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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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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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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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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„Outside“ perspective – quo vadis Europa?

Quo vadis Europa? Europe is still debating about the success of the far-right and populist parties, the reasons for the low turnout at the European elections and the question, if Jean-Claude Juncker might become the President of the European Commission. The blurred fight of the key players about the future of the EU, leaves currently […]

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The big lie about Generation Y

If you google “Generation Y” there are 276.000.000 hits, 90.400 sources on Google books appear and you’ll find 3.640.000 videos on Youtube, including TED talks and scientific presentations. Obviously people are interested in this topic, but what are we actually talking about? Generation Y (or Millennials) is the generation born between 1980 and the middle/end […]

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