For the first time ever, today is a national bank holiday in Luxembourg.

9th May has been chosen to celebrate the ‘Schuman declaration’ (9th May 1950), which is considered to be the founding text of European integration.

On May 9, 1950,Robert Schuman’s political initiative was above all a desire for peace, as 3 wars in less than 100 years had torn Europe apart,. European governments, especially the French and German, agreed to pool their coal and steel production in order to promote cooperation between neighbouring states and raise living standards in each country.

We are now almost 70 years later and a lot of things have changed. Europe is definitely not perfect and still has some challenges (not going to mention the most recent and big one! 😉 ), but a lot of good things have happened since then.

Days like these make me think how grateful I am to have been born in an area with so much culture, so much diversity in languages, customs, habits, landscapes etc. and so much freedom to travel.

We still have a long way to go, but all European countries need to understand they have more things in common than differences…

So Happy 9th May to all my Luxembourgish connections and Luxembourgish residents!

And obviously, to all European out there!

#vlvcoach #Europe #luxembourg #diversity

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