Ready, Willing, and Able? Living in an Ableist Society

We all dream of perfect health, eternal youth, and endless strength. But while none of us can live up to that ideal — at least not for very long — such a dream is further away for some than for…

On Brussels: Europe Reopens, and Agonises over Israel

Find Luke‘s other articless On Brussels here. Europe is reopening. The world’s largest common market and borderless travel area is starting to return to pre-Covid times. There are hopes that the summer tourist trade could yet recover, kick-starting the economic…

‘Where are you really from?’ – The Impact of Racism on Mental Health

While the social, economic and political effects of racism have been studied broadly, the psychological impact of racism has received less attention. In this article, I would like to raise awareness of the impact of racism on mental health. A…

COVID-19 and Food Security in Poor and Developing Countries

Poor and developing countries faced the COVID-19 pandemic comparatively late but when it struck, it created multiple shocks. The global financial and trade system were put on pause. Commodity prices, especially oil prices, have fallen steeply. Demand for all kinds…

How Poor Countries Pay for the EU’s Agricultural Policy

EU agricultural subsidies are not just expensive and distort the internal market, they also have far-reaching effects on developing countries. How do African farmers feel about the fact that the EU subsidises its farmers and exports their products to Africa?…

Covid-19 in Europe: Successes and Failures

Across most of the continent, the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have passed. What began with a single confirmed, imported case in France on 24 January soon spiralled out of control. By mid-March, the border control-free Schengen Area…

Menstruation – Why Should Men Care?

May 28th was Menstrual Hygiene Day, which aims to, for example, raise awareness about menstruation and the need of proper hygiene around it. The other important mission of the day is to break taboos and negative stigma regarding menstruation. And…

Learning from the Past for the Future

“History always repeats itself” is a well-known saying referring to almost every current political development. But to understand its message fully the role and importance of history has to be reconsidered. Nations, peoples, regions or even families often define themselves…