ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Maria Zhukova in the private library of Peter Struve

In the Footsteps of Peter Struve

Leafing through the books of one of the most important figures of Russian liberalism: With the help of ifa's funding programme CCP Synergy, a team of researchers from the University of ...

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Julia Boxler (middle) with her podcast colleagues Helena Melikov (left) and Ani Menua (right)

The Russian-German Landscape

From 2015 until 2017, Kazakh-German Julia Boxler was an ifa editor at the newspaper 'Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung' in Kazakhstan. In the interview with ifa, she talks about this time, ...

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Former ifa cultural assistant Josef Sporrer between his grapevines in northern Romania

From Youth Culture to Viticulture

Josef Sporrer was a cultural assistant for ifa at the German Forum in Romania until 2003. He liked the country so much that he decided to stay and started growing wine on the border to ...

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Portrait Karolina Slusarenka

ifa as a Stepping Stone into Berlin Politics

In an interview, Karolina Slusarenka, former coordinator of ifa's Deployment Programme in Poland and the Czech Republic, talks about identity as an important component of her work with ...

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'Bruderkuss' between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker by Dimitriy Vrubel on the monument East Side Gallery in Berlin.

The Power of Feelings

What role do feelings play in politics? And which emotions do we associate with Europe? Daphne Büllesbach, a European activist, discussed this topic during her lecture tour through the ...

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Portrait of cultural scientists Aleida and Jan Assmann

An Exclusive Claim to Truth

The technology for manipulating images, films or sound recordings is becoming ever more sophisticated. What is truth, what is manipulation? The answer to this question is increasingly ...

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Container of the refugee camp Skaramangas in Greece.

Opportunities in the Crisis

'We can do this' – four words that have had a lasting influence on the debate on integration in Germany. Where do we stand today? Where does Europe’s migration policy stand? These are ...

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Indian women hold their wet saris to dry in the sun during a demonstration for an old-age poverty pension

The Brave Women of Pune

What does the history of the German women’s movement since the fall of the Berlin Wall have to do with the life of women in Asia? During her lecture tour through Malaysia, Singapore and ...

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Cartoon: A bullet missed four influencial people until it hits a child

How a Cartoonist Re-learned Drawing

A journalist writes a critical article about the president and is imprisoned the next day... What sounds to German ears like the beginning of a political thriller is virtually everyday ...

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