Category Archives: Europe

Why Eastern Europe cannot accept more Refugees

Dear Western Europe, it seems you are in sulk about our unwillingness to accept more any refugees. It hurts us to hurt your feelings, so please allow us to explain things from an Eastern European perspective. We are certain you that … Continue reading

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Welcome to Germany!

It has been funny how many people have been telling me that Germany should be careful not to accept too many refugees, that they would be a threat, a burden or what not. It’s particularly funny when these comments come from … Continue reading

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“In the Sea there are Crocodiles” by Fabio Geda

Every week now, thousands of refugees make it to Europe. Thousands die trying. In debates on immigration, refugees are referred to by the numbers in which they arrive, in economic or in legal terms. It’s time to read the account of one … Continue reading

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The Revolutions of 1989

1989, those were the times! With each broadcast of the evening news, the world changed so quickly that most people already lost track back then. Now, 25 years later, only a vague recollection of falling walls, fired shots and popping champagne … Continue reading

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Conceptions. Misconceptions?

A cutely animated film about what people in one part of the world think about people in other parts of the world. Yes, we do have horse-drawn carriages in Eastern Europe. And yes, I also describe life in Germany like working … Continue reading

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British Prime Minister in support of EU

Yes, that’s Margaret Thatcher. The photo is from 1975 when there was a referendum on whether the UK should stay in the European Community. Margaret Thatcher was the leader of the Conservative Party back then. Given what she wears, I don’t … Continue reading

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Europe, still divided

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, Europe has grown together. Countries which didn’t even exist as independent states back then are now member states of EU and NATO. The European Union reaches all the … Continue reading

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