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Stories about Europe

Remembering the heartbreaking words of Yugoslavia's war-struck ‘Lost Generation’

"Never in my life [did I imagine] I would shoot at someone or that someone would shoot at me. How can this be? It's not right."

Russia scales up electronic voting for key referendum, but misses security issues

As Russia goes to the polls this week in a constitutional referendum, several regions will be voting online. But the new digital voting system has some serious shortcomings.

In the Czech Republic, controversy over a newly re-erected Catholic monument ends in flames

The reinstatement of a Catholic monument in the middle of Prague historical center brings back a passionate debate about Czech identity and opposing views on historical heroes and villains

Milada Horáková: 70 years after her sham trial and execution, Czechs reflect on their communist past

A creative visual campaign reopens old wounds as Czech society reflects on their communist past and the victims of Stalinist sham trials, including the feminist Milada Horáková.

Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past

Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.

Nationalists in North Macedonia use border closures to sow confusion and mistrust

Local media and politicians have distorted reopening policies in neighbouring countries for political gain.

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part II)

"For Czech society, accepting that a non-white person can be Czech is too unusual and often not digestible."

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part I)

The Czech society started discussing ethnic discrimination and diversity after the fall of Communism, which had erroneously claimed to have eradicated racism.

Beach destinations in Albania face an unusual summer tourist season

Last month Global Voices looked at preparations for an unusual tourist season in Albania. Now it is underway, with mixed results.

New law forces Hungarian transgender people to choose exile

Transgender people told Global Voices that Brussels has failed to stand up to Budapest on the issue.

Viktor Tsoi: The undying icon of Soviet dissident rock

Fans of Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi mark his birthday, June 21, remembering his freedom-loving songs that still resonate three decades after his death in 1990.

As election looms, Serbia's leading party wants to defend citizens from dinosaurs

"When you can't pay the rent, the only thing left for you to do is build a time machine, go back in time and vote."

Serbian parliamentary vote campaign taps Greek beaches, Chinese robots

"I love Serbia. Considering the fact that I am a kind of smart technology, it is obvious why I choose to be in Serbia."

‘Where is the center of the story?': Revisiting the traditional view of Russia's Muslim communities

Global Voices spoke to academic Danielle Ross about her challenging view of the history of Islam and Islamic reform in Russia.

French police arrest Félicien Kabuga, alleged financier of genocide in Rwanda

After 26 years on the run, Rwanda genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga was arrested in a Parisian suburb on May 16 and transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on...

The mural will not be whitewashed: How dissident poet Joseph Brodsky continues to inspire free-thinking Russians

The 80th anniversary of the birth of Russian poet Joseph Brodsky was marked in Russia by an incident highlighting the special place writers still hold in Russian political culture.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Spain’s extreme right supporters protested in Madrid

"Fascism is also a virus"

Serbian foreign minister disowns ‘zombie-like’ campaign ad

"The background music for the advert is a punk version of the 1978 iconic song “Računajte na nas” (Count on us)."

Art as a true act of resistance: A conversation with theatre actor Juan Pablo Mazorra

"I believe that theatre will change the world, or at least one world, that of the individual."

Password hack claim puts cyber security on the public agenda in North Macedonia

The government said that no user data was compromised in the apparent attack.

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