Archive: October 2015

French Politics Struggle to Combine Optimism and Pragmatism

France, 08 Sep - 05 Oct 2015

Can France be optimistic about its budget for 2016? ++ Is the French civil service statute “no longer justifiable”? ++ Comeback time for Nicolas Sarkozy – still. by Constance-Elia Cochet

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Paintings, Photos and a lot of Money

Netherlands, 09 Sep - 06 Oct 2015

Rembrandt portraits cast shadow on relationship with France ++ Volkert van der G. – a murderer tries to sell his story ++ Dutch rail network ProRail in severe financial distress. by Jessica van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Refugees, Schools – Government facing Challenges before the Elections

Poland, 11 Sep - 08 Oct 2015

Refugees: Small solution for a big problem ++ Will Polish schools become secular? ++ Wolfsburg 1 : 5 Lewandowski. by Monika Kostecka

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Volkswagen 'Dieselgate' Provokes Earthquake While PM Ponta Survives Censure Motion

Romania, 13 Sep - 10 Oct 2015

VW emissions scandal – a silent earthquake for common Romanians ++ Liberals' censure motion rejected – PM Ponta “I won’t leave office” ++ The new academic year starts – another game of chess between numbers and performance. by Flavian-Catalin Pah

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Sweden Loses Famous Writer & Welcomes Nobel Prize Winner

Sweden, 15 Sep - 12 Oct 2015

Swedish writer Henning Mankell passes away ++ Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Sweden ++ Situation of Moroccan street children stays an issue. by Sarah Onkels

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Uber App Now Legally Classed as a ‘Taximeter’

UK, 24 Sep - 20 Oct 2015

Uber app ruled legal in the UK by the high court ++ Merit vs. Equality? Grammar school sparks debate. by Alex Braley, Bethany Purrington

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Spain in Election Mood

Spain, 03 Oct - 30 Oct 2015

Catalan elections: pro-independence parties claim victory++ Record TV debate between the two emerging parties ++ National elections on December 20th. by José M. Martin-Flores, Manuel Valenciano Marx, Marco Just Quiles

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25 Years after Reunification – Ready to Leave the Nest?

Germany - Commentary - Germany - 03 Oct 2015

In the wake of reunification, the United States has gradually encouraged Germany to extend its ambitions in foreign affairs. But if the Federal Republic is serious about playing a fully grown-up part on the international stage, it’s time it became genuinely emancipated from its former protecting power. by Peter Sawicki

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Depraved Suburbs & Dashed Politics in the Regions: Tensions Everywhere

France, 06 Oct - 02 Nov 2015

Riots in suburbia: ten years on ++ Another shift to the right ++ Regional elections lie ahead. by Matthieu Choblet

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Landslide Victory! Conservatives Taking over the Sejm

Poland, 09 Oct - 05 Nov 2015

Election 2015 – major changes in the Polish parliament ++ Royal visit in Warsaw ++ South Korea wins the Chopin Competition. by Dorota Redzikowska

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Formally United, Mentally Divided?! 25 Years of Unification of East and West Germany

Special Report - Germany - 10 Oct 2015

Immigration, xenophobia and economic disaster – Although Germany is one of the most powerful democratic countries worldwide, it has experienced all of these in its eventful past. As a nation celebrates 25 years of unification, these issues remain of great importance – especially as the influx of refugees grows. by Sandra Czech

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Death of a Policeman, Unpunished Crimes and Mismanagement – The Endless Column of Irresponsibility

Romania, 11 Oct - 14 Nov 2015

Dying in the name of…? ++ Let the miners come to me – unpunished crimes prosecuted after 25 years ++ Sisyphus’s highway to hell – the never-ending story of infrastructural mismanagement. by Eva Chitul

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Xenophobic Killings Shock Sweden – The Dark Side of Immigration?

Sweden, 13 Oct - 09 Nov 2015

Deadly school attack leaves two dead ++ More and more refugees arriving in Sweden ++ Swedish football champions crowned. by Jens Ummethum

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Jobs, Privacy and The Working Poor Keep UK Politicians Busy

UK, 21 Oct - 20 Nov 2015

"Save Our Steel” rally calls for action ++ Freedom vs. Security: “Snoopers Charter” under scrutiny ++ Lords show unusual sign of strength. by Alex Braley, Bethany Purrington, Robin Dyck

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Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán on Paris Attacks and Immigration: "I Told You So!"

Hungary, 25 Oct - 21 Nov 2015

Paris attacks entrench anti-immigrant rhetoric ++ Hungary challenges the EU “quota regime” in court ++ Another blow to Hungarian nuclear plans from Brussels ++ Hungary qualifies for an international football tournament for first time in 30 years. by Balázs Márton

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Terror in Paris Leaves Germany in Shock – How to Deal With Islamic Terrorism?

Germany, 27 Oct - 23 Nov 2015

Terror in Paris – planned terror attack in Hannover ++ Refugees welcome! – But where should they stay? ++ Former Chancellor Schmidt dies – Germany loses elder statesman and political heavyweight by Eike Hortsch

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