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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‘Casual National’ as the savior of traditional Serbian values

‘Casual National’ as the savior of traditional Serbian values

For a society that is gradually moving to the west, a radical nationalist movement is appealing for youngsters afraid of their country shaking off its traditional values. “My parents and neighbours are proud of me,” says the 21-year-old Dobrica Petrić. Coen van de Ven

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Give Something Back To Berlin: Tackling the expat divide

Give Something Back To Berlin: Tackling the expat divide

Give Something Back To Berlin (GSBTB) is an urban organisation, set up just over two years ago, that’s aim is to strengthen social cohesion throughout Berlin. When new creative talent and refugees began to enter the city, there was becoming something of fallout- between old Berliner’s and the new cohort coming in.  Together with social organisations, GSBTB, enables the two groups to mix through social programmes, activates and music projects and hopes to close the…

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Housing hope: the refugee solution

Housing hope: the refugee solution

With his hands in his pockets and his head dropped, Kwame, a 23-year old man from Mali, stands on Oranienplatz in Berlin, a dusty square that has become symbolic of Germany’s ambivalent reception of refugees like him: The country last year granted more asylum’s than any other in the EU – a total of 200,805 – but among ordinary citizens, the tensions against foreigners are growing. In Oranienplatz, this recently led to arson against an…

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“We don’t want them in the university”

“We don’t want them in the university”

In a country like Greece constantly struggling with an economic crisis and other issues, problems can surface in the different institutions of the country. The political competition, mainly between the left oriented and right oriented parties have not only changed the government but also affected the educational system and Athens University itself. Euroviews spoke to some students in Athens about their experience. Karim Al Amin Currently in Greece to write about hopes and challenges of the…

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“It is possible to make it anywhere if you have the quality”

“It is possible to make it anywhere if you have the quality”

Multi-instrumentalist David Maxim Micić (24) couldn’t make sufficient money with his music in the local scene in Belgrade. Turbofolk – a popular Serbian genre – and cover bands dominate the musical landscape in the capital. In the United States and other countries in Europe his art is more appreciated, but even then it’s sometimes hard to get visa’s for gigs. Micić played himself out of isolation through the internet and is able to live off his music…

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An empowered youth may turn out to be the Scottish independence referendum’s greatest legacy

An empowered youth may turn out to be the Scottish independence referendum’s greatest legacy

Scotland’s youngest voters are twice as likely as their peers south of the border to visit a polling booth during next month’s British General Election. The extensive debate around last September’s referendum appears to have been the ‘catalyst’ for the newfound political hunger amongst Britain’s most northerly residents. Jack Cairns

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The deadly effects of bullying in Greece

The deadly effects of bullying in Greece

Athens, Greece – Greeks are demonstrating in a vigil, holding candles and photos of young Greeks who have been victims of bullying outside of the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square. Many are holding the photo of 20-year-old Vangelis Giakoumakis, who’s body was found two weeks ago. He was a student who committed suicide after being bullied by his peers, an incident that shocked the whole country. Christine Forsberg

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The uncertain future of Belgrade’s creative district

The uncertain future of Belgrade’s creative district

Savamala, a flourishing creative hub popular among young people, might have to leave for the Belgrade Waterfront project: a multibillion dollar state agreement with a foreign investor to develop a big part of the waterfront, the area parallel of the Sava River, into a Dubai-like business hub and modern living area. By Jiri Haanen and Tomas van der Heijden Belgrade, Serbia – On the right bank of the river lies the Savamala district, once the…

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Nazi Repayments Bring Hope to Greece

Nazi Repayments Bring Hope to Greece

The Greek government has calculated the exact amount the Germans owe them in terms of World War II reparations. That sum is exactly €279 billion, according to PM Tsipras. The large sum could help tackle Greece’s major problems, including the sky high rates of youth unemployment. However Germany insists negotiations on the matter ended decades ago. Gabriele Dellisanti

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