‘Enemies of the People’: Anti-Media Rhetoric and the Transatlantic Relationship

Populist politicians’ crusade against the media is more than just an attempt to undermine trust in the free press—it is an attack on truth itself. How large is the threat journalism faces in a post-truth world?Analysis provided by our partner for this issue, the Bertelsmann Foundation North America.

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Black and European. A Better State of Affairs than Black Americans?

Over the course of centuries, black American identity has become fiercely present. But what of black European identity? Do black Europeans exist in a better social and political landscape than their American counterparts?

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King of Junk

The King of Junk Tribe is a social tribe that lives in a fast food nation.  Everyone is fascinated by bling-bling and sugar-coated items. It gives status and makes people feel like Kings and Queens. Let me introduce you to the junkies of modern food consumption.

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EUSA

Naomi Harris captured portraits of people in American-themed amusement parks in Europe and European themed towns in America. By capturing these living embodiments of the transatlantic ties that bind European and American culture together, Harris shows the intermingling and fluidity of tradition, cultural identity and collective memory.

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Writing Against War: A Tale of Two Magazines, 1914-1918

One hundred years ago, a European magazine and its American counterpart challenged the necessity of World War I. Do words still carry the same weight today? Lilly Schreiter takes a historical dive into the role of free speech during a time of war.

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Language, Empire and Dope Shit: The Story of Hip-Hop in Europe

American cultural dominance is perhaps nowhere more visible than in the entertainment industry—particularly hip-hop. But new collaborations between European artists challenge the idea that European hip-hop is simply a form of American pastiche. Here’s the story of how hip-hop conquered Europe, then morphed into something entirely new.

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From the Editors

Our new issue on transatlanticism dives into the social, historical and cultural forces shaping the relationship between Europe and the US. From an increasingly Europeanized Netflix, to the bi-coastal intermingling of hip-hop culture, to black European identity, here's how Europe and the United States remain incredibly entwined—even if those threads are beginning to fray.

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pepsi

“the soldiers on their tanks, laughing, their shotguns pointed towards the pale december sun. i /  stand in the little ivy dead-end where my grandparents live, close to the cherry tree, distinctly i / hear the voices of the fighters sing” - Pepsi, a poem by Irina Breitenstein.

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Killing With Kindness. Are Americans Really as Nice as They Think?

How can the same country have a reputation for excessive niceness, and an excess of mass shootings? “In the mid-western region of the United States, we’d rather die than talk to each other so rudely,” writes Kristie Pladsen, about learning to live with German directness.

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