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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 populist, far-right politicians suggesting that nation states are to be entirely homogeneous. In European borderlands, however, where different ethnic groups and nationalities live together, these slogans are radically questioned and prove to be irrelevant. Only passing through Budapest, we spend two hours waiting at the Népliget Bus Station. We decide to

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PIZZA DIPLOMACY

Pizza is always present at the frontlines of diplomacy. Here's how Italy claimed its culinary heritage back in the era of Dominos and Pizza Hut. Once upon a time, in a young country shaped like an old-fashioned boot, there lived a gracious queen. She was named for a simple, delicate flower and her elegance inspired poetry and art throughout the realm. Tales of her wisdom and grace reached every corner of the land, uniting the people around a royal family that

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A PLACE TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY | BARCELONA

BARCELONA, SPAIN It is refreshing seeing hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets to demand that refugees be allowed in. Especially at a moment where other European countries refuse to treat the refugee crisis as their problem, and have used refugees as political bargaining chips. Coming to Barcelona gave me hope that a modern society could do things differently. I moved here a few months ago, partly wanting to know a part of my roots I’d never explored,

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BEYOND THE STEREOTYPICAL CHINESE FOOD CULTURE IN COPENHAGEN

Since many Danes’ only experience of Chinese food is likely to be that of a deep-fried, late-night fare, I wonder how the Chinese and Chinese-Danes are perceived in Denmark? For a small nation, Denmark has quite a global offering of late-night snacks. Around 2am, when the Danes in Copenhagen stream out of humid bars, some opt for the iconic hot dog, some hit up the kebab joint, and others head to the wide selection of colorful neon stands offering Chinese

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WHEN DESPERATION TURNS INTO ART | ATHENS

Over the past seven years, the socioeconomic crisis that brought the citizens of democracy's birthplace to their knees has attracted the global media to the Greek capital. The crisis has, however, also put Athenians (back) in touch with their walls. From INO's murals – heavily inspired by the rich history of Greece – to Woozy's colourful street art, Athens has become a centre for graffiti – and even modern art, as manifested from the city's co-organisation of this year's Documenta (14th edition) exhibition. ΚΡΊΣΙΣ A crisis (derived

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