We share a common destiny and the past

“Being European… what does this mean, to you?”… a long pause follows, alluding to the challenge of grasping this stupendous question. In search of lucidity, Cecilies initial focus concerns unity, transcending nationality. “I think it means feeling part of a larger community, other than just our little Denmark. And probably it means feeling stronger as well, through our union with larger and more influential nations. Also, even though our European nations have very different histories, we share a common destiny in what is certainly an unnerving collective past, albeit an exciting heritage. And I think we define ourselves by our ancient cultures. It think this has great meaning in the way we perceive ourselves. It also might make us proud”. Fixating on the personal experience of feeling distinctively European, Cecilie finds that specific connection when traveling outside the EU. However the sizeable European Union also echoes negatively, as she feels overwhelmed by decisions, rules and regulations that affect her and those around her, and which are designed and born, out of her reach.