14. February 2014

Don´t confuse me with my country: I am French… and German

by Maël Baseilhac

Mael BaseilhacI am a weird phenomenon in France. Indeed, I am French… and German. The specificity of enjoying double nationality is that I am aware of clichés and how outdated they are. In fact, many foreigners seem disoriented when I cheer for theMannschaft in the world cup. Or when I choose, as favorite desert, a fine piece of mouth-watering Käsekuchen ! My main preoccupation lately has not been our President’s affair with a romantic actress and I do NOT go on strike every single time I get the chance to.

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14. February 2014

Don´t confuse me with my country: “being German”

by Lukas Brück

EPC

Feeling German has always been a foreign concept to me. I have never sensed the need to wave the German flag, to hug complete strangers when the national football team wins a game or to sing along to the national anthem.

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14. February 2014

Don´t confuse me with my country: being a young Romanian female expat

by Doris Manu

doris-manuMost times I wonder what it is that makes me Romanian other than my passport. The Romanian language is not my first mother tongue, I can’t prepare any Romanian dish, and the day I left Romania I didn’t go to look for a better life in wealthier countries, as most of my fellow citizens. Instead, I went to live, study and work in poorer countries, in Romania’s South-Western neighborhood.

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14. February 2014

Don´t confuse me with my country: I am just Polish

by Slawomir Parus

Slavomir ParusI do not want to move to Western Europe countries and steal jobs of their citizens: I am a well-educated person working in a quite competitive and innovative economy. I have got my own well-paid and ambitious occupation here in Poland. I have nothing to do with the infamous “polnische Wirtschaft” – which is a strong expression, describing mismanagement.  It is still used by people from older generations, clients of my law firm have been confronted with it when doing businesses in Germany.

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14. February 2014

Don´t confuse me with my country: release Spaniards from their clichés

by Leticia Díez Sánchez

Leticia Diez Sanchez NEWI originate from the South of Spain, cradle of most stereotypes that hound contemporary Spaniards. We are said to be lazy, carefree and unconcerned about the future – especially when we get into debts we cannot pay.

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