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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
In Europe, so many different countries and cultures are packed together that it is hard to imagine everyone getting along. And yet, we do. Sort of. Well, some teasing and quarrels happen even in the best families. But what we should never forget is that this diversity is also our biggest asset. Nine young people from different parts of Europe have told us about what they feel the people in their country could learn from others in Europe, and also how they think their country could serve as an example for the community in other ways.
Partying, going to concerts and travelling a lot. You’ll surely have done it a hundred times. But then someone reveals to you: “I thought you were not interested in these kinds of things!” Are you surprised? This is the situation which Marta Llauradó has to face every day. A girl who has functional diversity and tries to explain in her blog the prejudices society has towards her.
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.
I met with Grigoris and Sofia, two people who know sign language, the first out of physical necessity and the second out of desire, to talk about the secrets of sign language.