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Stories about Western Europe

31 August 2015

One Syrian Refugee's Long and Dangerous Journey to Europe

Before the war began, Thair Orfahli studied law in Lebanon and regularly visited his family in Syria. But as the violence intensified, he decided he had to leave.

Journalists Reporting in Mali Receive Death Threats From ‘Guardians of Jihad’

A militant group threatens to kill journalists working for foreign media who report on Mali.

30 August 2015

Lebanese-French Trumpeter Reimagines ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a Hip-Hop Opera

A rabbit hole worth heading down? Ibrahim Maalouf has reworked the Lewis Carroll classic, setting it in modern France with a Malian beat.

25 August 2015

Everyday People Put Solidarity Into Action Helping Refugees in Greece

"It's not charity, it's solidarity from everybody to anybody...It's also love from human beings to human beings regardless of skin color, ethnicity or religion."

18 August 2015

How 1,500 People Temporarily Shut Down Europe’s Biggest Source of CO2

One participant came back from the action saying that for the first time in his life, he felt truly powerful.

17 August 2015

‘Las Patronas': Making Mexico’s ‘Train of Death’ a More Humane Place

How a petition on pushed a family improving the lives of thousands of U.S-bound migrants towards a nomination at the 2015 Princess of Asturias awards.

16 August 2015

Iranians Coordinate a Global Event to Support the Iranian Nuclear Deal

"I have no idea who is doing this, but it's kind of awesome."

11 August 2015

Eat Your Heart Out, Boston Tea Party. This Is How Russia Destroys Food.

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo collects some of the most poignant jokes and statements from Russian-language Twitter about Russia's new war on banned Western food imports.

10 August 2015

London's Social Housing is Falling Down

The Bridge

London's poor are paying for years of government neglect and broken promises about low-cost housing.

30 July 2015

German Digital Rights Pioneers Investigated for Treason

Global Voices Advocacy

The last time a German journalist was charged with treason was in 1962, when the editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel was prosecuted for publishing secret documents about the German defense forces.

28 July 2015

Eiffel Tower Plans? Beware of the ‘Paris Syndrome’

The City of Lights can be both appealing and anxiety-inducing. Here are how some visitors, notably the Japanese, have experienced the city and the feedback from Parisians.

27 July 2015

Greece Crisis Propelling Some Ethnic Greeks Back to Their Homeland on a Turkish Island

Greeks and Turks share a love and pride for the beautiful island called Gökçeada by the former and Imbros by the latter.

25 July 2015

Why Britain Owes India for 200 Years of Brutal Colonialism

"Britain's rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India. In fact Britain's industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialisation of India."

21 July 2015

Laundering Russian Money in London: Undercover Reporters Show You How It's Done

RuNet Echo

The new hard-hitting exposé From Russia With Cash shows hows dirty money from Russia and elsewhere is being laundered through London's high-end real estate market.

20 July 2015

Who Wants to Be Merkel? Click and Laugh With This Random Austerity Measure Generator

Was having to dance and sing 'My Anaconda' 14 times in front of German Chancellor Angela Merkel the real reason Greece's former finance minister resigned?

18 July 2015

You Can't Read These Books, But Your Great-Great-Grandchildren Can

A thousand trees have been planted in a forest in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed a century from now.

17 July 2015

Humanizing Politics and Building Bridges: Katie Brown's Literature-Based View of Venezuela

A researcher from the United Kingdom talks to Global Voices about Venezuela's contemporary literature and how local fiction helps decipher a country misunderstood by many.

Are Countries Legally Required to Protect Their Citizens From Climate Change?

Science writer Sophia Schweitzer looks at a landmark court decision ordering the Dutch government to act faster to protect its citizens against the harmful effects of climate change.

14 July 2015

The German Voices on the Greek Crisis You Aren't Hearing

Within German online communities anti-austerity voices -- that align themselves with the Greek people -- are loud and clear.

13 July 2015

The Internet Laughs at Spanish President Rajoy's Ignorance About His Country's Debt

Mariano Rajoy's blunders when talking about Spain's foreign debt have made netizens wonder how much he really knows about the reality of the country he governs.

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