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Swiss sex in a box

Nine sex boxes opened in Altstetten, a neighborhood outside of the city centre in Zurich, Swizerland on 26 August. The road leading to the sex-stations is clearly marked with red-umbrella signs, a recognised symbol for the trade in Eastern Europe. After negotiating a price, the driver pulls his or her car into a wooden shed. […]

EU citizenship laws

A new Austrian citizenship law reform came into effect in August, speeding up the process of becoming a citizen for immigrants with exceptional language proficiency or 3-year-volunteering experience. Despite growing standardisation, there are significant differences between citizenship laws of EU member states, as the Medien-Servicestelle Neue Österreicher/innen pointed out in a recent study. The principle […]

Nurses to Germany

Germany plans to place 150 Chinese nurses in German hospitals in 2014, as part of a 5-year experiment in health care staffing. The plan, announced in May, was developed at an April conference of Germany’s Arbeitgeberverband Pflege, an organisation representing healthcare-providers. In contrast to Europe where nurses are in high demand, China has more nurses […]

Germany most influential

Germany is viewed as the country with the “most positive influence” in the world, according to the BBC’s annual Country Ratings Poll. Interviewing 26,000 people from 25 countries by phone or face-to-face between December 2012 and April 2013, subjects were asked by GlobeScan/PIPA (Program on International Policy Attitudes) to rate 16 countries and the European […]

“Dark gold” as brain food

“Dark gold” as brain food

A study published in the 10 October issue of the New England Journal of Medicine links chocolate consumption to the number of Nobel Prize winners a country has and suggests it’s a sign that chocolate may boost brainpower. Despite the tongue-in-cheek tone, the author, Dr. Franz Messerli, does believe chocolate has real health effects and […]

Pigeon code still not cracked

Pigeon code still not cracked

British spy agencies have been unable to decrypt a message found attached to the ankle of a carrier pigeon found in a chimney in Surrey, England. The message dates back to WWII, more than 70 years ago, and was found attached to the skeleton of its unfortunate messenger. Though no longer in use, carrier pigeons […]

Pipeline gets go-ahead

Pipeline gets go-ahead

The South Stream Pipeline, a €15.5 billion Russian gas pipeline to Europe, has received the final signatures it authorising it’s construction slated to begin on 7 Dec. The pipeline will carry Russian natural gas to Europe with an annual supply of 15.75 billion cubic metres with an eventual full capacity of 63bcm by 2018. South […]

Greek Immigration

Greek Immigration

After 14 consecutive years of economic growth, Greece went into recession in 2008. Now Greece faces its fifth straight year of recession with more than one in five workers unemployed. For 15 to 24-year-olds, youth unemployment is sitting at a frightening 52.7%. Even more worrisome, is the resultant outward-bound flow of Greeks in search of […]

NATO Defends Turkish-Syrian Border

NATO Defends Turkish-Syrian Border

Recently, NATO declared that it would stand by Turkey if conditions worsened. In a direct warning to Syria after a week of cross-border artillery fire, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen officially stated: “We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.” Syria has apologised for it’s “accidental” shelling of Turkey. […]

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