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Who acts as an interest mediator at a European level?

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.”

Urban cycling: fun, inclusive and good for the environment.

The Dutch know this very well: soft mobility is the smartest choice inside and outside cities. No traffic congestions, no noisy and polluted cities, no parking problems. These are just some of the many benefits of urban cycling. On the contrary, in some European cities, traffic is still a huge problem, with high levels of air pollution and, of no less importance, noise pollution. In some of these cities people feel the need to own a car, or more cars, because there are no alternatives. But cities full of cars are something we inherited from the past century and the environmental crisis we are going through suggests we should change this habit.

Europe 5.0 – the next step to European integration?

Digitalisation has changed the entire world and consequently Europe. The authors Frieden/Heinen/Leither recommend in their book a so called “Europe 5.0” as a new business model for the entire continent in order to increase the European competitiveness on the market. According to their concept, European enterprises should join forces and cooperate on a transnational level with the goal to remain globally successful. Our industries can only keep up with digitalisation and the global developments this way.

Hamilton: An American Musical

Do you believe it is possible to peer into our present, into the European world, and to see its errors and defects … through the past of the USA?

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Hamilton: An American Musical

Do you believe it is possible to peer into our present, into the European world, and to see its errors and defects … through the past of the USA?

Feria de Abril, an expression of Sevilla at its finest

Every year, two weeks after Easter, the Andalusian capital city hosts the long-awaited Feria de Abril (The Festival of April), a dynamic festival in which cultural, musical and culinary traditions are the real protagonists. A unique opportunity for everyone to immerse themselves into the Andalusian lifestyle and traditions. This year the festival will take place between the 4th and 11th of May.

The eventful life of Papillon

This summer the film Papillon debuted in European cinemas. A remake of the 1973 movie of the same name, it is directed by Michael Noer and inspired by the dramatic story of Henri Charrière, whose autobiography shook the entire world.

Becoming a World Champion – easier than you might think

Everyone loves winning. But becoming a World Champion must give you a special rush of emotions – after all, you are the best in the whole world! Sadly, it is a feeling that only few will ever know. Or is it? Maybe you just have to find the right discipline for your true talents to shine. If you haven’t found your field yet, here are some alternatives to mainstream sports, including a an assessment of newcomers’ chances of winning the prestigious title ‚World Champion‘.

The magic nights of San Giovanni

Turin, capital of Piedmont in the North of Italy. A city of art, with its marvellous Savoy residences built by the royal Savoy family, its great Piazzas, its museums. A city famous for football and the FIAT logo. However, Turin also has a hidden side unknown to many, linked to magic and ancient pagan beliefs.

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.

Freethinking prisoners: Women in Iran

They go to university, sit in Parliament and profoundly shape the Iranian society. Yet their life is strictly controlled and limited by the men of the Islamic revolution. A short insight on the condition of women in Iran.

EU-Lobbying

Who acts as an interest mediator at a European level?

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.”

Urban cycling: fun, inclusive and good for the environment.

The Dutch know this very well: soft mobility is the smartest choice inside and outside cities. No traffic congestions, no noisy and polluted cities, no parking problems. These are just some of the many benefits of urban cycling. On the contrary, in some European cities, traffic is still a huge problem, with high levels of air pollution and, of no less importance, noise pollution. In some of these cities people feel the need to own a car, or more cars, because there are no alternatives. But cities full of cars are something we inherited from the past century and the environmental crisis we are going through suggests we should change this habit.

Europe 5.0 – the next step to European integration?

Digitalisation has changed the entire world and consequently Europe. The authors Frieden/Heinen/Leither recommend in their book a so called “Europe 5.0” as a new business model for the entire continent in order to increase the European competitiveness on the market. According to their concept, European enterprises should join forces and cooperate on a transnational level with the goal to remain globally successful. Our industries can only keep up with digitalisation and the global developments this way.

Media professionals: killed, imprisoned, and kidnapped!

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

Feria de Abril, an expression of Sevilla at its finest

Every year, two weeks after Easter, the Andalusian capital city hosts the long-awaited Feria de Abril (The Festival of April), a dynamic festival in which cultural, musical and culinary traditions are the real protagonists. A unique opportunity for everyone to immerse themselves into the Andalusian lifestyle and traditions. This year the festival will take place between the 4th and 11th of May.

Chocolate eggs and doves – Easter in Italy

People are preparing to celebrate Easter all over the world. Let’s see what is happening in Italy.

Cooking with grandma (Italy): pasta alla carbonara

Today in “Cooking with grandma”, I’m going to show you how to make a famous Italian recipe born in Lazio, a region of Rome: pasta with “carbonara” sauce.

Cooking with grandma (Spain): Potato Omelet

In this episode of “Cooking with Grandma” we’ll show you how to cook the famous ‘Tortilla de Patata’ (potato omelet), also known as Spanish omelet.

Meeting in a Café: Our Favourites Around Europe

We have compiled some the best cafés around Europe: Places we like to go to because of their setting, their history or because they simply make great coffee. Have a look around and send us your favourite.

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.”

Hamilton: An American Musical

Do you believe it is possible to peer into our present, into the European world, and to see its errors and defects … through the past of the USA?

Media professionals: killed, imprisoned, and kidnapped!

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

The Stop-Brexit movement in the UK: An interview with EU-Supergirl

Madeleina Kay is a pro-European campaigner in the UK, known for her EU-Supergirl persona on social media. She is currently campaigning for a People’s vote on the Brexit deal, and hoping to stop Brexit in March 2019.

We just have to vote

In May this year we will be asked to vote for the European elections.

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.

My Interrailing Experience with #DiscoverEU

This summer, I was fortunate enough to be one of 1500 18-year old Europeans who won an Interrail pass in the #DiscoverEU competition, organised by the European Commission. Here is the story of my experience, my wonderful discoveries and my difficulties behind this impressive publicity stunt from the EU.

Becoming a World Champion – easier than you might think

Everyone loves winning. But becoming a World Champion must give you a special rush of emotions – after all, you are the best in the whole world! Sadly, it is a feeling that only few will ever know. Or is it? Maybe you just have to find the right discipline for your true talents to shine. If you haven’t found your field yet, here are some alternatives to mainstream sports, including a an assessment of newcomers’ chances of winning the prestigious title ‚World Champion‘.

Redhead Days in Breda, Netherlands: Join the Gingerhood!

Every year, in the beginning of September, the Dutch city of Breda throngs with redheads from all over the world. Entertainment, fun and sense of community are the key elements of the Redhead Days, a festival that welcomes everyone, no matter their hair colour, nationality or ethnicity.

Horror and Mystery in Northern Italy

Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan… Italy is famous for its marvellous cities, monuments and works of art. However, tourists often focus their energy on exploring the greatest and most famous cities, such as Rome or Venice. This means that the slightly less famous cities, which are no less fascinating, almost inevitably go unnoticed. One example of this is the magical Turin, capital of Piedmont, in the northeast of Italy. The adjective ‘magical’ is hardly used at random…

The Munich Oktoberfest – a must see or a tourist trap?

The Oktoberfest is the biggest ‘Volksfest’ in the world, but has it gotten too big? Our author, who is originally from Munich, weighs in on the question of what Oktoberfest is all about, and if it really is the best way to experience Bavarian culture.

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