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“Unity in Diversity” has been the motto of the European Union since 2000. Europe and the European project stand for freedom, peace and solidarity among nations – and for a community based on tolerance and interest in one another on the part of many different cultures, traditions and languages, whose preservation is the responsibility of all. Nevertheless, current debates reveal that the project of a united Europe cannot be taken for granted. Can the European project prevail in the future? And how can policy and culture fill it with new life?

Artists and academics, publicists and protagonists from public life, will all take positions on Europe’s present and future – in background analyses, dialogues and visions. 

Wishes for Europe

#mywishforeurope

2017 is Europe’s super election year: elections have been or will be held in many countries – and the debates show that each election is also a vote on Europe itself. We have asked people in and outside of Europe: what do you wish for Europe in 2017? We sent their wishes out into the world under #mywishforeurope – on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

We present our twelve favourite wishes here at goethe.de:

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Mia, 20, and Ziena, 19, from Copenhagen (Denmark):
We wish for more openness and less racism.

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GI_RIGA on TWITTER

Kathrin, 23, from Riga (Latvia):
I wish that Europe keeps on consolidating and that people can continue to travel everywhere hassle-free. 

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Nikos, 46, from Athens (Greece):
I wish for Europe more happy faces and less social injustice. 

#mywishforeurope - Ben © Goethe-Institut London/Photo: Sinah Grotefels

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GI_London1 on Twitter

Ben, 20, from London (United Kingdom):
I wish for a greener future.
 

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Anabel, 34, from Argentina:
I wish the countries of the European Union would join forces to improve peace, progress and human rights.

#mywishforeurope - Jules © Goethe-Institut/Photo: Laura Schellhaas

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Jules, 18, from Belgium:
I wish for a united Europe with the common goal of creating a world-wide environment of cooperation and love.

#mywishforeurope - Julio © Goethe-Institut Madrid/Photo: Davit Ruiz

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GIMADRID on TWITTER

Julio from Madrid (Spain):
I wish that all Europeans work hand in hand and support each other. It's better together. 

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GI_GLASGOW on TWITTER

Mary, 73, from ​Glasgow (United Kingdom):
We need the strength and the wisdom to deal with any barriers to joy and peace.

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Claudia, 56 and Andreas, 62, from Munich (Germany):
We wish for peace with pepper: It’s fine to argue, but basically we should stick together.

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Sabrina, 30, from Wellington (New Zealand):
My wish for Europe is that all European nations work actively to support the refugees rather than dumping it on other countries.

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Yunyun from Washington D.C. (USA):
Go EU! I wish more people learn different languages and communicate happily.

#mywishforeurope - Twan und Iza © Michel van Es

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Twan, 20 (left), from Amsterdam (The Netherlands):
My wish for Europe is to get the youth more involved in the European politics.
Iza, 19 (right), from Amsterdam (The Netherlands):
I wish for a Europe for all of us.
 

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