Wolfgang-Michael, 72, Germany
What makes you a European? And how does that show?
That I was born in Europe is pure coincidence. But being a European shows my aversion to patriotism, nationalism, chauvinism, racism, and any other form of narrow-mindedness.
I’m not a Stone Age person who identifies with his horde. I am not a man of antiquity with his tribal thinking. I am not a man of the Middle Ages, loyal to his king. I am not a human of the 19th or 20th century who identifies with his nation. I am a modern person. I am a human of this planet. And because it’s so damn big, I’m just a person of this continent. I am an European.
What would Europe in your imagination be / look like?
I wish for as long as I live, the “United Regions of Europe”. Or even better: “Régions unies de l’Europe”. National governments have to cede a large part of their competencies to the EU. But the EU is not Europe. Europeans help each other. Ergo, the idea of German financial equalization must be applied across Europe.
In addition, with the current practice of disposing of the biggest political failures to Brussels, it must be over once and for all. There belong only the best.
Can you describe one day in future europe?
Every day, the awakening is marked by the joy of not having to do a shit job because of the basic needs. Because there is now finally the unconditional basic income and therefore I can finally live my creativity and my real intension.
In the meantime, I enjoy living in capitalism, because Europe has realized that capitalism actually has enough potential to be a kind of Eden for a large part of humanity. You just have to remove the weeds on a regular basis … So I just read in the paper that the European government has frozen the assets of the billionaires, but they want to let them ten million. That should be enough.
And now I’m taking care of the three projects I’m participating in.
One is called “Drinking Water for Africa” and is in the process of building waterworks, supply lines and sewage treatment plants there.
The second project is called “White Roofs” and strives to increase the albedo again, so that less solar radiation is absorbed, but reflected back. A good way to stop the threat of climate change.
The third project is “Seagrass on Europe’s coasts”, because seagrass can take up to ten times more CO² than a forest of comparable area. Also a promising fight against climate change.
And so I meet regularly with many wonderful like-minded people from all over Europe.