1989 was a year of hope. For you, a history lesson. For my generation, a defining moment. The year the Iron Curtain collapsed. And the Berlin Wall fell down. The Romanian revolution was the last great political turnover of that year. It started around Christmas. There was no internet yet, or social media. We watched events unfold on our TV sets. I remember demonstrators waving the Romanian flag. With a hole in it. People had cut the communist symbol, from the national flag. We heard people shout “Timişoara”. Because the Romanian revolution started in the city of Timişoara. It became a call to freedom. -- Marianne Thyssen, Opening speech at the Youth Event in Sibiu, Romania, 8 May 2019.
Marianne Thyssen
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You are generation Internet. You have never known a world without Internet, smartphones or social media. That’s why you are also generation social. More connected to each other than any generation in human history. You are generation democracy. You have never known a Europe with brutal dictatorships. You are generation Europe. You have never known a Europe divided between East and West. Today you can drive from Lisbon to Latvia without stopping. Without someone in uniform asking for your passport at every border. Or going through your luggage. Another sharp contrast For me that’s still a miracle. To you it’s self-evident. -- Marianne Thyssen, Opening speech at the Youth Event in Sibiu, Romania, 8 May 2019.
Marianne Thyssen
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Migration is not only about protecting borders, but also about integration. Digitalisation is not only about technology. But also about education and social protection. Climate change is not only about emissions and energy. But also about sharing burdens and social fairness. -- Marianne Thyssen, Opening speech at the Youth Event in Sibiu, Romania, 8 May 2019
Marianne Thyssen
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The challenge of your grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generation was to rebuild Europe. Rebuild Europe, from the ruins and destruction of war. The challenge of my generation was to reunite Europe, after the divisions of the Cold War. The challenge of your generation is to reshape Europe. To reinvent Europe. To build a better Europe. A Europe that must certainly be social. -- Marianne Thyssen, Opening speech at the Youth Event in Sibiu, Romania, 8 May 2019.
Marianne Thyssen
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