#Eurosphere agenda: Massive anti-corruption protests in Romania continues…

Romania leaders under growing pressure amid protests BBC News | Europe | World Edition   A new decree to free officials jailed for corruption has sparked outrage across Romania. Romania protests continue against government ‘thieves’ Aljazeera.com–3 hours ago “I do not want to divide Romania,” a pale and tired-looking Grindeanu said in a televised address, sparking … Read more

#Eurosphere – “Finland Starts Handing Out a Basic Income

Finland Starts Handing Out a Basic Income MIT Technology Review   A few unemployed Finns are receiving a monthly check with no strings attached—but it’s unlikely to tell us whether universal basic income is a good idea. Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1% in December BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1%, … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Czarny Protest…Brexit event.. Hungary and its crackdown on opposition press…

Czarny Protest: how Polish women took to the streets open Democracy News Analysis – by Kasia Narkowicz After two decades of feminist pressure, the people took to the streets. But why now? Polish women protest against a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion in Poland. PAimages/Geert Vanden Wijngaert. All rights reserved. Joy and despair in … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Portugal opposition topples government…”Serbia leading the Way in Europe’s Refugee Crisis

The Little Country Leading the Way in Europe’s Refugee Crisis  Slate Articles by Slobodan Djinovic It’s not often that we Serbs get to be the good guys. Historically, whenever our name is mentioned, it’s usually in relation to accusations of causing World War I or Slobodan Milosevic and the four bloody wars he fomented in the … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: ECHR says Swiss wrong to prosecute Turkish politician Armenian genocide denier, SOME TURKISH NATIONALISTS CLAIM THIS MEANS THERE WAS NO GENOCIDE, ass*oles as usual…

Swiss wrong to prosecute politician for denying Armenian genocide, court rules World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Agence France-Presse in Strasbourg European court of human rights said prosecution of Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek an infringement of his right to free speech Thousands of migrants enter Slovenia  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Thousands of weary migrants … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: A project from Medium aims to find 243 people disappeared on a ship in the Mediterranean…

243 people disappeared on a ship in the Mediterranean; a new project from Medium aims to find them Nieman Journalism Lab by Laura Hazard Owen The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March 2014 set off a worldwide search for the missing plane. How could a flight carrying 239 people just go missing? The mystery … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “France launches Syria anti-IS strikes

France launches Syria anti-IS strikes BBC News | Europe | World Edition France says it has carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria France launches first air strikes against ISIL in Syria  AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Announcement comes after Hollande unveiled change of strategy due to growing concern over Syrian refugee … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Techfugees aims to crowdsource solutions to Europe’s migrant crisis

Techfugees aims to crowdsource solutions to Europe’s migrant crisis The Next Web by Amanda Connolly Over the past few weeks, we have highlighted the need for the tech community to look outside its bubble at the European migrant crisis. Today, Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large of Techcrunch, has taken this a step further and launched “Techfugees” – a … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Citizenfour takes Oscar for Best Documentary…

 Citizenfour takes Oscar for Best Documentary  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour wins Oscar theguardian.com – Andrew Pulver – Feb 22, 7:51 PM – Citizenfour has won the Oscar for best documentary, for its director Laura Poitras, editor Mathilde Bonnefoy and producer Dirk Wilutzky. Citizenfour chronicles the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Merkel&Sarkozy love story takes a step further as “Merkel to ‘actively support’ Sarkozy re-election”; fiscal treaty tensions…

  Merkel to ‘actively support’ Sarkozy re-election from Hurriyet Daily News German Chancellor Angela Merkel will “actively support” French President… Sarkozy gambles on the Germany connection from FT.com – World, Europe The French president has boldly given Germany?s Angela Merkel a starring role in his bid for re-election Euro unemployment hits new record from BBC … Read more

Euro roundup: France working on her identity crisis: banning burqa, chains “illegal” Romas…

MAIN FOCUS: Catalans ban bullfighting | 29/07/2010

from euro|topics

The Catalan parliament in Barcelona on Wednesday passed a ban on bullfighting that will go into effect in the autonomous Spanish region starting 2012. The press writes that rather than being a victory for animal rights over an outdated tradition, the resolution is an expression of Catalan desires for self-determination and clear demarcation from the central power in Madrid.

See no citizens, hear no citizens, speak to no citizens ? the institutional approach to the European citizens? initiative (ECI)

from Jon Worth by Jon

Would you ban the Burka?

from Social Europe Journal by Henning Meyer
Source: Pewglobal.org

The Pew Global Attitudes Project has recently published a very interesting piece of research investigating attitudes towards the full Islamic veil. The results show a remarkable difference between Europeans and US citizens.

Funny, smart commentary about burqa bans

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Observer columnist David Mitchell (half of the comedy team Mitchell and Webb is in fine form today with this column on the absurdity of burqa banning. It was one of those bits of the Sunday paper that had me stopping to read a passage aloud to my wife every ten seconds or so until she snatched it out of my hands and read it herself.

Egypt: Niqab ban in France stirs controversy

from Global Voices Online by Marwa Rakha

Whither EU-US Relations?

from U.S.A.K. Blog

Written by Mustafa Kutlay and Lukas Linsi

The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in November 2008 was accompanied by popular enthusiasm in Europe. During his election campaign he had been given a rapturous reception in Berlin where over 100,000 spectators gathered when he spoke at the Victory Column in Berlin. But the support for Obama in Europe was not confined to a popular movement; also the European political elites pinned their hopes on Obama to improve trans-Atlantic ties after the divisions that marked the era of George W. Bush. After all, Obama was a declared multilateralist in international politics and he seemed ideologically close to the traditions of European social democracies on priority issues on the policy agenda, such as health care reform, climate change and tax reform. At the same time, the European leaders in France, Germany and Great Britain were considered to be exceptionally ?pro-American.? The moment seemed unusually ripe for trans-Atlantic cooperation and it was no surprise that Obama?s first overseas trip as US President led to Europe.

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Euroblogging roundup (and more from Europe…)

Fundamental challenges for Euroblogging

by Grahnlaw

The Open Europe blog made the point that there is blogging on the fundamental questions of the future direction of Europe, as well as on EU politics in a narrower sense, the outcome of EU policies.

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