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Stories about Western Europe

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.

18 May 2016

The Oil Spill in the Adriatic Sea Is a Sneak Peek at Looming Natural Disasters

A malfunction at an oil refinery caused an oil spill in the Adriatic Sea off the coast in Croatia last week, wreaking havoc on the local environment and spreading panic.

14 May 2016

For Long-Suffering Refugees, a Three-Star Respite in Athens

It's been a long, dangerous journey, so Ali Jaffari first thought it was a scam when a Greek friend offered his family a room at a three-star hotel in Athens.

5 May 2016

A New Dam in Portugal Is About to Destroy Parts of a World Heritage Wine Region

Opponents warn the dam will cause an ecological disaster, destroying rare ecosystems and farmlands important to the wine industry.

4 May 2016

The Long History of One Greek Island’s Temporarily Canceled Easter ‘Rocket War’

"Everything is dangerous when you're not prepared. When you are prepared and you have taken the right measures, there is less danger."

27 April 2016

Buenos Aires’ Not So Little Italy

Italian Argentines show their cultural legacy in different ways. In Buenos Aires' annual "Piccola Italia" festival, "Al Dente!" celebrates the country's Day of Italianness.

European Union Slams China Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers

"The case involves a serious violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and raises grave concerns about the rule of law under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle..."

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