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Belfast’s belligerent British flag riots NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
It is difficult to write a piece on my beloved city of Belfast, as that automatically means I must use logic. The people who have been rioting on the street since early December 2012 don’t subscribe to logic, only anarchy, says a protestant Bel...
STADTLICHH: Two guys, two gals, and their free magazine in Hamburg NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Who said print was dead? Live from Hamburg, Martin, Valerie, Ulrike and Anne have created their own free city magazine, complete with hard-hitting feature reports, photo art and room for ‘the other’. 20, 000 copies have been released on a...
Tightening the belt NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 1 Minute ago
As we enter the fifth year of economic downturn in 2013, Europeans keep ‘tightening their belts’ whilst agreeing that they live ‘in a period of lean cows’ – idiom of the week...
Rajko Grliç: ‘Ageing is a pleasing way of reminding ourselves that we are alive’ NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 1 Week, 2 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
The US-based director, 65, is a one-time Cannes Golden Palm nominee who has set most of his eleven films in his native Croatia, and who says he laughs at his destiny. Add a bit of derision and gravity to the mix, and we’re par for the course...
Malta's new EU commissioner for health 'and homophobia' NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
With Tonio Borg, a pro-life catholic deputy prime minister, having been given even more power on a European level in November 2012, another analysis of this discriminatory and unequal EU is needed...
France, Germany and Greece: Europe's left in 2013 NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
The left is currently in power in nine countries across the EU: either as part of a coalition, as in Finland, Greece, Ireland and the Netherlands, or in a majority government, as in Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Romania. Overview of the challenges fa...
'Schmerzensmann': What German 'men in pain' can learn from The Dude‬ NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
The art of ‘being cool’ in modern society is no longer trendy - men are expected to be more sensitive and understanding. Yet so many are unable to cope with this new role, and have been christened the new 'men in pain' in Germany. So it's a good...
'RIP' Aslan Usoyan: mobster boss assassinated in Moscow NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
The murder of one of the godfathers of the Russian mafia, a 75-year-old ethnic Kurdish Yezidi from Georgia, as he was leaving a restaurant in Moscow, resounded across the Russian capital. Rumour has it that the passing of 'Ded' or 'Grandpa Hasan' as...
The Hives: ‘Europe was more diverse in late nineties than now’ NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 1 Week, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
For over fifteen years the Swedish garage rock band has established itself as one of the most exciting live rock acts. Clad in black-and-white and singing in English, they enchant an international crowd this Sunday night in Belgium. Interview with th...
Dutch, Swiss and local press on Britain and EU NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 1 Week, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
On 18 January British prime minister David Cameron will deliver an eagerly awaited speech in The Hague on Britain's position regarding the EU. According to media reports he plans to announce a referendum on the return of competences from Brussels. Th...
Organic food community of Lyon NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 1 Week, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Public discourse in France on environmental issues have long become the norm, and environmental advocacy groups have had significant influence.‬ ‪But how they are implemented locally?‬ ‪We visit three organisations in Lyon that have helped de...
French men on ‘Adopt A Guy’, dating site where girls choose NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 7 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The 'concept is simple', runs the manifesto on ‘adopteunmec.com’: ‘the customer is king, and he is queen – respect to the women. In this supermarket of hook-ups, the gals strike the bargain deals.’ Three male members of the dating site expl...
European macho man going extinct NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Man is unhappy. It's because of a subtle mix of historical, cultural and even economic factors. Women, too, have a part to play; they are free, liberated, independent, and in some countries, even have higher salaries. Have women pillaged the traditio...
Male seduction: 'Pick-Up Artists' hunt for women in Germany NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
You going to FMAC (Find Meet Attract Close) that HB (Hot Babe)? Never mind what newspapers and scientists say all the time – you can’t dismiss 'Pick Up' patter as anti-woman techniques which men can learn (for a fee). No, it’s all about increas...
Spain gender violence: what about abused men? NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The stereotypical roles of violence are usually quite clear in a traditional society like Spain has. Men are the perpetrators, women are the victims. In Spain, misogynistic behaviour is strongly penalised thanks to a gender-related law, the only one...
England: home to Europe's cheese? NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Watch out for homogenisation. In order to flog their wares to Americans and their sensitive stomachs, or to get them approved by Brussels, European cheese makers are being asked to pasteurise their products. How disgraceful! Cheese and cheese-making...
Young European directors: 'You can spot a French film a mile off' NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
The graduate films presented by 41 young directors at the 2012 'rencontres Henri Langlois festival' in France are an unashamed breath of fresh air, being more intimate and daring than the work of their elders. Directors from the UK, Croatia and Belgi...
German, Polish, Spanish, Romanian and local press on Ireland 2013 EU presidency NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 31 Minutes ago
On 9 December EU council president Herman Van Rompuy visited Irish prime minister Enda Kenny in Dublin. At the beginning of Ireland's EU council presidency, which runs between January and July 2013, both leaders spoke out against Britain leaving the...
Paulo Magalhães and Ana Campos: send postcards, not emails! NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
In 2004 the Portuguese thirtysomethings created postcrossing.com, an online platform for ‘postcardophiles’ the world over. Bizarrely, they are promoting the traditional idea of sending handwritten cards out of a digital world. The globetrotting c...
Czech Republic: Vladimir Franz, tattooed professor for people's president NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The artist and muscian is polling third to become the next Czech president, the first ever to be elected in a popular vote on 11 and 12 January. The tattooed university professor, 53, is quite a vision of the promise of tomorrow...