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Austria’s dependence on Russia’s gas

Julia Steiner –  As the tension between the EU and Russia rises over the Ukraine conflict, so does the concern about a possible disruption in gas supplies to Austria. Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday 17th February. Today is the fifth day since the attack, and the whole world looks to the east. While the tension was rising, in the last months between the two countries, … Continue reading Austria’s dependence on Russia’s gas

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Living on water – dream or threat?

Diana Miu – New Climate Change report raises concerns for Amsterdammers living in houseboats and floating houses. There are many things Amsterdam is known for: weed, the red-light district, wild nightlife, canals…and now, more than ever, houses on water. Be it houseboats or floating houses, a wave of locals and tourists are looking for alternative places to live around land-scarce Netherlands. Facing a shortage of … Continue reading Living on water – dream or threat?

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“I don’t remember anything nice about that time”

Karel Budde was born March 1935 in Amsterdam. He lived through the Second World War from when he was 5 until he was 10 years old. The memories of the war still trouble him to this day. “In 1940 I went to the first class at the Montessori school. Classes consisted of about 40 to 50 children, of which half were Jewish. Anne Frank used … Continue reading “I don’t remember anything nice about that time”

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“With every airplane I prayed that our small village would be spared from the attacks”

Elisabeth Epple was born on 25th January 1932 in Steinbronnen, a small village near Bad Saulgau in the southwest of Germany. Born into a farming family, she was the youngest of six children. Just one year after her birth, the Nazis took over Germany under Hitler’s leadership. In 1938, when she was only six years old, World War II started, and she experienced seven years … Continue reading “With every airplane I prayed that our small village would be spared from the attacks”

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A request from the hairdresser: can we please not talk about COVID?

I’m sitting in the hair salon and my regular hairdresser Bente is dying my hair. Next to me, there’s a woman being cut. She and the girl who’s doing her hair are talking about the latest press conference, in which Rutte told us the evening lockdown has been expanded. “That’s no surprise,” I hear the lady next to me say. I think about the first … Continue reading A request from the hairdresser: can we please not talk about COVID?

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Sometimes it’s for the better

Whenever I meet new people, the topic always comes up. We talk about friends, family and siblings. I talk about my two half-brothers, who I love dearly, and the questioning eyes look at me. “Oh yeah, my parents are divorced.” Immediately, the questioning eyes change into sad eyes. They tell me they’re sorry for me, that they didn’t know and will not bring it up … Continue reading Sometimes it’s for the better

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At last, brightness in the tomb

“To great Men the grateful nation” that is what you can see on the pediment of the Panthéon. O, the Panthéon, last resting place of great men but obviously not of many great women. The result of the match speaks for itself: since its creation, the Panthéon has welcomed 75 men and only 6 women. When I say six, I should rather say five as … Continue reading At last, brightness in the tomb

Hostels and COVID: how does Lisbon keeps travelers safe?

The COVID-pandemic is an ongoing international problem for almost two years now. Traveling to foreign countries is not easy and comes with a serious risk. Even though most countries try their best to keep the virus away, a certain number of infections is inevitable everywhere. For big cities as Lisbon is tourism an important source of income, so keeping the country from going into lockdown … Continue reading Hostels and COVID: how does Lisbon keeps travelers safe?