Quotes

Marietje Schaake

I would like to see what more Europe could actually mean. For example through more political leadership to help facilitate smart EU policies and dealing with culture and EU’s external actions. I would like to see a European University on Tahrir square in Cairo and not just an American university. I would like to see more visas for artists and other professionals to come to work in Europe. I would like to see more content and heritage uploaded on Europeana. I would like to see less bureaucracy for small cultural organisations when they are applying for a grant on the European level. I would like also to see less fragmentation on copyright management of the European Union. And I would like to see less over-emphasis on the economic value of culture.

Alexander Rinnooy Kan

If we believe that Europe has a role to play in the political domain, in the domain of sustainability, in the domain of climate control and all these things, then it would be crazy to ignore the cultural dimension as a the part of that larger whole. And even if European culture is little more than the sum of national cultures, it is a bloody interesting combination of national cultures!

Alexander Rinnooy Kan

I do not think it is necessary that we agree on what exactly is included into European culture and what is not, and it is a pretty hopeless task anyhow.

Charles Esche

If we have an economic pillar, we have a political and a cultural pillar and society seems to be healthy if those three are in balance. We are way outbalanced now: the economic pillar is far too strong for the political pillar, for the ideological argument, but also for the cultural pillar. We need to undercrise the part of that process to bring these things into some kind of balance. I think we are in trouble (…) by discussing the superstructures and the frameworks.(…) What is this so called European culture that the European cultural embassies actually represent? What do they stand for?

Markus Appenzeller

Diversity currently is considered a weak point in all fields of EU politics – with the exception of culture. Instead of confessing weakness a European Foreign Cultural policy can communicate strength.

Markus Appenzeller

An EU-wide foreign cultural policy is the missing piece for what could become Europe’s field of global leadership in the 21st century – Culture and creative industry.

Lars Seeberg

The trend for globalisation is a trend towards uniformity. I think we should, amongst us, abstain for using the word "globalisation" in relation to the arts and culture. Instead, I would prefer to use the word "cosmopolitanism."

Janne Teller

We need to realise we are Europeans before we belong to a region or a Nation.

Janne Teller

The Nation State as such is totally a construction: what we feel for it in terms of habits, traditions, countryside or nature could exist without the notion of Nation.

Katherine Watson

What we are looking for is shared objectives, joint thinking, strength in intersections - not necessarily something that is common to all Europeans.

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