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‘.
Quiz: European Union
The European Union is often cause for heated discussions. Do we still need it? How can we improve it? Should more countries join? But even though public debate is focussing on the EU often these days, facts often seem to get blurred with fiction. Time to check your knowledge about the European Union!
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.
“Hong Kong is not Xianggang”
The images of the Umbrella Movement have circulated around the world – but since then Hong Kong has disappeared from the focus of the world stage. Did the situation improve since then? No, to the contrary. The activists from Meta Hong Kong are not prepared to accept this and are campaigning for a more democratic and social Hong Kong.
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.
Quiz: Human rights
Living in the Western world, it is very easy to take the existence and enforcement of human rights for granted. And in fact, that’s what they should be. But in a world where populism and narcissism are on the rise again, this topic suddenly seems more relevant than ever, not only when talking about other countries and cultures, but also right here, in our own backyard. Time to show off your knowledge about human rights – or take the hint and get up to speed!
Going out onto the streets for Europe – a conversation with a committed European
Rallies of right-wing populists and anti-EU demonstrations have been the order of the day in Europe. Pro-European and liberal movements, however, only usually make their voices heard just after an election has been decided in favour of nationalists and populists. But Pulse of Europe wants to change that and give the fans of a united Europe a voice. We spoke with Akilnathan Logeswaran, who has been out on the streets of Munich, demonstrating for the EU since February.
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!
My language, my home: German
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.
Life at the epicentre of the Middle East conflict
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?