Le Monde, 14/05/2019 (original french) – “A documentary follows the thread of more than thirty years of existence of the most beautiful machine to produce integration… A few days before the European elections on 26 May, a documentary proposed by Arte follows the thread of more than thirty years of existence of the most beautiful machine to produce integration through the human adventures of a few of its actors on the continent. …/…] These Erasmus children are mobile, urban, multicultural, multilingual. They are agile citizens who wander freely in globalization. But there are still the others, the ones that the program has not embraced. “Those who feel ignored and excluded culturally, economically and socially,” says Timothy Garton Ash, an Oxford historian. The populists have managed to exploit with great skill the misery and discontent of this part of society. » »
Let’s remind :
Franck Biancheri (and his group of AEGEE students) who fought in 1987 for #Erasmus to be adopted, immediately understood that Erasmus was much more than a study/exchange program, but a crucible for training in the European citizen dimension. He has always criticized the elitism maintained by the extension of this program. He has always campaigned for Erasmus to be extended in Europe to more young Europeans (and not in the world!) 10% of young people in 2009 for example, for it to integrate European languages, and for it to be rethought to integrate virtual mobility. However, the European institutions have kept its eminently elitist character, thus creating the cleavage denounced in this documentary.
To read and see:
-> EU student exchange programme outdated, says founder, EUObserver, 15/09/2009
-> 10% of Erasmus students by 2010 (Franck Biancheri, 2008)
The documentary by Arte: Les enfants d’Erasmus. L’Europe pour tous ?