News in Europe: Royal Correspondence

Here’s something we tend to forget: There are still a lot of kings, queens and princes in Europe. Most of their citizens don’t actually give a toss about them, but countries who don’t have a monarchy have about 37 glossy weekly magazines dedicated to other nation’s monarchs. It’s been a busy week for them. Read More News in Europe: Royal Correspondence

Why the European Election Matters

Later this week, 508 million Europeans from 28 member states of the EU will be able to vote for their Member of the European Parliament (MEP). I am just one of those people, and most of the technicalities of European politics will probably need to be explained to me again, but here’s why this election matters to me, and why it should matter to others, too. Read More Why the European Election Matters

The Eurovision Song Contest 2014: Drunken Liveblog

Citizens of Europe! It’s your patriotic duty to feel ashamed of your country’s taste in music today! (If you’re not European, you’re not technically allowed to make fun of foreigners, but we can bend the rules today – I’ll make all the fun for you.) So grab your nearest liquor bottle, brush up on the drinking game rules, and join me for our fabulous liveblog at 8 pm GMT (3 pm EST)! Read More The Eurovision Song Contest 2014: Drunken Liveblog

Expat Ramblings: The Trouble with Immigrants

It’s been a busy week in the immigration debate that has been steadily gaining momentum in the UK over the last months. What started as a timidly-voiced fear of a Romanian and Bulgarian influx last year has now turned into the next big thing in electioneering. Everybody’s got something to say about immigrants, and most of it is scary. What’s missing is the loud voice of protest against the rhetoric almost all political parties are now using. Read More Expat Ramblings: The Trouble with Immigrants

How a Boy Started a Big Discussion

This is a story about people who think their opinion is more important than the child who instigated sharing that opinion. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is telling the Dutch government to intervene. Turks online call the Dutch pig-eating heathens who support the sickness that’s homosexuality. And why? Because a Turkish child has two lesbians as foster parents.

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