The other day my daughter asked me: ‘Mom, am I Belgian or am I German?’ She grew up in Belgium after all. I often feel a certain identity dilemma, especially when it comes to my children. Nonetheless, I want them to define their identity however they want, because this is what the European idea is about. For Christmas this year we had a debate about the tree : do we put it up on the 24thof December like the Germans do, or three weeks in advance like the Belgians do? I gave in and we did it the Belgian way. It was fun!

 

(Utta is Head of Press and Communications and Spokesperson of a political group at the European Parliament.)