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Swan Upping, the Queen’s swans

The ceremony of the Swan Upping has gone back to its original form…But do you know what it’s all about?

Meeting Halfway – Europe’s culinary traditions

Meeting Halfway starts a new project. If you have a sweet tooth, or are simply interested in cooking and culinary traditions, then this will be perfect for you…

How hard it is to be European

Today we are sharing this text, written by one of our contributors, also available at the following link on the Centoidee blog. The text aims to discover how the current socio-political situation is experienced by a young European, amidst anxieties and fears but also a little hope…

Christmas in different European countries

At Meeting Halfway, we’re very curious about how people celebrate Christmas around Europe and decided to ask our collaborators about it. Are you curious too?

Christmas baking ideas: German recipes to get you into the festive spirit

Christmas is just around the corner and, of course, there’s a lot of baking going on. I would like to take this opportunity to give you four of my favourite recipes.

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Swan Upping, the Queen’s swans

The ceremony of the Swan Upping has gone back to its original form…But do you know what it’s all about?

Christmas in different European countries

At Meeting Halfway, we’re very curious about how people celebrate Christmas around Europe and decided to ask our collaborators about it. Are you curious too?

‘Ode to Joy’ and the European Anthem

If you were to ask any EU citizen born before the fall of the Berlin Wall about the anthem of Europe, it’s likely that you’d get very different answers depending on their origin. If, for example, that citizen were Spanish, they may call to mind a song by rocker Miguel Ríos that has something to do with Europe, Beethoven, and the idea of brotherhood between human beings. Perhaps someone from a different country would recall a song or melody that also has something to do with Beethoven, and with peace and respect between brothers, although they may not be able to recall why. These testimonies help explain the European Anthem and of the anthem of the European Union; why they are what they are and how they have come to define our identity.

A tour of Britain

Beyond the aftermath of Brexit and the restrictions associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, Meeting Halfway explores the wonderful Britain…

Going back to reading after years on social media

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

Primary financier of the Rwandan genocide arrested

Félicien Kabuga was arrested on May 16th, 2020. During the ‘90s he spread hatred and funded violent actions against the Tutsi minority.

Borgen: Rejection or Confirmation of Female Leadership Stereotypes?

The Danish TV series “Borgen” (2010) narrates the fictional story of Birgitte Nyborg, the first female Danish prime minister in the series’ universe. Borgen offers a new perspective on stereotypical female and male leadership styles. How? Let us look at the first two episodes of the series, when Nyborg wins the elections and forms a coalition government.

Child brides and grooms: when marriage becomes a conviction

We will talk about early marriage, at such an age when full physical and psychological development is not yet reached. Unfortunately, it is still a widespread phenomenon worldwide and it affects both girls and boys, contrary to popular belief.

Deprived teachers and demanding parents

School is a place for learning, but for learning what? Education must convey values, such as freedom of expression, but also respect the counter-values coming from every subculture. Without the willingness of parents to accept a different point of view and without thorough training of teachers, pedagogical “battles” fail to achieve their goal.

The Freedom to Love: yesterday, today and tomorrow

Homosexuality is a natural phenomenon which has existed since the dawn of time and has been considered sometimes positively, sometimes negatively, throughout history, depending on the customs and norms of each society.

How hard it is to be European

Today we are sharing this text, written by one of our contributors, also available at the following link on the Centoidee blog. The text aims to discover how the current socio-political situation is experienced by a young European, amidst anxieties and fears but also a little hope…

Christmas in different European countries

At Meeting Halfway, we’re very curious about how people celebrate Christmas around Europe and decided to ask our collaborators about it. Are you curious too?

Christmas baking ideas: German recipes to get you into the festive spirit

Christmas is just around the corner and, of course, there’s a lot of baking going on. I would like to take this opportunity to give you four of my favourite recipes.

Mandorlato from Veneto: an authentic Italian dessert

An irresistible dessert to add to your bucket list!

Colonial Europe’s Legacy – amidst uncertainty and instability, what does it mean to be Indian?

The history of modern India is closely related to the colonial period, with Great Britain governing the country from 1858 until India’s independence in 1947. There were also other territories that were interested in regaining power from the British, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Burma. Unfortunately, throughout history, many countries that have been subjected to foreign intervention and subsequent decolonisation have also experienced periods of violence, and sometimes even genocide.

Meeting Halfway – Europe’s culinary traditions

Meeting Halfway starts a new project. If you have a sweet tooth, or are simply interested in cooking and culinary traditions, then this will be perfect for you…

Christmas baking ideas: German recipes to get you into the festive spirit

Christmas is just around the corner and, of course, there’s a lot of baking going on. I would like to take this opportunity to give you four of my favourite recipes.

Mandorlato from Veneto: an authentic Italian dessert

An irresistible dessert to add to your bucket list!

A dish for everyone: fondue

Today we are talking about a delicious dish, especially recommended for cheese lovers…The exquisite fondue!

Exercise: A question of health or a social duty?

In the 70s, being slim was trendy. The 80s saw the spread of a dangerous illness: obesity. At the same time, technology became an important part of everyday life, encompassing both the workplace and family life. Simultaneously, gyms have always stayed important.

How hard it is to be European

Today we are sharing this text, written by one of our contributors, also available at the following link on the Centoidee blog. The text aims to discover how the current socio-political situation is experienced by a young European, amidst anxieties and fears but also a little hope…

Colonial Europe’s Legacy – amidst uncertainty and instability, what does it mean to be Indian?

The history of modern India is closely related to the colonial period, with Great Britain governing the country from 1858 until India’s independence in 1947. There were also other territories that were interested in regaining power from the British, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Burma. Unfortunately, throughout history, many countries that have been subjected to foreign intervention and subsequent decolonisation have also experienced periods of violence, and sometimes even genocide.

Two languages, two statues, two stories…

Let’s discover one of Northern’s Italy’s little known secrets: a region that is neither Italian nor Austrian… Or maybe it is a little bit of both.

Primary financier of the Rwandan genocide arrested

Félicien Kabuga was arrested on May 16th, 2020. During the ‘90s he spread hatred and funded violent actions against the Tutsi minority.

Intelligent machines force us to rethink our uniqueness

My brother and I had to take a flight from Lyon to Rome. However because of our chronic forgetfulness, doubled in this case, we only thought about it 4 days before. We went to see what the cheapest flight was, a 70 Euro Easyjet flight. We decided to wait, as we had other things to do. We returned on the afternoon 3 days before the flight: 95 Euros. A little annoyed, we decided to take it, but only after having eaten. We returned and the cost had gone up to 105 Euros after only an hour.

European day of languages and bilingualism

The Council of Europe and the European Union created the international day of European languages on the 26th September 2001 to celebrate linguistic diversity and encourage people to learn a foreign language.

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.

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.

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.

Is there a culture clash between couples of mixed nationalities?

Multicultural couples are becoming increasingly more common in our global society. Travel, work and studies mean that new relationships have formed in which communication and respect for traditions of each member of the couple are key to a long-lasting relationship. However, these people are also usually victims of several problems such as an endless bureaucracy process and discrimination.

Colonial Europe’s Legacy – amidst uncertainty and instability, what does it mean to be Indian?

The history of modern India is closely related to the colonial period, with Great Britain governing the country from 1858 until India’s independence in 1947. There were also other territories that were interested in regaining power from the British, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Burma. Unfortunately, throughout history, many countries that have been subjected to foreign intervention and subsequent decolonisation have also experienced periods of violence, and sometimes even genocide.

FROM PERSON IN NEED TO HERO INDEED: WHEN MAYOTTE’S ASYLUM SEEKERS BECOME VERITABLE CHANGE MAKERS

Between denied rights, discrimination and never-ending bureaucracy, daily life was already challenging for asylum seekers in Mayotte, France’s youngest overseas department located in the Indian Ocean. The government’s strict confinement rules during the Covid-19 pandemic have added to asylum seekers’ precarious situation. Two asylum seekers set themselves to help others and share their stories.

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.

Swan Upping, the Queen’s swans

The ceremony of the Swan Upping has gone back to its original form…But do you know what it’s all about?

Two languages, two statues, two stories…

Let’s discover one of Northern’s Italy’s little known secrets: a region that is neither Italian nor Austrian… Or maybe it is a little bit of both.

Earthquakes in Iceland: seismic crisis of 2021?

Iceland – a small island sandwiched between Greenland and the European continent, famous for hot springs, vikings, and volcanoes.

A tour of Britain

Beyond the aftermath of Brexit and the restrictions associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, Meeting Halfway explores the wonderful Britain…

Become an Ambassador with Europe on Track!

Meeting Halfway supports many interesting projects at the European level. The team Europe on Track explains to us their very interesting initiative…

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