Political campaigning: online vs offline

The online-possibilities are endless and many companies, NGO’s and other organisations make good use of it. Political campaigning is a special segment in that area; is online campaigning going to be the future? Will the hard-working volunteers who are flyering on the street completely disappear? Text by Lisanne van ‘t Riet Social media is a big part of life in the western world, and more … Continue reading Political campaigning: online vs offline

Eight simple questions about the complicated situation in Catalonia

People have taken to the streets of Barcelona, after their elected leaders are sentenced to prison for up to 13 years. The protests started off peaceful, but the atmosphere is getting increasingly tense and the protests more violent. Alba Fernández (20) is from Llobregat, Catalonia, and studies political sciences in Barcelona. We asked for her opinion on the current situation in Catalonia.  Text and photo … Continue reading Eight simple questions about the complicated situation in Catalonia

How the AfD convinced the left behind

By Astrid Vlaeminck The AfD, Alternative für Deutschland, a right-winged party in Germany chooses for some traditional Nazi-strategies. They use simple slogans, organize meetings in market squares and promise that they have the nation a lot to give. The core of their strategy is to make the left behind feel understood. One of the differences between the AfD propaganda and the Nazi’s in the Second … Continue reading How the AfD convinced the left behind

Orbán’s FIDESZ remains the largest represented Hungarian party in the EP

Written by Chirine Aboussaad and Charisa Chotoe For many years now Hungarian politics is being led by Orbán’s FIDESZ party. When looking at the numbers, Budapest – the country’s only big city – voted in large numbers for DK, MSZP and Momentum. A majority of the votes for Orbán are coming from the country-side. “They only listen to radio stations and broadcasters owned by the regime.” … Continue reading Orbán’s FIDESZ remains the largest represented Hungarian party in the EP

Climate March a big success: bigger attendance than expected

Written by Naomi de Ridder, Romy Caverlé and Chirine Aboussaad The Climate March on Sunday the 10th of March was a huge success. The attendance was much bigger than expected: 40.000 people attended the march, that is 15.000 more than anticipated. Jasperine Schupp (46), press officer from Milieudefensie, is very satisfied with the outcome. She sees the success as a clear signal to the government. … Continue reading Climate March a big success: bigger attendance than expected

Hungarian science and press put in jeopardy

The Hungarian minister for innovation and technology, announces the state’s call to supervise the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest and to suspend some of its funding Written by Diogo Baptista Hundreds of scientists and their supporters form a human chain around the HAS building in Budapest to express their outrage towards another governmental call. The disposition which plans to take control of the Hungarian scientist’s … Continue reading Hungarian science and press put in jeopardy

North Korea and propaganda: a beautiful nightmare

Dalla Coulibaly Ha-Neul Park, 24, is from Hoeryong, near the border of China in North Korea. She was told her whole life that she lived in the best country in the world. This was before her defection, eight years ago. Afterwards, she realized the truth about what was going on there. “I was wondering if I was crazy, if it was real. Was it a … Continue reading North Korea and propaganda: a beautiful nightmare

“I have never seen so much involvement, everyone was talking about Brexit”

By Mathilde de Gooijer Like many Scots, Jay Paterson (36) voted ‘remain’ in the Brexit referendum. He was born and raised in Glasgow, but he now works as an information security engineer in Prague. When asked about propaganda in the Brexit campaign, he sighs: “it was all around, but to be honest, both sides were equally guilty.” In 2016, voters in the United Kingdom were … Continue reading “I have never seen so much involvement, everyone was talking about Brexit”

“In the Netherlands I earn as much as a doctor in Budapest”

Photo taken by Denise van der Bij Denise van der Bij While Hungary is dealing with major immigration problems, there is a wave of young, intelligent Hungarians leaving the country because of xenophobia and low salaries. “I only got 520 euro a month while I worked for 48 hours a week,” says Karolina Kiraly, one of the many migrants choosing to leave her country. As … Continue reading “In the Netherlands I earn as much as a doctor in Budapest”