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Your Weekly European Roundup

Once again, it’s time for the weekly European news roundup. The Euro is still in the dumps, there’s a lot of stuff happening in France, and (in happy news) a woman was found alive after having been lost in the mountains in Spain for 18 days. Though I strove to include the most important and up-to-date stories and sources, there’s always a chance I missed something. If so, please share in the comments.

Still no good news for Euro zone economies
So far, European finance ministers have been unable to agree on the terms and shape of a second aid package for Greece. Meanwhile, economists fear that Italy’s economy may also be on the verge of collapse. That said, Italy is considered to be in better shape than Portugal and Ireland, which still doesn’t mean good news for the collective of Euro zone economies. Read more

Berlusconi not to seek new term
Speaking of Italy, prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has announced he shall not be seeking another term when his current term expires in 2013. Read more

Cyprus blast kills 12
An explosion caused by the ignition of 100 containers holding confiscated Iranian explosives killed twelve and injured at least sixty people at a naval base in Zygi, Cyprus, on Monday. Though the cause is unknown at the time of writing, sabotage has been ruled out. Read more

Dutch state found responsible for Srebrenica deaths
In a historic verdict, a court in The Netherlands ruled that the Dutch state was responsible for three deaths which resulted from the fall of the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in 1995. As the mistakes made by Dutchbat (and its leadership) in Srebrenica contributed to the deaths of thousands of Bosnian Muslims, the floor has now been opened for many other similar suits. Read more

Woman found alive after having been lost in the mountains for 18 days
Mary-Anne Goossens from Stramproy, The Netherlands, left for a picturesque three-hour hike on June 18th, and did not return until July 6th, when she was rescued by the Guardia Civil after having been lost at the seaside cliffs near Malaga, Spain, for 18 days.  She survived at least partially because of her decision to remain near a fresh water stream rather than wander around the inhospitable terrain. Read more

The end of News of the World
Though rumors of News of the World’s phone hacking habits had thick on the ground for years, it took the discovery of journalists’ having hacked Milly Dowler’s phone to bring the publication to its knees. Milly Dowler was murdered in 2002, but between her going missing and the discovery of her body, News of the World journalists got into her voicemail box and deleted messages (making room for new ones), thereby giving relatives and detectives false hope that she might still be alive. Since the breaking of the Dowler story, we have learned that News of the World may also have targeted relatives of deceased British soldiers and relatives of the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks. As a result of these reports, the publication has shut down its presses and closed its doors. Read more 

Women’s World Cup entering final week
In Germany, the last of the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup have been played. On Wednesday, France will face the USA (which beat in a spectacular fashion Brazil after penalties) and Japan will face Sweden.The match for third place will take place next Saturday, and the final next Sunday.

France: Tour and politicians
Marine Le Pen, leader of the populist National Front (which was founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen) is polling ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy with regard to next year’s elections. After the rape charges against him were dropped in New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn now faces attempted rape charges in his own country.  And in happier French news, athletes are still cycling through the country at breakneck speed in the Tour de France, with Alberto Rui Costa in the lead.

Germany phasing out nuclear energy
German parliament has voted in favour of phasing out the country’s dependence on nuclear power by 2022. This date had originally been extended to 2036 by Chancellor Merkel, but was changed back to 2022 as a direct result of the nuclear meltdown in Japan. Read more 

Sectarian violence in Northern Ireland
As the marching season is set to begin, there have been an increased number of violent outbursts in Northern Ireland. A crowd of 100 people attacked police officers with petrol bombs after the removal of certain flags, injuring six officers. Read more

Denmark reinstates border controls
Despite being part of the Schengen agreement, which provides (among other things) for freedom of travel between those European countries that signed it, Denmark has reinstated border controls as a part of its recent populist leanings. Though this move appears to be in direct violation of Schengen, it is nonetheless feared that other member states may follow Denmark’s example. Read more

Around 120 people feared dead after tourist boat sinks in Russia
A tourist boat holding around 200 passengers sank into the river Volga within minutes. At the time of writing, around 80 people were had been rescued, thirteen bodies had been recovered, and an additional 110 (many of them children) are feared dead. Read more 

By Nanna Freeman

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5 replies on “Your Weekly European Roundup”

It is absolutely ridiculous! They couldn’t have committed the funds used for increased border control to improve hospitals or schools? I have trouble believing that increased RANDOM searches will prevent crimes or catch more illegal immigrants. Criminals will find a way to do their “business”, and if someone really wants to come to Denmark, they will find a way; it will probably just be more dangerous.

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