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Making Friends with Music: In Search of Traditional Tunes

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.

Discovering China: The Art of Finding Yourself

Experiencing China from a Georgian perspective: Mertsia about the importance of language, cuisine and finding ways to intertwine different cultures.

Moldova’s Pathway Through the 20th Century

In an interactive map, Ilinca, Veronica and Oxana from Moldova show how a painful past and present Moldovan identities belong together.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Between Jewish Traditions and Liberal Democracy: The Israeli Dilemma

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)

Churches in Germany: From Absence to Presence?

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)

My Life Without A National Identity

Maria from Sweden wonders whether all this hostility in the debates about how the respective national culture should be defined is necessary at all as she lives perfectly happy without a national identity.

Food and Faith: Practising religion during the Summit

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)

Cover photo for the Music in the service of patriotism: Can songs divide us?

Music in the Service of Patriotism: Can Songs Divide us?

“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)

Rallying for the Reconquista – Incognito among the Identitarians

After a long camapaign the Austrian Voters finally elected Alexander von der Bellen as new president. The candidate of the far right party FPÖ, Norbert Hofer, got more than 46 percent of the vote. With this the FPÖ, a pa... (more)

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