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SPANISH POLITICS: Untangling the web

Europe bad and good, Jobs, Living By 16 junio, 2016 No Comments

By Hillman Hollister

I used to think that American politics were complicated—then I came to Spain. Here there are numerous political parties (none of which has been able to win a majority), whispers of a corrupt political elite, and parts of Spain which don’t even want to be parts of Spain. On the 26th of June, the country is set to engage in yet another round of elections to determine its next ruling party. This is the second election in the past seven months, and it seems as though Spaniards are just about filled to the brim with politics. With four major political parties competing for votes, there certainly is a lot to talk about.


Culture, Living By 16 junio, 2016 No Comments

Viennese cuisine is the only type of cooking in the world that is named after a city. Vienna is also the only metropolis in the world that grows enough wine within city limits to be worth mentioning. The Viennese coffee house is known around the globe for its informal pleasantness, as an oasis of gemütlichkeit. No wonder that the bistro, wine tavern and cafe are the foundational pillars of Vienna’s culture of food pleasures in all its enticing variety.

SPAIN: Born to be late

Culture, Jobs By 14 junio, 2016 No Comments

Do you find yourself again and again with a mountain of things to do? Do you have an interminable list of tasks which, at first, you feel motivated to take care of? This is how many work days start in Spain. This way to organize working life, but suddenly someone asks you something, you start to busy yourself with that, and when you want to return to what you were doing you are lost. Procrastination happens pretty often, but why? It is much easier to postpone tasks than it is to take care of them in the moment, and it isn’t hard to make excuses.

GERMANY: Learn how to get into the labor market

Jobs, Study By 14 junio, 2016 No Comments

Antti Kapanen, a 36-year-old Finn living in Berlin since 2004, has been educating international students since 2007 in the postgraduate programme Master of Business Administration and Engineering at the HTW Berlin. Since 2014, he researches the employability of German universities foreign graduates. In August 2015, he launched on the Employability Skills MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to help migrants integrate better to the German labour market. An updated version of the course will be re-launched in June 2016.

MOVIE INDUSTRY: German cinema

Culture By 8 junio, 2016 No Comments

Doris Dörrie always prefered to make movies about other countries than Germany, although in Europe it is currently very fashionable to make fun about your own culture, to produce comedies. Her relation with Spain is tight, she speaks fluentliy Spanish. Her husband Helge Weindler died 1996 in Spain during the shooting of ¿Bin ich schön?: “I did not know what to do.” She made a movie to overcome this tragic event:  Augenblick – Moment. The German movie director was definetely inspired by Spain.  But lately she tells a lot of stories about Japan, a culture which she believes is very similar to the German, but also very different in many things: “Our history has things in common, our way to overcome sorrow and to appreciate life not.”