“Hong Kong is not Xianggang”
Apr16

“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.

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Freethinking Prisoners: Women in Iran
Feb17

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.

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United States of Europe: Is it really possible?
Jan16

United States of Europe: Is it really possible?

In face of the potential EU inefficiencies, some voices defend the need to create a European federation similar to the USA one. But is it really viable? In today’s article we’ll present some reflections on this matter.

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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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(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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Reconciliation is a first step towards identifying with Europe
Jul05

Reconciliation is a first step towards identifying with Europe

An example from German-Czech history shows how difficult it can still be today to produce a collective narrative for the European commemorative culture.

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Quiz: Human rights
Jun01

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!

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Going out onto the streets for Europe – a conversation with a committed European
Apr28

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.

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