Close

Support Global Voices

To stay independent, free, and sustainable, our community needs the help of friends and readers like you.

Donate now »

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

· May, 2012

Stories about Western Europe from May, 2012

15 May 2012

Norway: Discussing Latin America at the Oslo Freedom Forum

Last week the fourth gathering of the Oslo Freedom Forum was carried out, organized by the Human Rights Foundation in the Norwegian capital. The event covered a series of topics...

14 May 2012

France: The Little-known Abolition of Slavery Memorial in Nantes

Spain: Arts Also Blossom in the Global Spring

The arts have also flourished with the 15M movement. To commemorate the 15M's first anniversary, the 12M--15M events, and to invite everyone to take to the streets again, the blog...

Spain: “Neighbor, Wake Up, Evictions at Your Doorstep!”

As part of the profound socioeconomic crisis, home foreclosures and evictions are rampant in Spain. Author Elena Arrontes covered the eviction of a Bangladeshi family from its home in the...

13 May 2012

Spain: The First Anniversary of the Indignant Movement

The initiatives to commemorate the first anniversary of the 15-M (15 May) or Indignant Movement keep cropping up. The Catalan group Informatbcn interviewed several representatives of Attac Europe concerning this...

Ukraine, France: The Future of Franco-Ukrainian Relationship

12 May 2012

Greece: HIV-Positive Sex Workers Brutally Exposed Online

A multitude of reactions came after the Greek police uploaded photos and personal data of HIV-positive sex workers to a website. NGOs and hundreds of netizens, condemned through social media,...

Greece: Police Violence Against Immigrants on the Rise

Greek social media has been in uproar over a video posted on Facebook and Twitter, showing police officers overtly abusing a detained immigrant in downtown Athens. Racist and police violence...

Spain: Many Reasons to Take to the Streets on 12M

On 15 May in Spain the first anniversary of the 15M will be commemorated. The events begin on 12 May (12M) in cities and neighborhoods. Spanish netizens have been anticipating...

11 May 2012

Robert F. Kennedy Award Will Recognize Social Media Journalism

One of the foremost international human rights organizations, the Robert F. Kennedy Center, is calling for nominations to a new Journalism Award on International Photography and International Social Media hosted...

10 May 2012

Europe: Economic Crisis Fuels Rise in Anti-Immigration Politics

The French presidential election may be over, but the fact that outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy chose immigration as the core theme of his campaign is still the subject of much...

Greece: Olympic Flame Lit in Ancient Olympia

Spain: #NoMoreEuros for Bankia

The web in Spain has been seething since it was reported that the government is preparing a plan to inject public money into Bankia, the fourth largest bank in the...

9 May 2012

Spain: Historic Battle of Almansa Remembered in Valencia

Valencian netizens enthusiastically used the internet to take part in an annual remembrance of April 25, 1707: the day that Valencia lost its political autonomy to the Kingdom of Spain.

7 May 2012

Switzerland: An Initiative to Establish Basic Income for All

An initiative to establish a new federal law that would give a basic monthly income to all citizens, regardless of employment status was formally introduced in Switzerland in April. Stanislas...

Spain: Barcelona Sieged During European Central Bank Meeting

On May 2, 3, and 4 the European Central Bank meeting took place in Barcelona, Spain, a city that became sieged by the police. For this meeting, Spain temporarily suspended...

Belgium: Video Shows Campaign to Curb Texting and Driving

Global Voices Partners with International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

Global Voices and the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) in Switzerland have launched a partnership to seek out citizen voices on international relations and security issues worldwide.

6 May 2012

France: Reactions to Presidential Election Results in Photos

The 2012 French presidential election delivered its verdict on May 6, 2012. Francois Hollande collected 51.90% of the votes against 48.10% for incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy. Both happiness and sorrow...