Another week, another Euro Roundup. This week, Germany and Italy are discussing the future of atomic power plants, Atlantis was apparently found in Spain and thousands of people protest in Portugal.
Denmark: New Immigration Minister, SÃ¸ren Pind, is a Borg
Sorry, there’s no other way to describe it. Shortly after being appointed he said that he wanted to exchange the word “integration” with “assimilation” and that he wanted to tighten the immigration laws. The laws that are the toughest in the EU. Video here.
Denmark: Learning Danish Now Even More Difficult
Danish has never been an easy language to learn, but now it’s been made even more difficult. VUC, one of the most wide-spread schools, where foreign adults could learn Danish, just raised their fees from DKK 110 to DKK 16,900. Read more.
EU: EU vs. USA at the Gas Station
An interesting article that sheds light on the differences between gas prices in Europe and gas prices in the United States. It examines the taxation that goes into naming the price and why it varies so much from country to country, as well as the role that EU sanctions plays on the final pricing. Read more
Finland: Are the Finns Stepping to the Right?
Elections are in two months in Finland and the man in the lead is a populist, anti-immigration and eurosceptic. Read more.
France: Suspected ETA Chief Arrested
The French police have arrested Alejandro Zobaran Arriola, the suspected chief of the ETA, a Basque separatist group. The group has held a four-decade campaign for the creation of their own Basque homeland in Northern Spain and Southwestern France. Known for bombing airports, metros, and anywhere else where innocent civilians are going about their daily lives, the ETA efforts have claimed up to 829 lives. Read more
France: Government Officially Recognizes Libyan Opposition
France becomes the first country to recognize the Libyan opposition as the legitimate government of Libya. They have meanwhile severed all ties with the currently embattled dictator Muammar Gaddafi. There are also talks about limited air strikes directed at some Gaddafi strongholds in Libya. Read more (with video included)
France: $19 Million Worth of Jewelry Found
In news that seems to come right out of Hollywood, 19 million dollars worth of jewelry was found hidden in a stormdrain of a Parisian suburb. The jewels have been linked to a spectacular armed robbery at Henry Winston in 2008. Nine people were eventually charged for that in 2009. Despite this new hitch, the police say they are not going to investigate any further. Read more
Germany: Train Drivers’ Strike in Germany Makes Transport Difficult
Around 800 drivers walked away from their trains on Thursday, in an effort to push salaries in smaller private companies. Commuters struggled to get to work and it looks like it might continue to go on for some time. Read more.
Germany: Shutting Down of Atomic Power Plants Discussed Again
Before the current government, Germany had plans about slowly shutting down the existing atomic power plants over the next few years. Then the Christian Democrats and the Liberal Party decided to extend the deadline. Now, looking at Japan, the discussion is open once again. Read more.
Italy: Still Loving the Atomic Power Plants
The current situation in Japan has not hindered Italy’s plan to move ahead with their nuclear energy program. Italy is also listed as a high-risk country for earthquakes and this has sparked public outcry following the situation in the Fukushima Power Plant. Although the leader of Berlusconi’s PDL party has been quoted at saying, “The position remains what it is, you cannot keep changing it.” Right. Read more
Poland: New Book About Poles Earning a Fortune During WWII ““ Truth or Lie?
The new book by American-Polish sociologist Jan Tomasz Gross is making waves in Poland. Can some Poles have earned money from Hitler’s persecution of the Jews? Or is it a book full of inaccuracies and lies? Read more.
Portugal: Almost 300,000 Protest Against New Austerity Plans
In Lisbon, as well as ten other cities around the country, protests were carried out en masse this Saturday. They are protesting new austerity measures by the government. The protests were organized by an Internet group calling itself the “Precarious Generation.” The rallies were peaceful and it is estimated that around 200,000 took to the streets in Lisbon and 80,000 in Porto. Read more
Spain: Atlantis Found?
In news you’ll want to read with one eyebrow cocked incredulously, scientists are claiming they’ve found the lost city of Atlantis, apparently destroyed by a tsunami in Spain. Debate over the actual existence of Atlantis has gone on for hundreds of years. The only known reference was from the Greek philosopher Plato. The findings of this Atlantis discovery will be aired on the Discovery Channel. Read more
UK: Brits on Holidays on Royal Wedding Day
The extra national day off given by Cameron for the royal wedding has resulted in mass holiday bookings throughout the UK. The extra day off comes in between a number of already-established holidays. So, it turns out most citizens only need 5 days of annual holiday leave to be able to take a 14 day holiday. Lucky. This large exodus of British nationals is coming as a slight surprise to the royals, who assumed they’d be huddled around their flatscreens during the royal ceremonies. Read more