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Stories about Western Europe

30 October 2015

Latin American Art Show in Italy Promotes Compassion for Refugees and Immigrants

MirgrArte Postale explores immigration through 125 art postcards by 96 artists from 14 countries.

28 October 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Global Voices Advocacy

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

21 October 2015

Precarity and Resilience in Calais

The Bridge

"We are from countries that have been colonised or had wars fought against them—by the same countries that now treat us like criminals and make us risk our lives...”

Two Sides of the Reality: A Summer Lesson in Chios Island

The Bridge

For residents of the Greek island of Chios, the past summer brought a lesson that "will continue. . . as long as the misery inside and outside our country persists."

20 October 2015

The US is No ‘Safe Harbor’ for Citizens’ Data

Global Voices Advocacy

The European Court of Justice struck down the data transfer agreement between the EU and the US. Privacy advocates are smiling while US tech companies are unsure of what's next.

19 October 2015

French Citizens Are Raising Their Voices for More Respect, Less Hate in Politics

"There is no longer anything to expect from those who govern us." Citizen movements want to take the lead in changing politics in France.

Angolan Rapper Breathes New Life Into ‘Freedom Now’ Movement, As Hunger Strike Threatens His

Activists fight for their lives in Angolan jails. Thanks to a new online portal that collects and publishes photos showing solidarity with political prisoners, the movement is stronger than ever.

18 October 2015

He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old

Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.

17 October 2015

You May Not Know It—But If You Speak Spanish, You Speak Some Arabic Too

Joy Diaz speaks English and Spanish. When she met her daughter's Arabic-speaking teacher, she realized how many Arabic words she also knows.

16 October 2015

Latin America and Spain Come Together on Columbus Day to Discuss Past and Present on Twitter

"In 1492 the indigenous peoples were expelled from their lands. In 2015, the same. There is still so much to do."

14 October 2015

German Lawmakers Squish Into a Rubber Dinghy to Better Understand Refugees

The group Sea Watch organized an opportunity for parliamentarians, who hold power over the fate of refugees seeking Germany's safety, to see what riding in a precarious raft feels like.

12 October 2015

Futureplaces: Porto Hosts Do-It-Together Medialab for Citizen Initiatives

The annual event that turns the city of Porto into a “medialab for citizenship” is coming back to Portugal from October 20 to 24th.

11 October 2015

Refugees Take Over Danish Daily Newspaper For a Day to Tell Their Stories

The Danish daily newspaper Information invited 12 refugees, some newly arrived, all professional journalists, to take over the entire 48 pages of the newspaper on Friday, October 9.

10 October 2015

A Man Who Travels the World Not to See Things, But Hear Them

Sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard used to be a musician. But he discovered he'd rather find sounds than make them. Now he records what other people barely notice.

1 October 2015

Facing Sweeping Surveillance Bill, French Public Falls Between Alarm and Indifference

Global Voices Advocacy

Civil liberties defenders say a pending bill could catapult France into a new position of power in the field of international Internet surveillance.

28 September 2015

Spartathlon, Where the Noble Spirit of Athleticism Humbly Prevails

Once a year, long-distance athletes from all over the world run 246 kilometers from Athens to Sparta, participating in what is considered the world's "most grueling race"—the Spartathlon.

By Land or By Sea? Refugees Trying to Leave Turkey Face Tough Decisions

As Turkey and its neighbors consider how to handle the millions of refugees looking for homes, Iraqi refugee Amer Mohammad camps outside an Istanbul bus station, waiting to travel.

27 September 2015

Greece’s Latest Transport Deputy Minister Was Too Racist, Homophobic, and Anti-Semitic to Keep His Job

The reason for the sudden ouster were revelations that, over the past two years, Kammenos published on a now-deactivated Twitter account, @portaporta ("door-to-door"), several racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic remarks.

26 September 2015

A Series of Outrageous Events Fuels Catalans’ Distrust Before Historic Election on Independence

The Catalan people's distrust towards the Spanish government has been exacerbated by several unfortunate public faux-pas in the weeks prior to Catalonia's regional "independence" election on September 27.

23 September 2015

‘We Are Here To Support You': A Dutch Welcome for Refugees

The Bridge

Volunteers at Amsterdam's Central Station have banded together to welcome and support arriving refugees. "What I didn’t anticipate," writes Faten Busheri, "are the stories they would tell me."

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