The struggle for the future of Europe is intense, alarming and dramatic. In this book we meet the main actors.
When Simen Ekern went to live in Brussels as an exchange student in the late 1990’s, the mood was optimistic. The ‘Erasmus Generation’ would nurture a new Europe, where national differences were less important than the idea of future harmony. When he returned to the EU capital as a journalist ten years later, people were talking instead about a ‘Lost Generation.’
Europeans is about the crisis which has hit Europe. The difficult economic situation has presented opportunities for political entrepreneurs with widely different ideological projects. Ekern introduces the reader to Italian populists, Scottish separatists and Hungarian extremists. He talks with Brussels bureaucrats, French patriots and a Greek crime-writer who has his own distinctive views about who are the villains in the story.
‘… great insight and even more knowledge combined with observational skills and an eye for detail.’NRK