• Boycotting: Putting power back in the hands of consumers

    By on April 3, 2018

    It’s easy to feel helpless. Even if documentaries on scandals surrounding major brands such as LIDL and Haribo cause outrage, citizens find themselves stuck without a solution as soon as they turn off their TVs. Still, civic engagement platforms and activists are proving that boycotting has an impact. We spoke to the individuals who stop at nothing. 

  • Sexism: Why German cinema is done getting dolled up

    By on March 12, 2018

    As one of the largest film festivals in Europe, the Berlinale faced a new challenge this year: how to tackle the #MeToo debate. It wasn’t easy, but they managed. Here’s how.

  • Breatharianism: The woman who eats nothing

    By on Feb. 23, 2018

    “Living off love and water” doesn’t seem like enough to sustain oneself, but for Dominique Verga, it’s already a lot. The 50-year-old Liege native claims to have survived on nothing but love for the past three years. By nothing, we mean no food or water. She follows a ‘breatharian’ lifestyle, which she claims cured her of ill health. Scientists believe the lifestyle is nothing more than a scam.

  • Roma: It's not black or white

    It seems that discrimination against the Roma community in Germany is still on the rise. They are calling for a 'right for all to stay' as the authorities send them back to their homelands. One of the aims of the first World Romani Congresses was to create a more integrated society. But has this been successful?

  • Armenia: In the country of stones

    By on June 12, 2017

    In his book In the Country of Stones, published mid-June, the French photographer Nicolas Blandin tells us about his journey across Armenia. The story unfolds through the people he met and the landscapes of an "isolated" country. 

  • Feeling at home with art, all around Europe

    By on June 8, 2017

    In the springtime, the network of artists at Hors Lits decided to tranform Parisian apartments into cosy performance spaces for the public. Established by dancers some 12 years ago, it has become a European phenomenon. Munich, Brussels, Barcelona and Lisbon have joined in on the dance. Here is our story of the Hors Lits from under the covers. 

  • "Populism is propaganda" 

    Since coming out of a coma, Rainer Höss, the grandson of an Auschwitz executioner, has dedicated his life to destroying his grandfather's legacy. His book The Commander's Legacy explains the dangers of right-wing extremism in Europe. Here is what he had to say about his life's mission. 

  • Farting: The big cheese of taboos

    By on May 24, 2017

    Everybody has gas, but rare are those who speak of it. Even mentioning the mere existence of a fart is considered grotesque. This belief is apparent in all social conventions, and has become a widespread phenomenon, making it a long-lasting taboo. 

  • Brexit means identity crisis for Britons

    By on May 22, 2017

    They are young, they are beautiful, they love to travel, and they love discovering what Europe has to offer. The only problem is that they are British. As a consequence of Brexit, they may soon lose the privileges inherent in EU citizenship. Is this just a formality, or a real identity crisis? We met with some young people, who believe that being European is more than a few stars on a passport.

  • Emmanuel Macron's never-ending story

    By on May 19, 2017

    Emmanuel Macron was elected President of the Republic by more than 20 million French citizens. While his journey to the Elysée makes a good story, it is one that must be viewed with caution, because neither the storyline nor the characters are yet known. The situation in France hasn't changed: the country is divided.