In: Schengen & Popular Culture

Europe’s borders in 2015: a visual review
December 31, 2015

Undoubtedly this has been an annus horribilis for European borders. Here are some visual highlights of the last 12 months…   February 2015…

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Europe’s borders in 2014: a visual review
December 30, 2014

It’s been an eventful year for border-related matters in Europe. Here are some visual highlights of the last 12 months… February…

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Jurmala’s ghosts and the Haunted Houses of Schengen
October 31, 2013

Halloween. The time when the undead come to town. And when boarded up haunted houses start making eerie sounds and come…

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The place to be: Schengen and Europe’s new grand tour
September 30, 2013

The way  ‘Schengen’ has captured the popular imagination around the world does not finish surprising me.   After all, not that…

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What’s on the menu? Schengen as geo-culinary topos
July 31, 2013

Since last May, Russia has its own ‘Schengen’. It’s a place where you can go for pleasure or business. It’s a…

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Schengen blues: critical (musical) notes on Europe
February 28, 2013

There’s something about Schengen that makes it a favourite subject of creative types of all stripes.  What this ‘quid’ consists of…

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Nobel vs. Schengen: reflections on the EU, the peace award ceremony… and John Terry
December 10, 2012

Awarding the most coveted peace prize to the European Union was no doubt a well-staged coup de théâtre. Not surprisingly, the…

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The Schengen visa…and jesus
August 31, 2012

Getting a Schengen visa on time? It is often beyond the control of us mortals. So maybe somebody up there can…

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How (popular) music reproduces the ‘Schengen myth’
May 31, 2012

Can music, and popular music in particular, contribute to the reinforcement of the myth of Schengen as emblem of ‘freedom, security…

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Schengen macht frei?
February 9, 2012

Does Schengen really makes us a free? The performer Sarpinto does not think so, and he sings it out loud. Schengen…

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