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26 June 2016

A Children's Book Introduces German Kids to the True Story of Syrian Refugees

Germany has received more than 1 million refugees, many of them children from Syria.

25 June 2016

Balkan Right-Wing Populists Gloat Over #Brexit

While the official reactions by most Balkan governments included expressions of guarded concern for the EU after the Brexit, Europhobic representatives of right-wing parties expressed joy via social networks.

24 June 2016

Brexit: Heartbroken, But Not Broken

The Bridge

"Ignoring what's been going on in our country's politics is what got us here today. We were too uninvolved in decisions that have made a huge impact on our lives."

23 June 2016

In Denmark, Imams and Priests Square Off in a Friendly Soccer Match

"It is unfortunate that one has to keep telling the world that we are not each other's enemies, but I am an optimistic person and I will hold onto hope."

19 June 2016

Muslim Refugees Stuck in Greece Miss Home More Than Ever During Ramadan

The Greek government is making an effort to support Muslim refugees during Ramadan, but for those stuck in limbo the holiday is also a painful reminder of better days.

15 June 2016

Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’

The Bridge

The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.

14 June 2016

A Joint Photo Exhibition Between Greece and Turkey Brings These Neighbors Closer Together

They believe that peace and friendship is the best way to overcome problems and that art, especially photography, is a medium that can bring people closer together.

13 June 2016

Safe in Germany, a Syrian Refugee Learns to Smile Again

The Bridge

"In the cab, I stared out the window at this beautiful land. Can I build a future here? I wondered."

11 June 2016

‘The Day I Became Just a Stupid Number': One Syrian Refugee's Journey to Europe

The Bridge

"It is an experience you would never want to go through unless you are truly desperate," Zozan Khaled Musa writers about her journey through Eastern Europe in search of refuge.

10 June 2016

Women Are Speaking Up About the Sexual Harassment They've Experienced in French Politics

"...when it happens, you don't know how to react. You're stunned. Frozen. Do you give him a slap? Everyone is looking at you. Why are you not laughing?"

For One Syrian Refugee, the Boat Crossing to Greece ‘Seemed Like an Endless Journey’

The Bridge

"The idea of a safe trip...was just a lie that we used to comfort ourselves. I knew that all of them were liars, getting rich in the trade of humans."

4 June 2016

For a Conversation With a Random Swede, Call This Number

They were expecting 2,500 Swedish volunteers to answer phone calls from foreigners curious about their country. They got 30,000.

3 June 2016

Macedonia's Ruling Party Has Resuscitated Socialist Realism Without the Socialism

Macedonia's ruling party placed an order for more than 50 paintings, depicting key moments in its history, in the manner of the former Communist party.

2 June 2016

How Madagascar's The Dizzy Brains Is Rocking Its Way Into European Hearts

The Dizzy Brains to Madagascar's prime minister: "Just do your job, man!"

The Archbishop of Cyprus Says He's ‘Satisfied’ With a Far-Right Party's Election Success

"Are you satisfied that they don't condemn Nazism? Are you satisfied by swastikas? By angled crosses?"

1 June 2016

Spain's Archbishop of Valencia and His Crusade Against the ‘Gay Empire’

An LGBT rights advocacy group has filed a formal complaint with the district attorney for hate crimes “for his homophobic and sexist comments that only serve to incite hatred."

31 May 2016

When Immigrants in Spain Can't Find Work, Some Resort to Selling Beer on the Street

"I don’t like selling beer because I have no job, but I need the money for sending [home to my family]."

Mexico and the World Meet at the Festival of Friendly Cultures

More than 90 nations are converging at Mexico City's Zócalo. France is the special guest country.

24 May 2016

A Novel About the ‘Anonymous People Who Every Day Live, Love, Resist and Struggle’ for Syria

"We hear little of those who resist, construct and reconstruct, in an increasingly difficult context," says activist, journalist, and Global Voices author Leila Nachawati Rego about her new novel.

21 May 2016

How a Self-Taught Translator Created a Literary Masterpiece One Word at a Time

Deborah Smith only started to learn Korean six years ago. Her translation of Han Kang's book "The Vegetarian" just won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

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