A debate is ongoing as to the future of the Erasmus program, as the economic climate in Europe heats up questions have been raised as to the affordability of the project. Yet it is clear to me that Erasmus must be saved. It is a program which embodies so much of what Europe stands for; education, cultural understanding, the coming together of people and the free exchange of ideas.
Jose Manuel Barroso, President of The European Commission, has also called for Erasmus to continue to help students from around Europe study in other EU states. The European Federalist Party in the UK, a newly founded British political party in association with The European Federalist Party throughout The Union, also calls for Erasmus to be defended calling it "a shining example of European values in these difficult times."
The Erasmus program is not only a fantastic tool for students to broaden their horizons and learn in other places and ways, it is also a symbol of Europe. That The EU can work towards cultural understanding and cooperation across the continent is a beacon of hope for the rest of the world in such dark times.
Let us save Erasmus not only for ourselves but for our future.