A typical Dutch Christmas
Dec13

A typical Dutch Christmas

December is the time of the year when suddenly traditions become very important to many of us. Each country, each region, and even each family has their own special way of celebrating Christmas. In this series, MH authors tell us all about their favourite holiday traditions

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My language, my home: Ukrainian
Nov23

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.

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Horror and Mystery in Northern Italy
Oct21

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…

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The Munich Oktoberfest – a must see or a tourist trap?
Sep15

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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Has Couchsurfing become a bohemian Tinder?
Sep09

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?

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The European Union – so much more than just a joke
Aug25

The European Union – so much more than just a joke

‘No to the European Union.’ Ok, but what then? A nationalist renaissance? Political isolation and marginalisation? Stirring up hatred and closing borders? Anti-European movements are growing, not only in Great Britain, where Brexit taught us that everything is possible. This shows us that EU-scepticism represents a real threat to the basic values of our European coexistence.

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Loi mannequin – a law for a healthier body image
Aug02

Loi mannequin – a law for a healthier body image

With its newly approved “loi mannequin” France commits itself to combatting anorexia among models and teenagers. Will it have a significant impact on women’s health – or is it simply a futile attempt?

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Real news or fake news: this is the question
Jul23

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.

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Venetian summer nights: Festa del Redentore
Jul15

Venetian summer nights: Festa del Redentore

Iris takes us to her beloved Venice and offers us an insight into one of the most famous feasts of the city. Enjoy a virtual tour through the gondoliers, boats and cracking fireworks!

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(Not) A minority: Muslims between inclusion and discrimination
Jul11

(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.

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