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Stories about Western Europe

22 March 2016

European Union Signs Controversial Deal to Deport Refugees to Turkey

The EU will turn asylum seekers of all nationalities except Syrian back to Turkey, and accept one Syrian refugee for each refugee turned back.

20 March 2016

A Side-by-Side Look at Prison Life in France and Madagascar

The life of prisoners in Madagascar and France.

17 March 2016

Europe Negotiates With Turkey to Slam the Door on Refugees

"Europe’s concern goes no further than guarding its external borders and containing people within Turkey – depriving vulnerable people and children fleeing war and persecution from seeking asylum in Europe..."

15 March 2016

Should Brazilian Students Study Portuguese Literature?

While some argue that respected authors from Portugal are being axed from the curriculum, others say priority should be given to the literature of Portuguese Africa and Latin America.

13 March 2016

A Belgian University Puts Out a Welcome Mat for Refugees

Mohammed Salman, who is from Syria, is helping start up a program for refugees at the Free University of Brussels.

9 March 2016

World Spotlight on Australia's Cardinal Pell at Rome Child Sexual Abuse Hearing

"So ends the testimony of one Cardinal George Pell. So, back to the safety of the Vatican apartments slinks that little ecumenical mind...So, for us Survivors…More Silence."

1 March 2016

‘Barber Show’ Web Series Offers an Honest and Funny Glimpse of Paris's African Community

"The series shows an under-represented community. The aim was to show the cultural richness of this community."

Poyais, the 19th-Century Con That Remains One of History's Boldest

A Scottish military man promised there were fortunes to be made in Poyais. The problem? Poyais didn't exist.

26 February 2016

Anti-Aviation Protests in France and the UK Mark a New Wave of Climate Disobedience

"When the political system is so fundamentally flawed that it is unresponsive to an issue of colossal international importance...then every citizen has a responsibility to act. "

Animator Chronicles His Family's Experience Emigrating With the Caribbean's ‘Windrush Generation’

"While many of the Windrush Generation experienced similar circumstances arriving in Britain, not much is actually documented. Animation can help to bridge generational gaps when the story is relevant."

24 February 2016

When Elections Are a Joke, the People Tell Election Jokes

Election fraud and other misdeeds have been a widespread problem in the Balkans. As the saying goes, 'If I didn't laugh, I'd cry.'

Iberian Media Collectives Will Gather in Portugal to Debate Alternative News

Alternative media from Portugal and Spain will share their experiences because "it is urgent that we find other ways to communicate and to make and transmit information."

23 February 2016

Unexpected Border Closure Leaves Thousands of Afghan Refugees Stranded in Greece

In Idomeni, a small village next to the Greek-Macedonian border, the only hope seems to be a passport.

Eviction in Calais Refugee Camp Poses Special Threat for Unaccompanied Minors [Updated]

The Bridge

For the hundreds of unaccompanied minors living in Calais' "Jungle" refugee camp life is extremely hard, and the eviction of camp residents by French authorities won't make it easier.

20 February 2016

Oz Comedian's Song Challenges Cardinal to ‘Come Home’ for Child Sex Abuse Hearing

Tim Minchin has attacked Cardinal George Pell in a song and demanded he return home to give evidence to the royal commission on child abuse.

17 February 2016

Stranger Than Fiction? Two Puppeteers Charged With ‘Glorifying Terrorism’ in Spain

"Following this legal reasoning, Francis Ford Coppola could be charged for the crimes that happen in The Godfather."

Netizen Report: Medium Stands Up for Malaysian Investigative Journalists

Global Voices Advocacy

The Malaysian government is now blocking the blogging platform Medium, in an apparent effort to censor the Malaysian investigative news organization Sarawak Report.

13 February 2016

It's Not a Food Truck. It's a Mobile Kitchen Feeding Refugees Around Europe.

Ghafoor Hussain has kitted out a big bus with a rolling kitchen to supply refugees with a hot meal.

12 February 2016

Italy's Gesture of ‘Respectful’ Self-Censorship for Iran Ends Up Offending Italians

"I don’t think President Rouhani would have been surprised to find there were nude statues in Rome."

11 February 2016

Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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