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Stories about Western Europe

25 April 2017

‘Lalades,’ the Local Tulips That Signal Spring on Greece's Chios Island

The local Chios term for tulip, lalades, speaks to the flower's historical migration.

22 April 2017

A House Divided: Ethiopian Runners Separated by Politics Face Off at London Marathon

Feyisa Lelisa and Kenenisa Bekele, two of the world's greatest marathon runners, are both from the same ethnic group. But that is where the similarities stop.

21 April 2017

Marine Le Pen's Comments on the Vel d'Hiv Roundup During WWII Reawaken France's Painful Past

"The victims of #veldhiv have been pulled from eternal rest to serve as a tool in the electoral plot of infamous politicians without brains or morals."

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

15 April 2017

Chinese-French Millennials Protest Police Shooting—and the ‘Model Minority’ Myth

After the lethal shooting of Liu Shaoyo, a Chinese man in Paris, an overlooked community in France finds its voice.

14 April 2017

War Between Spain and the UK Over Gibraltar? Social Media Says No Way, José!

"Why would we want Gibraltar, if we can't already exit a roundabout driving on the right imagine us on the opposite side!!!"

Protests in Italy Save Hundreds of Ancient Trees on the Chopping Block for Gas Pipeline Construction

The olive trees are not only essential to many people's livelihoods, but also beloved by local residents.

13 April 2017

The French May Be Casual about Extramarital Sex, But They Aren't about Relationships

The Bridge

According to studies, the French may simply be more realistic about the challenges of long-term monogamy.

9 April 2017

He Won a Trip to Space, but Can’t Move Freely on Earth

“I’m just trying to figure out the best way in order to demolish this stigma that all Muslim people are terrorists."

2 April 2017

International Fact-Checking Day Celebrated Worldwide: #FactCheckIt!

Fact-checkers around the world have declared April 2 as a day dedicated to verification and truth. Are you with them?

28 March 2017

The UK Is Among the World's Largest Suppliers of Weapons—and Is Making Arms Boycotts Illegal

As one of the world's largest weapons dealers, the UK routinely sells to countries with abysmal human rights records. It is now seeking to outlaw boycotts on Israeli settlement products.

27 March 2017

For One Somalia-Born UK Citizen, Brexit Is a “Point of No Return”

The Bridge

"This is not the England I grew up in, the one I wanted so much to belong to."

26 March 2017

In A Greek Refugee Camp: A Volunteer's Notebook

The Bridge

"As volunteers, we’re treated as though we’re not part of the story.... But whether we like it or not, we are part of the narrative and influence it, significantly."

24 March 2017

A Century Later, Namibia Demands Justice From Germany for Its First Holocaust

In the early twentieth century, the German Empire committed a holocaust against 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama. A century later, Namibia is fighting for justice.

23 March 2017

Here's Why This Election Year in France Is Completely Unprecedented

People feel that the future is bleak and that the old recipes of established parties are not working.

16 March 2017

British Cruise Ship Destroys Pristine Coral Reefs in West Papua

"This damaged area could take hundreds of years to re-grow. Noble Caledonia need to take responsibility for this and help rebuild this reef!"

12 March 2017

Reckless Diplomacy: Turkey-Netherlands #TulipCrisis Is Scary Viewing for Minorities in Europe

A rally, a crackdown and a diplomatic standoff that stands to benefit nationalist politicians in both countries, but almost no-one else.

6 March 2017

France Sees Sharp Rise in Blocked and De-Listed Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Authorities have blocked or de-listed more than 2,700 websites in the fight against child pornography and terrorism, but with little oversight.

23 February 2017

Visit by France's Marine Le Pen Leaves Many Lebanese Unimpressed

Marine Le Pen was granted the honor of a State Visit in Lebanon. Here's how she spent it.

Apple iPhone Ad Puts an Artistic Spotlight on Greece (but Not All Greeks Are Happy)

"They portray Greece as if we are still in the 1950s: clothes, the behavior of people, who act like they have never seen a mobile phone with a camera before..."

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