Germany is not a religious state. It does not have a state religion or state church. The number of registered church member is declining year by year. But which role do the churches play in public discussions? What does being practitioner of a religion mean for a young German and where to find interactions? Gregor shares his perspective on the triangular relationship between policy, churches and personal belief.
All over Europe and the world, nationalism is on the rise and the debates about how the respective national culture should be defined are getting shriller by the day. Our author Maria wonders whether all this hostility is necessary at all as she lives perfectly happy without a national identity.
“Music unites people of different cultural backgrounds” is a phrase that one can often hear in speeches. Yes, music connects people. It can enrich a person and provide confidence, motivation and a sense of belonging. But what happens if you combine songs, collective memory and national identity? Milena from Serbia describes how the question about patriotism and music can lit up a burning discussion.
Can we find a recipe for overcoming emotional turmoil and cognitive difficulties in a simple children’s book? How can an old illiterate granny succeed where an educated psychologist failed? Ruben reveals how books bring people closer, to themselves and to their loved ones in our latest Memory Suitcase!