MY NAME ON THE SQUARE OF THE EUROPEAN PROMISE

How 14.726 promises to Europe created a new public square

Europe is a multifaceted personal journey for many of us, but there was always something quasi-sacred about Franco-German reconciliation. I’m recalling this to try to convey what a shock it was that the “Alsace-Lorraine selloff” conspiracy theory lodged itself so successfully into so many minds. Nor was it reassuring that the French government was caught off-guard by this paranoid rumour. To see an age-old territorial obsession we thought long buried suddenly re-emerge says something about how vulnerable some cornerstones of the EU project have become.
Natalie Nougayrède

Imaginations create a Square

Foto: Sabitha Saul

The Square of the European Promise is a square covered with names. Each name stands for a promise and every promise stands for a person. The promises can only be found inside people.

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Tartle (Scottish)

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A common Scottish term to insert at the awkward moment when you temporarily forget someone’s name.

L’appel du vide (French)

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“The call of the void” is this French expression’s literal translation, but more significantly it’s used to describe the instinctive urge to jump from high places.