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Responsibility for planet earth

"It's not the climate negotiations that will save us."

ifa | The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen had little effect. The association EcoVisio in Chișinău does not want to accept this and is working on the implementation of the model region "Moldotopia 2040". Environmental activist Julian Gröger talks about current environmental policy challenges, global empathy, and working with young people on these issues.

Brick building with numerous windows

Europe and the search for a new narrative

Episode 6: Strong and flexible

ifa | More than 70 years after the Second World War, the European Union is in an existential crisis, a crisis whose weak points populists throughout Europe are exploiting to their advantage. In addition to the Eurosceptics, however, the number of passionate pro-Europeans is also increasing, historian Timothy Garton Ash analyses and sees our ancient Europe as a chance to remain forever young.

Modern and historical architecture alongside each other.

Europe and the search for a new narrative

Episode 5: Europe in the year 2032

ifa | The EU summit in Tel Aviv, an elderly Cem Özdemir as Federal President and a Europe as the idea of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious community: the author Navid Kermani looks to the future and paints ideas of Europe between optimistic utopia and daring realism.

Europe and the search for a new narrative

Episode 4: The next steps for a vision of the future

ifa | About two years ago the European Commission presented the relevant Communication "Towards an EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations". In order to implement a medium-to-long-term strategy for international cultural relations, Anna Triandafyllidou proposes to create a European Agency for International Cultural Relations. In her contribution to the Culture Report Vol. 9, the professor shows the challenges that still need to be tackled.

Facade of a house in Katowice, Polen;

Europe and the search for a new narrative

Episode 3: An agenda for change

ifa | Many Member States of the European Union still cling to the practice of national cultural diplomacy, says Gottfried Wagner. In his text, the cultural advisor and former director of the European Cultural Foundation deals with the challenges of Eunic, a network uniting the national institutes for culture in the EU countries. And with developing pilot projects on three main areas he shows new perspectives.

An orange building in Cologne

Europe and the search for a new narrative

Episode 2: In defence of universalism

ifa | In his text for the Culture Report Vol.9, writer and researcher François Matarasso deals with the significance of culture in a divided world. He thinks that it is not the task of arts and culture to solve current problems and challenges. Nevertheless, he assigns it a valuable role as a space of encounter and points out artistic projects from Friesland, Porto, Alexandria and other European cities.

Europe and the search for a new narrative

Episode 1: An answer to populism

ifa | "Populist, radical, and / or Eurosceptic forces put the freedoms enjoyed by the cultural sector at risk", says scientist Mafalda Dâmaso. But how can the cultural sector respond? Dâmaso focuses on an answer based on working with networks.

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Controversies within the British art scene

Inside Europe: pro-Brexit artists fight back

Deutsche Welle | Stay or leave? – A question that splits the citizens of Great Britain. More than 90 percent of the people in Britain's art scene firmly oppose the Brexit. What about the tiny minority? "Artists for Brexit" is a group of pro-Brexit creative artists formed to make their position more visible.

European values and global tasks

Andreas Görgen at the Martin Roth Symposium

ifa | Are there contradictions to democratic principles in our foreign policy? How should we deal with postnational policies? Are our institutions still appropriate for today’s world? We need to reflect our values in Europe, Andreas Görgen demands as closing remarks at the Martin Roth Symposium on 23 June. Instead of being driven by fear Europe has to learn to become a continent of hope, he says. With the author and journalist Sonja Zekri he talks about global tasks and challenges within the context of Europe's and Germany's role on the global stage.

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Social inequality and digitalisation

Making the EU fit for the digital age | Social exclusion, inequality and poverty are prevailing questions on the European stage. Does digitalisation deepen social inequalities or carry the potential to overcome them? What does the EU do to foster digitalisation? In an interview the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Marya Gabriel talks about chances and risks of digitalisiation in Europe. 

People demonstrating in the streets

The history of riots in Stuttgart

Pickets, squattings and sit-ins

ifa | A human chain from Ulm to Stuttgart or squatted buildings: Many protests of the past have disappeared from the collective memory of the city. But many topics are still prevailing today. Time to recall them! In an interview Inken Gaukel, curator of the exhibition "Kettle under pressure. Protests in Stuttgart from 1945 to 1998", spoke about Stuttgart's history of riots and demonstrates that the capital of Baden-Württemberg had never been a boring city.

Józef Piłsudski Memorial in the Polish town of Turek

Of heroes and the newly-formed Polish state

Finally independent: a new beginning in Poland 100 years ago

ifa | 100 years ago, the map of East-Central Europe was redrawn. Towards the end of the First World War, the great empires that had dominated Europe perished. For Poland the year 1918 meant the formation of an independent nation state more than 120 years after the country had been partitioned by the German Empire, the Russian Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy. In the emerging Polish state Ukrainians, Germans, Jews and Belarusians lived alongside a majority of Poles. For the first time, binding rights for minorities were laid down. How did the Polish people feel about the events of 1918? What does the re-founding of the state 100 years ago mean to Poles today? Interview with Peter Oliver Loew, historian at the Darmstadt German Poland Institute

For an integrated European research policy

Innovation in cultural heritage research

EU Publications | 2018 marks the year of European Cultural Heritage. In the light of this event, Gabor Sonkoly and Tanja Vahtikari conducted a research which focuses on the importance of cultural heritage for European people. How relevant are they in terms of forming cultural identity? What needs to be done in order to preserve cultural heritage sights for future generations? A research paper exploring the history of cultural heritage sights, as well as modern ways of preserving these monuments of cultural significance.

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Research "Culture and Foreign Policy"

Brexit and cultural relations

ifa | Great Britain is leaving the European Union. It is not clear yet which kind of relationships the UK and its EU partners will develop, but both sides have to face challenges on many levels. Stuart MacDonald took a closer look on the field of Cultural Relations. With the ifa he talks about his study "The Impact of Brexit on International Cultural Relations in the European Union".

Jordaan, Amsterdam: Religion can be an important part of one's identity - being European another one. Photo: Michael Coghlan (CC-BY-SA 2.0)  via flickr

Pew study forecasts increase of "Muslim population" in Europe

Islam does not stand in antithesis to the West | The number of Muslims in Europe will rise. The result of a recently published study conducted by the Washington based "Pew Research Center" caught the attention of Europe’s press, especially in Germany. But what does that mean for Europe's cultural landscape? Is there a grain of truth in the polemics of right-wing populists? According to Loay Mudhoon we don't really have to fear a demographic shift. In her view, Muslim identities are too diverse to be measured by the same yardstick.

Resistance against Growing Nationalism, Nativism and Protectionism

Culture and Populism

ifa | For Richard Higgott, emeritus professor of international political economy, the cultural sector plays a special role in the resistance against movements which constitute a danger to democracy. "My intuitive assumption is that certain elements of the arts and the cultural industries will always play powerful roles in resisting different kinds of ideas", says the expert in ifa's research programme "Culture and Foreign Policy". In the report "Populist-Nationalism and Foreign Policy. Cultural Diplomacy, International Interaction and Resilience" he captures the essence of the so-called "populist nationalist zeitgeist" together with his colleague Virginia Proud. And he explains how one can face nationalist actors in foreign cultural policy.
Interview by Isabell Scheidt, Sarah Widmaier and Siri Gögelmann

Brexit, photo: Jonathan Rolande (CC BY 2.0), via Flickr

Research programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy'

The impact of Brexit on international cultural relations in the European Union

ifa | 'Cultural cooperation will inevitably suffer from reduced freedom of movement, less money from loss of access to EU programmes, tariffs on trade in cultural goods and services, and increased bureaucracy from the introduction of customs checks.' There is a great deal of common ground and existing collaboration between Germany and the UK in the main areas of international cultural relations. This collaboration is supported by a range of instruments, some of which are at risk from Brexit, some of which are not directly impacted by Brexit. Which consequences will Brexit have for cultural cooperation between Germany and the UK? Which consequences are actual, which are only potential? How can Germany’s foreign cultural policy react at the initial stage of this process? How can intercultural exchange be secured with a long-term perspective despite Brexit?
Study by Stuart MacDonald

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German civil society international

A conversation on the new foreign policy

ifa | In times of increasing political disillusionment and scepticism towards the state, reference is often made to civil society as an important contributor to shaping democracy. Many actors target neighbouring countries, regions or international politics with their activities. In their study "Zivilgesellschaftliche Akteure in der Außenpolitik [Civil Society Actors in Foreign Policy]" Prof. Dr. Daniel Göler and Robert Lohmann discuss the foreign policy of civil society. What is the meaning of 'civil society' in this context? How does this new form of foreign policy influence state actors?



News / Press Releases

The value of being a European Capital of Culture

The long-term impact of hosting major events is examined at a two-day symposium.

#Impacts18 | 16.10.2018

First EU film fest to take place from Oct 18 | 11.10.2018