Different views on religion can harbour potential for conflict. Our author Marlene from Germany declares herself an atheist. However, her time as a member of a Lutheran youth group during an exchange in Kansas, USA, imme... (more)
An empty cigar box containing the burden of a heavy-weighing family history: When German-Australian student Kelly found out that her great-grandfather's cigar box is a relic of her family's involvement during the Third R... (more)
A carrier of family memories, a European meeting point and a gate to new friendships: For Rusudan from Georgia, the piano has lots of meanings.
Kristijan from North Macedonia and Liliana from Bulgaria discuss the tense relationship between their countries regarding history and identity.
Nato from Georgia reflects on how Maro Makashvili – the first woman awarded with the Georgian Order of National Hero – affected her way of thinking.
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.
Tzivia from Israel shares her perspective on the triangular relationship between society, institutionalized religion and personal belief in Israel and the tensions between a modern liberal democracy and religious traditi... (more)
Germany is not a religious state. It does not have a state religion or state church. The number of registered church member is declining year by year. But which role do the churches play in public discussions? What does ... (more)
Going to the synagogue three times a day, praying with a branch of a palm tree and eating kosher food. Orthodox Judaism demands many rules to be obeyed. Shahar from Israel, an orthodox Jew himself, explains how he manage... (more)
“Music unites people of different cultural backgrounds” is a phrase that one can often hear in speeches. Yes, music connects people. It can enrich a person and provide confidence, motivation and a sense of be... (more)