Archive: May 2015

Like Riding a Bike: Government Plays with Old Reflexes

Hungary, 12 Apr - 09 May 2015

“I bike Budapest” – the Critical Mass is back in town ++ Does “Free education” prepare for the job market? Hungary discusses large-scale educational reform ++ Death Penalty again? ++ Government announces “National consultation” on immigration and terrorism. by Christian-Zsolt Varga, Nóra Szabó, Silvia Petzoldt

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Au Revoir Monsieur Le Pen – National Front Patriarch Loses Grip

France, 20 Apr - 18 May 2015

Jean-Marie Le Pen loses power struggle against his daughter ++ A history of female suffrage ++ François Hollande visits Cuba. by Matthieu Choblet

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Nurses Fighting for a Change of Struggling Healthcare System

Poland, 24 Apr - 21 May 2015

Nurses want to go on strike again ++ 10th anniversary of the Polish Institute of Film Art ++ Presidential election – Endgame. by Lukas Plewnia

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Fifty Areas of Grey – Genuine Acts of Justice or Political Revenge?

Romania, 26 Apr - 23 May 2015

Updates from the battle field: the extra mile Dragnea shouldn't have run ++ Romanian civil society fights to stop massive deforestations ++ An impartial opinion or a political bias? How access to the internet influences Romanian voters. by Eva Chitul, Flavian-Catalin Pah, Lavinia Manea

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Manager and Coaches Cause Public Stir in Lisbon

Portugal, 29 Apr - 26 May 2015

The major football trophies go to Lisbon while Jorge Jesus switches sides ++ Capital city has a new cultural attraction: the new National Coach Museum. by Ricardo de Brito

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The Dutch Commemorate End of WWII in Stormy Weather

Netherlands, 30 Apr - 19 May 2015

Commemoration ceremonies 70 years after WWII ++ Violence between motor clubs on the rise ++ Access gates at train stations no obstacle for fare evaders. by Jessica van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Brits Celebrate Royal Baby and Victory in Europe Day

UK, 01 May - 28 May 2015

Prince Charles on royal birth: “I was really hoping for a girl” ++ Britain remembers Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) ++ Queen’s Speech brings sweeping legislation. by Bethany Purrington, Callum Pierce

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The Cultural Heritage of World War II: Memories for a Collective Identity

Special Feature - Germany - 08 May 2015

70 years ago today, the German Instrument of Surrender took effect, thus ending World War II in Europe. by Lisa Heinemann

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Ironic Timing: Holocaust Movie Wins Award While Politicians Court Right-Wing Voters

Hungary, 10 May - 06 Jun 2015

Radical words: Jobbik’s success in polls raises far-right tendencies in PM Orbán’s policies ++ Death penalty and immigration: Hungary under increased international scrutiny ++ At the right time: Hungarian filmmaker moves Cannes with intense Holocaust movie. by Balázs Márton, Janina Rottmann, Robert Talo

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Municipal Elections 2015: How the Rise of two new Parties shakes up Spanish Politics

Special Feature - Spain - 11 May 2015

Cosmopublic Team Spain's special on the upcoming municipal and regional elections on May 24th, analysing the role of the new parties Podemos and Ciudadanos which seem to challenge the balance of the traditional party system. by José M. Martin-Flores

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Historical obligation or moral deadlock?

Commentary - Germany - 12 May 2015

70 years after Germany’s defeat in WWII brought to a halt the Nazis’ monstrous plan to extinct European Jews, the Federal Republic’s close ties with Israel are a meaningful historical achievement. If Germany is, however, serious about playing a progressive part in global politics, it needs to redefine its policies in the Middle East. by Peter Sawicki

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World Leaders Met at G7 Summit in Germany – An Useless Event?

Germany, 13 May - 09 Jun 2015

Expensive and useless? G7 Summit heavily criticised in many respects ++ It’s not a big deal – is it? by Daniel Rätz, Lisa Heinemann

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New Healthcare System: Patients without Care, Caretakers without Money?

Netherlands, 18 May - 17 Jun 2015

Official report criticises flaws in new healthcare law ++ Sexual abuse accusations in a renowned Buddhist temple ++ European asylum policy revisited. by Jessica van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Education Reform: How France Wants to Abolish Bilingualism

France, 19 May - 15 Jun 2015

French protesting against Education Reform ++ Strauss-Kahn released following the Carlton affair trial ++ French border closed for immigrants ++ French Resistance heroes buried in Panthéon. by Katinka Koke

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Conservative Victory in 2015 Election – What`s in Store for the UK?

UK Election Outcome - UK - 19 May 2015

The election excitement has settled down. After his massive Conservative victory, Cameron now has an absolute majority mandate. He now plans to implement his election manifesto “in full” and to move quickly on EU issues. by Robin Dyck

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Heads Will Roll – Government with New Faces, But Same Old Problems?

Poland, 22 May - 18 Jun 2015

Prime Minister replaces several ministers ++ New health minister already on fire from all sides ++ PM Kopacz one of the most influential women. by Lukas Plewnia

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Romanian PM Ponta Charged With Forgery, Tax Evasion and Money Laundering

Romania, 24 May - 20 Jun 2015

Corruption allegations hit the Romanian government ++ Prince Charles sets up foundation to save Romania’s rural heritage ++ How would a possible “Grexit” influence Romania? by Flavian-Catalin Pah

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Time to Celebrate! Summer Solstice, a Wedding and a Baby

Sweden, 26 May - 22 Jun 2015

Midsummer celebrations ++ Sweden’s royal wedding ++ Swedish government perspective on the Danish elections. by Maciej Wilga

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Football “Suit-Gate” Causes Laughter, Bank of Portugal and TAP Sale Mired in Controversy

Portugal, 27 May - 23 Jun 2015

Suit up for football games or get fired ++ Controversial Governor of Bank of Portugal set to begin new 5-year term ++ Airline TAP privatised. by Pedro Costa

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Duda Beats Komorowski – A New Head of State for Poland

Poland - Election Special 2015 - Poland - 31 May 2015

Candidates, rounds, results and consequences of the 2015 presidential elections in Poland. by Maciej Wilga

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