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Stories about Europe

Billboard satire blasts Australian government's tepid climate change stance for Glasgow COP26

"They are laughing at us in Times Square, as they should be: our response to climate change is the biggest joke on earth."

We need ‘painless’ glucose monitors, says Mia Chichkarikj, a 16-year-old diabetes patient from North Macedonia

“This should be a plea to the authorities at the Ministry of Health, to take our needs for 'painless' glucose monitors seriously and to provide them as soon as possible.”

I was invited to celebrate ‘Columbus Day.’ This is what I answered

"The 'National Day of Spain' is a mockery and offense to our Indigenous and Afro-descendent peoples."

Basque separatist group ETA lowered its weapons 10 years ago. Has reconciliation truly happened?

A lot has changed for the better in the past 10 years … but Basque society is still working out a public memory about the previous four decades of violence.

Between two borders: you can’t get through

By offering its territory as a transit zone, Belarus created a problem for the EU and a financial opportunity for itself, charging refugees for Belarusian visas.

In Belarus, subscribing to Telegram channels branded as ‘extremist’ may now get users in trouble

While it's not clear whether the Belarusian police will actually be able to dispense prison terms, "nobody can be sure" they won't be criminally charged for subscribing to Telegram channels.

Turkey and Armenia ready to ‘normalize relations’ after nearly 30 years

Almost three decades later, Turkey is now considering reopening its border with Armenia. The border has been closed since 1993.

COVID-19, vaccination and the progress of the global healthcare system

“ … obesity might soon be recognised as a vitally strategic global element in explaining varying COVID-19 levels between rich and poor.”

Combatting stereotypes: The need to recognize male victims of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia

According to testimony, the systematic scope and nature of conflict-related sexual violence against men demonstrate that it was an instrument of ethnic cleansing through the destruction of families and communities.

Prince Charles calls on Australia's Prime Minister to attend Glasgow global climate change conference

After jibes from Britain, reports indicate that Prime Minister Morrison will likely attend COP26. However, government sources have apparently denied that the prince’s remarks may have influenced him.

Ukraine’s trans-border transplant quandary

Going abroad for organ transplants is common in Ukraine, but the logistics are tricky. But a new law and enthusiastic regional doctors could make a national transplant system a reality.

Why are Czech elites being captured by Beijing narratives? 

The ties between outgoing president Zeman as well as economic relationships over the past few years, especially in the media, raise concerns about the public narrative around Sino-Czech relations.

Campaign to brand Russian journalists and media ‘foreign agents’ picks up pace after elections

The effects of Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation against media and civil society have been direct and deeply troubling. They are now, in effect, deemed ‘enemies of the people’.

Relations between Turkey and Russia: “It's complicated”

On September 29, the leaders of two countries met in Russian Black Sea city of Sochi to discuss economic and strategic deals and their presence in conflict zones.

Animal rights activist in North Macedonia threatened after blowing the whistle on possible lion cub trafficking

While handling lion cubs is forbidden by law in North Macedonia, social media posts by nouveau riche or would-be-influencers revealed them bragging about socializing with a cub nicknamed "Simba."

Socializing with extremists and ‘hoaxers': Tennis star Novak Djokovic's controversial visit to Bosnia

"This is not the first time Djokovic has caused controversy by endorsing deeply problematic Serb nationalist figures."

Critical thinking is crucial to progressive art: Bosnian musicologist Amila Ramović

Amila Ramović, assistant professor at the department of music theory and pedagogy at the Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo, talks about critical thinking through art.

‘New schemes of deception': Russian election observers report on the voting

"Of course, all elections are held with violations, but these were held with record numbers of violations!"

Syrian migrants fall victims to “human trafficking mafia” in Libyan prisons

'The EU is responsible for Libya’s barbarism directly, or by turning a blind eye to its actions, as armed groups profiting from migrants are funded, and complicity in these crimes...

Life during the pandemic: An interview with former refugee, exiled cartoonist Eaten Fish

"I would like to tell other fellow artists that they should never stop trying, they should never stop searching and they should never be afraid of sharing their opinion."

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