Archive: January 2015

Torn between grief and anxiety – Germany struggles with the aftermath of Paris attacks

Germany, 24 Dec - 20 Jan 2015

“Not just an attack on French citizens” – Germany mourns victims of Paris shootings ++ “Possible terrorist attack” threatening Germany – Monday rallies in Dresden cancelled ++ Germany: a safe haven for refugees? by Peter Sawicki

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70 Years After Auschwitz: Anti-Semitism on the Rise Again

Netherlands, 01 Jan - 28 Jan 2015

Auschwitz commemoration and Hyper Cacher - how to deal with resurging anti-Semitism in the Netherlands? ++ New requirements for math at school and scrapping of financial support to university students: education in focus ++ Dutch follow Greek parliamentary elections closely. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Waves of Strikes across Poland and Help for Ukraine

Poland, 01 Jan - 31 Jan 2015

Closed clinics – Polish stumbling health care system ++ A paralysed country? Miners on strike as well ++ Poland’s financial help for reform plans in Ukraine. by Maciej Wilga

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Burned-out Workers, Fighters and Party Leaders

Sweden, 16 Jan - 02 Feb 2015

Stress causes exhaustion at younger ages ++ Christian Democrats party leader resigns ++ Swedish official statistics risk becoming misleading ++ Swedish UFC fans disappointed by Mauler fight. by Camilla Buch

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Charlie Hebdo, Merkel, “Media War” – Prime Minister Orbán Provokes on all Fronts

Hungary, 18 Jan - 14 Feb 2015

“Immigration is a bad thing” – Orbán rails against immigrants ++ Power Politics: Angela Merkel visits Budapest ++ Hungarian tycoon turns on his former ally Orbán and predicts “total media war” by Christian-Zsolt Varga, Robert Talo

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Je Suis Charlie! – France Cut To the Quick

France - 18 Jan 2015

Shootings at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo ++ freedom of expression badly hurt ++ Europeans and people all over the world under shock. by Katinka Koke

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In the Epicenter of the Crises: Ethnic Bulgarians in the Ukraine

Bulgaria, 19 Jan - 16 Feb 2015

Bulgarian government pledges support for Bessarabian Bulgarians in the Ukraine ++ ‘Lukov March’ or what they are marching for? ++ ‘A way out of the maze’? The latest EU Commission report on justice and home affairs in Bulgaria reveals. by Raycho Penchev

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'We are the People'? Pegida Movement Sparks Debate on anti-islamic Resentments

Germany - Analysis - Germany - 19 Jan 2015

What is Pegida? ++ What Pegida wants ++ Reactions. by Benno Gross

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Progress in Education and Healthcare despite Economic Crises - Portugal's Recent History

Special Feature on Portugal - Part I of III - Portugal - 20 Jan 2015

In the last 30 years Portugal has experienced profound transformations. Despite economic, financial and social crises (in the 1980’s and recently), the country had made progress in important fields such as healthcare and education. Furthermore, a strong and dynamic modern culture has emerged. by Ricardo de Brito

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New Talks in Minsk, New Faces in Greece – Will It Change Anything?

Germany, 21 Jan - 17 Feb 2015

A new peace initiative and a sleepless chancellor ++ New government, old problem – Greece and the Euro crisis ++ New leaders using old enemy images ++ Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker dies. by Eike Hortsch

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The Portuguese Political System: Calls for Reform

Special Feature on Portugal - Part II of III - Portugal - 25 Jan 2015

Alongside its economic, financial and social struggles, the Portuguese Republic faces a momentous challenge when it comes to institutional reform. Will it be able to leave the difficulties behind by finding within itself the political will to make all the necessary changes? by João Pedro Castro Mendes

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French Government Bulldozes Way for Economic Reforms

France, 26 Jan - 22 Feb 2015

Prime Minister Valls forces Loi Macron through ++ National film Award César celebrated for the 40th time ++ Franco-German peace efforts still in danger. by Sabrina Hambloch

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Earthquake in Groningen – Future of Dutch Gas Drilling on Shaky Ground

Netherlands, 28 Jan - 05 Mar 2015

Population of Groningen firmly against gas drilling ++ Feyenoord supporters make negative headlines - once again ++ The end of an era? Department store V&D in financial distress ++ Dutch feel distanced from their leadership as two politicians' integrity is put in question. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Renewed Interest in Portuguese Traditional Music: a Bridge Between the Old and the New

Special Feature on Portugal - Part III - Portugal - 29 Jan 2015

International recognition for Portuguese traditional music in 2014 ++ The dialogue between the old and the new in contemporary Portuguese popular music ++ Possible consequences of this dialogue. by Denise Pereira

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