In the last few years, German as a foreign language has gained a lot of popularity, all over Europe and the world, people suddenly want to learn German. German is in fashion, though no one is as surprised as the native speakers. Were we not always told ‘German is too difficult’ and ‘it always sounds as though you are fighting’? Well, yes. And maybe little has changed about that. Yet thanks to the strong economic position of the German region in Europe, my mother tongue has suddenly taken on a whole new meaning and more and more people are discovering the interesting, beautiful and logical sides that I also want to open up to you today.
For fifty years, Palestine has been under Israeli occupation. One of the areas which has seen the most conflict between Israeli settlers and Palestinians is considered to be Hebron in the West Bank. So what is everyday life like with the occupation and the settlement policy?
Seven days after Christmas and the magic of the festive season slowly comes to an end. But never fear, there is still time to throw one last big party before packing up the Christmas tree and going back to work. This party is, of course, New Year’s Eve! But how do different countries celebrate the new year? And why on earth would you need a bowl of grapes, a pot of onion soup and a ridiculous amount of fireworks?
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?
In 1914 Oskar Barnack, an employee at the optics enterprise Leitz in the German town of Wetzlar and a passionate amateur filmmaker, developed the first miniature camera that did not use glass plate exposure like other cameras at the time, but roll film. After its introduction to the market in 1924 it became a worldwide success and its compact size enabled a whole new kind of photography. Since 2014 the exhibition “Eyes Wide Open! – 100 Years of Leica Photography” has been taking a look at the culture that surrounds it and presenting the best pieces of the century in various European cities.
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.