Break up or make up? Dealing with European trust issues

Pragmatism is dead. The Greek crisis has turned into a bashing of policies and vanities, which has a poisonous effect on the country and the entire European Union. While slowly a leftist economic opposition to the neoliberal austerity policies emerged, deep cuts in the most important value of the EU have been made – trust. […]

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Why I take the gain of nationalist parties personally

Denmark’s nationalist party Danske Folkeparti (DF) reached 21% during the elections on June 18th. I cannot think of a single Dane in my environment who would have voted for DF, but in spite of my positive experience of being respected and appreciated by the people I have met, the result of the election leaves a […]

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Youth Unemployment: Did Education Fail Us or Did We Fail the Companies?

When I was little girl, my parents told me I could be everything I wanted to be as long as I put enough effort in it and educate myself. I believed them, this is how things worked in Germany. You either chose the path of the apprenticeships or academia and afterwards you started to work. […]

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Can we avoid the „Ambitious Woman Trap“?

Intelligent, attractive, funny and ambitious. I do not have enough fingers on my hands to count all the female friends which have all these characteristics. They are great company, know how to make an interesting conversation and are simply great. Most of them, in fact, are single. One could say “So what? You don’t need […]

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Mexican Street Stories, Part 2

Mexican Street Stories deals with the observations and experiences during the fieldwork in Mexico City about the grey market, informal economy and the lives of the street vendors. It offers a new grassroot-perspective on the lowest end of globalization and local politics: the people struggling on the streets. Read as well Part 1 about one […]

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Mexican Street Stories, Part 1

Finding myself for a month in Mexico City, in between traffic jams, delicious cuisine and warm-hearted people, I experienced unexpected situations during my fieldwork on informal employment. I would like to share some of these stories. Part 1 is about my encounters in one of the biggest grey markets of the country, Tepito, where daily […]

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15 things I have ACTUALLY learned at university

Slowly facing graduation, it is part of the process to reflect on the phase of higher education, which will end after six intense years. “What was this all about?”, “What have I actually really learned?” or “Did I actually change?” are frequent questions popping up in my head and with a silent sense of sentimentality […]

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Does happiness depend on the country you live in?

We all want to be happy and have grown accustomed to the belief that it is completely up to ourselves as individuals to pursue happiness. Psychologists at Harvard have analysed in their long-term „Grant Study“ the individual aspects of happiness, finding that social intelligence and close relationships to the parents determine the level of satisfaction […]

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Socialist memories and a never-ending transiton: fuel for populism and conflict

Hardly anyone reflected on the official beginning of the Eurasian Economic Union’s work on January 1st, having Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia as their members and expecting Kyrgyzstan to join in May 2015. Considering these countries as too distant, in fact, the economic potential of this union and the impact of its development bank are […]

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Stop pretending: gender stereotypes still exist!

Living in Western European countries, I have observed a puzzling behaviour – the attempt to pretend that gender roles don’t exist anymore. Some even dare to talk about a post-gender society and how old-fashioned the perspective on the topic is. Without being normative about how a person should be or behave, the reality shows that […]

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