Bratislava is at the crossroads between Russia and the EU. Where voter turnout is scraping by, despite the strong European identity that exists and where protest and disillusionment did not result in the rise of Euroscepticism and populism.
The CAR is hanging by a thread and only holding on thanks to the work of humanitarian organisations. We interviewed many different central figures at non-governmental organisations, such as Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), Oxfam, Action against Hunger and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in order to get an explanation of the actions they are taking on the ground.
After a decade-long transition from a relatively mild communist model to a capitalist democracy and tight budgetary measures by the government, the Hungarian economy began to flourish. However, this economic bonanza was short-lived as public debt began to mount, forcing thousands of families to gamble their homes by taking out mortgages in foreign currency.
Jobbik. This Hungarian extreme-right wing party often spouts anti-Roma discrimination and anti-Semitism. Even the National Front, which is seeking to build a credible alliance at the European level, is trying to cut ties with this radical party. Yet in Hungary, it is perceived by young people as a way to revolutionise politics.
Who exactly fights for the rights of elves and other mythical creatures? The Elf Lobby, of course. What sounds like yet another of the Big Bang Theory’s fantasies is a reality in Iceland. Let’s get going, then! Off to the island of fire and ice: the first stop on our journey to the superstitious North!
Guided tours, jellyfish or posh London restaurant Bob Ricard…You could easily find yourself in the worst parts of Europe this summer. And since this type of thing only happens to other people, cafébabel will guide you away from the bad holiday spots this year
In Spain, a town of 2,800 tries to keep the ideals of socialism alive. This seemingly magical place is called Marinaleda. But what lies behind the words and slogans? A journey in images to a place where unemployment is 'non-existent'.
Berlin is one of the most booming cities in Europe. The desire to break with it's recent past has produced a multicultural city where every street corner is action packed. Musicians, painters, photographers, activists... There's room for everyone in the German capital. This photo gallery will bring you closer to a small community that's emblematic of the vast, youthful web that populates Berlin.
The recent European Elections confirmed the shift towards the right in Hungary over the recent years. Not really a good omen at any rate for the Roma, who suffer from discrimination. However, some key figures are rising against the trend, trying to help the minority out of the poverty trap.
The master of their own future. The economic boom of Bratislava is all about the women. The daughters of the last generation born under communism are the real protagonists of the economic and social renaissance of the Slovak capital. They all share the same philosophy: I am my own master.
Artists and music lovers are sharing their time, effort and money to restore the ramshackle house that once belonged to the musicians Albert and Jan Albrecht. The reason behind it: to give Bratislava a new space for music. Many may think differently, but not everything is done for business.
On June 4th, the government of Slovakia defined marriage as a unique union between one man and one woman. The decision remains controversial with segments of the Slovakian population rejoicing and others weeping.
Independence from London? The referendum decided by the Parliament on the Royal Mile for September 18th is approaching. In Edinburgh, the future of the currency and petroleum is up for grabs. Meanwhile the bookies are having a ball: record bets in Glasgow and seven-digit wins are expected.
Having barely just arrived in Berlin, every newcomer will quickly learn to choose their words. In the trendy German capital, you won't just have to navigate between the Berlin dialect and a plethora of foreign languages, but you will also have to familiarise yourself with Berliner slang. With this small lexicon in hand, getting off to a good start won't seem so daunting.
In the early 1920s, Berlin’s Charlottenburg district was nicknamed 'Charlottengrad', as it was flooded with Russians who had left in the wake of the revolution. Today, the German capital is home to between 200,000 and 300,000 Russian-speakers. It is a community of EU citizens “against all odds”, so it seems. Or would they disagree?
Wedged between Putin's imperial dreams of grandeur and the modern European chevalier of human rights, Georgia and Moldova find themselves in a rather precarious situation of choosing between two would-be prince charmings.
A lot of us do it. A lot of us don’t. Our governments try their best to present them as the route to all evil while Baudelaire and Lil Wayne have sung their praises. Over the years the drug debate has been exhausted by parliaments and piss-heads alike, but how can animals shed new light on an age-old issue? Commentary from Olivia Capadose.
To be aimless in a situation, a locality, and a space and time can be grueling. We search for stimulation, some sort of gratification that we think we are entitled to. But what does gratification actually mean and in what context should we pursue it? A commentary.
The Triana district in Seville is allegedly the cradle of flamenco. Today, people are taking dance classes here in a bank. In the time bank, services are exchanged for others. I visited the bank in Seville to see whether it works and I didn't have to bring any money to do so.
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