Brotherhood across borders

Brotherhood across borders

Three brothers choose three completely different paths through their German-Polish world. Pawel studies English in the Polish city Poznan. Filip goes to a highschool in German Löcknitz. Grzegorz studies Polish and English Philology in Germany. Since 2004, German border regions allure young Polish families with cheaper rents and higher state benefits. Elapsing borders create choices for a new Polish-German generation. Olivia Kortas

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Student-craving Polish universities on the prowl in Ukraine

Student-craving Polish universities on the prowl in Ukraine

Falling birth rates in Poland over the years have resulted in fewer students for the universities. However, instead of closing, they go hunting for students abroad. By Maria Danmark and Rikke Mathiassen Lublin, Poland – “I have two classes with almost only Ukrainian students,” says Piotr Skrzypczak, who is a lecturer at the Wyższa Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości private university in Lublin, a city located about 100 kilometres from the border to Ukraine. Skrzypczak teaches two classes…

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Design in Poland: catching up with capitalism

Design in Poland: catching up with capitalism

After 25 years of market economy and economic boom, business and design are finding each other in Poland. As graphic design schools pop up everywhere, a new generation slowly changes the face of Poland. Olivia Kortas & Kasper Goethals Gdansk, Poland – “Zupy!”; “Piwo!”; “Ryby!” – (“Soup!”; “Beer!”; “Fish!”). Walking through any Polish city, they yell at you. Letters in yellow and red, white and blue. There is nothing subtle about the way small Polish shops attempt…

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Polish Easter, a family (re)union

Polish Easter, a family (re)union

Poznan, Poland – Easter is a big thing in the predominantly catholic Poland. Families reunite, from all over Europe, to break bread together. Students and workers abroad return to their parents and spouses. “You won’t find a single Polish person in the UK, the Netherlands or Germany right now.” Kasper Goethals

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Grandparents: Islands of rest in a young Polish life

Grandparents: Islands of rest in a young Polish life

Poznan, Poland – Ania (17) is growing up in a country that is changing fast. Poland is an express train, steaming away from the grey stereotypical Eastern-European image, shaking off the remnants of the iron curtain at high speeds. When Ania was seven years old, Poland joined the EU. Highways and city development programs changed her world. Olivia Kortas

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