“We’re at a crossroads in European history. In five years’ time we will either see an increase in the forces of hatred and division in society, including ultra-nationalism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, or we will be able to fight this horrific tendency.”
Emine Bozkurt, a Dutch MEP who heads the anti-racism lobby at the European parliament.
The story is about an outsider trying to adapt and nd a sense of belonging. It’s themes are of tolerance and acceptance. This works on many different levels and re ects in Ben’s journey of trying to move on from a long-term relationship. His rebirth is coupled with his (and his friends) own acceptance of where their lives are heading.
Many students regardless of nationality, go through the same rituals and it’s this shared experience that makes them bond together, giving them valuable experiences, memories and friendships that last forever. They come out of the experience with a better understanding of other cultures and religions.
Europe is going through a crisis at the moment. From the Syrian refuge crisis, EU immigration constraints, UK referendum on leaving Europe and the rise of both terrorism and the Far Right makes this story of acceptance and tolerance an important story to tell.