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GERMANY: Learn how to get into the labor market

Jobs, Study By 14 June, 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 June, 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.” 

EUROPEAN LITERATURE: The story of Natascha Kampusch

Culture By 3 June, 2016 1 Comment

We nearly have forgotten about her. But Natascha Kampusch is still a very tragic victim of kidnapping and then media interest. It was 10 years ago when the brave young girl managed to escape from its cruel kidnapper that kept her as a prisioner for ten years. Stefanie Claudia Müller interviews the literature expert Arantza Méndez Aguirre about the auto-biography of Natascha Kampusch.

THE PANAMA PAPERS: The future of investigative journalism in Europe

Jobs By 1 June, 2016 No Comments

By Hillman Hollister

For many people, the word “journalism” simply means the daily reporting of the news. This practice in its most basic form does not require a lot of digging—it involves a mix of observation, transcription, and the dissemination of daily events to people who were unable to witness them firsthand. But there is another side to reporting which is not for the faint of heart: investigative journalism. This form of reporting involves the exposure of information which has been purposely covered up. It is a grueling battle which pits the journalist against the subject, or, in the case of the Panama Papers, against thousands of subjects.