One nice thing about living in Europe is that you can be in another country in less than two hours, airplane not even necessary. For the weekend, I train-traveled around Belgium.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Happy Friday! Let’s make it slightly more Eurocentric this week, why don’t we?
To borrow a note from Monday’s open thread, tell us about your weirdest/craziest family vacations!
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 […]
Standing inside the main dining room in Windsor Castle, we stared in awe at a dining room table that must have been 30 feet long at least.
I have just returned from a two week-long trip to Europe. I went alone. When I told people that I was going alone, I got a lot of shocked responses. Many cannot comprehend why anyone would want to take a vacation by themselves, much less so far away and for so long.
In the gleam of florid neon, every street began to look the same, and my mother kept telling me not to look around anyway, so I had no idea where we were. I think everyone else in our party was in the same boat. We were lost in a foreign city. More importantly, we were […]
BELGIUM ““ (BBC) The jailed ex-wife of child killer Marc Dutroux has been released from prison, after Belgium’s highest court upheld her transfer to a convent. The controversial move for Michelle Martin comes 16 years into her 30-year sentence.
MALTA ““ (BBC) Former Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff, who played a dominant role in the island’s politics for decades before and after its independence from the UK, has died at age 96. He was leader of the center-left Labour Party from 1949 to 1984 and was PM twice, including from 1971 to 1984.
GREECE ““ (BBC) Greek police say more than 1,600 illegal immigrants will be deported following a major crackdown in Athens in recent days. More than 6,000 people have been detained, though most were released. Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias defended the crackdown. He said Greece’s economic plight meant it could not afford an “invasion of […]
BULGARIA ““ (BBC) The suicide bomber who killed six people in Bulgaria last week was part of a sophisticated group of conspirators, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov has said. He said the group had arrived in Bulgaria a month before the attack. But he declined to back Israeli claims that Iran and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah […]