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29 May 2020

Cryptocurrency scammers flood Facebook users with ads for fake Forbes.com articles

Advox

Data publicly provided by Facebook about the adverts' reach indicate they have traveled far beyond North Macedonia, activists warn.

Talking down under: Greek PM ‘discovers’ South Zealand

COVID-19

"Primary school kids listen to him and drop dead laughing. Long live our Leader, our EXCELLENT KYRIAKOS! HE'S WHAT WE DESERVE!"

25 April 2020

Out of 20,000 COVID-19 cases in the Balkans, more than a third are in Serbia

COVID-19

In Serbia, the government first ignored COVID-19 and even made fun of it.

14 April 2020

A new cross-regional anti-disinformation initiative launches in the Balkans

The network includes members from North Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania, and will work in cooperation with similar groups from other neighboring countries.

1 April 2020

Fans and colleagues pay respects to late Italian comics author Giovanni Romanini

Romanini was acclaimed as a life-long collaborator of the late comics legend Magnus.

10 March 2020

Churches in Greece and North Macedonia refuse to modify rituals conducive to the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19

The ritual known as the Holy Communion or Eucharist has Orthodox Christian worshippers drinking wine by a shared spoon, while Catholics eat thin slices of bread directly from the hand of...

5 March 2020

From Sweden to Mexico, indigenous people explain why their languages are disappearing

The Nordic regions of Europe are thousands of kilometres away from Mexico or Peru, but both witness the destruction of their native peoples' identities

25 February 2020

“Parental pin”: the Spanish far-right's fight to control public education

The Spanish political party Vox is demanding the right to prevent their children from being educated about feminism, equality or sexual diversity.

14 February 2020

An interview with Roger Robinson, winner of the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize in poetry

Roger Robinson's poetry collection explores the theme of paradise, with topics ranging from London's tragic Grenfell Tower fire to the Windrush controversy, presented in bold, raw, and honest ways.

1 February 2020

Chinese patriots retaliate online after Danish outlet spoofs Chinese ‘virus flag’

COVID-19

To China's dismay, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen commented on the incident by defending the country’s tradition of free speech.

28 January 2020

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Auschwitz in pictures

The online archive Znaci.net digitized several photos of Auschwitz from different museums in the former Yugoslavia. They tell the story, among other things, of the Mandić family of prisoners from Croatia.

6 January 2020

‘Byzantine Pompeii’ archaeological discovery in Greece will be moved to make way for the Thessaloniki subway

"What the metro construction procedures have brought to light is Byzantine Pompeii! Do you understand? And do you plan to remove it and reattach it later? Are you crazy?"

31 December 2019

Comics fans in southern Europe celebrated the triple anniversary of cult publications in 2019

Comics fans in several southern European countries celebrated three golden jubilees in 2019: the 50th-anniversary publication of Italian comics series Alan Ford, the ‘Yugoslav Asterix’ Dikan, and Serbian magazine Stripoteka

28 December 2019

Police violence is increasing in Greece, but government is unconcerned

"They asked for a warrant and in response [the police] put them down, tied their hands and beat them severely".

24 December 2019

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

13 December 2019

Interview with Aleksandra Lun, a Polish native who became a celebrated Spanish-language writer

"A language is simply a world that you choose to live in. If you live in that world, you own its language."

5 December 2019

Parody song remembers Eastern European fighters in WWII's Battle of Britain

Historians say that, without the help of Eastern European soldiers, Britain would not have beaten Nazi Germany.

4 December 2019

As NATO turns 70, changing priorities jeopardize security of smaller member nations

Smaller NATO members like the Baltics know all too well the consequences of underestimating the threat on their eastern borders.

25 November 2019

After a hot summer of protests, Germans debate their country's role in climate change

These decisions send a clear signal on where vital parts of the German government seem to be standing in the crucial battle against climate change.

8 November 2019

Equatorial Guinea vice president's supercars seized to fund development programs

The vice president's seven Ferraris, five Bentleys, a Maserati and an Aston Martin were part of this auction on the 29 September in Geneva.

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