Filip Radunovic

    was born in Podgorica and grew up in Montenegro, Germany and the US. He studied media psychology and semiotics at Vienna University and since 2008 has worked for the ERSTE Foundation, with responsibility for migration in South East Europe and democracy projects. He lives in Vienna. „In this world, which is interconnected through and through, the power of political symbolism is capable of effectively mobilisin activity and change – but only on condition that the symbolism is based on cosmopolitan openness and profound credibility. In this respect the winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize leaves something to be desired. The prize was awarded to the European Union as the most successful peace project since World War II. But which top politician in Brussels or in any European country does still believe today that he or she will change the world for the better? How can they change anything if the current political elites can’t do that? Social change and visionary solutions have to be driven by citizens who realize they are privileged to live in a safe but heterogeneous continent, by critical spirits who, regardless of self-centered politics, opaque networks and extreme nationalism, fight against continuous violations of human rights and keep voicing their protest. For example, for some years now, European Alternatives, a pan-European movement, has been organising Transeuropa Festival, a broad initiative, which will be launched in thirteen countries in the coming weeks to promote greater fairness in immigration policy. We need Europeans who are courageous and not indifferent. Because, in spite of numerous historical excesses and some serious challenges (such as the Balkans in the past and Syria today) the European Union is still the best political idea we can genuinely trust.“