Bono: “Europe will be no more” if refugee crisis isn’t dealt with

Speaking during U2's Turin concert, Bono admits "we don't know the answer", but emphasises leadership

U2 frontman Bono has spoken out on the refugee crisis in Europe, addressing the issue during the band’s show in Turin, Italy, last night (September 5).

Bono also changed the lyrics to ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ to include the line “One boy washed up on an empty beach“, in reference to refugee toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose image has become the symbol of the crisis.

Speaking between songs, Bono said: “We don’t know what the answer to the refugee crisis in Europe and Africa is, but we know that if we don’t figure it out, then Europe, which is a beautiful idea, will be no more. So we have to figure it out, whatever it is.”

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The singer continued: “It’s incredible. Watching the news, ordinary people, all of us seem capable of such great evil and such great love. I don’t know the answer to the refugee crisis in Europe and Africa, but I know we must work together to find an answer to the refugee crisis in Europe and Africa. As Nelson Mandela said: ‘It always seems impossible until it is done.’”

Bono also asked the crowd: “What do you want? A Europe with its heart and borders closed to mercy? Or a Europe with its heart open?”

The refugee crisis was mentioned between several songs, with Adam Clayton also chipping in, asking governments to do the right thing.

U2 have been on tour since May, and arrive in the UK in October. Their UK tour dates are as follows:

London O2 Arena (October 26, 29, 30, November 2, 3)
Glasgow Hydro Arena (November 6, 7)