Published on 1st April 2017 by

Europe is in crisis and the EU is under threat. The continent is under pressure thanks to Brexit, the influx of refugees and the financial crisis. A look at a destabilized continent.

Is there a common vision of Europe? In 1989 it looked like this: The Berlin Wall had fallen and Europe was expanding. The EU brought open borders, visa-free travel, the free exchange of goods and prosperity for many. Is all this now being threatened by growing populism in many European countries?

Europe was a great idea born out of the ruins of the Second World War, German guilt and the knowledge that reconciliation even with an archenemy was necessary to create a united Europe. Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl and François Mitterand made it reality.

Europe stretched from Greece to Ireland and from Portugal to Poland. Then came the financial crisis, Greek debt and the refugee crisis. And now the Brexit referendum has made it clear: You can also get leave Europe. Millions of people no longer see a common European future.

Europe is in deep crisis and threatened by a new wave of nationalism where national outweighs common interest. But wasn’t that a birth defect – to forget that every country in Europe has its own history with and in Europe? Our film team set off across Europe to meet writers, filmmakers and theater people and asked them how their countries see Europe.

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