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· February, 2015

Stories about Western Europe from February, 2015

28 February 2015

Students in Amsterdam Form ‘The New University’, Demanding Reforms

Students at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) launched a protest under the name of The New University to demand the democratization of education.

French Teenagers Speak a Language All Their Own. Confused? Here's a Guide

Did you know "2m1" means "tomorrow"? Or that "C'est de la balle" means "That's great"? For anyone lost, we've collected some tips to help you understand the lingo.

26 February 2015

Did Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung Newspaper Let Advertisers Dictate Its Content?

Former contributor Sebastian Heiser accused Süddeutsche Zeitung on his blog of letting advertisers influence editorial content, saying he witnessed it happening firsthand when he worked on the services supplement desk.

22 February 2015

Spanish Mayor's ​'​Pearls​'​ Inspire ​a Thousand Lame Excuses for Failing Class

The mayor of a small town in Spain made the dubious claim that the head of alternative party Podemos failed her in university three times "for wearing pearls."

20 February 2015

Cologne's Carnival Parade Tones Down Its Charlie Hebdo Satire

Germany's Carnival is famed for no-holds-barred satire poking fun at politicians or social events. Festival organizers in Cologne mocked themselves for making the decision to tame its Charlie Hebdo float.

Your Mobile Privacy is Under Threat Because of US and UK Spies

Global Voices Advocacy

"The NSA and GCHQ covertly stole millions of encryption keys used to protect your mobile phone communications."

17 February 2015

Denmark at a Crossroad After Two People Killed in Attacks in Copenhagen

Danes are being urged to stand together after a gunman kills two people in attacks on a cafe and a synagogue in Copenhagen on February 14.

A Social Media Timeline of the Copenhagen Killings

Two people were shot dead in Copenhagen during separate events over one weekend. See how the violence unfolded through the lens of social media.

Moroccan Forces Accused of Abusing Sub-Saharan Migrants

"There were six buses waiting for us, we were ordered to climb. Then we drove for several hours into the desert. We had no indication where we were going."

Ireland's Cricket World Cup Win Against West Indies No Laughing Matter

15 February 2015

Greeks See Reason for Hope After Anti-Austerity Syriza's Election

The debt crisis hit Greece hard, and the country has limped along under unpopular austerity measures. For many Greeks, Syriza's electoral win has given them a reason to hope again.

Australia and New Zealand Score Big Wins in ‘St Valentine’s Day Massacre’ at Cricket World Cup

Host countries for the Cricket World Cup 2015 New Zealand and Australia have had easy victories over Sri Lanka and England. Twitter hashtag #AUSvENG was hot during the game.

14 February 2015

Wave of Arrests in France for ‘Advocating Terrorism’ After Charlie Hebdo Attack

Global Voices Advocacy

Over 100 criminal charges have been filed for "terrorism advocacy" since the attacks, occasionally against minors, oftentimes for reasons that have little to do with the true fight against terrorism.

Leaving With the Hope of One Day Returning: A Dominican Man in Spain

"At first I slept on the street, always in parks, but without fear because when you have nothing you're not afraid. Then things got better."

Are We Witnessing the Death of ‘Uh'? Um, Maybe — and Not Just in English

We humans have been using expressions of hesitation for a long time. Linguists are now noting a shift in usage across a number of Germanic languages from "um" to "uh."

11 February 2015

Latest ISIS Propaganda Video Features Some Curious Reporting by British Hostage John Cantlie

Cantlie takes viewers outdoors, where he points to drones hovering above, saying the "mujahideen really don't care how many eyes in the sky are looking down on them."

10 February 2015

Spain's Alternative Political Parties Are Fluent in Internet

New political parties planning to run in Spain's next elections are taking full advantage of digital tools to reach voters. Headliner Podemos got its start thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.

8 February 2015

Tens of Thousands March Through Madrid's Streets for Change

"We dream, but we take our dreams very seriously," Pablo Iglesias, the Podemos party leader who organized the "Great March for Change", said over and over at the rally.

3 February 2015

A Bold New Prime Minister Sends Ripples Through Greece's Old Political Order

Will a bold new prime minister bring change to Greece's previously stagnant political waters? Greek netizens are abuzz with what looks like the eve of a new era.

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