My interview with Nemat Sadat, Afghanistan’s first openly gay man for die Zeit

Nemat Sadat is a gay right’s activist who had to flee Afghanistan because he’s gay. If you know a bit of German, you can read the full interview here. It was also my first piece for die Zeit.

photo courtesy of Nemat Sadat and

Interview for BBC’s Newshour on women’s strike in Poland – Czarny Protest

October 3 2016 was a rainy Monday and a day on which Polish women united for the first time to reject an anti-abortion bill proposal. The bill was about to be discussed by parliament – it was suggesting that a pregnant woman or her doctor be penalized if they were to endanger a pregnancy and also that abortion be deemed illegal in case of rape.

Around 100,000 women dressed in black on that memorable Monday and either went on strike or worked dressed in black.

Many offices, cafes and businesses were closed or operating with male staff only. At 3:30 P.M., hiding under umbrellas from heavy rain, women congregated in front of Warsaw’s Royal Castle to protest. No one expected so many would come. The strike was a success as just three days later the ruling party rejected the bill it was previously supporting.

You can listen to my interview for BBC World Service’s Newshour below.

TV appearances

I have been asked by Panorama, a news show of the Polish national television, to explain a few things concerning the Polish-German relations.

A link to the show from Jul 17 2014,  which, among other things, discussed Angela Merkel’s 60th birthday:

and a screenshot:

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Plus a screenshot from the previous show with my contribution about the Polish tape scandal and how the German media see the situation:panorama2




Four years afte…

Four years after the plane crash in Smolensk in which many members of the Polish political elite, including president Lech Kaczyński, died, Poland is still divided over the reasons of the catastrophe. My text for die Welt about the reasons of this deep divide.

My report from the Polish-Ukrainian border

My report from the Polish-Ukrainian border for “Die Welt” (in German):

Some 600 kilometers from Kiev, people worry about money and make their living by smuggling small amounts of cigarettes and vodka. This text is about their concerns.

A man from Medyka