Category Archives: Culture, Politics & Identity

The art of Active Listening

Think about how many times you use the pronouns “I” and “me” in your every day life. How many times you have asked your friends and your colleagues to look you in the eyes.  How many times you find yourself demanding from others to listen to you when you talk, but you do not do the same when they talk. Taking all the above into consideration, what does it mean to you to be a good listener, a good friend

Ostrava – Steel Heart of the Republic

Ostrava is the third largest town in the Czech Republic and the second largest urban agglomeration after the Czech capital city Prague. The city has been largely affected by exploitation and further use of black coal. Many of the heavy industry companies have closed down or transformed. For many people, Ostrava is inhospitable, industrial and dirty. It seems the situation is not as bad now. Ostrava is full of contrast and heading to a better future. Facts and numbers Ostrava got

Lowering the voting age is a vital move in Estonia

Over the last few years, the subject of lowering the voting age at local government elections has been one of the most common political topics among young people in Estonia. This year, Estonian National Youth Council and political youth organizations have put their backs together and turned  political approach to the Estonian Ministry of Justice and to the Estonian Parliament. The case for lowering the voting age is determined by demographic changes, whereby the youth has less and less political

A lesson learnt from Scottish independence referendum

Vote at 16

A few days ago a very important independence referendum took place in Scotland. Of course we are not going to talk about the political consequences of this referendum to the Scottish people or the country. But this referendum gave us a great lesson regarding the participation of young people in elections. For the referendum the normal voting age was reduced from 18 to 16 for the first time in Great Britain! The vast majority of young people aged 16 and

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