Kim Sarah Mojecki
I am a bohamian girl, who lived in London, Paris and New York. I have a Polish husband and a Christian-Jewish background. For me it is hard to understand why there are so many separation tendencies in Europe nowadays. It hurts to imagine a future with divided Europe. This is why I love our project: We will take a close look at different countries and problems and in the end it is hopefully not only good journalism but maybe we will make a difference. I am happy to work from Berlin, one of the most European cities. I will keep you posted on Facebook, Twitter and our homepage what our teams experience on their travels.
For me, Europe is more than just a union of states. It’s the base for our generation to live in peace. That’s why I’m worried about a possible exit of Great Britain from the EU. It could be the start of a trend that effectively leads to the collapse of the European Union in the future – and endanger today’s peace. I’m in the Berlin-Team at #gensep and take care of our homepage and the different channels.
For once, we have the possibility to travel through Europe, to investigate and experience great stories – and I stay in Berlin. Unsurprisingly, many people ask me about the reason why. But somebody has to look after filling our homepage with content. And I make sure that this happens in a relaxed way and that the team in Berlin keeps cool. This project will be stressful for both the travellers and the team in Berlin. But this stress should not weaken our performance. And I can travel Europe when I go on holidays in 2015 – even without the great stories…
I used to spend summer after summer with my family in the South of Italy. I was enjoying the delicious food and the benefits of having the German Mark as a stable currency in exchange to Lire. I didn’t pay much attention to the economic situation in the country I spent my vacation in. But today, more and more countries in Europe are experiencing economic difficulties. Now I’m asking myself: how has the economic crisis changed those countries and the people? I’m looking forward to travel to Italy, Greece and Slovenia, to discover this development myself.
Thanks to my parents I had the chance to travel through many different countries in Europe during my childhood. Going to these countries on our continent, was as normal as going to the supermarket. Guess what, back in the days I did not think about the long way my ancestors had to go to make this possible.
And I also did not really deal with the people, their cultures and their problems. Years later I’m not a kid and not a tourist anymore. This time I want to go to Europe with eyes wide open. Being susceptible for the „real” Europe.
Europe has always been a promise to me. A promise to travel and to discover. I have friends from all over the continent and it feels like we are from the same place: we have similar values, dreams and English as our common language. But lately my beloved Europe has changed. There is a real war, right inside the continent. My friends are worried about their future and have to search for jobs far away from their families. I look at the Generation Separation under the aspect of the economic crisis. I want to understand why there is no more work for young, qualified Europeans and why governments seem incapable of doing something about it.
Europe has allowed me to grow up without borders. None in my mind – and certainly none during my journeys. I have never experienced discrimination. Nowhere. Some of the people in the countries, from which I report, did and do. They are oppressed and unprivileged – they feel the hate. For that, they do not even have to leave their country: it is happening to them day through day in front of their doorstep. I want to talk to them – and try to find out: Is there any value left in the European idea?
I do not only feel as a German, but rather as a citizen of the European Union. But to be honest: There is a lot of stuff going on in Europe that I simply don’t understand. For example: Why do hundreds of thousands inhabitants of Latvia still have a passport with the status „Alien“ written in it? Why is Hungary turning to nationalism and extremism more and more? And why did so many Romanians whom I called for our investigation answer my recent telephone calls in fluent German? I have a lot of questions but I’m tired of only reading about these countries. So I’m excited to see for myself what is really happening out there.
When I was a child, my family and I travelled through whole Europe with our caravan. Whether Spain, Italy or France: whenever we arrived on a new campsite in a new country, I soon made friends with the neighbour’s children. No matter what sort of language they spoke: I somehow learned to understand it quickly. And when children play, they don’t need many words anyway. Boundaries didn’t exist. On the contrary: Exchanging German Marks for Italian Lire always was like a happening. The Italians seemed to have so much more money – awesome! The only region we never visited was Eastern Europe. So I’m even more excited to travel to Latvia, Hungary and Romania – regions I didn’t get to see while camping with my parents.
In the last 28 years, I always had the feeling to benefit from Europe and its proclaimed values. Not knowing any limits of movement, I had an Erasmus stay in Madrid. Not knowing any boarders, I decided within five minutes to travel across Eastern Europe two years ago. “Where are you from?” has been the icebreaker to me when I was abroad. Whereas for others, it is the essential question in their daily lives. This is why I want to take a closer look at ethnical tensions in divided European cities – because what is the value of an universal idea, if it does not include your neighbour?
I am a very curious person by nature, which I believe is one of the most important characteristics of a journalist. I feel blessed for being able to write about what’s going on in the world and at the same time broaden my personal horizon with each topic and story I cover. As a tourist, I’ve always had a great time travelling through Europe. Therefore I’m excited about the opportunity to do the same as a journalist. Since I have never been to Cyprus or the Kosovo, I’m looking forward to exploring new places, meeting great people and coming back with new impressions.
First of all I’m looking forward to travel. Cyprus, Kosovo, Croatia – what an amazing trip! Europe was the destination of our annual summer holidays with the family. To me, Europe means the Champions League, it means not thinking of crossing borders, it means having so many different cultures just a few hours away. So far, so fantastic! And what does Europe mean politically? I’m sure the European Union is a great idea with a lot of positive output – but in the end it seems like a huge, confusing, bureaucratic monster. Who is taking which decision? The EU has to be aware of not lacking democracy.
My American and Australian friends envy me for all the different countries I can visit within a few hours. So many different languages and cultures sharing one small continent – that is the essence of Europe to me.
Our team will meet protagonists of separation conflicts in Catalonia, the Basque country and Belgium. My anticipation of our journey is rising with every day, because I have never been to any of the countries we will travel to.
The possible separation of a region from its country is a fascinating topic to me, because I grew up believing I would never see the borders of Europe change.
Europe to me means freedom. I love to travel without borders. But there are still borders in peoples’ minds. My question is: why? On my route about the pursuit of independence I will talk to people who want to separate themselves. Is it only about money? Or is the uniqueness of their culture the reason why? I would like to understand the different points of view. In our society I miss the attitude to stand up for your right. So maybe the people of Catalonia, who demonstrate for their independence in order to live peacefully as a nation, could be role models instead of being considered as bad examples.
I grew up as a person with two different cultural backgrounds and I always thought about how to define my own identity. Some said I’m more Turkish, because of my surname or the way I look. Others said, I’m clearly a German because I was born and raised here. I figured: I rather consider myself being an European. Someone who lives in between different cultures and in an open-minded society that allows you to be who ever you want to be. Some people grow up in communities, where the definition of their identities seems clear from the beginning. But in order to really act out their identity they seek to obtain their own state. Such is the case for the Catalans, who used to be independent from Spain and want to gain their independence back. I’m curious if we can find out during our trip, if separatist tendencies endanger or enrich Europe.
13 European countries within three weeks – I have already done trips like that. Not in my function as a journalist, but as a musician. In a minimum of time I got to know Europe as a continent with open arms, interesting characters and remarkable entities. So, why do more and more young people cross their arms, keep their entities for themselves and don’t interact with each other. Right-wing populism is some kind of a new trend, which needs to be analysed – in three countries, within seven days. This time: as a journalist.
It’s me, Mario! I’m from a small country in Europe that loves to be all by itself, with all of its money. Switzerland. My dear, why don’t you want be part of a community such as the European Union? It won’t make you weaker, it won`t make you poor. Maybe I do you wrong. Because a lot of European countries try to follow your lonesome path. So in the end, only two things matter.
Merhaba, my name is Metin Gülmen and I am 26 years old. My parents are from Turkey, but I was born in Germany. When I was younger, we drove to their home country almost every summer by car. Nations like Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria are therefore quite familiar to me. In addition, I really enjoyed crossing the different borders without long nerve-wracking controls at the border points. This feeling of real freedom is amazing and in my view a great possibility to move boundless through our continent. That is my comprehension of Europe.