Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

“The European a shining example of how people have been able to keep their own roots and belonging to a certain nation and at the same time, identify with a broader whole, which is Europe...that is a remarkable achievement.” -Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
Time Question
0:02 Do you identify as a European?
0:09 Did you identify as European before the last 20 years?
1:29 What does 'identifying as a European' mean to you now?
4:19 What was your formative European moment?
5:27 What was the worst moment in recent European history?
6:29 What was the best moment in recent European history?
7:13 What is the single most important thing the EU has done for you personally?
8:51 Why do you feel 'wonderful' within the EU?
10:48 What is the one thing you would most like the EU to have achieved by 2030?
12:31 Do you want a truly egalitarian agricultural policy for Europe by 2030?
13:07 Do you worry about the future of liberal democracy?
20:01 Does the EU have the necessary conditions to overcome anti-democratic challenges? What are the key steps that European politicians should take to counter current threats to liberal democracy?
25:43 What are the advantages and disadvantages of liberal democracies, as opposed to authoritarian regimes, in tackling global challenges like climate change and the pandemic?
30:03 Can the very structure that allows us to debate in democracy be a hindrance to solving urgent challenges like climate change or the pandemic?
31:55 Is there such a thing as a European identity? What role should it play in the success of the EU project?
36:20 Did the EU fail to live up to its values when dealing with the refugee crisis? What, at the national or EU level, can be done to achieve true social integration by 2030?
40:34 Is the EU's soft power waning? Does the EU appear united enough to deter potential aggressors in the emerging geopolitical order?