Archive: March 2014

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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‘Less Moroccans!’ Wilders heats up local Elections with controversial Statement

Netherlands, 01 Mar - 14 Mar 2014

Geert Wilders sparks controversy by affronting Moroccans in The Hague ++ Dutch puzzling over the mystery of lost Malaysian Airlines flight ++ Speculations about future of Crimea after pro-Russian referendum. by Jessica van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Spain remembers 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Spain, 02 Mar - 15 Mar 2014

Madrid train bombings – 10 years after ++ Spanish wealth gap biggest in Europe ++ International Women’s Day: Protest against abortion act. by Hannah Lütkenhaus, Marco Just Quiles, Marília Ferreira da Cunha

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Obama meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Italy, 03 Mar - 30 Mar 2014

Obama in Italy: Meetings with Pope Francis and Premier Renzi ++ Prime Minister Renzi sets the agenda for reform ++ Nun on TV casting show: 'like the devil and holy water'. by Federica Patalano, Marco Jelic

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Political Tension between Bulgaria & Macedonia over cultural Heritage

Bulgaria, 05 Mar - 18 Mar 2014

Growing differences between Bulgaria and Macedonia in politics and culture ++ First reactions to the Crimea referendum ++ Dual Educational System to start next academic year. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev

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U.S. VP Biden in Poland: clear stance towards Ukraine and Russia

Poland, 07 Mar - 20 Mar 2014

Joe Biden visits Polish President and Prime Minister ++ Minister of Agriculture resigns ++ New alliance on the right. by Lukas Plewnia

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Swedish Radio Journalist killed in the Streets of Kabul

Sweden, 08 Mar - 21 Mar 2014

Sweden starts international inquiry after assassination of journalist in Afghanistan ++ Education policy remains a hot topic but brings opponents together ++ Swedish wolf population keeps growing. by Sarah Onkels

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Obama in Brussels: A Kingdom under the rule of a President

Belgium, 09 Mar - 27 Mar 2014

Obamania hits Belgium ++ Extreme-right parliamentarians take part in observation of Crimean referendum ++ 30km/h speed limit on cyclists: a lack or a shortage of rules? by Daan Fonck

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Corruption in Hungary: Bank Revelations and a mysterious Death

Hungary, 10 Mar - 23 Mar 2014

President of Hungarian National Bank accused of revealing insider information
++ Unexplained death of suspect in corruption scandal ++ A new state monopoly on alcohol? by Sonja Milchram

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From Friends to Enemies? Germany's new Russia Policy

Germany, 11 Mar - 24 Mar 2014

The Crimean conflict and Germany's new position on Russia ++ From hero to zero – The sensational fall of Uli Hoeness ++ What happened to Flight MH370? ++ Approval by Federal Constitutional Court: Germany now officially part of ESM. by Eike Hortsch

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Municipal Elections: Nationalists on the rise after the first ballot

France, 13 Mar - 26 Mar 2014

Populists are popular while Hollande’s lack of public support hits the Left hard ++ Pollution: Grey skies over Paris ++ High politician shot down in Corsica. by Jenny Lindner

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Wilders faces fierce Opposition from all Sides in ‘Moroccan’ Debate

Netherlands, 15 Mar - 28 Mar 2014

Geert Wilders – under attack by other parties and the people in the streets ++ International leaders gather in The Hague for Nuclear Security Summit ++ Murderer of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn to be released early. by Jessica van Zinnicq Bergmann, Kirsten Lucas

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A Nation in Mourning for the Father of Spanish Democracy

Spain, 16 Mar - 29 Mar 2014

Spain’s first post-Franco Prime Minister dies at 81 ++ March of Dignity ending up in violence ++ Spanish reporters released from Syria. by Hannah Lütkenhaus, Marco Just Quiles, Marília Ferreira da Cunha

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What kind of Europe would Germans and Belgians like to see?

Belgium, Germany - 17 Mar 2014

Cosmopublic reporters on site: a report from the fourth German-Belgian Conference. by Catherine Grünewald

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All Eyes on Bulgaria: Cooperative Approaches to Security

Bulgaria, 19 Mar - 01 Apr 2014

Top U.S. diplomat visits Bulgaria to discuss the Russia-Ukraine situation ++ Bulgaria to avoid a monitoring mechanism over refugees? ++ President Rossen Plevneliev under enormous pressure. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev, Raycho Penchev

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Parents of disabled Children protest in Polish Parliament

Poland, 21 Mar - 03 Apr 2014

Parents struggle for disabled children to live in dignity ++ Prime Minister recommends state pension ++ Time capsule found in a Church in Lodz. by Dorota Redzikowska

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Sweden before Elections – for the European Parliament and at Home

Sweden, 22 Mar - 04 Apr 2014

Swedes sceptical about the EU before the EP elections ++ National elections in full swing ++ Sweden in grief after murder of a football supporter. by Maciej Wilga

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General Elections in Hungary: Everything remains the same…

Hungary, 24 Mar - 06 Apr 2014

National elections: a campaign that 'gave choice between East or West'... ++ …with a decisive win for Prime Minister Orban and his party ++ Corruption scandal investigations with no substantial results. by Sonja Milchram

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“Wetten, dass…” no more – The End of a German TV Phenomenon

Germany, 25 Mar - 07 Apr 2014

That’s not on! Wetten, dass..? is cancelled ++ Crimea = Sudetenland? Historical comparison by Minister Wolfgang Schäuble irritates Germany and Russia ++ No sympathy for striking Lufthansa pilots. by Sandra Czech

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Manuel Valls emerges victorious from Municipal Elections

France, 27 Mar - 09 Apr 2014

Election results mark a turn to the right ++ Death of an ogre: Jacques Le Goff passed away ++ Rwandan genocide: France not prepared to ‘face the truth’? by Matthieu Choblet

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Second big State Visit in a Row: Obama leaves and Xi Jinping arrives

Belgium, 28 Mar - 05 Apr 2014

President of China Xi Jinping visits Belgium ++ Debate De Wever vs. Magnette ++ Student protests for proper education funds. by Laurens Soenen

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The Murder of two Jewellery Burglars – Wilder’s Debate continues

Netherlands, 29 Mar - 11 Apr 2014

Deurne case heats Moroccan debate ++ Killing of Dutch padre in Homs turns focus back to Syria ++ After the Crimea crisis, Dutch fear for stability of eastern Ukraine. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Universal Justice Reform – a Setback to the Fight against Drug Trafficking

Spain, 30 Mar - 12 Apr 2014

First interim result: Universal Justice Reform might benefit drug runners ++ Cataluña – independence or European Union? ++ A sad first place for Spain in school dropouts. by Hannah Lütkenhaus, Marília Ferreira da Cunha

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The awaited Refugee Exodus – African Migrants on the Italian Coast

Italy, 31 Mar - 13 Apr 2014

Massive migrants wave on Italian coast - Government call for EU to share the burden ++ Fiscal cuts for economic growth: 'Time for optimism'++ Berlusconi to serve for social assistance. by Marco Calabrò, Vittoria Carraro

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