Archive: March 2015

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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Sweden’s New Foreign and Defence Policy Rows

Sweden, 03 Feb - 02 Mar 2015

Minister Wallström’s Swedish foreign policy ++ Sweden and Finland for closer defence cooperation ++ Swedish Prime Minister on asylum and immigration visit in Berlin. by Maciej Wilga

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Legislative Milestone: UK First Country to Allow ‘Three-Person IVF’

UK, 06 Feb - 05 Mar 2015

‘Three-Person IVF’ Gets Go Ahead ++ Brits and Baftas: Celebrating the Best of British ++ Six Nations Rugby Championship: Ireland ends England`s winning streak as Scotland struggles ++ Outspoken Prince speaks out on radicalisation of youth. by Bethany Purrington, Callum Pierce, Robin Dyck

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Gas Supply, War in Ukraine, Nuclear Energy - Putin's Long Shadow over Orbán's Policies

Hungary, 15 Feb - 14 Mar 2015

Putin’s visit to Budapest remains low-key ++ Poland astonished by Putin’s visit to Hungary ++ Secretive nuclear deal with Russia runs into trouble with the EU. by Balázs Márton, Bálint Sedlmayr, Robert Talo

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Bulgaria’s Folklore Traditions: Baba Marta and her Martenitsi

Bulgaria, 17 Feb - 16 Mar 2015

Baba Marta and her Martenitsi are back in town ++ The King Simeon will be back in Bulgarian politics? ++ Weather claims victims in Bulgaria ++ Grigor Dimitrov beats Roger Federer in a thrilling tennis game. by Ivan Yanakiev

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Germany and Greece having relationship problems

Germany, 18 Feb - 17 Mar 2015

Tone gets sharper between Berlin and Athens while Varoufakis’ finger is causing agitation ++ Crisis in Ukraine leads to reviewing reform of the Bundeswehr ++ Terrorist threat in Bremen ++ The winner who does not want to win. by Sandra Czech

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Local Elections – Will the Far-Right Gain More Influence?

France, 23 Feb - 22 Mar 2015

Departmental elections put political system under stress ++ France granted two more years to comply with European budget rule ++ Tragic helicopter crash leaves ten dead ++ Alleged death of Bouygues’ CEO Martin Bouygues. by Matthieu Choblet

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The Wild East? Peculiar Lending Practices in Poland

Poland, 01 Mar - 31 Mar 2015

Loans in Poland – a shark’s tale ++ Komorowski calls for new NATO strategy ++ More fines for traffic violations. by Lukas Plewnia

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Government and Opposition Clash over Dispute with Saudi-Arabia

Sweden, 03 Mar - 30 Mar 2015

Swedish-Saudi dispute sparks government-opposition clash ++ Thousands of passengers affected by labour conflict ++ Brutal murder shocks the country ++ Swedish entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest decided. by Jens Ummethum

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Portugal – a Country Struggling with Corruption Scandals

Portugal, 04 Mar - 31 Mar 2015

The Submarines Affair – ten suspects found not guilty ++ The fall of ‘Banking Empire’ BES – clients want their money back ++ Public support for arrested former PM Sócrates. by Joana Pinto Oliveira

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Tobacco Lobby vs. Parliament: Packaging to Become Plain in UK by 2016

UK, 06 Mar - 02 Apr 2015

Tobacco Lobby vs. Parliament: Packaging to become plain by 2016 ++ Osborne’s Budget Announced – Will It Alter the upcoming Election? ++ Prime Minister Cameron Will Not Serve Third Term as PM ++ Author Sir Terry Pratchett dies aged 66. by Bethany Purrington, Callum Pierce, Robin Dyck

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“Dawn of the Assets Declarations”: A civil society initiative for transparency

Hungary - 09 Mar 2015

The tool of Assets Declarations exists in legislation to grant the public an insight into what Politicians own and how they have acquired those assets. A civil group has now decided to do what the government refuses to: transferring the declarations into a searchable, digital database. by Bálint Sedlmayr

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The Commonwealth: Pretences of Imperial Grandeur or Global Force for Good?

UK - Analysis - UK - 12 Mar 2015

While Her Majesty the Queen invites the citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations to keep the idea and values of the multinational organisation alive, the future of the Commonwealth – in an increasingly dynamic, changing and turbulent world – remains rather uncertain. by Callum Pierce

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Broker Scandal and Questionable Policies Lead to Further Rise of Far-Right

Hungary, 15 Mar - 11 Apr 2015

“Broker scandal” makes huge political waves ++ Best poll rating ever for far-right party Jobbik ++ Mistakes marked the start of the “Hungarian BBC” ++ New law for Sunday closure causes controversy. by Balázs Márton, Bálint Sedlmayr, Robert Talo

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Germany’s Need for Grief – not for Sensational Reports

Germany, 18 Mar - 14 Apr 2015

Germans mourn for Germanwings victims and for professional journalism ++ Refugee camp set on fire, but citizens and politicians stay strong ++ A sobering interim result for the minimum wage ++ Novelist and Nobel laureate Günter Grass dies aged 87. by Lisa Heinemann

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Celebration in Times of Crisis – The Greek National Holidays

Greece - Special Feature - 25 Mar 2015

On 25th of March, Greeks are celebrating a national bank holiday. What is this day about? And what is its historical background? by Ina Berger

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Sweden Welcomes Female Leader for its Christian Democratic Party

Sweden, 31 Mar - 27 Apr 2015

Female leader for Christian Democrats ++ Swedes support Angela Merkel’s idea on renewed asylum system ++ Swedish hostages set free in Syria. by Sarah Onkels

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