Make-up & masculinity

Written by Diogo Baptista Glossed lips and bronzed cheeks are a statement and a mark of distinctiveness, but also of inclusiveness. Will a man wearing make-up ever be a hundred percent socially accepted?  Mishel Peters has always been candid about his experience with wearing make-up. The now 22-year-old works as a freelance make-up artist and part-time employee at the cosmetics store MAC. With almost 7,000 followers on Instagram, he shows that make-up … Continue reading Make-up & masculinity


Written by Maxim Etty   Overcoming a drug addiction is difficult, but Max Meeuwisse (28) managed to stay clean. Now he’s helping others to do the same.  January is a special month for Max Meeuwisse because it marks three years of officially being clean. Max used hard drugs since he was fourteen years old: “I felt defeated and helpless. But the fear of losing my … Continue reading Reborn

Freedom in Bratislava

By Fleur Withagen Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Slovaks care about their freedom and cherish this right with their hart. But how free is Slovakia and their press, especially after the murder on Ján Kuciak? On the Freedom Festival in Bratislava on Friday 24 May, I met Tomáš Kriššák, a 32-year-old project … Continue reading Freedom in Bratislava

Why Budapest is the place to study

By Maxim Etty & Dave Lantinga Cheap housing, a vibrant urban environment, different cultures, prominent buildings, underground bars and a roman history. All good reasons to pay a visit to Budapest for a couple days. The city also happens to be an attractive metropole for students, but why? Budapest offers a wide range of degrees with a welcoming student community. The city has one the … Continue reading Why Budapest is the place to study

Hungary – bad air, don’t care?

In Hungary, air pollution is the leading cause of premature deaths. However, contrary to popular belief, industrial pollution is not the main cause for the deterioration in relation to air quality. by Diogo Baptista, Naomi de Ridder and Dyonne Onyema According to Secretary of State Zoltán Kovács (50), consumer heating and particularly the burning of solid fuels emit particulate matter (PM) that have the most … Continue reading Hungary – bad air, don’t care?

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