Archive: July 2013

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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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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Thousands March for Exercise as Measles Spread in the "Bible Belt"

Netherlands, 02 Jul - 15 Jul 2013

Largest March in the World taking place in best summer weather ++ As measles spread in the "Bible Belt" politicians urge parents to vaccinate their children ++ A cycling nation in the ban of the 100th Tour de France. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Racism in Italy – Black Minister Slurred

Italy, 03 Jul - 16 Jul 2013

Racism in Italian politics: black minister called “orang-utan” ++ Day of truth for Berlusconi nearing: government at a crossroad ++ Revoked expulsion- diplomatic affair between Italy and Kazakhstan ++ Pope Francis prays with migrants. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò, Marco Jelic

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Road Bumps and a New King Fill out Silly Season

Belgium, 06 Jul - 19 Jul 2013

Heated discussion over road bumps ++ A royal wish comes true for Philippe ++ Ryanair Charges: Don't mess with O'Leary. by Lauren Heeffer

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Catholic Church Retires Disobedient Priest

Poland, 08 Jul - 21 Jul 2013

Disobedient priest said goodbye to his parish ++ Egg-attack on president Komorowski in Ukraine ++ Storm around ritual slaughter. by Dorota Redzikowska

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Euphoria – Swedish Women Advance to the Semifinal as Hosts of EURO 2013

Sweden, 10 Jul - 23 Jul 2013

Football Fever Captures the Country ++ Victoriadagen Celebrated ++ 'Vattenfall in Trouble – Opposition Wants a Commission of Inquiry. by Jens Ummethum

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Football Ladies sucessful, Defence Minister and Rap Star in Trouble

Germany, 13 Jul - 26 Jul 2013

Next one, please! Germany beats Sweden and makes it to final ++ The air is getting thinner for Defence Minister ++ Mayor of Berlin has filed charge against famous Rapper ++ It’s a boy! Birth of Prince William’s and Kate’s “Royal Baby“ receives broad attention. by Daniel Rätz

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Tour de France Celebrates 100th Anniversary: French in Party Mood

France, 14 Jul - 27 Jul 2013

Right after the 100th Tour de France a list with former doped riders published ++ A simple police check provokes riots in western suburbs of Paris ++ French politician claims that maybe Hitler did not kill enough gypsies. by Catherine Grünewald

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Embassies Closed and Dutch Nationals Repatriated due to Terror Warnings

Netherlands, 16 Jul - 12 Aug 2013

Terror threats: Embassies closed and travellers asked to return ++ Heat wave strenuous for people and cows ++ Government finds health system too expensive ++ Concern about safety of Dutch railway after train accident in Spain ++ End of 100th Tour de France closely followed. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Silvio Berlusconi Convicted!

Italy, 17 Jul - 01 Aug 2013

Berlusconi convicted! ++ Minister Alfano and the consequences of the Shalabayeva affair ++ Fight over constitutional reforms, stalemate in Parliament ++ Mortal bus accident in Campania leaves questions. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò

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Belgian Dexia Bank Involved in Detroit Bankruptcy

Belgium, 20 Jul - 02 Aug 2013

Bad bank keeps haunting government and taxpayers ++ Political bickering on the retirement age ++ Sunshine after the rain! by Daan Fonck

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Great Joy about upcoming Canonisation of Polish Pope

Poland, 22 Jul - 04 Aug 2013

Canonisation of Pope John Paul II enchants believers ++ Music, mud and colours: “Woodstock Station” 2013 rocks the crowd ++ British court: Life sentence for cruel Polish parents. by Dorota Redzikowska

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War of Words over Gay Rights between Sweden and Russia

Sweden, 24 Jul - 06 Aug 2013

Gay Rights a Hot Topic in Sweden and Russia ++ Weather Extremes Hit Sweden ++ Women’s Football home Euro without happy end for the hosts. by Jens Ummethum

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NSA, Euro Hawk, Doping – Germany is Waiting for Explanations

Germany, 27 Jul - 09 Aug 2013

Ongoing debate about NSA surveillance moves on to legal issues ++ Defending the Defence Minister ++ Doping West – a new perspective on sportsmanship in the FRG ++ Veggie Day – a country fears for its meat at lunch. by Sandra Czech

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Holiday Season Troubled by a Robbery and a Suicide

France, 28 Jul - 10 Aug 2013

France experiences one of the world’s biggest robberies ++ “Forbearance is not acquittance” – Justice Minister defends release of delinquents ++ Family drama – Father commits suicide ++ Is the President on holiday this summer? ++ France lucky new world champion in men’s swim relay. by Sabrina Hambloch

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