Author: ccrov

#livingMünster: The “Heart of Europe” and its Positive Vibes

  For young people across Europe the ERASMUS+ Programme is the chance to experience other Europeans countries first hand. Camilla, a law student from Italy, thinks this is one of the EU’s greatest achievements. Back from two years studying in Germany, she reflects on the opportunities and challenges of her stay in Germany, about her discovery of another culture, about #livingMünster.

Happy Birthday, Google! Can the Search Engine Replace History Teachers and Libraries?

What is our first thought when we don’t know something? “Just Google it up!”. Google will celebrate its 20th birthday this year and it is undeniable that the search engine occupies a prominent role in our lives. But could Google (and technology in general) go further and completely replace libraries, archives or even teachers by becoming the sole instrument to research, teach and learn history? Co...

Catalonia: Outbreak of illegal nationalism or oppression of a democratic movement?

People being beaten up by the police just for trying to vote, a government which declares a referendum binding even though parts of the electorate where not able to vote and a large number of ballots where confiscated, and finally nearly the whole democratic elected government either in prison or in exile – the events around the Catalan independence referendum where unexpected and incomparable to ...

The “re-unification” belt. When human solidarity overcomes military division.

Remembering World War II is difficult in many countries. In Italy, however, the narration of “us” against “them” is even more difficult, since the country was not occupied by enemies, but Benito Mussolini was a strong ally of Hitler’s Germany even before the war. Only when a new government ousted Mussolini in 1943, German army occupied Northern Italy. In this part of the country, partisans r...

Licensed Women: Ernestina Macchia Prola and the Right to Drive.

Imagine you cannot go anywhere without supervision. If someone else decides for you where you can go and where you cannot go and thus, which activities you can participate in. This was the reality for women in Europe 100 years ago: Women weren’t allowed to vote, to freely choose their work or even to drive. Camilla tells the story of the first Italian woman to get a driving licence in 1907. ...

Migration: An over-national responsibility

Calais and Lampedusa have become synonyms for the tragedy of refugees trying to make their way to Europe. Italy, having to deal with the greatest numbers of refugee arrivals, cannot cope with the situation on its own. Camilla Crovella, a young Italian, calls for solidarity and a comprehensive reform of the European approach to refugees.

The personal side of history – Meeting with Lev Alexandrovic Netto

Three times imprisoned, first in a German camp, second in a Soviet Gulag, third and last in the prohibition to talk about the former, Lev Alexandrovic Netto experienced the atrocities of war on multiple levels over the course of his lifetime. In 2011 he shared his experiences for the first time in detail with young Europeans.