What can we expect of a continent that has twice plunged the world into chaos? The battle of the systems, the Cold War determines the mood, the ‘Iron Curtain’ becomes a symbol of the division of the East and West. And yet the dream of self-determination and freedom transforms societies, the desire for human rights unites the continent. A happy end? Not necessarily. Europe today is not perfect, it is divided. And yet it is still the best we have ever had.