The question of the refugees

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A few days ago I had a conversation with some people I usually really like (and think of as reasonable human beings) about the problem of the huge numbers of refugees coming to Europe at the moment. See, I normally avoid discussing controversial political topics, be it with friends, family or strangers, because I don’t need that stress and see no point in trying to persuade somebody of my worldview. I think the basis of tolerance is to allow somebody his own opinion and belief, whether you can understand it or not. But there are some limits, and that’s for example when it comes to the basics of human rights and justice – things everybody should share because of common sense. The question of the refugees is one of these basics. Weiterlesen

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What to think about the Ukraine?

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It will not be me who gives you an answer to this question. Because there is no easy answer, and because I wasn’t there. Like everyone I depend on the media and their reports to form an opinion. Don’t worry! I am not one of the trolls who spread conspiracy theories about evil America. Neither will I defend Russia. But I’d like to make some remarks. Today I read something about the neo-Nazi members of the militia that supports the Ukrainian government against the „pro-russian separatists“. It reminded me that we always have to question the motives of both sides. There is – as usual – no black and white.  Weiterlesen

Journalism with handicap

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Thinking about my internship in Hungary I realized one thing: You can’t be a journalist in a country where you don’t speak the national language, as journalism relies on nothing more than words. Very simple, but I didn’t think about it before. I mean, I was aware of the problem. But I did not really THINK about what it implies. Here’s a few disadvantages I have because I don’t speak Hungarian. Weiterlesen