Archive: February 2014

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 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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Interior Minister holds back Facts in NSA Scandal, brings down his Party with him

Netherlands, 01 Feb - 14 Feb 2014

Minister Plasterk faces vote of no-confidence over ‘metadata’++ Homicide? Investigation into death of ex-minister Els Borst ++ Sochi success: Netherlands most decorated Olympic speed skating nation. by Kirsten Lucas

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Beyond Borders: Bullets against Refugees and Setback for International Prosecution

Spain, 02 Feb - 15 Feb 2014

Morocco-Spain border tragedy: bullets against African refugees ++ Trade vs. justice? Powerful legal instrument yields in the light of bilateral tensions with China ++ Dual citizenship for Sephardic Jews. by Marco Just Quiles

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The heedless Rise of Matteo Renzi – a(nother) new Premier for Italy

Italy, 03 Feb - 16 Feb 2014

Matteo Renzi ousts Letta and becomes new Prime Minister ++ Tug of war between Italy and India over Italian Marines ++ Sochi Winter Olympics: still no gold… but rainbow colours instead. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò

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Dark Clouds over Bulgaria? Xenophobic Tension, Tax Fraud & Restriction on Press Freedom

Bulgaria, 05 Feb - 18 Feb 2014

Far right on rise in Bulgaria ++ PM accuses retail chains of tax fraud ++ 'Reporters Without Borders' report: Freedom of press increasingly suppressed. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev

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Legal Child Euthanasia: a Bill that separates Belgium and the World

Belgium, 06 Feb - 22 Feb 2014

Manifestation of the Right to die for children shocks international society ++ Panda madness not over yet – thousands welcoming Chinese zoo attractions ++ No second edition for dance festival Tomorrowland? by Lauren Heeffer

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Stoch! Kowalczyk! Brodka! Poland’s golden Winter Olympics in Sochi

Poland, 07 Feb - 20 Feb 2014

Four Olympic gold medals for Poland ++ The “Devil from Piotrkow” – infamous child murderer released from prison ++ WWII legend Zbigniew Romaszewki passed away. by Dorota Redzikowska

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From PISA to Sochi: Olympic Games hot, Education Policy not

Sweden, 09 Feb - 21 Feb 2014

New study: Education policy still under fire ++ Tax increases? Finance Ministry aims at alcohol, tobacco and cars ++ Historic success for Swedish Team at Winter Olympics. by Jens Ummethum

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Speculating on political Scandals… and new Taxes on Hungarian national Drink

Hungary, 10 Feb - 23 Feb 2014

Secret money breaks socialist’s neck ++ European Court of Justice to decide on tax-free liquor Pálinka ++ Former Prime Minister’s famous speech on the agenda again ++ Fifth anniversary of brutal murder of Roma people. by Sonja Milchram

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Child Porn Allegations against former MP put a strain on Grand Coalition

Germany, 11 Feb - 24 Feb 2014

The ‘Edathy Affair’ – a stress test for the governing parties ++ Winter Olympics end with national disappointment ++ Huge Public attention to Ukraine’s troubles. by Sandra Czech

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New Entries in the Panthéon – France pays Tribute to her Female Heroes

France, 13 Feb - 26 Feb 2014

French government honours heroes of the Resistance ++ Strong resistance of airport opponents ++ Former mayor and tycoon in custody over vote-buying. by Matthieu Choblet

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The 2014 Winter Olympics – a Dutch Speed Skating Dream

Netherlands, 15 Feb - 28 Feb 2014

Dutch stars of the Olympic Winter Games are welcomed home with large celebrations ++ Crisis in Ukraine – what does Europe do to help? ++ After the release of Benno L. – Dutch debate where a convicted pedophile can live. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Oil Exploration Project arouses strong Protests in the Balearic Islands and Eastern Spain

Spain, 16 Feb - 01 Mar 2014

National Government plans oil exploration in the Mediterranean Sea ++ Hearing of Spanish Princess Cristina ++ ETA disarmament – the end of the armed fight? by Hannah Lütkenhaus, Marília Ferreira da Cunha

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Premier Renzi's first Steps – real Change or only a Bluff?

Italy, 17 Feb - 02 Mar 2014

Renzi’s government: between hope for 'revolution' and fear of a bluff ++ And the Oscar goes to...Italy! Another great success for the Great Beauty++ The music festival of Sanremo – a yearly tradition. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò

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What connects us? The Ukrainian Conflict’s Impact on Bulgaria

Bulgaria, 19 Feb - 04 Mar 2014

Bulgaria’s (re)actions on the conflict in the Ukraine ++ Presidential veto on election code overturned by the Parliament ++ Baba Marta – a cheerful folklore tradition remains popular. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev

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Foreign Minister Sikorski “scores” in negotiations with Ukraine’s political players

Poland, 21 Feb - 06 Mar 2014

Polish Foreign Minister distinguishes himself among Ukraine negotiators ++ Tipsy on board: Polish MEP resignes after conflict with German airport official ++ Another baby found abandoned, this time of Chinese descent. by Maciej Wilga

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Russia's Actions change Swedish Defence Strategy

Sweden, 22 Feb - 07 Mar 2014

Crimea Crisis brings new security approach, PM Reinfeldt causes irritation ++ Discussing a new law to increase access for persons with disabilities ++ “Millenium” author Stieg Larsson investigated the murder of Olof Palme. by Camilla Buch

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Bye Bye, Ketchup – yet another Tragedy for the Belgian Industry

Belgium, 23 Feb - 08 Mar 2014

Heinz sauce production leaves Belgium – 200 jobs at stake ++ In the name of the father? Parliament passes free choice of a new born’s surname ++ General elections ahead: Who's promising what? by Christophe Christiaens

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The Orbàn Government & Ukraine: Concern about Hungarian Minority, no Words about Russia

Hungary, 24 Feb - 09 Mar 2014

The crisis in Ukraine - A Hungarian perspective ++ Electoral reform becomes effective: voting on a sheet? ++ The new museum quarter in Budapest: cultural investment or megalomania? by Sonja Milchram

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The Verdict: Uli Hoeness sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison!

Germany, 25 Feb - 13 Mar 2014

Bayern Munich’s Uli Hoeness convicted for tax fraud ++ European elections countdown: German Constitutional Court overturns 3% threshold ++ Key figure Angela Merkel – Germany’s approach to the Crimean crisis. by Katharina Winter

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‘Sarkoleaks’ – Bugging Scandal exposes former President of France

France, 27 Feb - 12 Mar 2014

The Buisson Affair: Bad press hampers Sarkozy's political comeback ++ Saving lingerie made in France ++ French telecom company SFR for sale: price increases incoming? by Anne-Sophie Gerst, Katinka Koke

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