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“In the battle between laws and humanity, the latter dies”

“Losing our lives.”

Denmark is the first country in the EU to revoke residence permits of many Syrian refugees, pushing ahead to achieve the zero-asylum-seekers target despite facing domestic and international condemnation, and in spite of the success of Al-Assad in the recent elections in Syria.

News Package by Jana Mahmoud – click here to read her article.

Journalist – Jana Mahmoud from Lebanon

“My language is beautiful!”

Signe Amalie Stubbe (right) lost her hearing when she was only 11 months old. She grew up with Danish sign language as her mother tongue. Her favorite sign is “I love you.”

People with hearing loss are often not those we think of first when speaking about disabilities. Their condition is invisible, and they are used to dealing with a variety of daily obstacles. For many deaf people, the pandemic wasn’t just another challenging situation, which they had to master. It also had a major benefit for the whole community using sign language in Denmark: It made it visible.

News package by Margarita Ilieva – click here to read her article.

Journalist – Margarita Ilieva from Bulgaria and Germany

“As long as we have been invisible, it was fine” – How the LGBT community fights its way into visibility in a post-soviet country

A LGBT community memeber at a counter protest of the “big family march”

In 2020 more than a half of the Lithuanian LGBT community members have experienced discrimination. Physical assault and hateful comments are part of their daily life. Since the “Freedom Party” entered the parliament, it seemed as if things were turning for the better. But recent setbacks predict a long and fierce fight to equality.

News package by Marie Vandenhirtz – click here to read her article.

Journalist – Marie Vandenhirtz from Germany

“There’s this huge culture of silence- if you want to say something, they can hunt you down if they want to”

The graffiti that reads: “Free Hasel” is what your eye should draw to. Pablo Hasel is the ‘small fish’ of Barcelona

In the beginning of the year, the Spanish ‘mouth curve law’ proved once again to be an effective weapon for censorship of artists by trying to restrict artists’ freedom of expression. The issue of freedom of expression is a silenced concept that often manifests when a “small fish” is put on display. 

News package by Ashanté J. Ford and Olivia E. Yderholm – click here to read their articles.

Croatian Youth Turning Their Heads From Politics – Here Is Why

Youth politician Amel Omerčahić: “90 percent of my friends do not know what city council is and how the elections work, which should be primary knowledge in a democracy.”

Political illiteracy amongst Croatian high school pupils is measured significantly high in a recent study. Croatian student: “I do not trust politicians today.”

News package by Beata Wallstén and Saashmitta Oyen – click here to read their articles.

“The travel of Portuguese tourism during the hardest days of Covid restrictions”

Lisbon from the Castle Saint George (Sao Jorge). Lisbon, May 2021.

 Less than a month since the Portuguese government allowed the entrance of UK tourists with Covid-19 negative results, the British government took it out of the green list of safe countries to visit. Interviewed before England closed the door to Portugal, owners and workers of tourism related businesses tell their struggles due the lack of tourists, and their now, uncertain hopes.

News package by Yunjung Shim and Catalina Ruiz – click here to read their articles.

Germany: How journalists are threatened by the rise of right-wing extremism

Protesters attend a right-wing rally against the government’s restrictions following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Berlin, Germany, March 20, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang

Violence and crimes linked to right-wing ideology in Germany have peaked in the last two years as presented last May in a press release by the Minister of Interior, Horst Seehofer. He mentioned that “right-wing extremism remains the biggest threat to security in Germany”. This situation has caused problems not only in the political scene of Germany but also in the media, in which 260 criminal incidents against journalists were reported.

News package by Danai Konstantopoulou and Isidora Hernández – click here to read their articles.

“My office was attacked and I had a troll pile on, because I said something nice about my boyfriend on Valentine’s day and all these weird things that wouldn’t happen to a straight MP”

Luke Pollard and boyfriend Sydney at Plymouth Sound

Governments in Europe are lacking in diversity but what are their plans to change things and where does this lack of diversity come from?

News package by Sophia Grace – click here to read her article.

Journalist – Sophia Grace from the United Kingdom

Is Denmark the transgender paradise it strives to be? A reality check.

Ellen Alina Kovac Nielsen is a transgender woman living in Copenhagen, Denmark

A reality check whether Denmark is the LGBTQ+ friendly country is strives to be. How is it to live in Denmark as a transgender person in 2021? This article looks deeper into the trans community in Denmark and touches upon the struggles but also privileges they are facing. 

News package by Isabell Gielisch – click here to read her article.

Journalist – Isabell Gielisch from Germany

Northern Ireland six months post-Brexit: The protocol in practice and how it’s going

Field of grazing livestock divided by small road. Like in this scenery, it’s hard to tell the difference when standing on the Irish land border, looking from one country to another.

In January 2021 the United Kingdom effectively left the European Union and a number of changes began taking effect. Protests against the new arrangements have occurred in places like Belfast and dissatisfaction is apparent, but some are optimistic about the opportunities of the situation.

News package by Sandra Marie Kaarsgaard and Simone Stampe Dreessen – click here to read their articles.

“Is it a fetish, or am I your cup of team? — transgender peo-ple face the daily obstacles in Copenhagen

At the moment, Ellen Elina is not satisfied with her living situation – But that doesn’t stop her from loving Copenhagen.

Denmark, and its capital Copenhagen, is often seen as a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals, including transgender people. After Ellen Elina got kicked out by her family and abandoned by her friends, the city ended up being just that for her. Now, she’s facing new obstacles in the health sector, her dating life and society at large.

News package by Nina Schaumann – click here to read her articles.

Journalist – Nina Schaumann from Denmark