“I’m a pessimistic optimist, I enjoy life but always there is this little worry for the next generations. So Europe .. do something ?”
Wim, what is your personal view of Europe?
For me Europe is a very interesting continent, every country is different. Even the Netherlands compare to Belgium has big differences. I still think the most beautiful cities in the world you find in Europe. It’s very lifely in every aspect, it’s still one of the best places to live with lots of opportunities.
In your opinion, what does Europe mean for your home country, Belgium?
Well, Brussels is the capital of Europe, but there is a lot of contradiction here … We are a very complicated country and this European capital thing is a bit weird. Brussels for me is a very interesting city, just because of the contradiction. All they say about the capital of Europe … the opposite is also true! Europa doesn’t have any intention to do anything about it. (in opinion).
Is there anything else you want to say about Europe?
I don’t know what it means to be a European, we all are quite unsure about our European identity. For me, it’s a very technocratic institution and I still can’t see the success of it all. Every decision takes a lifetime and sometimes it looks like they do nothing! For me, it’s a difficult story.
For me, it’s a very technocratic institution and I still can’t see the success of it all. Every decision takes a lifetime and sometimes it looks like they do nothing!