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Europa - what now?Illustration: © Tobias Schrank

Europe – what now?

Crisis, Brexit, swing to the right: we mainly talk about the EU only when it’s burning. The European elections are a good opportunity to ask: What do we want from the EU? What could it still be? How do we want to shape it? Europe – what now?

Hey EU, here’s what I want! © Goethe-Institut/3PC

Hey EU, here’s what I want!

In May, Europeans will elect a new EU Parliament. A good reason to ask them: What does the EU mean to you? In your everyday life? What challenges is it facing? And what do you want from the EU?

Together rather than alone

What does the EU bring to our daily lives? In other words, what happens when a country no longer belongs to the EU? Answers from different perspectives – illustrated by illustrators from all over Europe.

About the author

Eric Bonse © private Eric Bonse is a freelance journalist and EU correspondent for “taz. die tageszeitung” and has been working in Brussels since 2004; previously he worked in Paris for seven years. He runs the blog “Lost in EUrope”.

At the end of 2018 he published his e-book “Der verhinderte Neustart – Ist die EU noch reformierbar?” (The Hindered New Start – Is the EU still reformable?).

#YouandEU – The European elections on Twitter

Freepost – a digital discourse

“A good European“: Stories on Europe

Eight European authors attempt a narrative exploration of the meaning of freedom for Europe. Their short stories reflect their different experiences and systemic influences.

A Good European

Here you will find all eight short stories as PDF (In English language):

Other projects

Heirlooms Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Heirlooms. European Stories

Cube sugar, cooperatives, postcards: these inventions and achievements not only originated in Europe but also through European exchange. We are collecting such European “heirlooms” – an tell their stories.

Freiraum © Goethe-Institut


“Freiraum” is a project of the Goethe-Instituts in Europe in cooperation with 53 actors from culture, science and civil society. Until March 2019, around 40 European cities will explore the issue: What is freedom in Europe today? Where is it endangered? How do we strengthen it? 

Eight students from the Ostkreuz School for Photography express their position on Brexit and give an insight into everyday life in Manchester © Uli Kaufmann

Brexit – A Photo Project
Eight Photographers, eight positions

How does one examine the issue of a country’s national identity from an external perspective? In this project of the Goethe-Institut UK eight students from the Ostkreuz School for Photography express their position on Brexit and give an insight into everyday life in Manchester.