Politics

  • Dialogue and politics from a big red bus in Germany

    Over the span of two weeks, a troop of determined young people crossed Germany on a bus to meet voters. They wanted to talk politics, burst filter bubbles and challenge a culture that seems reluctant to debate. A debrief in Berlin, last stop. 

  • Populists in Germany: You shall not pass!

    By on Sept. 20, 2017

    On the 24th of September, Germans will choose their destiny by electing their next parliament. While the country has hindered the rise of the extreme right, Alternative Für Deutschland is still predicted to have about 10% of votes. But a group of motivated and imaginative young people have decided to make populism nothing more than a bad memory in their country. 

  • Diskutier Mit Mir: Where political opposites attract

    By on Sept. 19, 2017

    Only a few days left until Germany goes to the ballots. Although many have described the run-up to the elections as boring and uneventful, Louis Klamroth and his team at Diskutier Mit Mir are spicing things up. Their online chat platform pairs people from either side of the political spectrum in Germany, forcing strangers to confront and justify their vote-to-be. 

  • Who cares? Printers and referenda in Catalunya

    By on Sept. 15, 2017

    Gabriel Rufian used a printer to draw attention to the fact that, according to him, the Spanish government is spending way too much time checking printers for Catalonian voting papers. Instead, they should be using their time to fight corruption.

  • Who cares? Christian Lindner is hot

    By on Sept. 14, 2017

    10 days until the German elections, and everyone's talking about Christian Lindner. Hot or not? Who cares?! Well, we do. And here's why:

  • The ridiculousness of Czech politics

    By on Aug. 17, 2017

    Sometimes politics can be disheartening. When people like Donald Trump come into power, it's hard to keep faith in the solemnity of the political landscape. In the Czech Republic, politicians are ready to reclaim Czech sovereignty with a future that's pink, loaded with guns and decorated with fake beards. 

  • Hamburg G20: "Welcome to hell"

    By on July 11, 2017

    "Whose streets? Our streets! Whose streets? Our streets!" The protesters might have tried their best to state their case, but Hamburg was completely taken over by police in the days surrounding the G20 Summit. Empty avenues, omnipresent police vans and helicopters; the city was transformed. "Welcome to Hell".

  • Has the EU turned a corner?

    By on June 26, 2017

    "As a solution, not a problem": this is how the EU is now perceived again according to European Council President Donald Tusk. The participants at the EU's summer summit in Brussels have made a show of unity and resolved to tighten cooperation on counter-terrorism and defence. While some media rejoice, others remain sceptical.

  • UK Elections: Then and now

    By on June 16, 2017

    While Europe was watching like hawks, the results of the UK General Election turned out to be a damp squib. Theresa May’s gamble has not paid off, resulting in the Conservative Party being without a majority in Parliament. The Labour Party has achieved an unexpected breakthrough. The future political landscape in the UK is even more foggy, and the future of Brexit even more 'soft'.

  •  Brussels determined to impose refugee quotas

    By on June 15, 2017

    "Decisions that have been made are applicable law, even if one voted against them". With these words EU Commission President Juncker has defended the opening of infringement procedures against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The three states are refusing to comply with the quota system for the distribution of refugees decided in 2015. Are sanctions justified?