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· June, 2013

Stories about Western Europe from June, 2013

28 June 2013

Ninety Countries Meet for Global Conference Against Death Penalty

Representatives of 90 countries participated in the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Madrid, Spain. Some of the key topics discussed were the abolition of the death penalty,...

Composer's Ode to Turkish Protesters

26 June 2013

Amnesty Report Accuses Spanish Government of Obstructing Justice

Time passes, impunity remains, the new Amnesty International report published on June 17, 2013, analyses the investigation of crimes committed during Spain's Civil War and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco....

The Internet: A Critical Tool in the Fight Against the Death Penalty

The Internet has become a critical tool for many social movements worldwide. Activists battling capital punishment have also found a platform in digital social media for exchanging ideas and circulating...

24 June 2013

Senegalese to France: Dignity Before Visa

Spanish Taxman Confuses Princess’ ID for Another's in Corruption Investigation

A supposed administrative error by the Spanish tax agency falsely attributing the sale of 13 estates to the Princess Cristina as part of the ongoing corruption case against her husband...

23 June 2013

Outrage in the European Union over United States Espionage Program

After Edward Snowden revealed the existence of PRISM, a North American secret service program, a few days ago, European Union authorities have demanded explanations from the North American government.

19 June 2013

Interview: “How Are Things in Bamako, Mali?”

At the time of writing, June 2013, France is still fighting Islamists in Mali. Paris-based Anne Morin and Awa Traoré, her friend in Bamako decided to share a video journal...

Open Letter to Germany's Cultural Foundation

14 June 2013

European Award for Helping Victims of the Spanish Mortgage Crisis

The European Parliament has awarded its European Citizen's prize to the Mortgage Victims Platform, a Spanish grassroots organization that helps those affected by the housing crisis and champions legal reforms...

9 June 2013

Rwanda: NGO's Pursuit for Justice against Perpetrators of Genocide

Rwanda remembered the start of the genocide on April 7, as they have done every year since 1994. In the 19 years following the genocide, the hunt for the perpetrators...

6 June 2013

Mozambique: Mia Couto's 30 Years of Literature Honored with Prestigious Prize

Mia Couto's three decades at the helm of Mozambican literature was acknowledged on the 27 May when he was awarded the 25th Camões Prize in literature, worth 100,000 euros, and...

Norwegian Music Video Offends Kyrgyzstanis

For small, landlocked and little-known countries such as Kyrgyzstan, "self-branding" is a slow and difficult process. So, when stars from foreign countries arrive to shoot a video in your countryside,...

4 June 2013

Extreme Anti-immigrant Groups Spread Throughout Europe

Plagued by one of the worst economic crises in recent history, extreme anti-immigrant parties are once again on the rise in 21st-century Europe.

1 June 2013

Spaniards Vote for Universal Healthcare in Popular Referendum

Almost 1 million people in Madrid, Spain, voted in favor of universal healthcare in a popular referendum carried out by various independent groups in May in Madrid.

France's Employment Law Tries to Please Businesses, Workers

On April 9, France's National Assembly approved a new bill on employment--a legal transposition that successfully sanctions months of negotiations, during which the social partners agreed to improve business flexibility...

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