Gay in church

Written by Kimberly Nicolaus The Netherlands is a tolerant country towards gays, but within the Dutch Catholic church and conservative parts of the Protestant church, open homosexuality is still a problem. Individual gay believers who are coming out are being repressed. How do conservative Christians behave towards LGBTQ+ Christians? This year, both the Protestant and the Roman Catholic Churches in the Netherlands have been confronted … Continue reading Gay in church

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

No place for the modern feminist in traditional Slovakia

By Romy Caverlé and Marijn Butter   For many years now, women rights are a big issue in Slovakia. Women in this country do not have the same rights as men and are expected to fulfill the traditional role women were told to have. So, the question is: who should be responsible for changing this conservative mindset: the government or the European Union? On 1 … Continue reading No place for the modern feminist in traditional Slovakia

“You can’t make a choice for another person”

Written by Chirine Aboussaad and Charisa Chotoe  ZAGREB, 25 May 2019 – On Saturday 25 May, Election Silence Day, Zagreb was one of three Croatian cities, alongside coastal cities Zadar and Split, to host ‘Hod Za Život’ which translates to Walk for Life; a pro-life march. It was the fourth time that Zagreb hosted the march during which thirteen pro-choice activists were arrested. Croatian cities Osijek … Continue reading “You can’t make a choice for another person”

Free Space Now

Written by Melanie Schlemmer Free Spaces are a distinctive element of Amsterdam’s character, but the demand for new living space in the city is high. Bajesdorp is one of the last Free Spaces in Amsterdam and the community fights for their right to exist. The wind carries soft reggae tunes through the construction site of the future ‘Bajeskwartier’. A green piece of land cuts through … Continue reading Free Space Now

“They’re traitors”: Brexit’s leave voters frustrated with parliament’s lack of action

Written by Chirine Aboussaad The United Kingdom and Europe have been obsessed with the impending Brexit ever since the referendum back in 2016. The United Kingdom was set to leave the European Union on March 29th, they didn’t. Brexit’s leave voters are fed up and used the original Brexit date to demonstrate on Parliament Square. LONDON, 29 March 2019 – The area around Westminster Abbey … Continue reading “They’re traitors”: Brexit’s leave voters frustrated with parliament’s lack of action

The paradox of homogeneous identity

Written by Carl Edholm The chatty room becomes silent as he enters the stage. Taking his place at the lectern and without much introduction or presentation, he starts his lecture as he has done hundreds of times before. It isn’t needed, the lecture is sold out and everyone in the audience knows who he is. Bringing books in hope they will be signed. Classic names … Continue reading The paradox of homogeneous identity

Floating Breasts accompany this years’ women march in Amsterdam

Written by Melanie Schlemmer Amsterdam – Passengers on the Brouwersgracht probably looked twice when they saw a group of giant breasts floating around in all sizes and shapes on Friday the 8th of March. The breasts transported a message not everyone seemed to understand at first glance. But they were part of a supportive message for the freedom of boobs. One big breast with a … Continue reading Floating Breasts accompany this years’ women march in Amsterdam

Supporters of the biodiversity petition demonstrate for better species protection in Munich, Bavaria. | Photograph: Georg Kurz

“The biodiversity petition uses the same tools as right-wing populists”

Supporters of the biodiversity petition demonstrate for better species protection in Munich, Bavaria. | Photograph: Georg Kurz By Kimberly Nicolaus The Bavarian petition “biodiversity – save the bees” is the most successful in the state’s history. But critics see the petition as too short-sighted or even connect its success with populism. Around 18.4 percent of eligible voters in Bavaria signed from 31th of January to … Continue reading “The biodiversity petition uses the same tools as right-wing populists”