Monday 12 November 2018

U2's Bono makes impassioned call for Germany to back Irish in EU

U2 singer Bono. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
U2 singer Bono. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

U2 frontman Bono has made an impassioned plea to Germans to understand the value of the EU at a time when "the word patriotism been stolen from us by nationalists and extremists".

The rock band plans to kick off its tour in Berlin this week with what he is calling "one of our more provocative ideas: during the show we're going to wave a big, bright, blue EU flag".

Ahead of the concert, Bono wrote a piece for one of Germany's biggest newspapers, 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung', in which he seeks support for Ireland's place in a post-Brexit Europe.

"Ireland is a place with a special emotional connection to Europe, and the idea of it. Maybe it's because Ireland is a tiny rock in a big sea, eager to be part of something larger than ourselves (for most things are larger than ourselves)...Belonging to Europe enabled us to become a better, more confident version of ourselves. We stand a bit taller among friends," he wrote.

Irish Independent

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