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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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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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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Das Unverständnis für Politik kommt nicht von ungefähr – eine Spurensuche

Die gewaltsamen Ausschreitungen einiger extremer Blockupy-Anhänger in Frankfurt verbreiteten sich in den Medien und sozialen Netzwerken wie ein Lauffeuer. Dass die politische Botschaft der Organisatoren nun nahezu untergegangen ist, verwundert kaum: Spott und Wut über die Zerstörung dominieren das Stimmungsbild. Doch auch wenn es sich um einen kleinen Teil aggressiver Demonstranten handelt, die ihr Recht […]

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Inequality – Again Part of the Public Debate?

Inequality has been an issue in many different spheres – regardless if speaking about human rights, social mobility and access to education or global economic inequality between developed and underdeveloped countries, we see concerning dynamics emerging from too big gaps of distribution of goods, rights, economic capacity, etc. Nevertheless, inequality hasn’t been perceived as a […]

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TTIP – where is the civil opposition?

The negotiations about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the USA and the European Union are floating like a shadow through media and political debates. Characteristically for a shadow is a blurred shape, which changes its location depending on the light source and it cannot be completely grasped. This metaphor is reflecting exactly […]

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Qualified and Poor – the Limits of Education

Education has been perceived as one of the most effective tools to lift people out of poverty, assuring social mobility and giving chances. The premise that knowledge and education are crucial for personal development and the economic performance of a country led to the general assumption in Western countries that there are almost no limits […]

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