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· November, 2012

Stories about Western Europe from November, 2012

15 November 2012

Strike Across Southern Europe

November 14 witnessed the first strike of its kind, including all the southern European countries most affected by austerity and financial crisis. Events were covered by citizens on the street...

An Initiative to Keep Portuguese Language Teaching in French Universities

Portuguese is the sixth most-spoken language in the world, and there are about two million Portuguese speakers in France. Geneviève Fioraso, the French Minister of Higher Education and Research, said...

Greece: New Platform Encourages Affordable Heat Options

14 November 2012

Bridge Blog for Afghanistan and Pakistan: ‘Understanding the Neighbor’

In a fellowship program 22 journalists from Afghanistan and Pakistan gathered together twice, once in Islamabad and once in Kabul to understand each others, share value and make cultural exchanges....

12 November 2012

Catalan TV Show Flares Debate Over Independence from Spain

Catalan public television, TV3, recently broadcast a special news program called "Independence, step by step". It has caused massive debate at a heated moment in Catalan politics, not long before...

German Chancellor Merkel Visits Portugal

French Government Eases Strict Immigration Policy

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, during a speech in Toulouse in southwestern France, expressed his desire to change his country's immigration policy, amending the naturalization requirements and, in particular, doing...

8 November 2012

Racism in European Football: Will New Rules Help?

October 2012 has seen racism rear its ugly head again, mainly in the European Leagues, especially in England affecting both the Premier League clubs and players as well as the...

6 November 2012

Spain: Catalan Unionist Party Launches Controversial Viral Video

One of Catalonia's minority unionist parties, Ciutadans, made a splash on the Web with a viral video citing a controversial essay written by former nationalist president Jordi Pujol, containing derogatory...

Two Brothels Sponsor Local Football Team in Greece

5 November 2012

Portugal: An Open Letter to Germany

Unemployed Young Italians: Too “Choosy” to Stay in Italy?

Recent statements by the Italian Minister of Labour's have created a controversy and online "craze" centred on chronic youth unemployment, while citizen initiatives are launched to keep young Italians from...

Refugees on Hunger Strike in Germany against Politics of Deterrence

On October 24, twenty-five asylum-seekers went on hunger strike in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The protest in the highly symbolic location, which stands for the once violent division...

1 November 2012

Germany: Satire Magazine Calls for Complimentary Ph.D.s

If Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain, Invasion?

Various people, among them four members of the European Parliament, have spoken of a possible military intervention in Catalonia, Spain, if the region attempts to secede, provoking an avalanche of...

Wedding Party at Petrol Station with Greece in Crisis