Archive: February 2016

Foreign Minister Wallström and Police Both under Fire for Alleged Missteps

Sweden, 05 Jan - 01 Feb 2016

Stockholm Police under fire for hiding sexual harassment cases ++ Minister of Foreign Affairs under pressure ++ Worker at refugee centre stabbed by teenager. by Jens Ummethum

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Merkel Tightens Migration Policy – Far-Right AfD Suggests Police Shoot At Immigrants

Germany, 19 Jan - 15 Feb 2016

More “safe countries of origin” and fewer family reunions – Germany’s new asylum law ++ “The use of armed force is there as a last resort” – Far-Right AfD’s aggressive rhetoric ++ Surprise victories in tennis and handball spark hopes for far-reaching sports boom. by Peter Sawicki

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Battling for Britain – David Cameron Announces EU Referendum Date

UK, 22 Jan - 20 Feb 2016

"Brexit"- Referendum set for July 23 ++ New hope for prisoners: Supreme Court rules on joint enterprise law ++ Google agrees to pay £130m back-payment in taxes. by Alex Braley, Bethany Purrington

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‘War On Terror’ Included in Constitution

France, 28 Jan - 23 Feb 2016

100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun – new memorial for united remembrance ++ Withdrawal of citizenship splits Parliament – Minister of Justice resigns ++ Attractive France: Remission of tax should lure film productions ++ Eagles of Death Metal – First concert after Paris attacks. by Sabrina Hambloch

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Romania Between Politics and Economic Growth

Romania, 31 Jan - 27 Feb 2016

Former MEP Adrian Severin convicted for corruption ++ Even in capitalism, Romanian “Golden Age” brands still going strong ++ Short on oil – Romania’s crude oil reserves exhausted in less than 20 years. by Flavian-Catalin Pah

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The Solidarity Icon Lech Walesa Again Attacked

Poland, 31 Jan - 27 Feb 2016

Dispute about Lech Walesa ++ The 100 days of Law and Justice ++ Criminal case from Warsaw ends in Malta. by Dorota Redzikowska

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Divisive Polish Politics still in the Spotlight Abroad and Domestically

Poland, 01 Feb - 30 Jan 2016

PiS government under magnifying glass ++ How a waste separation campaign sparked debate on gender ideology ++ Polish movies recognized at the Sundance Film Festival. by Monika Kostecka

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Sweden Talks Foreign Policy and Remembers Olof Palme

Sweden, 02 Feb - 28 Feb 2016

Sweden Debates Its Foreign Policy and NATO Membership in the Parliament ++ Olof Palme’s Death Anniversary ++ Nationalist Sweden Democrats’ support stagnates. by Maciej Wilga

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Paris Attackers Arrested – Possible Connections to Brussels Bombings

France, 24 Feb - 22 Mar 2016

Paris bomber Salah Abdeslam arrested – alleged ties to Brussels attacks ++ Saudi Arabian prince receives highest national award. by Katinka Koke

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A Bittersweet March in Romania: United For Culture Whilst Divided By Fear

Romania, 28 Feb - 26 Mar 2016

The terrorist attacks in Brussels – how was the view from Romania? ++ In loving memory of smoking – Romania joins 17 EU countries in banning smoking in public areas ++ Cuminţenia pământului – a means to trigger national consciousness? by Eva Chitul

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Szydlo, Duda, Kaczynski and the Plunging Gap in Polish Society

Poland, 28 Feb - 26 Mar 2016

Government party PiS keeps on dividing media and society ++ Sadness after attacks in Brussels ++ Charity Orchestra WOSP 2016 reaches new record. by Lukas Plewnia

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