Researching the Unknown

Christoph Schattleitner, a young ambitious Austrian journalist, has made it. With a critical article about Austrias’ secret services, Schattleitner won the “Prix de l’EYP” for the best journalistic piece on media freedom in the EU. We talked to him about the award and the problems during the research for his article. Continue reading “Researching the Unknown”

All Souls’ in Czechia

Celebration of All Souls’ Day (Credits to Rinaldo Wurglitsch from Flickr)

The Czech version of Halloween is called “Dušičky” (All Souls’ Day) and takes place on November 2nd. But there is a difference. In Czechia no one dresses up and you see no children walking from door to door asking for trick or treat. Rather you see a lot of people visiting the graves of their deceased family members or friends, to leave flowers and light up candles. And not only one candle. As soon as the sun has set the cemeteries are brightly illuminated.  The light is considered as a guide for the dead as it is believed that their souls return on this day to communicate with the living. 

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“Political debate is the cornerstone of democracy“

I meet Marcel on a foggy Sunday in a nicely warm café in Rüsselsheim – a town which is known for its varied cultural and ethnic groups. People from different ethnicities live here together in a relatively small area. The automobile manufacturer Opel had promised a safe workplace to a lot of migrants in the 1980ies.

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Europe and rugby

All Blacks from New Zealand. Credits to Natural Heart (c) from Flickr. http://bit.ly/1Mx4BD9
All Blacks from New Zealand. Credits to Natural Heart (c) from Flickr.

The rugby World Cup 2015 has ended this weekend. Old and new world champion are the All Blacks from New Zealand. The tournament was hosted in Great Britain. Time to take a look at the sport with the egg and its influence in Europe.

Where are the roots of rugby?

Why are only a few countries involved?

What does it need to become a rugby nation?

Football, or soccer, as it is called in the US, is a sport that unifies a nation and its fans. You talk about football with people from different countries and everybody interested knows the players and the game. Which part in European binding can rugby take.

Patrick Haas is an expert on rugby. He is 25 years old, from Krefeld, Germany and moved to Ireland two years ago, a european country known for its rugby team. Patrick plays rugby for the Monkstown FC near Dublin. Before he moved to Ireland, he was a member of the german youth national team. Lets hear his opinion about the  rough-looking sport and how europe can adapt to the rugby mentality.

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