EU-TOPIA: Time to Vote

  • Vienna: The Street Art Waltz

    By on Oct. 27, 2014

    Vienna often brings to mind majestic palaces and an imperial past. While the train stops at Wien Meidling, one wonders if the city will also amaze you with a young and alternative side.

  • Habsburg Revisited: A Selfie with Sisi

    By on Oct. 20, 2014

    One hundred years ago, World War I marked the beginning of the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its aftermath can still be felt today. A search for imperial remnants in Vienna.

  • Berlin: Rainbow Families Shining Through the Clouds

    By on Aug. 7, 2014

    Although Berlin is perceived as a hedonistic queer paradise, it’s also a great place for queer parents to raise kids. Run by Europe’s only openly gay mayor, it’s ideal for rainbow families. But somewhat surprisingly, Germany has some of the most backwards, anti-LGBTI laws in Western Europe. Cafébabel looks at how Berlin’s queer families deal with Germany’s curiously conservative government.

  • The Secret Garden Of Bratislava

    By on Aug. 5, 2014

    Contemporary urbanites long for gardens but how to share public space is a lesson that still needs to be learned in post-Communist societies. Sandra and Michal want to give back a lost paradise to the inhabitants of Bratislava and make them realise that they aren't simply passive dwellers but much more and that TV series are only shadows of real life like prehistoric paintings on cave walls.

  • Slovakia: Black Hole of the European Vote

    By on July 31, 2014

    Bratislava is at the crossroads between Russia and the EU. Where voter turnout is scraping by, despite the strong European identity that exists and where protest and disillusionment did not result in the rise of Euroscepticism and populism.

  • Marinaleda: The Utopia Without Unemployment

    By on July 29, 2014

    In Spain, a town of 2,800 tries to keep the ideals of socialism alive. This seemingly magical place is called Marinaleda. But what lies behind the words and slogans? A journey in images to a place where unemployment is 'non-existent'.

  • Fifteen Glimpses of Berlin

    By on July 29, 2014

    Berlin is one of the most booming cities in Europe. The desire to break with it's recent past has produced a multicultural city where every street corner is action packed. Musicians, painters, photographers, activists... There's room for everyone in the German capital. This photo gallery will bring you closer to a small community that's emblematic of the vast, youthful web that populates Berlin.

  • Albrecht House: For the Love of Art

    By on July 29, 2014

    Artists and music lovers are sharing their time, effort and money to restore the ramshackle house that once belonged to the musicians Albert and Jan Albrecht. The reason behind it: to give Bratislava a new space for music. Many may think differently, but not everything is done for business. 

  • Bratislava: I am my own Master

    By on July 29, 2014

    The mas­ter of their own fu­ture. The eco­nomic boom of Bratislava is all about the women. The daugh­ters of the last gen­er­a­tion born under com­mu­nism are the real pro­tag­o­nists of the eco­nomic and so­cial re­nais­sance of the Slo­vak cap­i­tal. They all share the same phi­los­o­phy: I am my own mas­ter. 

  • Love and Marriage: Slovak Gays Can Have One But Not The Other

    By on July 23, 2014

    On June 4th, the gov­ern­ment of Slo­va­kia de­fined mar­riage as a unique union be­tween one man and one woman. The decision remains controversial with segments of the Slovakian population rejoicing and others weeping.