ifa blog

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

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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CCP fellows during a workshop, photo: Simone Schiffer, © ifa

Human Rights, Peace-building and a Wedding

The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) of ifa celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Global developments, Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy, and the close cooperation with ...

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Portrait of the author Margaret Atwood

Giving voices to the voiceless

Human beings have engaged in the arts: music, visual imagery, dramatic performances – including rituals – and language arts, including tale telling, ever since they have been ...

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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 the president of France, Emmanuel Macron

A Call to Action

The Europe of cafés, debates, universities, the conflict of ideas and the opposition of ideas rejects both state violence and street violence. It believes in the strength of truth ...

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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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