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· August, 2012

Stories about Western Europe from August, 2012

31 August 2012

Macedonia: Demanding Triumphal Welcome for Paralympics Champion

Portuguese, a Global Language?

UK: Lion Spotted Is Actually Pet Cat Named Teddy Bear

United Kingdom police officers were busy last weekend with a major operation launched on the evening of Sunday August 26, following the apparent sighting of a lion in the English...

28 August 2012

Ukraine: Striving for Unguarded EU Borders

Russia: Foreign Ministry Looks to Germany to Justify Pussy Riot Verdict

RuNet Echo

Russia's Foreign Ministry has made a series of comments that further enraging Pussy Riot's supporters. Spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich defended the recent verdict and lashed out at the West for ignorance...

27 August 2012

Tajikistan's Capital Mayor Meets with Facebook Users

In a rare display of political openness, the mayor of the country's capital Dushanbe met with some 400 Facebook users and responded to their criticisms. The meeting was broadcast live...

26 August 2012

France: An Epic Flight from Paris to Beirut – via Damascus

An Air France flight from Paris to Beirut on August 15, turned into a 20-hour nightmare for its passengers, including the French Ambassador to Lebanon. After diverting to Damascus, Syria,...

25 August 2012

Belgium: Police Violence

24 August 2012

Angolan Tourists Spend Big Bucks in Portugal

'Little by little we see Angolan money starting to dominate businesses and the economic sectors in Portugal.' According to a netizen this is in stark contrast to 70% of Angola's...

France: Mandatory Car Driver Breathalyzers in Bid to Reduce Accidents

Starting from July 1 2012, every vehicle driver in France has had to carry a breathalyzer. This measure is aimed at diminishing the number of accidents caused by drivers under...

23 August 2012

Lebanon: Awaiting the Pope's Visit in September

France: Unexpected Parallel Between Assange and Strauss-Kahn

Portugal: The Dark Side of the National Dam Program

The dams in the Programa Nacional de Barragens (National Dam Program) will cost the Portuguese government €16 billion, to be spent on construction, subsidies and interest on loans. Together with...

Peru's Feminist Activist-Artist: María María Acha-Kutscher

Peruvian feminist, activist and visual artist María María Acha-Kutscher is using the Internet to share her work. From Mexico's Frida Kahlo to Spain's "indignadas" (outraged) and Russia's Pussy Riot, Acha-Kutscher's...

22 August 2012

Wales: From Prison, Activist Campaigns for Welsh Language Rights

Activist Jamie Bevan of Merthyr Tudful, Wales, is currently serving 35 days in prison after refusing to pay a fine for which the summons was issued in English only. He...

21 August 2012

Graffiti in Times of Crisis

In the current economic crisis, graffiti in several cities is rife with social messages. Here is a sample of some urban artwork.

20 August 2012

Spain: “Health Disobedience” in the Face of Massive Cuts

Independent groups of public health workers and participants have created a digital platform to protest against the recent health reform. The movement is named "I say yes to universal health"...

17 August 2012

Ecuador Reacts to Assange Asylum

"they talk so much about freedom of expression when in our own country IT DOESN'T EXIST!" - An Ecuadorian netizen criticizes the government's decision to grant asylum to the founder...

Italy: Uncertain Future for Polluting Ilva Steel Plant – and its 12,000 Employees

Europe's biggest steel plant in Taranto, Italy, has been put under judicial seizure: the last chapter of a complex struggle involving high environmental risks and occupational issues. Along with street...

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