Archive: April 2014

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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Data Mining Scandal cools down Bulgaria's Election Fever

Bulgaria, 02 Apr - 15 Apr 2014

Political parties abuse personal data to register ahead of EU vote ++ Threat of European funds’ cuts worry citizens and owners of small businesses ++ Easter celebrations lift people’s mood this April. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev

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Ukraine, Lemanski Case and Smolensk Disaster back on the Agenda

Poland, 04 Apr - 17 Apr 2014

Crises in the Ukraine continues – Polish debate concerning its Eastern policy and national security ++ Catholic authorities vs. priest of Jasienica: Bishop closes church during Holy Week ++ Fourth anniversary of Polish presidential plane crash in Russia. by Monika Kostecka

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An unpleasant Visit – no warm Welcome to Sweden Democrats' Leader in Malmö

Sweden, 05 Apr - 18 Apr 2014

Sweden Democrats Leader’s visit to Malmö sparks strong reactions ++ Opposition attacks the government’s budget proposal ++ Crisis in Ukraine has consequences for Northern Europe. by Jens Ummethum

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'Taxi War' in Brussels: European Commissioner criticises Ban on Uber

Belgium, 06 Apr - 19 Apr 2014

Is Brussels Uber -proof? ++ Belgian EU commissioner under tax fraud accusations ++ Election fever over night flight in Brussels by Christophe Christiaens

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Victory on national scene, defeat on international scene for Orbán

Hungary, 07 Apr - 20 Apr 2014

Evaluation of the general elections: winners and losers ++ Symbolic politics after the elections: row over memorial continues ++ ‘Un-orthodox’ policies against European law. by Sonja Milchram

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Noisy Debate on further Sanctions against Russia

Germany, 08 Apr - 21 Apr 2014

Rising Concerns about Conflict with Russia ++ More transparency regarding the export of armaments ++ Heated debate about upcoming car tax ++ NSA investigation committee has a rough start. by Saskia Ries

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Kidnapped French Journalists freed after ten Months in Syria

France, 10 Apr - 23 Apr 2014

Back in France: Journalists released from captivity ++ 50 billion austerity programme: France's way towards Brussels ++ Thousands for Reunification of Brittany. by Sabrina Hambloch

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Health care and EU debated, First King's Day celebrated

Netherlands, 12 Apr - 25 Apr 2014

Happy first King's Day for Wilhelm Alexander ++ Major health care reform sparks controversy ++ Lead candidates for EU elections meet for first debate in Maastricht.
by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Two Teams, one City: Spain in gleeful Anticipation of Iberic Champions League Final

Spain, 13 Apr - 10 May 2014

Atlético and Real Madrid to meet in the first ever Champions League final derby ++ Conservative Politician killed in northern Spain ++ European Election trends: high-level approval for European Union ++ F.C. Barcelona in mourning for Tito Vilanova. by Hannah Lütkenhaus, Marco Just Quiles, Marília Ferreira da Cunha

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Popes become Saints: Canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

Italy, 14 Apr - 27 Apr 2014

Papal Canonisation: two popes, two saints ++ Nazi comparison by Grillo provokes public outcry ++ New waves of migrants from Africa. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò

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South Stream Pipeline: European Commission expresses its deep Concerns

Bulgaria, 16 Apr - 29 Apr 2014

Bulgaria’s feint of European energy legislation ++ A dubious Bulgarian businessman to enter the European Parliament? ++ Welcome to Bulgaria, Mr. Juncker & Mr. Schulz! by Alice Greschkow, Raycho Penchev

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Poland welcomes American Troops and celebrates the Canonisation of Pope John Paul II

Poland, 18 Apr - 01 May 2014

American troops on Polish soil ++ Polish Pope John Paul II declared a saint ++ Famous Polish poet Rozewicz passes away. by Maciej Wilga

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Church Bells vs. Nazis, Finnish vs. Swedish Language, Ukraine vs. Russia

Sweden, 19 Apr - 02 May 2014

Jönköping churches fight Nazis with ringing bells ++ Hostages released in Ukraine ++ Obligation to learn Swedish questioned in Finland. by Sarah Onkels

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Flemish Nationalist turning the scale: Belgian general Elections ahead

Belgium, 20 Apr - 03 May 2014

Parties define their positions for upcoming elections ++ French speaking parties reject N-VA state reform proposal ++ Flemish parties try to stand out against N-VA. by Christophe Ponsard

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Prime Minister Orbán builds Occupation Memorial – and his ‘personal’ Football Stadium

Hungary, 21 Apr - 04 May 2014

Debated German occupation memorial erected, March of the Living arrives Budapest ++ Pancho Arena – A football stadium for the Prime Minister? ++ Hungary ‘celebrates’ 10 year membership in the EU. by Sonja Milchram

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Party with Putin – Former Chancellor irritates German Government

Germany, 22 Apr - 05 May 2014

A pipeline, a birthday party and a hug – Gerhard Schröder & the Russian president ++ OSCE Hostages released by Sloviansk militia ++ Believe it or not: Bayern Munich loses…President Hoeness & vs. Real Madrid. by Christian Grünewald

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Two-year Anniversary of Presidency: Hollande seeks to regain Popularity

France, 24 Apr - 07 May 2014

Controversial reactions to President Hollande’s TV interview ++ Who will get Alstom? General Electric and Siemens compete for French company’s energy branch ++ Reopening of the Picasso Museum delayed. by Ina Berger

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Dutch Authorities unsettled by rising Violence between Biker Gangs

Netherlands, 26 Apr - 09 May 2014

Justice Minister wants joint action to combat biker gangs ++ Children’s ombudsman calls child amnesty rules ‘idiotic’ ++ Deputy Prime Minister calls to stop unfair competition of workers across EU. by Kirsten Lucas

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Between 'Calcio' and 'Camorra' – Violence in Italian Football

Italy, 28 Apr - 11 May 2014

Violence in Italian football: supporter shot before cup final ++ Immigration: conflicts between Rome and EU ++ Berlusconi begins service in retirement home. by Marco Jelic

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Bulgaria’s Struggles in Dealing with Asylum Seekers continue

Bulgaria, 30 Apr - 13 May 2014

Xenophobic displacement of Syrian refugees ++ Ex-Collaborators of the Bulgaria’s Communist-era State Security running for the European Elections ++ Demand for improved social policies in healthcare and education. by Alice Greschkow, Raycho Penchev

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