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Couscousgate: The FN is rubbing off on Germany

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It only takes some couscous for the National Front in France to have something to chew over. Why? Well, the second leader of the party, Florian Philippot, resigned and 'Couscousgate' could even have some serious repurcussions in Germany. Naturally, we brought our two cents on the ...

2017-09-22 12:19 open_in_new
Dialogue and politics from a big red bus in Germany

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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. 

It's a big red bus that's impossible ...

2017-09-21 13:11 open_in_new
Camille and Justine: Double trouble that vent their anger

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The dynamic duo Camille & Justine use both small and big annoyances in the name of comedy. From reactionary vegans to pushy men in bars, a large spectrum of daily life in France is squeezed into their YouTube channel. Girlshood made the most of their hype to interview them on ...

2017-09-20 19:33 open_in_new
Populists in Germany: You shall not pass!

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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 ...

2017-09-20 18:27 open_in_new
Diskutier Mit Mir: Where political opposites attract

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 ...

2017-09-19 11:39 open_in_new
Who cares? Christian Lindner is hot

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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:

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2017-09-19 11:39 open_in_new
Who cares? Printers and referenda in Catalunya

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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.

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2017-09-15 15:05 open_in_new
Europeans and alcohol: Who drinks what?

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In general, studies on alcohol in EU countries are full of stereotypes; while the French drink wine, the Germans drink beer and the Polish have a penchant for vodka. However, a study was finally published to shake up these clichés. 

There's always a good reason to get drunk. In ...

2017-09-15 12:53 open_in_new
Who cares? - Christian Lindner is hot

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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:

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2017-09-14 18:11 open_in_new
SKATE Nepal: Rolling over gender inequality

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Bibbi Abruzzini and Zyanya Jackson worked together with Refurb Skate in Nepal to document how skateboarding has the potential to empower young women and children. Through searing heat and torrential rain, what emerged was a community of stoked boarders - girls and boys alike. All it ...

2017-09-12 11:03 open_in_new
"La Bombe" or how to overturn rape stereotypes

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Written with a rush of blood to the head, ZOU's song "La Bombe" (The Bomb) is a rare artistic testimonial about rape. Four years later, the French singer who lives between Paris and Berlin chose to illustrate it with a 6-minute music video. But what can you show when you're talking ...

2017-09-09 13:45 open_in_new
Greece and refugees: Lives put on hold for reunification

A small gesture can go a long way. That's definitely the case for the Mobile Info Team in Greece, a dedicated crew of 12 volunteers who seek to give counsel to refugees on asylum laws and procedures. In an administrative system that can sometimes feel like a Kafkaesque nightmare, these movers ...

2017-09-08 14:39 open_in_new
Women motorcyclists conquering Europe

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They’ve been riding motorbikes for over ten years and aren't afraid of any terrain. Defying clichés, they travel across Europe to discover new landscapes and populations. Portrait of a woman who can't be stopped.

Light on her feet, her gesture is slow and affectionate. She ...

2017-09-07 13:17 open_in_new
Harmonica Creams: When Japan meets Celtic blues

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Between bodhráns and bagpipes, a Japanese band has dedicated their body and soul to Irish music. With four albums that nestled in the Japanese charts, Harmonica Creams has become somewhat of a reference in the land of the rising sun. We sat down with the band’s leader in Paris to ...

2017-09-04 18:55 open_in_new
Meet My Hood: Wedding, Berlin

What was once a working-class neighbourhood called 'Red Wedding' is now a booming and culturally diverse area. Compared to other Berlin neighbourhoods, Wedding is relatively untouched by gentrification, making it one of the city's most authentic areas. The true spirit of Berlin is still alive ...

2017-08-30 17:53 open_in_new
Young Latvians and the return of shamanism

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Feathers, colours, skulls and an incredible connection to nature. In Latvia, shamans are fascinating the country's youth in their quest for spirituality. Here's how a young Italian experienced this newfound spirituality in Latvia. 

A few days ago I was asked if I believed in ...

2017-08-30 14:35 open_in_new
Nudist volleyball: "We're naked and we call each other du"

With the sweltering heat that is hitting Europe this summer, it’s amazing the nudist community hasn’t grown. In fact, it’s shrinking. But amidst the decline, one sports club in Berlin has managed to attract nudists with their activities. This is what it’s like to play volleyball ...

2017-08-23 16:19 open_in_new
Clairvoyance: The long road to bankruptcy

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They call themselves clairvoyants, marabouts or even healers. Behind their array of descriptions, though, is something much shadier: tens of thousands of fraud victims. An investigation of people who have got balls of crystal.

It’s 1986 in Paris, and Christine has finally ...

2017-08-23 14:07 open_in_new
Mikel López Iturriaga: "The Mediterranean diet is disappearing"

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He is the head of El Comidista, the food section of El País, and just made the leap from newspapers to screens with a new show on the TV channel Sexta. In his own direct and entertaining style, Mikel López Iturriaga discusses gastronomy, nutrition, healthy habits and the myths of ...

2017-08-22 18:19 open_in_new
The ridiculousness of Czech politics

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 ...

2017-08-17 14:05 open_in_new
Meet My Hood: Montmartre, Paris

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Montmartre is fighting hard to prove that it is more than just a tourist attraction. Despite the intense gentrification and millions of visitors, inhabitants seem generally content with their district. What is their secret recipe? A little bit of history, a spoonful of provincial ...

2017-08-17 11:53 open_in_new