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The “Migrant Crisis”: Narratives at a Dead End

The migrant crisis has brought much dissatisfaction amongst European citizens, and political pressures on their governments. As the EU struggles to handle the migrant crisis, Western and European media, as well as public discourse, are locked in a dead end between competing narratives of whether the migrants are guilty of the …

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Photo credits: Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala singing "1944", by Albin Olsson - Licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0 Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons
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What It Says on the Tin: Politics and the Eurovision

Why did the Ukrainian entry “1944” receive such attention as a “political” song at the Eurovision Song Contest? Yes, of course Eurovision is political – and well beyond the lyrics of this song, or even the voting in country blocks. The song contest, with its strongly proclaimed apolitical mission, serves …

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Photo credits: French protest in support of Mohamed Bouazizi, “Hero of Tunisia” by Antoine Walter – Licensed under Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons
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Tunisia: Five Years After the Arab Spring

What remains of the Arab Spring in Tunisia? TIP Magazine journalist Sonja Wiencke spoke to Sabry Yazidi, young activist and student in Tunis. Tunisia is often portrayed as the “model” of the Arab spring, not only because it was the first country in the region to oust its despotic leader in 2011. Its peaceful revolution …

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Bye bye borders: Revolutionary international treaty enters into force

Unknown to most citizens of this planet, even to most politicians, journalists and scholars, a treaty was secretly signed and ratified by the majority of states within the United Nations. It will enter into force on the 1st of April 2016. Photo credit: Fence Barbed Wire Sicurezza/ Ken Kistler/Public Domain …

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Back to the Future: a Look Into a European History School Book Published in 2096

What will future generations think of us? How will they judge our actions? What will children learn in history class about how our generation dealt with current challenges? This article is what our journalist Sonja Wiencke thinks a school book for history will look like 80 years from now. Chapter I …

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Calais: Looking back, forward, and beyond

Calais has been the topic of quite some international news coverage over the past weeks. Here is an update, looking back, forwards and beyond recent events. Calais: Looking back The third week of this new year saw an eviction order issued by French authorities to everyone living within 100 metres …

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Lessons learned from the refugee crisis in Hungary: Interview with Emma Polák

In the summer of 2015, Hungary filled the headlines of all major European newspapers with its treatment of thousands of passing migrants. Half a year later, I talk to Emma Polák, who is volunteering for Migration Aid, looking back and ahead at the situation of refugees in Hungary. First of …

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Of mud, hope, and borders: inside Calais unofficial refugee camps

At the French coast, next to two ferry terminals leading to the UK, two refugee camps have been existing for years, though never officially recognised by the French authorities. Calais and Dunkerque have grown significantly in recent months, as it has been getting more and more difficult for the asylum …

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Donald Trump: It’s not about political correctness

Donald Trump’s face is on every newspage. He is known and quoted by people in the streets. His medical record attesting good health is presented like a lifeboat for the nation. No, this is not some totalitarian dictator in a shut-down place far away, this is the currently most popular …

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