Archive: June 2013

Acts of Violence in Spain and London Shock the Netherlands

Netherlands, 21 May - 03 Jun 2013

Murder of Dutch couple in Spain ++ Dutch shocked by terror attack in London ++ Belgians and Dutch stop the Fyra. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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New Hope for Italy’s Public Finances?

Italy, 21 May - 03 Jun 2013

Italy out of the EU infraction procedure for excessive deficit ++ Local elections: center-left does well, while citizens’ participation decreases ++ Reform of semi-presidential system under discussion ++ Boy kills girlfriend: rising concern for violence against women ++ Balotelli and Minister of Integration against racism. by Marco Calabrò

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The Fyra Odyssey Continues

Belgium, 26 May - 08 Jun 2013

The failing Fyra now goes to the courts ++ A thorough reform of secondary education. Or not? ++ Youth against the system of local administrative fines. by Christophe Christiaens

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Religious War, Poverty and Open Sundays

Poland, 27 May - 09 Jun 2013

Religious war between right and left ++ Surveys: Extreme poverty and gloomy outlook ++ Open Sundays soon banned? by Lukas Plewnia

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Murder of 18-Year-Old Student Saddens France

France, 27 May - 09 Jun 2013

Murder of Clément Méric – A new extreme right in France? ++ “Affair Tapie" - Is Christine Lagarde still reliable? ++ This year’s record-breaking French Open overshadowed by anti-homosexual marriage protest. by Sabrina Hambloch

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Princess Madeleine gets married – Sweden celebrates!

Sweden, 29 May - 11 Jun 2013

Sweden celebrates wedding of Princess Madeleine ++ Tough days for the government of Prime Minister Reinfeldt ++ National Day in Sweden. by Jens Ummethum

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Worst Flood Catastrophe in Decades Hits Germany

Germany, 31 May - 13 Jun 2013

Devastating flood catastrophe in eastern Germany and Bavaria ++ Political up-risings in Istanbul move Turks in Germany ++ Bayern, Bayern, Bayern – FCB crowns outstanding season with historic triple triumph. by Daniel Rätz

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Stolen School Exams Concern Thousands of Dutch Students

Netherlands, 04 Jun - 17 Jun 2013

While already celebrating in France and Spain, Dutch students fear they have to repeat their final exams ++ Dutch follow the news closely as protests in Turkey continue ++ How well is Nelson Mandela? by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Election Surprise ‘Five Stars’ – Only Grillo’s Personal Party?

Italy, 05 Jun - 18 Jun 2013

Beppe Grillo’s "tribunal": Member of the Senate dismissed ++ A new mayor for Rome - Center-left takes it all in local elections ++ Pope Francis admits: “Gay lobby” inside of the Vatican ++ Italy defeats Mexico in the heat of Maracana: Matchwinner Balotelli. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò, Marco Jelic

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A King’s Abdication and a Budget Deal ‘à la Belge’

Belgium, 09 Jun - 05 Jul 2013

The King is not dead, long live two Kings! ++ Government reaches budget deal ++ Wallonia launches a new logo. by Daan Fonck

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Anti-semitic WWII Heroes? Rage about German TV Show

Poland, 10 Jun - 23 Jun 2013

German TV Show about World War II causes Stir in Poland ++ Homosexuals in Poland: Second Class Citizens? ++ Reopening of highway gone awry by Dorota Redzikowska

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Sweden Wins Snus-Battle vs. EU

Sweden, 12 Jun - 25 Jun 2013

Snus spit tobacco stays licit in Sweden ++ Swedish boxer seriously injured in fight ++ Bus strike affecting cities. by Jens Ummethum

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Obama's 25-hour-visit to Berlin: #Neuland, Nukes & NSA

Germany, 14 Jun - 28 Jun 2013

Obama in Berlin: @Merkel believes internet to be #Neuland (uncharted territory) ++ Literature Nobel-Prize winner attacks Angela Merkel ++ Bayern Munich. by Benno Gross

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Qatari Predominance, Cultural Issues and a Political Comeback?

France, 16 Jun - 13 Jul 2013

Qatari-owned buildings in Paris in the spotlight ++ Free trade treaty negotiations with the USA – France prevails over Barroso ++ Ecology Minister gets fired for criticising government’s budget restrictions ++ Financial issues in the centre-right party: is former President Sarkozy coming back to politics? by Catherine Grünewald

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Worry About New Austerity Plans & Security of Private Data

Netherlands, 18 Jun - 01 Jul 2013

Sums change, the message stays the same: the Netherlands need to save more money ++ Obama in Germany and Africa - Snowden stuck in Russia ++ What will happen to Afghanistan, when NATO leaves? ++ The democracy everybody wanted? – The end of Morsis' Egypt. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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No Lost Generation – Government vs. Youth Unemployment

Italy, 19 Jun - 02 Jul 2013

Growing unemployment: the government gets help from EU ++ Berlusconi sentenced to seven years ++ Minister Josefa Idem resigns ++ A good third place for the “Azzurri”. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò, Marco Jelic

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Tusk and his Government Struggle for Approval

Poland, 24 Jun - 07 Jul 2013

Bad polls: Downfall of Prime Minister Tusk? ++ Revolution in the pension system? ++ Catholic TV channel goes digital. by Lukas Plewnia

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IKEA Founder Kamprad Returns to Sweden

Sweden, 26 Jun - 09 Jul 2013

A Lost Son Returns: Ingvar Kampra moves back to his native country ++ Almedalen Week in Sweden ++ ''Road pirates'' threatening Swedish roads. by Jens Ummethum

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Edward Snowden, a Threat for German Politicians?

Germany, 29 Jun - 12 Jul 2013

NSA surveillance program: What did German politicians know? ++ NSU terrorism trial: Accused Zschäpe refuses to talk, but police officers got an impression of her personality ++ Sabine Lisicki loses Wimbledon final but helps German tennis to a revival. by Ina Berger

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