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GERMAN CULTURE: What strikes a Spaniard?

Culture, Europe bad and good By 13 August, 2016 No Comments

by Stefanie Claudia Müller, Madrid

Begoña Quesada  is a Spanish journalist and writer who worked for many years in International politics. Even though she belongs to a very educated part of the Spanish society it is difficuilt for her, just as for everyone,   to  not see another country through stereotypes. The young mother lives with her family in Munich where life  even for somone from Cologne can be very different. In that sense “Alemania, el país imprescindible” plays with old clichés which  we relate to Germany like the obsession to plan everything and the eagerness to work well, but there are also some interesting and deeper insights about the German culture apart from these already very much described stereotypes that make this book valuable to read.

CROWDFARMING: A Spanish example with bees

Europe bad and good By 29 July, 2016 No Comments

by Anna Wanninger 

During the past 10 to 15 years beekeepers across the globe have detected a remarkable decrease of the bee population. In North America, the region with the most significant decline, this phenomenon is referred to as “Colony Collapse Disorder”. Having a closer look at Western Europe, we find France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain among the most affected countries.

IBIZA: The place to be for DJ’s, singers and dancers

Jobs, Living By 17 July, 2016 No Comments

Ibiza is beating this year all tourism records, but it is also the place where artists from all around the world find their summer arrangement. The Spanish island is full of musicians, dancers, actors, singers and everthing seems like a cheap version of Moulin Rouge. Party is the business in Ibiza, and the business seems to be easy in the summer months. During June, July and August the island is packed. And the people that come from all over the world, mainly Italy, Germany, France and the UK, look just for one thing: entertainment. 

SPAIN: Scientists have a hard time, they have to immigrate to earn good money

Immigration, Study By 14 July, 2016 No Comments

The progress of the Spanish R & D system from the last decade has got stuck when the economical crisis started. The first budget cuts in R & D sector were applied in 2010, and nowadays the public R & D investment has stepped back to 2005 levels. The Spanish Young Researchers Federation (FJI-Precarios) strongly believes that, beyond raising public investment, a thoughtful R & D policy should be undertaken. In our FJI-Precarios Decalogue (under Creative Common License), we suggest 10 measures that will strengthen the R & D system and will make it more independent of political turnovers.

TOURISM: Spain’s economic savior for the job market

Jobs By 5 July, 2016 No Comments

By Hillman Hollister

The effects of the economic crisis in Spain seem to have long overstayed their welcome. Young people struggle to find jobs and often flee the country in hopes of finding success abroad. However, in 2014 Spain managed to create its first year of positive economic growth since the crisis. One factor that kept the economy afloat during the times of trouble which started in 2007 and aided in turning the tides is slightly unexpected: tourism. It may seem like a small industry at first glance, but it turns out that transportation, accommodation and all of the other services demanded by foreigners start to add up. To put it into perspective, in 2015 the total contribution of travel and tourism to Spain’s GDP was 15.2%.

SPAIN: The culture of lying

Culture, Europe bad and good By 22 June, 2016 No Comments

by Hillmann Hollister and Stefanie Claudia Müller

The Hispanic world nurtures a certain hypocritical culture, a mix of educated discretion and a lack of validity. In the work force in Spain and Latin America it is difficult to tell if someone is saying “no” or if they’re saying “I can’t”. One will always find an indirect manner to say no. Lying is ugly, but the absence of the truth is healthy and convenient for many Hispanics. And even though it pains us to realize it, we have to lie or hide the truth so that we don’t hurt people and so that they respect us as well, because this is another: If I say it they will say it back to me situation. For this reason, it’s necessary to be polite sometimes. This is the “made in Spain” form of lying.