There are many benefits to being in the EU, both political and economic. When you go to the polling stations on the 23rd of June, to vote in a referendum that could lead to your leaving the European Union, I’m sure you’ll have these taken into consideration. But I want to talk to you about the benefits that are particularly relevant to us at this particular point in our lives, the ones that fall under a different heading: Adventure. Right now, as I am about to leave school, I am ready to set out, and discover, and explore. I hope you will come with me.
About a year ago I had a dinner with a very bright colleague of mine from the investment bank where I served as an intern. Initially our conversation was quite enjoyable and ranged from physics and mathematics to politics and philosophy. However, there was a topic that noticeably struck a chord with both of us and it was the legitimacy and importance of climate change.
As a twenty-first century global citizen, I cannot complain about globalization. Now let’s focus on the key-word “global”: What does it really mean? Is it a good phenomenon or a prejudicial one? Will my children call themselves “global citizens” as well? It is innate to human nature to highlight the pros and ignore the cons in every situation. However, I believe this time we need to be extremely careful with the neglected consequences of a globalized world.
This is the story of Zerina Karup. She came to Ireland as a refugee when she was a baby. She is now studying Development Practice at the Trinity College Dublin. This summer she will be in Kenya for three month with the United Nations World Food programme to do research for her dissertation on the socio-economic impact of home-grown school feeding programmes. Her story underlines the importance of support systems for refugees. They allow people to thrive. They allow refugees to achieve their full potential, grow as people, and give back. It is a long-term investment.
As a Belgian living abroad, I was often asked about the state of alert in Brussels and many individuals who were eager to discuss the issue with me had narratives similar to those proposed by the media. This prompted me to read news articles on the subject and talk to my parents and relatives living in Brussels. It brought me to the following conclusion: while these allegations may have some truth to them, it is important for people to carefully analyze the context of the situation before making assumptions about the gravity of the situation in Brussels, and particularly Molenbeek.
A few famous, populistic, politicians say we have to overthink our own Western Norms and Values and protect them first, instead of just taking everyone. Even though they see norms and values, which are normal to us, in another way. So, my question, what are these norms and values exactly?