mardi 6 décembre 2016

European Angst Conference, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium, 6th december 2016

Opening speach by Herta Müller

"We should not take freedom for granted, they may try to take it away from us."

 "Freedom is something some people fear and others not."

"Who do you think you are? - A human beeing like you. - That's what you think. We decide who you are. "

 On screen tweets reflect the reactions in the audience.

While Herta Müller denounces the recent attacks in Saxony, Germany on asylum seekers homes  others see as it as an expression of "justified fear", like Lukasz Warzecha, a Polish journalist and invited speaker for wednesday 7th december at the conference. 

In brief:
"Populism, extremism and euroscepticism are haunting Europe, creating a tense atmosphere in which fear, hate, anger and anxiety generate a climate of European Angst. The current rise of radical parties such as AFD in Germany, UKIP in Great Britain and FN in France indicates a drastic change in European societies and politics – and the more momentum these populist parties and movements gain, the more clueless the established political, cultural and legislative institutions seem to be. A recent expression of this phenomenon is the surprising outcome of the referendum in Great Britain in which a majority, incited by populist leaders, voted to leave the European Union without necessarily grasping the consequences of this act.
Why is this happening now? And how are we dealing with it?
During two days the conference European Angst wants to shed light on these questions.  Among the participants are the writers and philosophers Slavoj Žižek and Elif Shafak (DiEM25), Didier Eribon and Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, as well as 40 students selected in an open call. "

dimanche 4 septembre 2016

From across the Spree. 

Berlin, Germany, August 2016.

The Reichstag building and its glass dome, symbol of Germany's reunification in 1989.

Amazone in front of the Alte Museum.

The building of the famous Kunsthaus Tacheles (Art House Tacheles), "straight talking"in yiddisch, it became a famous artist squat and was open to the public until 2012.

Berlin Tempelhof

Built by Ernst Sagebiel, the Tempelhof airport became the gigantic entrance to Hitlers new Germany in the 30's. Under the Nazis it was turned into Berlin's central concentration camp "Columbia House". During the war, imprisoned laborers were forced to build aircraft in the hangars. After the war it was used by the United States and its allies to run the airlift "Luftbrücke" that saved West Berlin from a Soviet blockade.

Closed since 2008, the former Tempelhof Airport was turned into a very much loved parc in 2010. Since then the 300 hectar space in central Berlin attracts families, joggers, rollerbladers, kite-flyers, wind-karters, urban gardeners, yoga enthusiasts and hipsters.

In automne 2015 it has been turned into what is now Germanys biggest refugee camp. Today more then 1200 refugees, men, women and children live in seven hangars of the airport.
Though from the outside the buildings look empty and calm.
But inside, complains about a lack of privacy, constant noise and light in the halls designed for aircrafts get louder.
Authorities announced plans to close turn the mass shelter into a reception center from on September 2016.
Refugees should then stay there a maximum of 72 hours, before being transferred to a proper living space elsewhere.

lundi 16 mai 2016

 Brenner Pass - the transparent fence

No fence will divide South and North Tyrol for now but still migrants are confronted with an nearly impassable line. But despite police and military controls some still take their chance to pass the invisible border, dreaming of a better life further north.

Saturday, 14th of may 2016, at the Brenner train station.

Musa slept in the train station, hoping to get on a train to Paris, where his girlfriend lives. 
The Brenner station, 16th of may 2016
Samir, David, Moustafa and others came from Tunesia, Ethopia, Gambia, Libya across the the mediterranean. Filled with dreams of Germany they will try to get on a train at the Brenner Pass. 
Next stop Brenner Pass, the highway over Gossensass.

The small city of Gossensass, where German speaking culture and catholic religion predominate the landscape.

 Bolzano - Bozen, the capital of South Tyrol. 14th of may 2016.

Val di Vizze - Pfitsch
15th of may 2016. Wiesen is a small village where Caritas runs a camp in old military buildings.

 Bill Paolo Valente, Caritas director for the region of South Tyrol.

Photos related to EUObserver reportage 

dimanche 17 avril 2016

Brussels march for peace

dimanche 27 mars 2016

Brussels Riots, prise par surprise