The photograph above became a picture of an EU in crisis. A group of white Danes gathered on a motorway bridge over Europavej 47, not far from Rødby in Lolland. Down below, in the emergency trail, the notorious walk Flygtningee, driven by a hope of reaching the open heart of Sweden and Frederik Reinholts (former prime minister).
The refugees have traveled far, from dry and sand-blasted Syria to the wet and grassy north, and yet they do not meet with kindness. In the front row of the bridge stands a Danish man. He is overweight and red-haired, his hair curls uncut at one ear, his cheeks red-rimmed, and from the "pinnacle of power", well raised above the refugees, he spits down at the crowd.
The middle-aged man must be part of "the yellow Denmark", a supporter of the Danish People's Party and a resident of "the rotten banana" (a designation for the distressed outskirts that geographically draw a "banana" on the map).
The refugee crisis hurt the European in self-understanding. Why may be a little hard to understand, but Hungarian philosopher Ágnes Heller does in his essays Paradox Europe (2019) finely and educationally prepared for the problem: As a species we humans are some intrinsic tr. . .