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Stories about Western Europe

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.

1 February 2016

Seizing Jewelry Isn't the Only Awful Change to Denmark's Refugee Law

The law says asylum seekers must now wait up to three years to have their spouses and children join them, which could violate Denmark’s international treaty commitments.

Spaniards Fired up Over Photo of Bullfighter With a Baby in His Arms

From "irresponsible" to "guardian of traditions": A photo of a popular matador fighting a heifer with his baby in his arms provokes a strong and mixed reaction in Spain.

Lampedusa's ‘Lioness’ Giusi Nicolini Wins the 2016 Simone de Beauvoir Award

The 2016 “Simone de Beauvoir Prize" has been awarded to Giusi Nicolini, mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa. She has been called "lioness" “for her brave actions in favour of refugees”

29 January 2016

Grandma March Day, the Balkan Tradition of Exchanging Handmade Amulets

Balkan countries have joined forces to preserve the custom and push for its inclusion on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

GV Face: He Left Brazil to Live like a Refugee in Europe

GV Face

Edgard wanted to experience what refugees fleeing to Europe were going through. He started his journey in Turkey, then went to Greece, onto Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, and Germany.

28 January 2016

The Nazi Plan to Relocate Jews to Madagascar, One of World War II's Forgotten ‘What Ifs’

Madagascar is not known for its role in World War II. Yet it was a central part of one of the darkest events of the war.

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