Populism in Europe on the rise. Photo: (CC0), via Pixabay

Special Press Review

Target Europe

ifa | Populism is on the rise in Europe. Anti-European parties and protectionist movements are enforcing nationalistic ideas. The new ifa’s Special Review ''Target Europe'' addresses the revival of nationalist thinking in Europe, its impact on the arts, culture, the media and science as well as the latters' responsibility  to fight back against oversimplifying populist narratives.

Photo gallery

On the traces of the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania

ifa | The German school is deserted, a Protestant parsonage serves as a youth hostel. Today, Seligstadt has just 200 residents. It is one of the oldest villages founded by Transylvanian Saxons in Romania. In November 2016, a group of German-speaking youngsters from Temeswar and Fogarasch visited the village in search of its past, present and future. With the help of an audio expert and two ifa cultural managers they produced articles for an interactive audio-trail.

Photos by Florian Kerzel (ifa cultural manager)

Step by step forward with the CrossCulture Programme "Eastern Partnership and Russia". Photo: Jake Hills (CC0 1.0), via Unsplash

Call for Applications

CrossCulture Programme: Eastern Partnership and Russia

ifa| The programme offers young professionals and volunteering individuals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Russia and Germany the opportunity to gain professional experience abroad and to act as multipliers in their home countries. This initiative aims at the extension and development of political, economic and social relationships among the countries involved. Deadline is 10 March 2017.

Olga Guryanova (CC0 1.0) via unsplash
Olga Guryanova (CC0 1.0) via unsplash

Culture report, EUNIC Yearbook

Sport is man, sport is society

Talk about soccer requires a more than vague expertise, but, all in all, it is well-focused. It doesn’t oblige you to intervene personally, because you are talking about something played beyond the area of the speaker’s power. For the male adult it’s like little girls playing ladies: a pedagogical game, which teaches you how to occupy your proper place.
By Umberto Eco

A Global Game – Sport, Culture, Development and Foreign Policy / EUNIC,... (Hg.). – Göttingen: Steidl, 2016. - (Culture Report, EUNIC Yearbook)

Culture Report / EUNIC Yearbook 2016

A Global Game. Sport, Culture, Development and Foreign Policy

Sport spans linguistic and cultural boundaries and gets into the hearts of people all over the world. But the ideal of fair play is under threat from corruption and commercialisation, greed and political manoeuvring. Can sport be a useful tool in cultural relations? How can the social power of sport be used for development, integration and peace work? These and other questions are addressed in the Culture Report and EUNIC Yearbook 2016. On the occasion of Euro 2016, we publish selected articles in the series A Global Game.

Dave Eggers: Sports for communists
Serhij Zhadan: Ukraine goes into extra time
Anders Ravn Sørensen: Swede of the year
Umberto Eco: Sport is man, sport is society
Beqë Cufaj: Sport is also war
Julian Rieck: A symbol of Spain's internal battles
Andrei S. Markovits: A force for emancipation and discrimination
Marianne Meier: A love affair with dictators

    Simulation game

    We will determine the future of our city

    Young people in Kiev had the opportunity to slip into the role of local politicians and activists in a fictional city. The aim of the simulation was to promote participation and democracy. A report on the Our Community simulation game held from 2 to 4 November 2015.
    By André Eichhofer

    © European Union, 2015, Source: EC - Audiovisual Service, Photo: Armend Nimani

    Interview with Frederica Mogherini

    Europe is a cultural superpower. We need to use its force | The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, after the presentation of the 'Cultural Diplomacy' project.

    European Commission: Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations


    EU Global Strategy

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Speech by Federica Mogherini

    Catalogue of the ifa-Library

    [] ifa-Bibliothek
    Allie Caulfield: Franz Marc, Kühe, rot-grün-gelb (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

    News / Press Releases

    Refugees, culture and the arts

    At the 6th ENCATC Academy on Culture in External Relations, the focus is on the question of culture in Europe’s refugee crisis.

    ENCATC | 27.03.2017