Migration echoes

commuters, guest-workers, mobility, quote, Uncategorized

Paradoxically, the refugee crisis didn’t exacerbate the EU-skepticism in those countries which received the most refugees, but in those areas which are struggling with massive emigration. A prime example of this are the Eastern European states, from which many young, talented people migrated to the Western Europe. Migration means therefore a loss of competitiveness and a waste of resources for them.

– Ivan Krastev (read in German via link)


Bratislava, commuters, mobility, Slovakia, transport, Uncategorized, Vienna


Feature by Jürgen Rendl about the intervention on Main Railway Station Bratislava, Slovakia on Radio Slovakia International. Feature in German.


see more photos from the event by Lucia Mandincová

Hyperloop to connect Vienna and Bratislava

Austria, Bratislava, Budapest, commuters, guest-workers, mobility, presence, Slovakia, transport, Uncategorized, Vienna


Image source: Hyperloop Transport Technologies

Hypertropy of the periphery? Plans to build hyperloop between Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest. Will it lead under Fico’s fence?

A journey from Bratislava to Budapest via Vienna can currently take up to five hours by train. But according to the firm, that journey could be cut to just 18 minutes if and when the system is fully operational.

Slovakia is a technological leader in the automotive, material science and energy industries – many of the areas that are integral to the Hyperloop system. (…)Having a European Hyperloop presence will incentivise collaboration and innovation within Slovakia and throughout Europe

Dirk Ahlborn, Hyperloop’s chief executive

source: http://www.dezeen.com/…/hyperloop-to-connect-european…/

a short reader on this topic:
*well, good luck to everybody who’s going from Bratislava to Budapest via Vienna…



‘ A commemorative event for the occasion of anniversary of November ’89, in Old Market, Bratislava.

In the present situation of Europe, some memories overlap with the reality. New fences in creation on southern borders of Europe are in contrast with tearing down the fences which once built the Iron Curtain. Many in our society stand in front of dilemma – is it a symbol of freedom for which we jingled the keys for – the freedom to guard the fences from our side of the border against the stream of refugees, or to help those, which exhausted and without a shelter do stand on the other side of the fence?’

Today and tomorrow in Bratislava

Disputed Territories


‘Abroad, Google Maps has waded into raw, tender issues of national identity. For example, take its depiction of Crimea on maps.google.com, where a dashed line reflects the U.S. view that the area is an occupied territory. But in Russia, on maps.google.ru, the boundary line is solid — Russia has officially annexed Crimea. “We work to provide as much discoverable information as possible so that users can make their own judgments about geopolitical disputes,” wrote Robert Boorstin, the director of Google’s public policy team, in an interview with Washington Monthly. Maps served from Russian servers must adhere to Russian laws and the Russian worldview, according to Google. But the company can’t possibly create enough maps to make everyone happy. Below, we’ve collected notable examples of how Google’s maps of disputed territories differ depending on who’s looking at them.’

See examples at