• The divide in Austria will only get wider

    By on Dec. 7, 2016

    Former Green leader Alexander Van der Bellen emerged with a narrow victory of 53.3% against the right-wing candidate Norbert Hofer in Austria's presidential elections on 4 December. Wolfgang Glass, a political theorist from Vienna, said the election suffered from "far too much ideological babble." [OPINION]

  • Alexander Van der Bellen: "A stable Europe is vital"

    By on Dec. 5, 2016

    After several false starts - thanks in part to faulty envelope glue - the second round of Austria's elections finally took place on 4 December, with Alexander Van der Bellen winning against the far-right candidate Norbert Hofer. We spoke to Van der Bellen earlier this year and asked him about frogs and the challenges of being President.

  • Norbert Hofer: the Austrian-Whisperer

    By on Dec. 1, 2016

    Norbert Hofer is the voice representing almost 50% of the Austrian population. If he wins the coming presidential election on December 4 against his competitor Alexander Van der Bellen, the FPÖ candidate will be the first right-wing president in postwar Europe. A portrait:

  • Sexism in Germany: "sweet mice" bare their sharp teeth

    By on Oct. 3, 2016

    In an open letter to Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), 26-year-old politician Jenna Behrends fights back against sexism in her own party - and also finds herself struggling against women within her own ranks. We speak with another victim of sexism in the Young Union - and look to France to see how accusations of sexism can play out.

  • Germany is teaching refugees how to flirt

    By on Sept. 21, 2016

    Horst Wenzel is a 27-year-old "flirt coach" from Cologne. He founded the Flirt University in 2012, and gives tutoring in anything and everything to do with flirting; not only to bankers and orthopaedists, but now also to refugees. Internet hate is a thorn in the side of the project, however.