On Russia – We Know So Little

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Moscow and Yekaterinburg as part of a political fellowship on German-Russian relations and the intense discussions and observations have left me both overwhelmed and wondering – is the West too superficial when tackling Russia? Western Media Coverage & Scepticism The morning after my return: I browse through […]

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Personal: On Brexit

I’m a child of the European Union, I hold a double citizenship, have travelled more than 20 countries, spent 3 years abroad and yes – I’m a child of Erasmus. Brits, Poles, French, Italian, Spaniards and Germans drank beer together – something our grandparents couldn’t imagine. So yes, the Brexit hit me, it hit my […]

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H&M Kills Feminism

I am guilty. While walking towards the supermarket, the windows of H&M seduced me and I stepped into the shop, magically drawn by the soft rhythms pounding from the speakers and the peculiar urge for consumerism. Among skinny long-legged mannequins and elf-like student girls, I lost it completely when I saw a black t-shirt which […]

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European Youth: Letting go of a Vision

When I was a child I remember traveling through Europe by car – often, we visited my relatives in Bulgaria. My parents had placed toys and colouring books next to me while we were slowly moving towards our destination in order to distract me from the seemingly endless journey. I can’t even recall how many […]

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You probably work too much – but won’t change a thing

Work is an essential part of everyday life – most people aren’t born in rich families and are dependent on a form of labour in order to make a living. Some even find inspiration and dedication through their work or find integration into a social group, others escape boredom and seek challenge, which their private […]

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After Cologne – the Changing Face of Germany

Dear friends, After the sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, many of you have contacted me to ask me if I was alright in Berlin and how I see the events, which was very attentive and sweet. Indeed, these attacks have contributed severely to a more aggressive debating style among the German citizens, […]

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Why the Body Positive Movement isn’t Actually That Positive

I enjoy observing social media, because it depicts social trends and movements very well. Recently, I have observed the Body Positive Movement, which triumphs thanks to models like Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence and Chrissy Teigen who show their cellulite, stretch marks and unretouched pictures. You see, it is rather a female issue connected to the […]

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ISIS Attacks: The 5 Symbols They Chose – and How We React

With every detail released in the media about the attacks ISIS performed in Beirut and Paris, I couldn’t help myself but think “F*ck, this is… brilliant”. And yes, I think we have to speak about a performance, the symbolic impact was chosen too well to believe that the details of the events might be plain […]

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Beyond Good and Evil: The Religious Argument in the Refugee Debate

Religion – could there be a more sensitive topic in the history of mankind? Countless wars have taken place because of the crucial question of belief. Paradoxically, all religions in their core preach love, forgiveness and decency. Facing the current challenges of the high number of refugees arriving to Europe, many people experience fears – […]

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