In the following weeks, I will introduce young, old, eurosceptic and enthusiastic Europeans and state why or why not they will participate in the European Elections.
Aline Timmermann thinks, that we could do more in respect to Europe. Europe could be made more attractive for pupils. there could be more school exchanges among Europe for instance. But the borders for teachers should be widened as well. “I think French lessons would be much more fun, when the teacher is a born-and-bred Frenchman.” In fact there are some projects like these, but they are still quite rare.
To the question, if she will vote on 7th June Aline answers: “Yes, there is no reason for not taking part.” The European elections are Aline’s first elections and she is already very nervous. Moreover, she wants to know how it feels to participate in an election and in this way contribute to politics. Voting is self-evident for Aline and she will go to the elections, because she thinks it is her duty to vote .
Europe means for Aline one community. When she considers Europe she directly has to think about the typical American film, where the protagonist makes a big trip to Europe. “Europe is always described as very cultural and old: Paris, Louvre & Co.. At these points I always wonder how Europe is perceived by the outsiders and the difference how WE EUROPEANS perceive it. We often forget about the culture and history of Europe, although it is something very valuable about Europe.”
In the future Aline thinks that Europe is directed by a lively discussion of the different members where the best ideas are picked and realised.
Aline is twenty years old and studies Biology in Bochum.