There are a number of key moments in history that have not been fully or properly digested by our societies. These national and European points-of-pain – or taboos – are part of us, and influence our social and political reflections and actions. By not confronting our own histories and responsibilities, we risk falsifying our current relationships.
Some of these taboos are: the long term impact of our colonial pasts (and how it still influences how certain EU countries deal with certain non-EU countries), the Palestine conflict and Europe, the roles of Western EU countries during the Balkan war, the place of Roma and Sinti in our societies, the relationship between countries in the north with those in the south...
The questions we put forward to Ece, Kinan, David, Lina, Iryna, Neel and Chrissie are:
Q1: What’s your national taboo? Or, if you prefer, what’s the most striking European taboo?
Q2: How can this taboo be overcome?
Q3: If we could overcome the national taboo you identified ..... how would that impact the country?
Q4: What was Europe’s biggest learning moment? What should we do with what was learned?
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