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News in Europe: Austerity Protests, Ukraine Updates + More

Greetings, all. I’m subbing for Karo this week, so we’ve got a mix of links that are right up her usual points of interest, as well as some newsy bits that struck my fancy. Let’s see what’s been going on in Europe this week, shall we?

Firstly, perhaps you’ve already heard that Peaches Geldof — writer, TV presenter, and daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates — died on Monday at the age of 25. She leaves behind two sons, and the cause of her death is being investigated.

In UK Parliment news, Prime Minister David Cameron defends the government as being full of “good and honest” MPs, shortly after former culture secretary Maria Miller resigned over questions regarding expense accounts.

In Hungary, Viktor Orbán has won the election for Prime Minister. The Guardian reports: “Incumbent PM has tinkered with the constitution to favour his Fidesz party, and even built a stadium in his home village.”

Russia is set to meet with the EU and US regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine as pro-Russia separatists continue their protests.

Also at The Guardian, Jonathan Jones asks: “Why are the nerves of empathy severed when it comes to immigration?”

Turkey has finally eased its ban on social media sites after a court ruled that restricted access violates human rights.

Protests and riots have cropped up in Spain, Belgium, and Greece after the EU encouraged these countries to enact “austerity measures” that would mean a loss in services and pay freezes, among other cuts.

Switzerland has unveiled a new solar-powered plane that is supposed to be capable of flying around the world.

Finally, let’s end with a bit of magic: A fisherman found a 101-year-old German message in a bottle, and International Maritime Museum representatives were able to track down the author’s 62-year-old granddaughter, who lives in Berlin.

And with that, since Karo will still be on vacation, I’ll be back next week with another Euro-centric Newsy Roundup. See you then, friends.

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Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the editor of Electric City Creative.

2 thoughts on “News in Europe: Austerity Protests, Ukraine Updates + More”

  1. I was surprised at how shocked I was about about the Peaches Geldof news, but then, she was another young mum and an attachment parenting advocate, too. I just kept coming back to thinking about two boys being without their mum. But then again, they won’t be the only children that have lost a parent recently.

    1. It’s terribly sad, all around, no matter who it is. I do hope they are able to figure out what caused it so that they can have some closure. For all we know it could’ve been some hidden health problem that even she didn’t know about yet.

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