Friendships in the time of Corona

by Dauphine Vernimmen Silence. Empty streets, empty cities and closed restaurants. The noise moved to our computers. Everything is going online: work, friendships and meetings. All of us soon adapted to interacting with friends and loved ones solely through screens. Speaking to friends through WhatsApp and having daily Zoom meetings is useful to stay in touch but it is not the same as it used … Continue reading Friendships in the time of Corona

“I’m slowly getting my strength back”

Cancer recurrence during a pandemic By Laszlo Lieffering   Valesqua de Waal (22) heard that her cancer, Non-Hodgkin, had just come back before the pandemic started. Her life suddenly completely changed, especially with the arrival of the coronavirus in the Netherlands. Valesqua was obliged to rewind. When the pandemic started, our society froze. Valesqua’s life was already on hold because she heard her Non-Hodgkin came … Continue reading “I’m slowly getting my strength back”

Finnish Government’s hands tied due to rigid legislation

The country’s inflexible legislation poses unexpected obstacles for the Finnish government to deal with the coronavirus outbreak as swiftly as perhaps desired. Already when the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Finland were shy of 400, the government took firm measures to close all schools, universities, gyms, libraries and other public buildings. It seemed as though the Finnish government was going to tackle the outbreak with … Continue reading Finnish Government’s hands tied due to rigid legislation

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

Go for Green

by Dave Lantinga & Maxim Etty Vocal sounds swish through concrete walls of the 19th century Heldenplatz. Sounds of people with a voice that want to be heard. When entering through the historical bow that leads to the square, one sees signs of green. This time not led by the flora of the square garden that normally adds the natural look and feel to the … Continue reading Go for Green

Go for green

Protest for green is a must nowadays. Austrians take this very serious and even one step higher with annual protests and individual support to save today’s climate and the future. Vocal sounds swish through concrete walls of the 19th century Heldenplatz. Sounds of people with a voice that want to be heard. When entering through the historical bow that leads to the square, one sees … Continue reading Go for green

Austria: non-biodegradable plastic to be banned in 2020

by Diogo Baptista In light of the ongoing European elections and the global fight against marine litter, the Austrian government envisages different measures to ban single-use plastic products from the market. “Clean environment, clean politics”: this was the slogan on Friday for the large-scale demonstration in Vienna on the occasion of the second worldwide climate strike organized by “Fridays for Future”. With the support of … Continue reading Austria: non-biodegradable plastic to be banned in 2020

A gay Muslim activist about acceptance in society

Written by Romy Caverlé The emancipation and acceptance of gay Muslims have changed over the past years. Ejel Khan (44) is a freelance writer and also a human rights activist since he was 18 years old. Ejel was born and raised in Luton in the UK and fights for LGBTQIA+ Muslim solidarity. Today, he’ll talk about his experience with freedom and the changing attitude towards … Continue reading A gay Muslim activist about acceptance in society