Archive: December 2013

Violation of Web Privacy by Google … and the Dutch’s own Intelligence

Netherlands, 19 Nov - 02 Dec 2013

NSA revelations – Dutch intelligence service hacks web forums ++ Senate may backtrap plans to scrap blasphemy law ++ Google breaks Dutch data protection law. by Kirsten Lucas

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Arrivederci Silvio! – Ex-premier expelled from the Senate

Italy, 21 Nov - 04 Dec 2013

Silvio’s last political funeral? Berlusconi expelled from the Senate and Letta’s executive renewed ++ A dialogue of hope between Pope Francis and President Putin? ++ Grillo’s third V-day and the Five Stars movement electoral program ++ Fire in Tuscany Chinatown: seven people dead. by Federica Patalano, Marco Calabrò, Vittoria Carraro

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All Things Budget – Renewable Energy & Education Reforms

Bulgaria, 22 Nov - 05 Dec 2013

‘To be or not to be?’ – Bulgarian Parliament adopts a new fee for renewable energy ++ Bulgarian education problems become visible in PISA survey ++ Increasing national and international tensions challenges refugee policies. by Alice Greschkow, Raycho Penchev

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Senate gives Green Light for Child Euthanasia

Belgium, 23 Nov - 06 Dec 2013

Senate votes for legalisation of euthanasia for minors ++ Banking bill divides government ++ O’Leary announces ten new destinations from Brussels Airport. by Daan Fonck

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Kaczynski’s Way: Political Differences over Approach towards Ukraine

Poland, 25 Nov - 08 Dec 2013

Polish disagreements over the way to help Ukraine ++ Gowin’s next step: emergence of a new party at the political centre ++ Cyclone Bodil a.k.a. ‘Xavery’ raging over Poland by Maciej Wilga

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PISA shakes the Swedish Nation

Sweden, 27 Nov - 10 Dec 2013

Bad PISA results questioning education system ++ ‘ ‘Sven' a.k.a ‘Bodil’ wreaks havoc ++ Highly controversial judge re-assigned. by Jens Ummethum

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Brace yourself, Germany – Storm Xaver, Grand Coalition and Olympic Discussions

Germany, 28 Nov - 16 Dec 2013

It’s a ‘Yes'! End of waiting for the new government ++ ‘Xaver’ all over Germany – but rather mild ++ President Gauck and the Russian Winter Olympics. by Sandra Czech

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The Comeback of ‘Francafrique’?

France, 01 Dec - 14 Dec 2013

Conflict in Central African Republic: the comeback of ‘Francafrique’? ++ France debates penalisation of prostitutes’ clients ++ Battle on low cost internet ++ Reforming France: mission impossible? by Anne-Sophie Gerst

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Dutch Eyes on South Africa as ‘Madiba’ finds his Final Resting Place

Netherlands, 03 Dec - 16 Dec 2013

The Netherlands mourn Mandela: The long walk to freedom has come to an end ++ Protests in Ukraine lead to Twitter dispute ++ End of year celebration with loads of shopping – some even illegal. by Jessica van Zinnicq Bergmann

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The Rebellion of the 'Pitchforks': Mass Protests against Italy’s Government

Italy, 05 Dec - 18 Dec 2013

Letta’s government made it to Christmas, but with some unpleasant presents ++ Renzi leader of the Democratic Party: an Italian Blair or another Berlusconi?++ Zizou’s revenge. by Marco Calabrò, Marco Jelic, Vittoria Carraro

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Freedom of Movement in the EU: Bulgaria in Uproar over Poverty Migration Debate

Bulgaria, 06 Dec - 06 Jan 2014

No migration restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians – the Bulgarians` point of view ++ On the Eve of the European Parliamentary Elections - Bulgarian’s Right Wing needs to be ‘Reloaded’ ++ A quarter million Bulgarians depend on financial support to pay energy bills. by Alice Greschkow, Raycho Penchev

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Explosive Opinions on Belgians’ Capital

Belgium, 07 Dec - 08 Jan 2014

Shooting in Brussels opens capital’s debate ++ Election fever is rising ++ Firework disaster avoided ++ Bomb from WWII put a spanner in the works on Christmas Eve. by Lauren Heeffer

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British Prime Minister Cameron disappoints Poland

Poland, 09 Dec - 09 Jan 2014

Huge Criticism of British PM’s comments on Poland ++ Fight against drunk drivering – new priority of polish parliament ++ Film music composer Wojciech Kilar passed away. by Dorota Redzikowska

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Queen Silvia turns 70, Right-wingers in Focus

Sweden, 11 Dec - 11 Jan 2014

Queen Silvia of Sweden celebrates 70th birthday ++ Peaceful demonstration against racism ends in violence ++ Bomb explodes inside politician’s house. by Sarah Onkels

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Notorious Comedian’s Gesture sparks Debate on Freedom of Speech

France, 15 Dec - 15 Jan 2014

La quenelle: the “obscene clowning of a pitiful buffoon” ++ Heavy storms in Brittany – again ++ President Hollande’s New Year’s resolution. by Matthieu Choblet

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Debate on Poverty Migration, Respect for a Coming-Out and Concern about Schumacher

Germany, 17 Dec - 13 Jan 2014

CSU sparks discussion about poverty migration in Germany ++ Germany fears for the life of its racing idol Michael Schumacher ++ Breaking a taboo: Former football star admits to being homosexual ++ A shady deal? Top-level politician will take over well-paid executive job. by Daniel Rätz

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Contested Dutch Delegation to Olympic Games in Russia and Damage due to Gas Drilling

Netherlands, 17 Dec - 17 Jan 2014

Heavyweight delegation to Sochi: a deal with Putin? ++ Government takes decision on gas drilling in Groningen ++ Illegal fireworks – ever more common and ever more dangerous. by Kirsten Lucas

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Land of Fires – Government fights the 'Eco-Mafia'

Italy, 19 Dec - 19 Jan 2014

The ‘Land of Fire’ decree: Long-awaited measures against environmental crimes ++ Institutional reforms: an agreement between Renzi and Berlusconi? ++ Golden Globe for Italy – the beautiful decline. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò, Vittoria Carraro

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