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FOR JAN AND MARTINA

When the news about Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová’s murder first broke, it felt as if the world around me had stopped. The entirety of Slovakia was shaken and outraged  -- no one really understood what had happened, nor what the motives had been. Next to expressing their condolences to the families of the victims, people started having questions. They wondered why this tragedy had occurred, whether there had been any way of preventing these murders. More importantly though, they

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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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LA RÉPUBLIQUE EN MARCHE! MARCHES ON

Checking in on Emmanuel Macron’s political revolution Emmanuel Macron defied all odds when he created his political movement En Marche (On the Move) in 2016 – a movement that propelled him to the presidency in May 2017 and won him a majority in the parliament in June shortly after. En Marche, renamed and reworked into the functioning political party La République en Marche (LRM) after its electoral success, promised to revolutionise politics in France by governing from the ‘bottom-up.’ No

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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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WHY WE CARE ABOUT THE HOMELESS

It’s just kind of a thing that happened when we weren’t looking – whether it was the economic crisis, austerity or even the refugee crisis, I couldn’t say. There’s a man at the station whom I see every now and then, always around midnight when I’m on my way home from an evening out. This man is not the loveable type. This has less to do with his lack of a home address, and more with his following me out of

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GIRL ON A PLANE, GIRL ON A TRAIN: ON BEING IN LOVE AND BETWEEN CITIES

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="345"] Photo by @macenzo[/caption] Being in a long-distance relationship is to be in a relationship with your suitcase. Over the years you get to really know your baggage intimately: the corners where the lining is wearing thin, the way the wheels rattle on cobblestones, when to tug hard on the zipper so it doesn’t catch. My suitcase is the only thing I ever won in a lottery. Styled in the white-and-orange of the Dutch Olympic team, it’s

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FOOD IN THE HOOD

In recent years there has been a renaissance of food sharing and the art of homemaking. In big cities, preparing homemade food every day is more challenging. Thus, many places provide and try to fake the atmosphere of a cosy simplicity, normally associated with the home. The connection between food and home can easily be explained: Dr. Eva Neely, a lecturer at Massey University, says food can give people something to hold on to, something to talk about. It can reveal

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WHY WE CARE ABOUT THE HOMELESS

It’s just kind of a thing that happened when we weren’t looking – whether it was the economic crisis, austerity or even the refugee crisis, I couldn’t say. There’s a man at the station whom I see every now and then, always around midnight when I’m on my way home from an evening out. This man is not the loveable type. This has less to do with his lack of a home address, and more with his following me out of

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WE’RE BREAKING UP: REINVENTING POLITICS FOR THE IPAD AGE

AN INTERVIEW WITH WOUTER WELLING FROM POSITIEF LINKS Friday night. When I arrive at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, the DJ is already on stage and I can feel the bass thumping beneath my feet. People are milling around the bar or sitting at round tables, talking and studying the shiny black iPad at the centre of every table. It’s crowded: late-comers are standing, nursing their beers. Purple disco lights flash across their faces. Nothing about the scene suggests this is

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THE END OF THE WORLD BOOKCLUB

Your brother believes the world could end soon, that one day we will wake up and see nothing and hear no one and find our cities stretched out before us, wastelands. He is preparing himself, chopping wood, learning which plants grow best from English river soil. No more Asda, but a pear tree sprouting from ruins. The screaming of birds in the tinned soup aisle. One man and his white dog against the world. How this vision comes to be reality

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