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· May, 2007

Stories about Western Europe from May, 2007

Macedonia, Greece: Name Dispute

The Macedonian Tendency posts a note on the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece.

Russia, Austria: Raiffeisen, Murder and Money Laundering

Robert Amsterdam writes about the alleged ties of Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) of Austria to murder and money laundering in Russia.

Libya: Blair in Tripoli

“British prime minister is touring Africa before leaving his office and we got a glimpse of his visit to Tripoli. His visit brought a very tight security to the city....

How the South is financing the North's internet connection

Reseau International de correspondants writes about pricing inequalities in the international telecom system (Fr) that place a disproportionate burden of payment on developing countries to the extent that “the South...

Russia: Investments in Austria

Robert Amsterdam writes about Russian investments in Austria.

Human Sacrifice & the Politics of Death

At Babilown, French-Beninian author Blaise Aplognan describes the religious and political function of human sacrifice (Fr) in ancient societies: “…its goal was to channel violence toward a (sacrificed) individual, toward...

Europe: Third Annual Satin Pajama Awards

Voting has just begun in the Third Annual Satin Pajama Awards over at A Fistful of Euros.

Russia, UK: More on the Litvinenko Affair

“The British Crown Prosecution Service has charged Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi with the murder of Alexandr Litvinenko. The question if anything will come of it,” writes Sean Guillory.

France's Overseas Territories Now Under the Administration of the Ministry of the Interior

Martiniquian Le Blog de [Moi] writes that under the new French cabinet, the Ministry of Overseas Territories has been abolished, or rather, folded in with the Ministry of the Interior...

Morocco: The Week of Firsts

It was a week of firsts in Morocco - with the first French Minister of Moroccan descent, the first newspaper and the first wine store. Jillian York has more in...

Alain Mabanckou on the new French government

Congolese poet-novelist Alain Mabanckou writes about several politicians from the left who were given positions in France's new conservative government, as well as the appointment of France's first African Minister...

France's New “Ministry of Nationalism and Expulsion”

Francophone blogger Et Si Nous Parlions has no love for French president Nicolas Sarkozy's new Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity, and Co-Development. He prefers to call it the “Ministry...

Ukraine: Yushchenko's UK Visit Cancelled

Foreing Notes writes about the cancellation of president Yushchenko's meeting with Tony Blair.

Russia: Dissent and Samara Summit

Samara-based blogger Dmitri Minaev and Sean Guillory write about the EU-Russia Summit in Samara and the regime's ways of dealing with dissent.

Morocco: Fighting ignorance, injustice, and irrationality

Giving one's child a special first name should be an inalienable right, not a lengthy bureaucratic process. Hamza Daoui covers a debate stirring up over this very issue, as well...

Israel: Brits Banning Israeli Universities, Professors and Students

“The Brits are at it again. (Like they’ve ever stopped). So British academics are again putting together a boycott of Israeli universities, Israeli professors, and Israeli students. Four Israeli academics...

The EU: “The ‘Balkans’ They Love to Hate”

TOL's The nEUrosis critiques a Times’ story on the EU's newest members: “But rather than explaining the situation, the article goes on to provide no explanation or example why Bulgaria...

Madagascar: Malagasy bloggers in France criticize Sarkozy's proposed immigration policy

The platform on which France's new president Nicolas Sarkozy was elected proposes the creation of a ministry of immigration and national identity. Immigrants who have been living in France for...

Burundi: French Man Mistaken for a Cannibal

Bien Au Bout… shares the strange story of children who fled their schools en masse fearing they might be eaten [Fr] by a white man seen wandering in the forests...

Europe: Still Some More on Eurovision

Another mini-roundup of entries on last Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest: Anegdote encourages readers to rejoice – because they “accomplished something too by watching” Serbia's winning entry on TV; Belgrade 2.0...

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