Hungary today– That is very un-European like to me. It’s a composition of countries which collaborate politically and geographically. A partnership. In the Union– the European Union– all of them are a little bit brother, a little bit– a little bit friend. Conflicting interests.

Skip to 2 minutes and 55 seconds The European Union or something gives us responsibilities but also gives us freedom and a lot of opportunities for all the countries that form Europe. I do think European countries need each other. Looking at the refugee crisis, for example. Also with other issues.

Skip to 3 minutes and 21 seconds It’s a construction, I’d say.

Skip to 3 minutes and 25 seconds Like all borders.

Vox populi: what is Europe?

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