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England, Denmark or Sweden have some of the best higher education systems in Europe, according to a recent comparative report; Swedish graduates have 6.6% more chances to be employed three years after graduation than other European graduates. Is going 'north' the answer to successful studies?
Three years after jobbik became the third largest political force in parliament, the ultra-nationalist party has been accused of once again whipping up anti-semitic feeling. As observers fear a creeping upsurge in nationalist and xenophobic discourse, what chance of revival is there for the jewish community in a city that so many of their ancestors once called home?
Venezuela's president died of cancer on 5 March, aged 58. The socialist had ruled the oil-rich country for 14 years with a policy of redistribution and nationalisations. Selections of how the Finnish, Swiss, Swedish, Slovenian, Polish, Dutch, French and Spanish media reacted in the fallout
From one day to the next in early February, Germany’s liberal ‘free democratic party’ had 30, 000 more twitter followers. The rise was attributed to Portuguese twitterers who may have thought they were following an insult page, since they use the abbreviation ‘FDP’ to say filho da puta - aka ‘son of a bitch’
In response to a joint report from the European monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction and Europol, the Flemish daily newspaper 'De Standaard' dedicated a front page to Belgium, 'drug paradise'. Laurent Laniel, one of the researchers, explains more
I have just came back to Belgium from a one-week trip to my country of origin, Greece. You can't really see the devastating impact of the economic crisis until it happens to your neighbourhood, your family and friends. This is a story about no country for Greek men
A debate is raging on English language blogs and on twitter over whether those who have moved to Berlin should learn German or not. Isn't it a bit arrogant to go through your Berlin life exclusively in English?
Since his turn as an introvert in Saverio Constanzo’s ‘The Solitude of Prime Numbers’, the multilingual actor from Rome has gone from being hidden treasure to demanded actor; in Berlin today I can see why, hypnotic looks and all
In 2012 the Danish actor scooped the ‚silver bear award‘ at the Berlin film festival for 'best actor' in 'A Royal Affair', a Mads Mikkelsen vehicle which also scooped an oscar nomination for best foreign film. The 28-year-old has more than arrived on the European and international film market
On 17 February 2008, nine years after the end of the war, Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence; 98 countries have since recognised Kosovo. While Kosovo may have acquired its own sovereignty with the departure of international observers in September 2012, its people are still in search of their own identity
ESN, together with CHE Consult (DE), Brussels Education Services (BE) and the Compostela Group of Universities (ES), will carry out an impact study on the Erasmus programmes launched by the European Commission in 2012. The consortium led by CHE Consult will conduct a comprehensive study investigating on the impact of the Erasmus programme on students, staff, institutions and business. It is for the first time that ESN AISBL is part of a consortium that won a bid for a public EU tender.
I am an exile in a foreign land. I am misunderstood by the clueless expressions of a Frenchman who is insensitive to my efforts in perfecting the nasal sound. It's happened to everyone; that fervent desire to make someone shut up coupled with the lack of appropriate vocabulary
After having climbed the stairs one by one, lead singer Romain slumps onto the sofa of the cosy loft, evidently pleased that this interview is not being filmed. Guitarist Arnaud has also cottoned on, as he spreads his long legs out on the side table. Two of the members of the band from Marseille look on nonchalantly, observing what we are about to offer them to wash down the large media dose they have already been injected with
The two-time nominee of the ‘Cesar’ (the French Oscars) award for 'best new female acting talent' has at least twelve different movies under her belt - it's a lot for her 21 years
The Kosovar actress’ performance in Lorna’s Silence (2008) by the Dardenne brothers brought her a triple nomination for best actress and worldwide renown. The 32-year-old from Prishtina is just back from Los Angeles where she received a best actress award at the Women's International Film & Television Showcase (WIFTS) for her role in Three Worlds. Interview
On 15 March, windows live messenger will be 'retired' in favour of its adopted Estonian sibling (apart from in China). Over 100 million of you with MSN accounts will have Skype accounts and will have to sign in with a 'Microsoft account'. Long life to the first social network!
We throw a few questions to the Finnish actor whose latest film is 'Purge', Finland's nomination for best foreign oscar award, which is based on the book Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen. The 31-year old also won the best actress ‘Jussi award’ in Helsinki for her performance and a Satellite award nomination
After a year in power conservative leader Janez Janša has been ousted from government. If Alenka Bratušek's proposal against a Greek-style bailout for the indebted country is not accepted amongst others, elections will be called by mid-March
What are you all listening to or reading? Here's what's happening in my corner - Belgium
The deadlock results of the early elections on 24 February in Italy – a hung parliament between a decent contender, Bersani, and a disgraced former prime minister, Berlusconi - have astonished the whole country. Who's feigning the truth?