Of course love exists between Arabs and Europeans ! I am a living proof of it, aren’t I ? If my parents did not love each other, they wouldn’t have decided to have a baby and I would never have been born!

To be frank I barely see a difference between my Egyptian Muslim family and my French Catholic family. There are family members that I find lovely, some that I find helpful and others that I get along with a little less. They are the same. I mean, we are all the same. This is how I view the world and the fact that I come from a mixed background probably strengthens this view.

By the way, coexistence and friendship between the Arab world and the European world has always existed; people simply seem to have forgotten about this piece of history.

(Schams works as an EU advocate and policy advisor, previously at the European Parliament and now in between freelance projects.)