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Author Archives: Leonie Jegen

Studying international relations in the Netherlands and on a mission to learn as much as possible about the people of this planet. Born and raised in Berlin, but also lived in France, New Zealand and heading to Greece soon - I can say from experience that prejudices hinder a good story from being heard.

Studying Abroad: Greece

While studying the history of Greece in the 19th Century in the last month I realized that the past may tell us more about the present than I thought. A little summary of my déjà-vu backwards, meeting austerity, speculation and European crisis in 1898. To understand the background of the past, I will start out with a little summary of ... Read More »

Studying Abroad: Greece 3

Greece is one of the gateways of many refugees routes to Europe. This is a fact, which does not go unnoticed on the streets of Athens. It is an afternoon in March. I am on my way to a self-organized refugee assembly. The meeting is about to begin. It takes place in a lecture room of a university building. In ... Read More »

Studying Abroad: GREECE

Checks&Balances is, as of this moment, starting a series of blogs from IRIO students studying abroad. Leonie Jegen is currently studying in Athens, Greece. First Impressions of Athens „So you guys think we are like Pakistani?,” asks me a friend’s friend in a bar. In front of us: a Greek life band, young guys with beards and long hair, enjoying ... Read More »

Forced sterilization: Transgender reality in Europe

In Sweden an attempt to reform a law prescribing forced sterilization in case of a gender update on ID cards failed earlier this year. There is a happy and excited atmosphere in Südblock, a casual bar in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The reason is the celebration of the long night against discrimination. The queer/ trans-scene has gathered to celebrate. While the party ... Read More »

The Man Who Died Drawing the World

He captured the power structures of our world in his art – A portray of today’s political – economic reality. In 2000 Mark Lombardi was found dead in his gallery.  Mark Lombardi’s drawings create visual narratives which illustrate the money flows in our today’s world – from corporation to political organization, from banks to individuals or families. These visual narratives ... Read More »

600 Km For a Better Life

“In my country they kill you with guns, in this country they kill you with detentation centers“, says Omid, a 28 year old political activist from Iran who is demanding asylum in Germany. Omid is part of a group of asylum seekers who arrived from Würzbug (Bavaria) in Berlin last Friday, after a 600km food walk through the whole country.  ... Read More »