Eurosphere agenda: Pirate Party victory in Iceland… Greek-German summit…

Pirate Party Becomes Iceland’s Most Popular Political Party  TorrentFreak On January 1, 2006, Rick Falkvinge founded the Swedish and first Pirate Party. The party has survived more than nine turbulent years while provoking heated discussion on copyright reform, privacy and freedom of speech.   Icelandic Pirates soar: citizenship for Snowden?  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow The Icelandic Pirate … Read more

#CharlieHebdo Massacre… Protests against Pegida was growing louder but… Eurosphere agenda…

Prosecutor says 12 dead in attack on French satirical newspaper At least 12 people were killed in a shooting at a satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in central Paris 11 dead in shooting at satirical newspaper in Paris: police   A French police official says 11 people are dead in a shooting at a satirical weekly newspaper … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “The rise of Podemos…”33 European languages in danger of extinction

The centre is falling apart across Europe – Ian Traynor – Nov 15, 4:04 PM – Wednesday morning in Brussels and Beppe Grillo has brought his anti-establishment roadshow to the European parliament. The committee room is packed, standing room only for the former standup act. Once he gets going, Grillo resembles a force of … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Catalonia symbolic poll ‘backs independence’…

Catalonia poll ‘backs independence’  BBC News | Europe | World Edition An informal vote on independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia has shown more than 80% in favour, officials say. Spain’s Catalans set to vote on independence  AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Catalonia vote: first reactions open Democracy News Analysis – by Fernando Betancor Artur Mas was … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: “France breaking own rules on Roma camps…”English reinforces its status as Europe?s ?lingua franca?…

France breaking own rules on Roma camps: ombudsman France’s official defender of citizens’ rights on Friday accused the government of flouting its own rules related to the expulsion of Roma migrants Eurostat: English reinforces its status as Europe?s ?lingua franca?   Ninety four percent of upper secondary students learn English as a foreign language, according to new … Read more

Party time for Berlin!

People walk next to a miniature representing the Berlin Wall ...

People walk next to a miniature representing the Berlin Wall placed on the bricks at the site of the former wall near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin November 8, 2009. As the highlight of a 5-million euro ($7.4 million) celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, a 1.5-km (one mile) long segment of the Wall will stand for two days along its original route in front of the Brandenburg Gate to the Potsdamer Platz. The row of 1,000 20 kg dominos standing 1.5 metres apart — painted in bright colours by school children and rising 2.5 metres high — will be toppled at the end of a gala ceremony as a symbolic tribute to the collapse of the Wall 20 years earlier.

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Times Online: Berlin all fired up for wall-to-wall partying – by Peter Millar

Tomorrow night, at the climax of the biggest official party seen in Europe, with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, hosting Gordon Brown, Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, and Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president ? to name but a few ? the slabs will crash into one another like dominos, representing the chain of events that 20 years ago brought the cold war to an end. The first ?domino? will be pushed over, fittingly enough, by Lech Walesa and Miklos Nemeth, the veteran Polish and Hungarian anti-communist campaigners. They will be joined by two other main actors in the drama of 1989: the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the then West German foreign minister.

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Europe has a religious symbol crisis, too

A crucifix hangs on a wall map of Europe in a school classroom ...

A crucifix hangs on a wall map of Europe in a school classroom in Rome November 3, 2009. The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Italian schools should remove crucifixes from classroom walls, saying their presence could disturb children who were not Christians.The decision is likely to provoke a controversy in Italy, which is deeply attached to its Roman Catholic roots.REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Dissecting Europe’s crucifix conflict

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On 3 November the European court of human rights ruled that crucifixes in classrooms violate the religious freedom of schoolchildren. Representatives from politics and the church roundly condemn the judgement, while many media welcome the decision. The Iberian, Maltese and Italian press react

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