It is my longest relationship. I have had others, some for several years, a few months or just a weekend. I never promised I would stay, but I did, and it has been almost ten years now.
Recent years terrorist attacks has led to a political ‘fight against terrorism’, which is fuelling a European populist and nationalist image of a secular and progressive western culture that is being threatened by Islam and migration. LGBT-people and women are being used as part of neoliberal rhetoric to argue that these groups have to be defended by modern nationalism, writes Sörberg.
I spent the winter holidays in Canada visiting friends in the city I once was a student, Toronto. Going back, more than a decade later, gave me the same feeling I had then as now. A sense of belonging to the city, regardless if I was visiting for a week, a year, or whether I happened to be born there.
Perhaps Brussels have made me more European and less Swedish, or maybe it is the idea of reinvention that attracts me. Both ways, as an EU-citizen expat I am privileged and don’t face the challenges my migrant parents did as third country nationals. A difference worth putting in question.