easyJet Europe

In an interview for SPIEGEL Timothy Garton Ash coins the wonderful expression ‘easyJet Europe’ to refer to the “European freedom we experience every day”:

The fact that a young man in Greece or Estonia can get on a plane in the morning and fly to Paris or Rome, without border controls and without exchanging money, and perhaps find a wife or friends there, decide to live or find a job there — this is progress that no one should put at risk…
… Europe’s biggest problem is its success, which is taken for granted even by young citizens of the Baltic countries, which didn’t even exist on the map of Europe 21 years ago… But if the “easyJet Europe” of freedom is threatened, we will see a mobilization of young Europeans. I’m certain of that. 

I’m certain of that, too.


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