Tag Archives: Europe

POLAND: Leftists Tap Gay Man To Run For President

Agence France-Press reports: Poland’s left-wing parties on Tuesday approved Robert Biedron, an openly gay politician, as their candidate in the May presidential election. The move in the conservative, predominantly Catholic country where same-sex unions are not recognised, was aimed at preserving democracy, they said. Leaders in the Lewica (Left) alliance said they chose Biedron because of his clear backing for …

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Trump’s Germany Envoy Rips Europe On Iran Response

Politico Europe reports: U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell took aim at European governments for failing to condemn Tehran over attacks it orchestrated over the past few months, as he justified America’s assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. “When the West stands together and the West says very clearly that terrorism is wrong and terrorism should not be used, then …

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The Netherlands Rebrands: Stop Calling Us “Holland”

The Independent reports: The Netherlands is gearing up to drop the moniker “Holland” as it rebrands itself in 2020. Holland is a region of the Netherlands, but the two names are often used interchangeably to describe the northern European country. From January, the Netherlands will officially drop “Holland” from all literature and marketing materials, so the country will only be …

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Estonia Sorry For Mocking Finland’s “Sales Girl” PM

Reuters reports: Estonia apologized to Finland on Monday after Estonia’s interior minister mocked Finland’s new prime minister — the world’s youngest-serving government leader — as “a sales girl” and questioned her ability to run the Nordic country. Mart Helme, 70, Estonian interior minister and leader of the populist far-right party Ekre, on Sunday ridiculed Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34, …

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Finland Elects 34 Year-Old PM, World’s Youngest

The New York Times reports: Sanna Marin, 34, is set to become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister when she is sworn in this week in Finland, after being elected to the position by her party late Sunday. The country’s coalition government consists of five parties, four of which are led by women, with Ms. Marin now at the helm. …

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France Paralyzed By Nationwide Labor Strike [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still and several thousand people protested in Paris as unions launched open-ended, nationwide strikes Thursday over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. Paris authorities barricaded the presidential palace and deployed 6,000 police as activists – many in yellow vests representing France’s year-old movement for …

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Trump Bashes “Very Insulting” Macron At NATO Summit

The New York Times reports: President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO — strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by stepping into an unlikely role as defender of an alliance he once called “obsolete.” Mr. Trump said President Emmanuel Macron of France had been “very …

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Trump Moves To Cut US Contribution To NATO Budget

CNN reports: The Trump administration has moved to substantially cut its contribution to NATO’s collective budget according to several US and NATO officials, a symbolic move that comes as many continue to question President Donald Trump’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance as he prepares to attend a summit to mark its 70th anniversary in London next week. Previously the US …

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Secret Russian Unit Works To Destabilize Europe

The New York Times reports: First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, the authorities initially …

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France Records Highest Temperature In History [VIDEO]

AccuWeather reports: The extreme heat wave that is suspected in killing several people this week set an all-time high in France on Friday. Relief is on the horizon but not before the heat strengthens its grip across Europe this weekend. The highest temperature ever measured across France in the entirety of record keeping was set on Friday afternoon. Temperatures soared …

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Record-Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps Europe [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Record-shattering temperatures are scorching much of Europe this week as searing heat from northern Africa overspreads the normally mild continent. Germany broke its all-time heat record for June on Wednesday when the temperature soared to 101.5 degrees in Coschen, which is about 65 miles southeast of Berlin, according to the German meteorological service. Authorities in Germany also …

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Merkel Blames Dehydration After Shaking Fit [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was visibly shaking Tuesday as she greeted the new Ukrainian leader in the hot sun in Berlin, saying later that she clearly hadn’t drunk enough water. Merkel’s whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation as she stood with Ukrainian President …

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The Netherlands Win Eurovision 2019, Madonna And Iceland Send Messages About Israel/Palestine [VIDEO]

The Evening Standard reports: Duncan Laurence propelled the Netherlands to Eurovision 2019 victory after a triumph in Tel Aviv on Saturday night. The Dutch singer lifted the trophy up high in Israel after topping the table with 492 points and beamed as he received the microphone from last year’s winner Netta. Madonna wowed the audience with a two-song performance during …

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Over Half Of Europe’s Voters Saw Russian Fake News

Politico Europe reports: More than half of Europeans may have seen some form of disinformation promoted by Russian actors on social networks ahead of the parliamentary election later this month, according to an analysis reviewed by POLITICO. The report — by SafeGuard Cyber, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm — coincides with criticism that tech companies, notably Facebook, are not doing enough …

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UKRAINE: Comedian Elected President In Landslide

Deutsche Welle reports: Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared set to win the Ukrainian election by a substantial margin, exit polls showed on Sunday. Polls showed Zelenskiy winning 73% of the vote, beating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the run-off elections. “We have accomplished this together,” Zelenskiy said in a speech. “All citizens of the post-Soviet countries, look at us! Everything is …

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POLAND: Extremists Arrested At Pride March [VIDEO]

In Poland reports: Nine men were detained by the police following Saturday’s pride march in the western central Polish city of Gniezno, deputy inspector Iwona Liszczyńska reported. Some of the detainees were accused of disturbing a public gathering and violating police officer’s bodily integrity. The first ever pride march in Gniezno’s history took place under the “Gniezno – the first …

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Polish Lawmaker Calls For “Purging Those Not Worthy”

Reuters reports: Critics of Poland’s right-wing ruling party voiced outrage Thursday after one of its senators said Poland should be “purged” of those “not worthy of belonging to our national community.” They said the language used by Grzegorz Bierecki echoed fascists of the 1930s. He said his comments were misunderstood and refused to apologize. “Horrifying, shameful words evoking Europe’s darkest …

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Britain Deletes “European Union” From New Passports

The New York Times reports: Some British citizens planning to travel abroad already have a tangible sign of what life will look like once the country is no longer a member of the European Union: new passports missing “European Union” on the front cover. Last month, even as lawmakers wrestled over the principal terms of the withdrawal process known as …

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Finland Ranked World’s Happiest Country (US #19)

Finland’s YLE reports: Finland has once again been ranked as the happiest country in the world. The Nordic nation received the accolade for the second year in succession in the annual survey of global happiness from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Finland beat out 155 other countries for the title in the 2019 report, released Wednesday. The report …

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Vienna Tops Ranking Of World’s Most Liveable Cities

Reuters reports: The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Known by tourists for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, the city of 1.9 million is also nicknamed “red Vienna” for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant social housing. …

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