It is worth talking to people

While Arabs or Muslims might be the focus of the current wave of Czech xenophobic discourse, the anti-Gypsyism from days past has not completely disappeared, as recent media debates illustrate. A Czech university professor with roots in The Caucasus shares an early memory about his first time visiting Prague and meeting the Roma and Czechs.

Emil Aslan1. 11. 2016


I am not able to dismiss my homeland

We met with Mrs. Gharam, a teacher from Syria, in Dresden, and she told us her story, explaining why she left her homeland and how life was after coming to Germany.

Gharam18. 10. 2016


Poland and refugees: Some people are more welcome than others

Polish society is currently strongly divided into those who support and those who oppose refugee assistance, with the latter seemingly being the majority. While the topic has stayed in the newspaper headlines, the government has been resistant to adapt to new realities, or search for an EU-wide solution to the problem. It is mostly small groups of individuals who are filling the gap, coming up with concrete ways to help re-envision a new European solidarity.

Agata Mazepus5. 08. 2016

EU and foreign policy

North Korean laborers

At a time when Warsaw is busy looking for reasons why people fleeing the Syrian war should not take refuge in Poland, the ease with which North Korean laborers have had obtaining Polish work permits is rightfully making headlines.

Lorenzo Berardi7. 07. 2016


The expat itch

In what would prove to be a truly pivotal moment, I decided to take Czech. I had three reasons: I loved hockey, I loved Milan Kundera, and they offered it at my university. To this day, those three factors are still the only ways I have of explaining my desire to study such an obscure language, and I still can’t explain the affinity for it that I immediately felt.

Lani Seelinger25. 05. 2016


Will Allah open the border if the politicians don’t?

“Alhudud mughlaq” (The border is closed), we keep repeating. I do not know whether I am pronouncing the two words correctly or if the expression we have quickly found in an English-Arabic dictionary application is the correct one, but some of the people I am facing seem to understand. Unfortunately those two words are exactly the opposite of what they want to hear at the very moment. It’s the end of March and we are in Idomeni, at the border crossing between Greece and Macedonia, which had been shut down two weeks prior. I happen to be one of the volunteers in a bright orange vest. They happen to be refugees.

Zuzana Pavelková4. 05. 2016


V4 turning heads in Europe’s refugee crisis

Border fences and often nasty rhetoric in the east, and a warm welcome in the west. Since the beginning of the refugee crisis, opinions on both sides of the continent have been complex, and now the divisions have become more prominent, shedding an uneasy light on the V4 and on European integration.

Eszter Zalán3. 05. 2016

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