Guy Cassiers in LM magazine
"The dialogue between the countries remains sterile. We reject what we don’t know. And this is the card that draws the extreme right and populism. As I have already illustrated in De Welwillenden, there is a monster lurking in our hearts. At any moment, that monster can be drawn into a power game…. Although I don’t fear the imminent return of fascism in Europe, I deplore the reintroduction of all those borders that point to an absolute lack of political responsibility.
Isn’t Europe’s problem its total lack of empathy? Exactly. Understanding someone is already a lot. A relation with a single person can offer the possibility of understanding an entire group. This is one of the lessons of Claudel’s novel. Without having the solution myself, I think Europe has to sharpen the dialogue."