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  • Why did Austria take the "right" way out of the refugee crisis?

    By on July 24, 2015

    In Austria, the clocks tick a little differently. According to some people's preconceptions, everything happens in the alpine republic a little more slowly, including in the political and societal realms. Along with Hungary, Austria is the only country that isn't participating in relocating the 40,000 refugees currently situated in Italy and Greece across the EU.

  • cafébabel joins the #OpenEurope initiative

    By on July 21, 2015

    In partnership with nine European and Tunisian newspapers, associations and NGOs, Cafébabel has joined the special initiative  #OpenEurope. A project that aims to promote the concrete solidarity that has been built to help migrants.

  • Sea Watch: the civilians saving refugees in the Med

    By on July 20, 2015

    So far, Sea Watch has single-handedly saved 587 people in the Mediterranean Sea.After a rusty start, the crew managed to bring refugees safely to Europe with their private boat last week. Ruben Neugebauer himself was on board for two weeks. Back in Berlin, the journalist comments on the first rescue campaigns and the EU’s inactivity in migration politics.

  • Welcome Lorenzo!

    By on July 8, 2015

    In the best case, the phone rings a week earlier. On the other end of the line, a voice tells you: "We chose to work with you." In my case, this call came while I was in a small assembly room. It was in late November of last year and I was working in Rome. I answered on the third attempt.

  • Welcome Naiara!

    By on July 8, 2015

    Naiara is the new editor of the Spanish version of, where she will work for the next 10 months. We've ensured that she loves Paris and will define the magazine as a very interesting project both inside and out. Moreover, she's a coffee drinker and has already made several cups to power the cafébabel team. What more could you want?

  • Beyond the Curtain - Now in French

    By on July 7, 2015

    On March 1st we published our e-magazine "Beyond the Curtain". Back then we only published in German, English and Polish. But thanks to a grant provided by the German-French Youth Office (DFJW), the e-magazine has now also been made available in French. 

  • Greek Refugee Policy: a dangerous gap

    By on July 2, 2015

    While the biggest Greek story for most of Europe’s media is the financial situation and how to handle economic problems and political differences, there is a certain story that has been mostly left out: Greek refugee policy. 

  • Map of the week: new walls for Fortress Europe

    By on July 5, 2015

    Hungary is now planning to strengthen its border with Serbia against the flow of refugees. The situation in Europe is already reminiscent of a new 'Iron Curtain'. But the country is by no means the first to seal its borders against illegal immigration.

  • Behind the numbers: refugees in the world

    By on June 30, 2015

    Around 60 millon people have had to leave their country as a result of war, conflict or persecution. This number is roughly equal to the population of Italy and means that each minute, 30 are forced to abandon their homes for these reasons. These are invisible stories that are spread throughout the world.

  • Berlin: migrant graves in front of the Bundestag

    By on June 22, 2015

    They had threatened it - and they did it. Yesterday, the subversive art collective Zentrum für politische Schönheit (the Centre for Political Beauty) rounded up 5000 people to transform the government district into a huge symbolic cemetery for dead Mediterranean refugees. A photo gallery of the Bundestag lawn: