xeurophobia project

What is xeurophobia?

A fear of foreigners/guests/Europe/the other – may be juxtaposed by excitement/euphoria for a common European and cosmopolitan idea.

Our project

After two World Wars that tore apart the continent, the European Community, and its successor the European Union (EU), was founded in the spirit of maintaining peace. Today more than ever, we need to reconnect to these roots and demonstrate how to live this utmost European ideal within European as well as Schengen borders and beyond.

Many European citizens from young to old continue to quietly stand up for tolerance and optimism in an environment that is growing increasingly hostile and fearful. The voices of the believers in the European idea are increasingly deluded by a growing number of sensationalist skeptics. We believe it’s time to ask people directly: what can we do when faced with growing XEUROPHOBIA? The idea is to connect with the people from all 28 EU member states as well as the additional four Schengen Area member states to pool creativity. We believe that it’s time to crowdsource optimism.

The survey aims at bringing us together, in differences and commonalities, to brainstorm and develop ideas about what Europe means to us, what we want it to be and how we can ease the fear of each other and focus on our shared longing for tolerance, a willingness to listen and peace.

An English version of the first article of the xeurophobia project can be found here.

Who we are

I developed the survey in collaboration with the editors-in-chief of the alumni journal ad hoc international, Waleria and Julia.  We are Europeans and members of nefia (short for Netzwerk für Internationale Aufgaben/Network for International Affairs), the alumni network of the Mercator and Bosch Fellowship on International Affairs.


Questions about the project can be directed to us via a separate email account that I administer.

Word Frequency question 6

Word cloud based on response frequency to the question “What does Europe mean to you?” Source: 168 responses to our questionnaire, produced with Nvivo 2011.