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LGBTQ IN CROATIA: NIGHT TURNED TO DAWN, BUT IS IT GETTING BRIGHTER?

If you wanted to go on the first LGBTQ pride parade in Croatia that occurred in Zagreb in 2002, you had to be very brave to say the least....

A STEADY CRESCENDO: THE RISE OF THE YOUNG PARISIAN OPERAPHILE

Standing ovation. After three hours of soaring sopranos, resonant baritones and everything in between, Paris’s Bastille Opera house comes alive. On this warm evening in the twilight of spring,...

CAN BOOKS BY PEOPLE OF COLOUR CHANGE THE WORLD?

Back in November 2016, I visited my good friend M at the University of Cambridge. It was two days after the American election and we were venting over chocolate...

IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: EUROPE WITH(OUT) BORDERS

What could we still learn from the insights of a long-dead thinker? I had no idea. But after travelling to 12 cities that were also visited by humanist Desiderius...

IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: THE BEGINNING OF A EUROPEAN JOURNEY

Desiderius Erasmus: it is a name you have probably heard before, but very few people know who the man was, and what his legacy is in modern-day Europe. Some...

WHAT CAN WE LEARN IN EUROPEAN BORDERLANDS?

‘Hungary is for Hungarians’; ‘Romania is for Romanians’; ‘Serbia is for Serbians’. One could spend a long time listing all the similar nationalistic slogans which are often articulated by...

CULTURE IS APPROPRIATION

I had hoped to make it through my life without bloating the internet with yet another article on cultural appropriation. But I’m afraid I couldn’t stop myself. Blame Jeremy...

THE EIGHTH: TIME IS WELL AND TRULY UP

A referendum held a decade before I was born has shaped the Ireland I was born into, grew up in, and later emigrated from. The Eighth Amendment to the...

EUROPEAN PATRIOTISM ISN’T THE ANSWER

I admit it. I’m a terrible Remainer. Sure, I hung a ‘Vote Remain’ poster in my window. Sure, I made the unprecedented step of discussing politics with my family...