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100 Years After: How we Remember the Perpetrators of Bloody Sunday

100 years after Bloody Sunday, there is still much controversy surrounding the perpetrators of that terrible day and whether the Irish should be remembering them. Neasa talks about the British police and military forces, particularly the Royal Irish Constabulary, and the surprising discovery of her own familial connections to them.

One People, Two Peoples, Neighbours or Enemies? North Macedonia and Bulgaria

Kristijan from North Macedonia and Liliana from Bulgaria discuss the tense relationship between their countries regarding history and identity.

Climate Warming: no Momentum to Lose in Bulgaria

Is climate change a hot topic in Bulgaria? Liliana from Sofia discusses the Bulgarian public attitudes towards environmental issues.

Climate Warming: Knowledge not Transmitted in Romania?

“Fridays for future” have become part of students’ weekly routine in some Western European countries. Collins Dictionary even crowned “climate strike” word of the year 2019. In South-Eastern Europe, however, this trend does not look exactly the same. Our authors Kyriakos (Greece), Simona (Romania), and Liliana (Bulgaria) share insights into the deb...

Climate Warming? “Greece is Already Used to High Temperatures”

“Fridays for future” have become part of students’ weekly routine in some Western European countries. Collins Dictionary even crowned “climate strike” word of the year 2019. In South-Eastern Europe, however, this trend does not look exactly the same. Our authors Kyriakos (Greece), Simona (Romania), and Liliana (Bulgaria) share insights into the deb...

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Polish Populism Plague

The Polish law students Witold Janas and Marek Kaczmarczyk sum up what happened with the Polish judiciary system since 2015 and give their view on actors and incidents in this drama.

Irish Language: Deep-Rooted or Force-Fed?

Neasa from Ireland talks about the state of the Irish language and young people’s attitudes to language and culture, and the compulsory status of Irish in schools. 

An Old Diploma And My Jump Into History

History is based on research by historians and experts in the area; some even dig for years to find their sources. In some cases, the sources just come to the scholars of history, as Decho from Bulgaria describes in his text.  One evening, when I was thirteen and studying for my seventh grade exams, my mother came to me and gave me the diploma that...

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If the Crisis or War Comes: Swedish Defense in the New Millennium

Recent years have seen a rise in the number of nations across the world undergoing rearmament. Military strength has become more important again in International Relations. In pursuit of this trend, and incited by increasingly antagonistic Swedish-Russian relations, the Swedish government decided to reintroduce mandatory enlistment of all male and ...

Female Changemakers: Maro Makashvili – a Writer Dying as a Nurse

Nato from Georgia reflects on how Maro Makashvili – the first woman awarded with the Georgian Order of National Hero – affected her way of thinking.

#LivingParma: How I Entered the Home of Every Barista

Erasmus+ is often described as the cornerstone of the construction of Europe. Although the COVID-19 outbreak negatively affected the mobility across Europe, universities managed to move to online teaching at record speed – but Erasmus+ cannot (yet) happen online. Liliana, a final-year student of international relations, returned from a six-month se...

Of Dogs, Virtual Discos and Civic Engagement. Young Europeans in Times of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus is everywhere: in the news, on social media, our personal communication and even in our thoughts. High numbers of infected and dead people on the news frighten many of us as much as the lockdown impacts our societies, social and economic live. But this pandemic also brings solidarity and hope. Join us and get some personal impressio...

English first? Observations on Language Choice While Abroad

Hanna from Belarus reflects on why she prefers to use the English language even when Russian might be a simpler choice at a first glance.

One Telegram, six Words, Thirty-five Letters

Neasa from Ireland tells us the story of a telegram: A piece of paper that enabled her family to be reunited and without which she wouldn't be alive.

Sofia Red Army Monument in Multicolour: Art, Vandalism or Protest?

Liliana from Bulgaria invites us to take a look at a 1954 World War II memorial, which has been used as an instrument for political expression, vandalism – or some would call art.