Amal Imad is a researcher at the international humanitarian agency Muslim Aid. She has also written a chapter on citizenship and identity in the book The Shi’a of Samarra: The Heritage and Politics of a Community in Iraq. She completed her masters degree in Muslim Culture from the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.
Nikolas Papageorgiou is a student at the College of Europe in Bruges. Before that he studied in The Hague, Strasbourg, Göttingen and Kyoto. After stints at the Directorate General for European Affairs at the German Federal Office and the Centre for European Policy Studies for the German Council of Foreign Relations he became The European’s eyes and ears on all things concerning the peculiar ways in which the EU functions.
The nation state is the single most important source of identification in our societies. The Internet is not the first to challenge its concept, but it’s probably the most successful.
Today’s headlines may seem to underscore the cultural differences among European countries, but the emergence of a distinctly European contemporary culture is undeniable.
I migrated to Germany when I was eight years old. Does that give me the right to call myself German and to comment on the country’s war guilt?
Nationhood, and the way we perceive it, is potentially the most controversial topic of the 21st century.
70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz we experience a change of perspective in Germany – towards the future. It is an offer to the current generation that includes so many with immigrant backgrounds.