"Life [is] like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump famously said in the eponymous movie. And ever since the elephant massacre began in Cameroon last January, his words have made particular sense to me.
I never imagined, back in April 2004 as I put the finishing touches to my master's thesis on the draft European constitution, that 8 years later I would find myself at the heart of the European Parliament speaking to MEPs.