Publié : 24 février 2013

The perfect European citizen by Alexandre

The European Union is one of the biggest organisation in the world. It includes 27 countries, such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria, among others. Today, a delicate question is being asked to each European citizen in order to create a Europe where Europeans would live in harmony with each other : what would the perfect European citizen of the EU look like ?
In fact, if we want to create a perfect European citizen we need to forget about some stereotypes which are a form of discrimination and are an obstacle to the growth of prosperity and gather all the citizens of the Europe in order to make sure that the “perfect citizen” embodies all the European countries.
One of the first requests is to respect the others. We can’t live in Europe if we don’t respect other countries and their citizens. That’s why all the form of discriminations like racism, classism or different stereotypes that a country can have against another should be forgotten.
Different countries should take example from the others and share their knowledge and their art of life. For instance, on the one hand Italian people are known to be good looking and good cooks, but, on the other hand, we say that they don’t pay taxes and the only thing they do correctly is play soccer. Those facts are wrong and create trouble between Italians and Europeans. Italy has, like Germany, a strong economic wealth based on their car industry (companies like Ferrari or Lamborghini) which are famous all around the world.
Besides, a French person would no stop eating baguette only because it is a stereotype. Each country has its own traditions and they are sometimes impossible to forget. For example, Spanish people are used to sleeping in the afternoon, doing the “siesta”. Although it’s a stereotype that many countries have on Spanish people, it’s part of their culture and they shouldn’t be talked into changing.

As a result, imagining a perfect citizen is possible but you might not find the same definition depending on the country you are in. One thing is sure, each country should encourage their citizens to stop discrimination and encourage them to keep their good habits which are the pride of their country.
Written by a French Journalist of Lycée Jean Monnet, Alexandre Gontcharov