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Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos

Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos has 33 articles published.

“Stop talking right-wing bullshit”

in Glocal/My Leipzig/Society by
The divisions between right and left on immigration are getting wider. (Public domain photo of street art.)

Yesterday we heard from a Syrian refugee disappointed in the discrimination she’s met in Germany. Today we hear from a Leipziger who works with refugees and migrants, and is frustrated at different opinions on immigration immediately being shut down and dismissed.

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A guide to scuba diving in our local lakes

in Leipzig tips/My Leipzig/Sports by
Scuba diving. (Photo: public domain)

“In this post, I want to tell you about what it takes to become a scuba diver, and about what you can discover underneath the surface of Leipzig’s lakes.”

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The secret life of Serbian sweatshops

in Society by
Image used to illustrate CCC research on garment factories. (Photo credit: Yevgenia Belorusets)

An eye-opening interview on the grossly substandard wages and work conditions in shoe and garment factories in South Eastern Europe.

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It’s time to take the right wing seriously

in Opinion/Politics by
The rise of the right wing and why we need to discuss issues rather than just calling them Nazis. (Photo: public domain)

“I don’t know how to defeat the AfD, but I have the feeling that calling them Nazis is not going to help, as this will further deflect from the real issues at stake.”

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The day Leipzig met the Champions League

in Sports by
Red Bull Arena. By Philipp - Flickr: Leipzig von oben: Zentralstadion, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons.

“Champions League games are particularly peaceful affairs, as alcoholic beverages aren’t sold at the stadium. I didn’t tell my dad, and he drank his 0% beer in blissful ignorance.”

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Handwerk, neoliberalism and the disappearing cure to alienation

in Philosophies/Society by

The left, which should have taken them seriously, has blamed their dissatisfaction with the political system on low levels of education and unjustified fears of globalisation, adding insult to injury.

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