European Values for the Future of SEE countries?

What makes a German – almost European Studies’ graduate – participate in a youth conference about challenges in the Balkan region?  In European Studies in Germany, at least that was my experience, the priority is set on the European Union. Same goes for the general European discourse. Europe and the European Union are used as …

Tackling the problem of inequality in Europe: A report on unequal Europe

2015 is an important year for development.  The Millenium Development Goal Agenda, which was introduced in 2000 with ambitious goals to reach within 15 years, should be fulfilled. It is the sad truth that development worldwide has not come as far as it was desired. On the contrary increasing gaps in societies become apparent. This …

A short introduction to global citizenship

Cosmopolitans, people who are according to the Oxford dictionary familiar with and at ease in many different countries and cultures, are not a new phenomenon. The ongoing globalization affects, directly or indirectly, every human being in the world. The globalization, mainly describing interconnected economies and international trade, is accompanied by political and social cosmopolitanism. But …

Thoughts on Gender Equality triggered by “pick-up artists”

With the whole discussion about dubious methods of public sexual harassment covered as “the art to pick up women”: some thoughts. I normally don’t do stuff like that, but I just unfriended some guys who were posting videos defending Julien Blanc’s methods of how to “pick up girls”. They argue that “he is succesful”, “he …

Patience, persistence and peer support for peace

Europe was for me, a young, curious and open-minded woman, always more than just home. Europe was for me as well the – pretty decently practiced – idea of cooperation, democracy and, most of all, peace. I found my idealistic hopes and dreams realized in the European Union and passionately begun to organize all my …

Melting Pot Bosnien & Herzegovina

Bosnien und Herzegowina war für mich leider lange Zeit ein Land, mit dem ich nicht viel außer eines Bürgerkrieges, der für kurze Zeit Thema im Politikunterricht war, in Verbindung bringen konnte. Dementsprechend war ich doppelt erfreut über die Einladung zur International Youth Conference „Mlada Evropa“ in Sarajevo zum Jahrestag des Attentats auf Franz Ferdinand 1914, …