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How the European Union fights misinformation

In a historical period called “post-truth”, misinformation represents a real threat to the freedom of citizens, to the functioning of institutions and to democracy. During the Covid-19 global pandemic, the rapid expansion of fake news and myths, especially political ones, put the public health at risk. Ensuring free and reliable information is a priority and a duty on the part of citizens and institutions. So, how is the EU committed to combating misinformation?

A World Full of Pasta!

Italy is appreciated throughout the world because of the quality of its food and it being the native country of a series of simple but irresistible delicacies: pizza, icecream, pasta… We are not talking about stereotypes, these dishes represent an essential part of an Italian’s diet and their use in cooking follows rules which seem obvious to the Italians – but are not for the rest of the world!

The European Quarter – international exchange point and power centre of the EU

A district of Brussels which was not mentioned in my last contributions is the European Quarter. However, the fact that this part of Brussels has not yet been examined in more detail does not mean that it is not important (to me), but exactly the opposite. The European Quarter is in fact the heart of Brussels, to which this article is intended to give special importance.

Let’s explore Alsace: the Ecomusée d’Alsace

Alsace, a region located on the eastern border of France close to Germany and Switzerland, is a magical place full of surprises. In this new series, we will take you to this very special place and give you a taste of the many wonders it has to offer.

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Let’s explore Alsace: Colmar

Alsace, a region located on the eastern border of France close to Germany and Switzerland, is a magical place full of surprises. In this new series, we will take you to this very special place and give you a taste of the many wonders it has to offer.

Brussels’ cultural and culinary attractions

In my last article, I presented some of Brussels’ hotspots that you must see. But if you get to spend several days in Brussels, it’s worthwhile to have a closer look at some of the districts the city has to offer.

On the move in the heart of the EU

As part of my studies in Public Management, I have the opportunity to complete an internship abroad. I decided to do so and I knew straight away which country I wanted to go to: Belgium, or more precisely, Brussels, the heart of the EU. Since I started my 3 month-stay here in mid February, I would  now like to share some specialties and impressions of the Belgian capital with you.

Carnival in Ivrea

Anyone who is planning a trip through Italy during the winter months can’t miss that in this period several Italian cities celebrate Carnival with spectacular events, where everything can happen.

Let’s explore Alsace: two incredible “cities”

Alsace, a region located on the eastern border of France close to Germany and Switzerland, is a magical place full of surprises. In this new series, we will take you to this very special place and give you a taste of the many wonders it has to offer.

Lockdown life: between fear and hope.

The whole of Italy has been on lockdown since the 9th of March, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. At first we did not actually realise the importance of what the government was asking of us: stay at home, they said.

An interview with Oz Karahan

An interview with Oz Karahan – a former MEP candidate and President of the Union of Cypriots organization.
“In Europe, politicians and the public do not have any idea of what is going on in Cyprus and about the bloodless genocide that Turkish-speaking Cypriots are facing because of Turkey.”

Media professionals: killed, imprisoned, and kidnapped!

What is the situation regarding the freedom of the press in 2018?

A volunteer in Calais: let’s help refugees!

For many years a large number of migrants have waited in Calais, in incredibly precarious conditions, hoping to cross the Channel. Antoine decided to spend his holidays with the humanitarian association Utopia 56 in order to help them. He shared with us the work he took part in there.

When people die because their rescuers are standing trial

While European politics is discussing symbolic political measures and right-wing populists of all countries are trying to push through deportations and prevent immigration, hundreds of people continue to die in the Mediterranean attempting to reach Europe by sea. Civilian sea rescuers are doing their best to prevent this – and are increasingly criticised and criminalised for doing so. We spoke with Claus-Peter Reisch, the captain of the Lifeline, about the the fraught situation.

Our vote counts!

Information about and participation in European decision-making

How the European Union fights misinformation

In a historical period called “post-truth”, misinformation represents a real threat to the freedom of citizens, to the functioning of institutions and to democracy. During the Covid-19 global pandemic, the rapid expansion of fake news and myths, especially political ones, put the public health at risk. Ensuring free and reliable information is a priority and a duty on the part of citizens and institutions. So, how is the EU committed to combating misinformation?

A World Full of Pasta!

Italy is appreciated throughout the world because of the quality of its food and it being the native country of a series of simple but irresistible delicacies: pizza, icecream, pasta… We are not talking about stereotypes, these dishes represent an essential part of an Italian’s diet and their use in cooking follows rules which seem obvious to the Italians – but are not for the rest of the world!

The European Quarter – international exchange point and power centre of the EU

A district of Brussels which was not mentioned in my last contributions is the European Quarter. However, the fact that this part of Brussels has not yet been examined in more detail does not mean that it is not important (to me), but exactly the opposite. The European Quarter is in fact the heart of Brussels, to which this article is intended to give special importance.

Let’s explore Alsace: the Ecomusée d’Alsace

Alsace, a region located on the eastern border of France close to Germany and Switzerland, is a magical place full of surprises. In this new series, we will take you to this very special place and give you a taste of the many wonders it has to offer.

A World Full of Pasta!

Italy is appreciated throughout the world because of the quality of its food and it being the native country of a series of simple but irresistible delicacies: pizza, icecream, pasta… We are not talking about stereotypes, these dishes represent an essential part of an Italian’s diet and their use in cooking follows rules which seem obvious to the Italians – but are not for the rest of the world!

Cooking during quarantine: milk torrijas

We find ourselves in very unusual times: as we know, because of coronavirus, quarantine continues. So, despite the arrival of spring and Easter festivities, we have to conduct ourselves responsibly and stay home. Just yesterday, Easter Sunday, I was thinking about happy moments from my Erasmus period in Seville, back in 2017; a time when everyday life flowed normally and we were free to go out, travel and explore the whole world whilst coming into contact with other cultures. Remembering the past, I decided to spend my afternoon cooking milk torrijas, a traditional Spanish recipe of the Easter period.

Brussels’ cultural and culinary attractions

In my last article, I presented some of Brussels’ hotspots that you must see. But if you get to spend several days in Brussels, it’s worthwhile to have a closer look at some of the districts the city has to offer.

Cooking with grandma: Bicerin, a chocolate liqueur

In this episode of “Cooking with Grandma” you’ll learn how to prepare Bicerin, with chocolate being the main ingredient.

Cooking with grandma (Italy): Piedmontese appetizer

As suggested by its name, the Piedmontese appetizer is a speciality of the cuisine of Piedmont whose origins are rooted in the ancient farming traditions. It is usually prepared at the end of the summer, that is, a period of the year when the family garden offers a great abundance of vegetables that will be saved for the winter.
Would you like to learn how to prepare it? I’ll share with you my family’s traditional recipe. However, there are many different variations of it, which means you can add other vegetables or replace some with different ones (such as fennel or zucchini) at your will.

Our vote counts!

Information about and participation in European decision-making

How the European Union fights misinformation

In a historical period called “post-truth”, misinformation represents a real threat to the freedom of citizens, to the functioning of institutions and to democracy. During the Covid-19 global pandemic, the rapid expansion of fake news and myths, especially political ones, put the public health at risk. Ensuring free and reliable information is a priority and a duty on the part of citizens and institutions. So, how is the EU committed to combating misinformation?

The European Quarter – international exchange point and power centre of the EU

A district of Brussels which was not mentioned in my last contributions is the European Quarter. However, the fact that this part of Brussels has not yet been examined in more detail does not mean that it is not important (to me), but exactly the opposite. The European Quarter is in fact the heart of Brussels, to which this article is intended to give special importance.

Let’s explore Alsace: the Ecomusée d’Alsace

Alsace, a region located on the eastern border of France close to Germany and Switzerland, is a magical place full of surprises. In this new series, we will take you to this very special place and give you a taste of the many wonders it has to offer.

Learning to be human in the time of Covid-19

Two months have passed since the first case of Coronavirus in Codogno. I still remember the feeling of disbelief when all the newspapers reported on the front page ‘‘First case of Coronavirus in Italy’’. None of us were ready, no one really knew what was going to happen shortly thereafter. Personally, I was building my future that day, but at that point I didn’t know that I would have to wait for it. Now, many days have passed since that fateful day, February 21, 2020, the disbelief and initial uncertainty have been overcome and the time has come to draw conclusions.

My language, my home: Ukrainian

In this part of our series ‘My language, my home’, we learn about Ukrainian, a language spoken by 45 million people, and one that most people know only very little about.

Real news or fake news: this is the question

Nowadays the word ‘post-truth’ is the indisputable protagonist of both journalism and the political debate, thus becoming one of the biggest issues of our time. But what is it? Let’s look into the topic with the analysis of Roberto Saviano.

My language, my home: English

One of the most interesting aspects of English has to be the variations of the language that are spoken globally. English is spoken in countries which are on the other side of the world from each other, and this offers some staggering diversity.

The language of inclusion

While many may have noticed this before, it is crucial to understand that the way in which our languages are structured oftentimes breeds social issues. Language stands at the core of a person’s experiences and ideas, and its default structure often limits or expands our thinking.

Quiz: How to swear and insult in Europe

What is the first thing you teach your new foreign friend in your native language? More often than not, it is a bad word, am I right? Most Erasmus students come back home experts in multilingual swearing, and if you haven’t heard these expressions before, here is your chance to catch up!

Has Couchsurfing become a bohemian Tinder?

Locals offering free housing and good company in a beautiful location? Sounds like a backpacker’s dream! Is it still so, though?

Equal, the same, all the same

The fight for equal rights in Europe is far from over. In a very personal text the slam poetry artist Veronika Rieger writes about the feeling of one’s own love being treated as second-class, and takes a look at the hypocrisy of the arguments people bring up again and again.

Europe and I – a love letter

Europe is going through a hard time, and it is only with faith, and a little bit of idealism too, that we can overcome this crisis. In a letter to her native continent our author recalls the best moments of a youth spent with eachother and holds out hope for the future. A love letter to Europe.

Polyamory – Three Views

Lately the concept of polyamory is all over the media. The basic concept: having more than one relationship. But what does that mean for those involved, how does it feel – and what makes people begin doing it?

Four visions over one reality: homosexuality in Russia

We spoke to Andrey Glushkó, who moved to Spain to live in ‘’freedom’’, his friend Anastasiya Belickaya, the young political scientist Nina Ivanova and the correspondent for El Mundo (daily Spanish newspaper) in Moscow to discover why 74 percent of Russians do not socially accept homosexuality.

A volunteer in Calais: let’s help refugees!

For many years a large number of migrants have waited in Calais, in incredibly precarious conditions, hoping to cross the Channel. Antoine decided to spend his holidays with the humanitarian association Utopia 56 in order to help them. He shared with us the work he took part in there.

When people die because their rescuers are standing trial

While European politics is discussing symbolic political measures and right-wing populists of all countries are trying to push through deportations and prevent immigration, hundreds of people continue to die in the Mediterranean attempting to reach Europe by sea. Civilian sea rescuers are doing their best to prevent this – and are increasingly criticised and criminalised for doing so. We spoke with Claus-Peter Reisch, the captain of the Lifeline, about the the fraught situation.

(Not) A minority: Muslims between inclusion and discrimination

In a guest contribution the political scientist Saskia Schäfer argues the case for citizens of modern societies to acknowledge the complexity, temporality, and variability of identities.

Nothing has changed yet, but everything is different – The UK after the referendum

24 June, the day when the result of Britain’s referendum on exiting the EU was announced, happened now several weeks ago. The first feelings of surprise and disbelief that the UK, Europe and the world experienced on that day have subsided and the country is now different from what it was. What has changed and what will the future bring?

Renting a flat in Dublin, the hurdle every foreign student has to face

Leaving your home and family to study in another country is extremely difficult, but finding a good place to live in Ireland is the biggest challenge, the white whale every student has to catch.

The European Quarter – international exchange point and power centre of the EU

A district of Brussels which was not mentioned in my last contributions is the European Quarter. However, the fact that this part of Brussels has not yet been examined in more detail does not mean that it is not important (to me), but exactly the opposite. The European Quarter is in fact the heart of Brussels, to which this article is intended to give special importance.

Let’s explore Alsace: the Ecomusée d’Alsace

Alsace, a region located on the eastern border of France close to Germany and Switzerland, is a magical place full of surprises. In this new series, we will take you to this very special place and give you a taste of the many wonders it has to offer.

The Green Soul of Brussels

In my last article about Brussels, I highlighted the cultural and culinary sights of the city, and briefly touched on the subject of nature. There, I presented the magnificent Parc du Cinquantenaire, also called Jubelpark. It offers a welcome change of scenery and is particularly popular during lunch breaks, as it is close to the European institutions and has a high recreational value. This is not least due to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, which I discussed in more detail in the article: Brussels’ cultural and culinary attractions.

Let’s explore Alsace: Colmar

Alsace, a region located on the eastern border of France close to Germany and Switzerland, is a magical place full of surprises. In this new series, we will take you to this very special place and give you a taste of the many wonders it has to offer.

Brussels’ cultural and culinary attractions

In my last article, I presented some of Brussels’ hotspots that you must see. But if you get to spend several days in Brussels, it’s worthwhile to have a closer look at some of the districts the city has to offer.

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