I decided to base my career in the US, while maintaining a presence in Portugal, after successive negative experiences as a southern European scientist in northern European countries. North sees southerners as lazy olive pickers. South sees northerners as provincial barbarians. I, like many others, can only conceive of working either in my home country, or the US.This is Europe's loss. I'm sad with how easily Europe makes decisions based on cartoons drawn from xenophobic biases and nationalistic narratives rather than fact, democracy and mutual respect.