We asked the duo some questions about their thoughts on the European project, identity and their hopes for cafébabel London:
What do you love about Europe? Do you feel European or your nationality?
Angelo Boccato (AB): The feature I love more about Europe is its richness of culture, history and diversity and the ability nevertheless to walk a path of major integration, I am passionated by the idea of Pan-Europeanism. I feel European in the first place and then Italian.
Alex Fargier (AF): I like the convenience of the single currency. I love the unique proximity of so many very different cultures. I love Europe's history and literary heritage. I feel perhaps more European than my nationality because I see myself as bi-cultural at least. At the same time I don't particularly feel Polish or any of the Central/Eastern European cultures. I think there needs to be a greater cultural exchange of ideas (and/or I need to take a greater part in this exchange) in order to cement the politico-economic project of the EU and beat Euroscepticism, to feel more 'European'. Then, when I can really relate to what others in the EU are saying and feeling, I think I will feel much more European.
How did you learn about cafébabel?
AF: I learnt about the opportunities of translation at cafébabel and joined as a translator at first.
AB: I learned about cafébabel years ago because of my interest in European media and in finding a pan-European voice.
Why did you decide to become involved with cafébabel?
AF: It was a mix of factors. Initially I wanted to contribute as a translator. Then I got into contact with cafébabel to know more about how the site operated. Finally I realised I wanted to get more into writing and reporting since there are ideas I want to get out there. AB: I decided to become involved with cafébabel as long as I believe that the Erasmus generation must stand and work for introducing a different narrative of European topics from a political, social, economic and cultural perspective.
What are your hopes for cafébabel London?
AF: I hope it can become a fun, interesting and thought-provoking regular column on all things European happening in London.
AB: My hopes for cafébabel London are the ones of contributing in the realisation of a different narrative on the EU issues, especially on the march towards the UK General Election, in order to bring some Europeanism in the Global London.