Packaging that breaks the mould: the supermarkets avoiding plastic

By Maria Wokurka on Oct. 1, 2015

From Heidelberg, to Berlin and Cologne, small stores and supermarkets that avoid using plastic are popping up across Germany in a growing trend. What do young Germans think about buying all their groceries in these stores? And how environmentally friendly are such supermarkets? cafébabel's Maria Wokurka went to find out.

SINGA: Helping refugees to feel at home

By Patrick Grosse on Sept. 28, 2015

Thousands of refugees are arriving in Europe. After being sent to welcome centres, it's necessary to begin the long journey into work or accommodation. SINGA, a French organisation, has recently launched a project called CALM ('Comme à la Maison' – 'Feels like Home'), which puts potential hosts in contact with refugees. Cafébabel met with Guillaume Capelle, one of the organisation's co-founders.

The view from the media: Separatists win in Catalonia

By euro topics on Sept. 28, 2015

The separatist coalition Junts pel Sí and the far-left party CUP won an absolute majority of the parliamentary seats in the regional elections in Catalonia on Sunday. Spain's central government must take the election outcome seriously, some commentators urge, saying that it will give separatist movements in other European countries fresh impetus. 

Review: Damsel/Wife/Witch, gender stereotypes and fairytales

By Sofia Lotto Persio on Sept. 18, 2015

Damsel/Wife/Witch, a play from the new London-based company And So Forth, shows what we learned through children's tales affects us much longer than just in our childhood, shaping our expectations of both our gender roles and those of others. A review.