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5. NOSTALGIA

The good old days are here again. Or are they? All over Europe, nostalgia is influencing culture and politics in unforeseen ways. Explore the good old days for yourself in the latest issue of our online magazine.

 
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Each month our European Storytellers interpret a theme for our magazine.
This month, it's Nostalgia. Why?

Discover our issue below.

 

 
 

In Ukraine, Soviet
Nostalgia Comes
in Two Flavours

In Kiev, the debate about whether or not to get rid of Soviet era buildings is fraught with ideology

Tobias Wals

 

Ostalgie and
Westalgie in
a United Berlin

A once divided city that has a unique preoccupation with the past

Dominic WalkeR

The Space Age

Childhood nostalgia is what inspires space entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to keep innovating


Torben David

 
Nostalgia is an immensely powerful emotion – it defines people, pervades popular culture and forges political movements.

The Playground

Felicia Simion

 

Belgrade & its Friends

These photographers have captured nostalgia in European cities for over ten years

Mick ter Reehorst

Nostalgic Photo-graphy

4 photographers talk about their favorite photos from Belgrade and beyond 

 


Odessa: Divided We Stand

Older Ukrainians are united by a sadness over the lost glory of their country

Benedikt Hošek

We are homesick most for the places we have never known.

Politics in the
Smart-phone Age

When we said goodbye to painting as a method of documentation, we sacrificed meaning and memorability

Annelies van Rijen

Illustration by Jacco Bunt

 
 

A Tale of Two Sisters

Mattea Bubalo & Abi Carter

 
 

The Great Greek 1980s

Young Greeks view this period with a mix of ironic contempt and genuine glorification

Petros Konstantinidis

My Child-hood
in the GDR

"Even the country you grow up in can suddenly cease to exist"
 

Berta Luise Heide

Objects of Days Past

Robert Moran 

 
Remembrance of things past is not
necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.
 

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Tales of an Old Whore

Jon Galbarriartu

The Vintage Gene-ration

As time slips through our fingers, we take selfies to create immovable memories

Giulia Meloni

How Nostalgia Fuels Tourism

Why do we still buy into clichés?

Florence Schulz

The past is a candle at great distance: too close to let you quit, too far to comfort you.
 

Longing for
Socialism in Hungary

For some, life during socialism was simply better

Betti Csiba

 

Home is Where We Belong

By moving abroad, we lose something that we cannot recover

Marijn Nohlmans

 
It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.

Pagans in Navarre

Diego Arroyo

Cartoon of
the Month

Oxana Hartog-Skorobogatov

SA Pop

Calen Barnum

 

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