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· May, 2015

Stories about Western Europe from May, 2015

29 May 2015

‘FIFA Is Imploding': Surprise Arrests Hit FIFA Top Officials Ahead of Friday Election

The football organization votes for president on Friday. On Twitter, leading football figures and sports officials weighed in on the FIFA arrest scandal using the hashtag #FIFAArrests.

28 May 2015

Migrant Tragedies: ‘Behind the Statistics Are Individual Life Stories and Grieving Families’

"If Africa's youth comes to believe that its future lies elsewhere, it will be impossible to solve the issue of migration," says Souleymane Bachir Diagne.

19 May 2015

The Profitable Patriotism of Vladimir Putin's Biker Bromance

RuNet Echo

Putin’s biker bromance admittedly isn’t radically new, but the prominence—both in Russia and abroad—of the "Night Wolves" motorcycle gang is exploding like never before.

17 May 2015

Along Morocco’s Border With a Spanish Enclave, Women Shoulder Twice Their Weight ‘to Earn a Morsel of Bread’

These women carry loads of 100-200 lbs for the chance to earn $5 per day across the border from Spain's Ceuta to Morocco.

15 May 2015

‘I'm Not a Swindler': A Campaign Against Romani Discrimination Takes Aim at the Dictionary

Public Anger Only Grows After Guatemala Appoints Controversial Vice President

Guatemala has a new vice president, elected by the majority of government: Magistrate Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, who in 2013 declared all the genocide proceedings against former dictator Rios Montt invalid.

14 May 2015

One Year of #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of Blogs on Global Voices)

The Global Voices in Spanish team reflects on the first year of #LunesDeBlogsGV along with some of the participants.

12 May 2015

‘Stop Destroying Our Communities For Coal We Cannot Use’

The Bridge

We were united in our message to end coal reliance and accelerate the transition to renewable energy that should have begun yesterday.

Amaal Said’s Portraits of Belonging: An Interview

6 May 2015

Who Says Desert Climates Can’t Rock Agriculture? Check Out the Gulf Nations at EXPO 2015

Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE participate in Milan's Expo 2015 with well designed pavilions to introduce the world to their agrarian and food culture.

Former French Defense Minister Finds Excuses for the Alleged Rape of Central African Children by French Soldiers

5 May 2015

One French Journalist's Take on the ‘Slow Death’ of Foreign Correspondents

Anaïs Renevier is leaving Lebanon after a few years reporting there. Her blog post about the dismal conditions foreign correspondents must endure in today's media landscape has resonated with many.

3 May 2015

Private Initiatives Take the Helm in Solving Europe's Shipwreck Crisis

"With this project, we want to draw attention to the fact that it shouldn't be our aim - but that of the EU."

2 May 2015

Protests, Violence and Teargas as the Billion Euro Expo Kicks Off in Milan

Milan turned into a battleground as it kicked off the global fair EXPO2015. With students protesting, some masked groups turned violent clashing with police, vandalizing city property and shops.

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