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IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: HE YIELDS TO NO ONE

Over the past few weeks, you could join me in the footsteps of Desiderius Erasmus, one of Europe’s greatest thinkers. Back in Rotterdam, after having visited twelve European cities, I reflect on my European journey in ‘He yields to no one’. Have I found Erasmus?  It has been six weeks since I returned from my tour. I’m cycling home from University along the banks of the Maas. The setting sun drapes the Rotterdam skyline in a golden hue. In the

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OLD WOUNDS IN BENDER

In this photo series, Marlon Roseberry Buenck traces the region of Transnistria through the experiences of two women in the city of Bender, whose day-to-day lives have been heavily influenced by the tumultuous period of violence and conflict. The wounds of war, it seems, are yet to have healed, instead continuing to deepen the volatility and uncertainty surrounding the unrecognised state that is perched on the very edge of Europe. What does the future hold for such regions? Are they

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IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: AT THE END OF THE TRAIL

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 Erasmus more than 500 years ago, I have found the man behind the name. In dozens of fragments, actually, spread across the Europe like a gauze of stories. In my search to uncover the legacy of the man who is often referred to as the ‘first European’, I spoke with people who,

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FRANCE: ALL MOUTH AND NO TROUSERS

In 2016, France thought it was giving Muslim women freedom by forbidding the burkini. Mayors of 30 French beach resorts sparked worldwide anger and controversy when they banned the full-body swimsuit, seen by many as the symbol of women’s enslavement. Although France’s highest administrative court overturned the decree concluding that it was illegal, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban. At a socialist party meeting he said: “Marianne has a naked breast because she is feeding the people! She

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IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: THE WOMAN WHO INTRODUCED STUDENTS TO EUROPE

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 Erasmus more than 500 years ago, I have found the man behind the name. In dozens of fragments, actually, spread across the Europe like a gauze of stories. In my search to uncover the legacy of the man who is often referred to as the ‘first European’, I spoke with people who,

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IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: THE REPUBLIC OF THE DENOUNCED

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 Erasmus more than 500 years ago, I have found the man behind the name. In dozens of fragments, actually, spread across the Europe like a gauze of stories. In my search to uncover the legacy of the man who is often referred to as the ‘first European’, I spoke with people who,

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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 Erasmus more than 500 years ago, I have found the man behind the name. In dozens of fragments, actually, spread across the Europe like a gauze of stories. In my search to uncover the legacy of the man who is often referred to as the ‘first European’, I spoke with people who,

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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 550 years after his birth, I decided to travel through Europe in the great thinker’s footsteps. In my search to uncover the legacy of the man who is often referred to as the ‘first European’, I spoke with people who, often unintentionally, embodied the story of Erasmus and modern-day Europe. In

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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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