The last few days have been difficult for myself and for millions of others who saw our future within the European Union – a future based on cooperation, solidarity and mutual prosperity which was denied to us on Friday. I won’t go into details regarding my own thoughts and feelings towards Brexit, as this is not the place for that. But I do think it might be interesting to share with everyone the reception towards the UK’s decision over here in Berlin, where I live and study with a wide variety of people from all over Europe and beyond. For most of the Europeans I know, the predominating emotion seems to be sadness and confusion. If people have been following the international media in the run up to the referendum, you will already probably know that most of Europe has taken an emotional, pro-remain stance, with Germany’s ‘Der Spiegel’ magazine running their famous “Bitte geht nicht!” (please don’t go) issue, in which they implored their “most valued and trusted partner” not to leave the union, and included a 26-page ode to everything Germany loves about Britain and the British. Therefore it was unsurprising to hear from my German teachers at the University just how deeply hurt they feel about Britain’s decision, with most expressing confusion and surprise toward what they feel is an undeserved animosity towards Europe, given that they seem to hold us Brits in very high regard. A similar attitude pervades through my various Swedish, French, Dutch and Latvian friends, who don’t want to lose us, and fear the consequences for a united Europe as a whole. These feelings extend beyond purely emotive issues and into more practical fears, with many having made use of the UK’s membership to work, live, study and raise family’s in a country they considered as one of the most friendly, inclusive and prosperous on Earth. I also have an Irish friend who is expressing nothing short of total terror over the dangers that Brexit poses to the already fragile peace agreements in Ireland. So put it simply, from my (albeit cosmopolitan and limited) perspective, nobody in Europe seems pleased about Brexit, and most in fact feel betrayed. Given the highly European nature of the city, it is impossible to enter any bar, club, classroom, museum or park in Berlin without hearing the word ‘Brexit’ being uttered in several dozen different accents, always with an air of sadness. Luckily I am remaining in Berlin until the end of the summer, which will hopefully be enough time for the dust and chaos to settle in the UK.