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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LGBT flag is waved in a crowd at a Pride Festival

'There is a Silent Trust that Unites the LGBT Community Online' – Gender & Diversity Part III

Online censorship and persecution of LGBT people is commonplace in Egypt. Local organisations and activists like Omar (name changed by the editors) are trying to help those affected by ...

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Asma Abidi during a CCP workshop

'LGBTQ Are Our Doctors, Friends or Neighbours' – Gender & Diversity Part II

After the Tunisian Revolution in 2010, censorship and threats against critical voices declined and the LGBTIQ movement became more visible. Even so, a lot of prejudices still exist in ...

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Exhibition view "Ahnen" in Schwules Museum

'Diversity is an Enrichment, not a Threat' – Gender & Diversity Part I

In terms of language, Ins A Kromminga, participant of a workshop on Gender & Diversity in 2019 by ifa’s CrossCulture Programme (CCP), sees progress for intersex people in Germany, but ...

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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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