Bono on Europe taking in refugees: ‘This week, something incredible happened’

U2 frontman speaks about the refugee crisis facing the region

U2 frontman Bono has praised Europe’s decision to accept Syrian refugees fleeing conflict in their home region.

The singer recently spoke to Italian newspaper La Stampa about the recent refugee crisis in Europe, saying that “this week, something incredible happened”.

Bono said: “We might truly be at a turning point for what Europe wants to be in the 21st century… This week, something incredible happened, and Europe isn’t the same as it was seven days ago.”


He also said that pictures of German children offering their toys to Syrian refugees “will remain in the history of Europe” and labelled German Chancellor Angela Merkel as “a moral symbol for Europe”.

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Bono spoken about the refugee crisis during his band’s show in Turin last week (September 5). 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.”

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.

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)