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Stories about Europe

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

1 October 2015

Facing Sweeping Surveillance Bill, French Public Falls Between Alarm and Indifference

Global Voices Advocacy

Civil liberties defenders say a pending bill could catapult France into a new position of power in the field of international Internet surveillance.

New Leak Details Kremlin’s Plans For a Russian ‘National Internet’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The leak by Anonymous International reveals plans for the concept of a “national information platform” in Russia, which effectively describes the creation of an alternative Russian Internet.

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

RuNet Echo

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

28 September 2015

Spartathlon, Where the Noble Spirit of Athleticism Humbly Prevails

Once a year, long-distance athletes from all over the world run 246 kilometers from Athens to Sparta, participating in what is considered the world's "most grueling race"—the Spartathlon.

Serbian Journalists Harassed by Police While Reporting on Controversial Belgrade Construction Site

Global Voices Advocacy

The journalists are not the first to run into trouble reporting on the 3.5 billion Euro Belgrade Waterfront project.

By Land or By Sea? Refugees Trying to Leave Turkey Face Tough Decisions

As Turkey and its neighbors consider how to handle the millions of refugees looking for homes, Iraqi refugee Amer Mohammad camps outside an Istanbul bus station, waiting to travel.

27 September 2015

Greece’s Latest Transport Deputy Minister Was Too Racist, Homophobic, and Anti-Semitic to Keep His Job

The reason for the sudden ouster were revelations that, over the past two years, Kammenos published on a now-deactivated Twitter account, @portaporta ("door-to-door"), several racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic remarks.

26 September 2015

A Series of Outrageous Events Fuels Catalans’ Distrust Before Historic Election on Independence

The Catalan people's distrust towards the Spanish government has been exacerbated by several unfortunate public faux-pas in the weeks prior to Catalonia's regional "independence" election on September 27.

25 September 2015

This Is What Happened When A Pregnant Dog Was Buried Alive in Voronezh

RuNet Echo

When local authorities failed to respond to requests for help, several tenants decided to take matters into their own hands, pulling up the bricks and digging out the trapped animal.

24 September 2015

Netizen Report: China Joins Russia in Crusade to Keep User Data at Government’s Fingertips

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, a public outcry over encryption proposal sent Indian legislators back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders are re-centralizing power under the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council.

Refugees and Police Aren’t the Only Ones At Odds in the Balkans

When it comes to the refugee question, recent friction between EU leaders has done more to rekindle old animosities than resolve the current crisis.

23 September 2015

‘We Are Here To Support You': A Dutch Welcome for Refugees

The Bridge

Volunteers at Amsterdam's Central Station have banded together to welcome and support arriving refugees. "What I didn’t anticipate," writes Faten Busheri, "are the stories they would tell me."

22 September 2015

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons of Alan Kurdi Spark Another Round of Free Speech Debates

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo kicks off a new free-speech debate with its latest cartoons about the refugee crisis and specifically deceased Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi.

It Gets Worse for Russia's Most-Prominent LGBT Youth Support Group

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Authorities have ordered the country's most popular social network to ban Children-404, along with four other LGBT groups, or risk being blocked altogether by Russian Internet providers.

21 September 2015

New Mobile App Helps Belarusians to Keep an Eye on Violations in Presidential Election

RuNet Echo

The creators of "Vochy" hope the mobile app helps broaden Belarusian citizens' knowledge of their voter rights and provides an opportunity to quickly report election violations to independent observers.

Twitter Users from Around the World Show Off Ukrainian Foods in Their Local Grocery Stores

RuNet Echo

Ukraine’s Agriculture Minister asked his Twitter followers to post photos of products made in Ukraine from grocery stores around the world to show the scope of the country's agricultural exports.

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