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· February, 2008

Stories about Western Europe from February, 2008

Russia: Prince Harry and Local “Elite's Offspring”

Window on Eurasia writes about the Russians’ reaction to the news of Prince Harry's military service in Afghanistan.

Egypt: The Difference Between France and Egypt

Zeinobia from Egypt compares between how Egyptian and French presidents react to criticism from citizens in this post.

Egypt: Visa to Heaven

Egyptian blogger Eman discusses the difficulties of getting a Schengen (European Union) Visa in this post.

Serbia: Ambassadorial Discontent

While some of the foreign embassies were being set on fire in Belgrade in protest to the unilateral proclamation of independence of Kosovo, Serbian embassies in Belgium and Russia were...

Africa: African History in Europe

Bill writes about an online initiative on African History in Europe: “For the past 3 weeks a small group of blog authors and friends living in various parts of Europe...

Brazil: Sexual tourism, dreams-come-true, sour goodbyes and illegality

Sandra Paulsen writes[PT] from Stockholm at Blog do Noblat[PT] about Swedish sexual tourism in Brazil and Tailand and sad stories about Brazilian women that travel back with their “boyfriends” to...

Sharing music for free is not a crime, in Spain

Miguel Caetano, who faithfully writes at his blog Remixtures, blogs about[PT] the relative freedom to share music non-commercialy through P2P enjoyed in Spain, and compliments Spanish judges for their fine...

Poland, U.K.: Football and Anti-Semitism

The beatroot examines whether the UK and Polish football fans are the “most anti-Semitic in Europe.”

Armenia: Exit Polls

The Armenian Economist comments on two exit polls conducted during voting for last week's presidential election in Armenia . The blog appears to consider the British Populus poll the more...

Armenia: Diplomats Resign

Unzipped comments on reports that four senior Armenian diplomats have resigned following Tuesday's disputed presidential election in Armenia. One of them, Armenian Ambassador to Italy, Spain and Portugal, Ruben Shugaryan,...

Lebanon: Danish Cartoons Again

“Oh, no. Not again. Not Danish cartoons. Ayatullah Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah sent an official letter to the Danish government regarding Danish cartoons (not pastries). He express his concern that “some...

Georgia: Patarkatsishvili Dies

TOL Georgia comments on the death of Badri Patarkatsishvili in London at the age of 52. The blog remembers Georgia's richest man who in recent years has been synonymous with...

Russia: BP Closes Sakhalin Office

BP has closed its Sakhalin office, White Sun of the Desert reports.

Kosovo: “Western Protectorate” Tradition

“Kosova’s status as a Western protectorate, replete with a banal, EU-style flag, is therefore entirely in keeping with the tradition of earlier Balkan states that successfully achieved their independence under...

Kosovo: Views from the Russophone Blogosphere

According to the Yandex Blogs portal, over 3,700 posts on Kosovo independence have appeared in the Russian-language blogosphere in the past three days. Some of these posts have received dozens,...

Jordan: Baby on Board Stickers

Ibrahim Owais, from Jordan, draws our attention to a Baby on Board sticker for garbage bin. The campaign, from Italy, is part of a drive to stop people from ‘dumping’...

French immigration minister: ‘France isn't racist’

Forum Realisance summarizes French immigration minister Brice Hortefeux's recent interview [Fr] with Jeune Afrique in which he discussed DNA testing for immigrants, immigration quotas, expulsion and other controversial issues, finally...

African Intellectuals Critique Sarkozy's Dakar Address in New Book

Anandoo.net announces L'Afrique répond à Sarkozy [Fr], a collective critique of Nicolas Sarkozy's infamous Dakar speech by prominent African intellectuals, published in Paris this week.

Spanish reactions to Kosovo's independence

Two days after Kosovo's declaration of independence in spite of Serbia's opposition, the debate about the merits of recognising it as a state is still raging. Within the European Union,...

Kosovo & Serbia: Independence Blogging

Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia on Sunday, Feb. 17, has caused both celebrations and protests - as well as plenty of media coverage and an avalanche of blog posts....

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