Archive: January 2014

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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Country Special: Spain in Europe, Europe in Spain

Spain, 03 Jan - 03 Jan 2014

The Historic Dimension ++ Spain Today ++ Lessons for Europe?
by Marco Just Quiles

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Controversy about Abortion Law, Basque Separatists & a Princess in Trouble

Spain, 06 Jan - 19 Jan 2014

The Government’s dealing with imprisoned ETA members: Falling into the trap of separatism? ++ Spain’s Abortion Act: Protection of unborn life or a throwback for civil rights? ++ New fraud accusations against Princess Cristina. by Hannah Lütkenhaus, Marco Just Quiles

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Country Special: Hungary – the Political Transformations of Two Decades

Hungary, 07 Jan - 07 Jan 2014

The First Decade: From Socialism to Democracy ++ The Second Decade: Deepening Political Tensions ++ Transforming the Political Landscape: The 2010 General Elections ++ Transforming the Political System: Constitutional and Political Changes. by Sonja Milchram

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Bulgaria's left Wing divided in the Run-up to the European Parliament Election

Bulgaria, 07 Jan - 20 Jan 2014

A ‘parallel universe’? An alternative left list for the European Parliament Elections ++ Populist politician in danger of losing his immunity after plane scandal ++ The Constitutional Court:a ‘veto player’ regarding the new fee on renewable energy by Alice Greschkow, Raycho Penchev

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Left Opposition unites for Elections while Prime Minister strikes Deal with Russia

Hungary, 08 Jan - 21 Jan 2014

A United Opposition for a Disunited Nation? ++ Date of General Electios Fixed ++ Nuclear Plant Deal: The Putin-Orbán Connection. by Sonja Milchram

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Verhofstadt vs. Rehn – ‘Mr. Europe’ candidates again

Belgium, 09 Jan - 22 Jan 2014

Guy Verhofstadt named the liberal top candidate for the European elections ++ No government, no cry? How a political standstill can have its merits ++ France forces minister to make U-turn on salaries of Dexia directors. by Daan Fonck

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Ukraine, Al-Qaeda – Poland’s current and past Foreign Policy Headaches

Poland, 10 Jan - 23 Jan 2014

Polish worries about Ukraine continue ++ Poland getting paid by CIA for Al-Qaeda secret prison ++ Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity under attack. by Maciej Wilga

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Sweden discussing its Defence while entering the Election Year

Sweden, 12 Jan - 25 Jan 2014

Sweden’s defence of interest to Finland ++ Government alliance falling behind in the polls as the first parliamentary debate kicks off the election year ++ Lingonberries helping reduce obesity. by Maciej Wilga

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Fallen Angels – Germany’s biggest Automobile Club and an ever-present TV Host

Germany, 14 Jan - 27 Jan 2014

German automobile club faces heavy criticism after malpractices are revealed ++ Energy transition – Secretary of Energy submits reform of renewable energy act ++ TV host faces public indignation. by Saskia Ries

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President Hollande (literally) on Everyone’s Lips?

France, 16 Jan - 29 Jan 2014

Hollande – Gayet: France’s National Fling ++ ‘Day of Fury’: Demonstration against President Hollande’s politics ++ Draft Law promotes gender equality in France ++ Liberal Hollande? – Concessions to employers in return for more jobs. by Katinka Koke, Sabrina Hambloch

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Dutch Jihadists and Priests tell their Story: New Focus on Syrian Civil War

Netherlands, 18 Jan - 31 Jan 2014

Peace conference and accounts of Dutch People on the Ground renewing Interest in Syria ++ Dutch welfare system struggles to cope with tighter budget ++ Worries about escalating conflict in the streets of Ukraine. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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A Numbers Game: Unemployment Rate, EU Disinterest and Catalonian Independence

Spain, 19 Jan - 01 Feb 2014

A matter of reading statistics: Spain’s confusing job market indicators ++ European Election trends: strong opposition, lack of interest ++ Prime Minister Rajoy rejects Catalonian independence referendum. by Hannah Lütkenhaus, Marco Just Quiles

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Battle in Parliament – Chaos in Italian Politics and Head of State impeached

Italy, 20 Jan - 02 Feb 2014

Turmoil in Parliament, President Napolitano under opposition attack ++ Is Fiat selling the label 'Made in Italy'? ++ Guilty! - again: New chapter opened in case of Amanda Knox ++ Milan EXPO 2015: a chance for Italian economic re-launch? by Federica Patalano, Marco Calabrò, Vittoria Carraro

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Bulgaria’s Justice and Home Affairs under Brussels’ ‘Magnifying Glass’

Bulgaria, 21 Jan - 04 Feb 2014

European Commission report reveals: corruption and lack of legal transparency still rife in Bulgarian society ++ The agony of choice: a referendum on voting rules ++ Diplomatic tourism – on the road to Syria, Taiwan and back. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev

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A new Media Juggernaut? Concerns about De Vijver–Telenet Flirt

Belgium, 23 Jan - 05 Feb 2014

Big is powerful – media merger makes politics nervous ++ Good results, bad management: Tax inspector vs. Former EU commissioner ++ Constitutional Court introduces female quota. by Christophe Ponsard

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Ex-Premier Miller assaulted, Ukrainian Protests still a top Theme

Poland, 24 Jan - 06 Feb 2014

Poles show solidarity with the protests in Ukraine ++ Physical attack on ex-Prime Minister Miller ++ Auschwitz: 69th anniversary of the liberation. by Lukas Plewnia

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Swedish Criticism of Sochi Olympics and Website that discloses Criminal Records

Sweden, 26 Jan - 08 Feb 2014

Star Athletes against Sochi Olympics ++ Controversial site Lexbase.se outrages Swedes ++ Greater gap between political blocs. by Camilla Buch

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Energy, History, Currency – Government angers Opposition, EU and Jewish Community

Hungary, 26 Jan - 09 Feb 2014

Controversy around nuclear deal with Russia continues ++ Third round of utility price cuts announced – a pre-election gift? ++ History rewritten? Jewish communities end cooperation with government ++ Hungary’s currency Forint on slide. by Sonja Milchram

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Ready to go? German Army plans Mission in Somalia

Germany, 28 Jan - 10 Feb 2014

Skepticism about deployment of Bundeswehr in Somalia ++ Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s election campaign in Germany ++ Doesn’t want to be responsible anymore: Head of Automobile club ADAC resigns ++ Hollywood in Berlin: Berlin International Film Festival has started. by Katharina Winter

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Sexual Identity as Part of the national Lesson Plan. Right or wrong?

France, 30 Jan - 12 Feb 2014

‘Gender Theory’ in schools divides French parents ++ French taxi drivers protest against private competition ++ Journalists denounce shareholders’ marketing plans for newspaper. by Ina Berger

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