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You can be whoever you want to be

In Berlin you are free, you can be whoever you want to be. There are clearly less barriers and you’re at least given a chance to try out something new. There are not so many prewritten social conventions and many different ways of life are widely accepted. As you have...
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The concept of nation state needs an overhaul

There are certain realities in the world we just have to deal with. I don’t think there is any viable alternative to having pluralist diverse societies. ‘Multiculturalism’ is just a word, a word we place too much importance on. There is a heated debate in Germany on whether German society...
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Diversity has made me to the person I am

On my last birthday I received good wishes from Italy, Spain and Ireland. On the very same evening my friends who are from many different countries and cultures, who speak many different languages came over to visit. Friends from France, Finland, Poland, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan and Estonia were there that...
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Right to live and think

My name is Mare. I’m from Estonia and I moved abroad about four years ago. If I think back, I even didn’t know then why I had to move – I just felt that it’s time to go. Don’t get me wrong: I do love my country and it will...
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Currywurst, baked camel recipe and the circling pig

The exhibit ‘Eating and Drinking in Germany’ (Is(s) Was?!) at the Haus der Geschichte museum is well worth a visit as it interactively offers a spectrum of the changes in the food culture which Germany has experienced in the last decades. Covering a sixty-year period, it traces the many trends...
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This is just not right!

My name is Jenia and I come from Smolensk, Russia. I am a part of the Köln Maidan Group since November last year simply because I want to express my support to young Ukrainians who were badly treated on Maidan in Kiev. I stand against this bestial and brutal regime....
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A good starting point

My name is Yulia and I am from Zhitomir, Ukraine. I am currently studying in Germany. My mother tongue is Ukrainian, until the age of 14 I only spoke Ukrainian and the Russian language….. you just pick it up. What do you think about the current situation in Ukraine? I...
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No romantics involved

My name is Yura and I come from Russia. I am currently a PhD student studying chemistry in Cologne. I have a Ukrainian girlfriend. According to the international law the referendum in Crimea is illegal. When the powers are not equal, unfortunately we see that the international law does not...
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We are for Europe

My name is Katia and I am from Zhitomir, Ukraine. My mother is actually from Belarus and my mother tongue is Russian. Last year in the beginning of November I personally visited Maidan in Kiev. There were mainly young people and students protesting against the former president Viktor Yanukovich and...
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Difference needs to be appreciated

My name is Liz and I am English. My husband’s job brought us to Cologne in September 2013. I have a linguistic background and one of my main priorities while here is to learn the German language. Now I hear people talking but I cant understand them. It is the...
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Environmentally responsible

I am American, an East Coast girl, but was actually born in Rome. We moved to Germany three years ago because of my husband’s new assignment. I was not sure how to make it all work, changes are not always easy for me, but I integrated very quickly. I liked...
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I was forced to resign…

I am Kurdish, from Iraq. When I came here I had a job right away. But then, they do not want to keep people over two years with steady contracts, because they would have to pay too much taxes. During the two years I never took a sick leave or...