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Alternative for Germany

The newest political party in Germany, AfD (Alternative for Germany) is advocating a departure from the eurozone. AfD held its first national conference on 14 Apr., drawing in 1,500 of its nearly 10,000 members. The party includes many middle-class conservatives. Experts say it’s unlikely AfD will attract enough federal votes to earn a parliamentary seat, […]

Croatia’s 1st MEP Election

Only 20 per cent of Croatia’s eligible voters turned out for the first European Parliament election in the country’s history on 14 April. Croatia voted on their first 12 European Parliament seats and will officially join the EU on 1 July. Political analyst Davor Djenero attributed the low turnout to a “weak campaign” to inform […]

Bieber Behaving Badly

Canadian pop phenomenon Justin Bieber left some memorable impressions on his European tour this spring. It began when the 19-year-old Bieber didn’t have legal documents for his pet capuchin monkey. German authorities seized the animal from his private jet. Now animal rights advocates are trying to block Bieber’s representatives from retrieving the monkey. Later, while […]

Latvia’s non-citizens

On 23 March, roughly 400 people formed a non-citizens congress in the Latvian capital Riga, demanding full political rights for so-called “non-citizens”. This resulted from Latvia’s Russian minority voicing its anger over escalating institutional discrimination. Nearly 300,000 people, 13% of Latvia’s population, have non-citizen status and as a result, have special passports and restrictions placed […]

Italy in political deadlock

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano’s efforts to form a government remain fruitless after February’s election results. No party achieved a majority in Parliament. The President held a meeting with political leaders on 20 March, declaring it “an absolute necessity to give the country a government”. Pier Lugi Bersani’s Democratic Party gained 29.5% of the vote in […]

Hungarian prize revoked

Hungarian prize revoked

On 15 March, Ferenc Szaniszló won the Tancsics prize, Hungary’s most prestigious award for journalism, causing a national and international outcry. The journalist and television presenter Szaniszló has fallen into disrepute for spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and anti-Roma comments on the broadcasting station Echo-TV, which is closely affiliated with the Orbán admistration. In 2011, the […]

Kosovan artifacts returned

The Minister of Culture of Kosovo confirmed that seven ancient artifacts have been returned to the region after being discovered unexpectedly during an investigation by German police. Dating as far back as 4,000 BCE, the objects are believed to have been smuggled out of the country during the 1998-1999 war with Serbia and were meant […]

Bulgarian PM resigns

Bulgarian PM resigns

Citing a lack of support from the Bulgarian people, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov stepped down on 20 February, following protests over high electricity prices, austerity measures and corruption. His decision is expected to be approved by the country’s parliament, thus leading to new elections at a date still to be set. The action is […]

German minister loses PhD

In May 2012, German Minister for Education and Scientific Research Annette Schavan was anonymously accused of plagiarising significant parts of her doctoral thesis. On 5 February, the University of Düsseldorf, where Schavan graduated in 1980 with her dissertation, revoked her PhD, citing the incriminating evidence of usurped passages. She responded by taking legal action against […]

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