Education & Culture

An American photographic journey

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American Photographer Steve Shapiro is one of the icons of 20th-century world photography. Shapiro is presenting his work in Switzerland at the Maison du Diable - Espace Culturel de la Fondation Fellini through September....

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

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Since the recent presidential elections ended in a landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky some signs of a possible political and economic revival have been noticed in Ukraine. The very electoral victory of the Zelensky...

Potential inclusion of Roma and Traveller history education

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The Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues will convene in Toulouse, France on 11 to 14 June to work towards the potential implementation of Roma and Traveller history into...

The challenge of being an ambassador to Ukraine

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Among the biggest challenges for foreign diplomats is an election year in Ukraine. The unpredictability that never wanes, even after the results are in, offers very fertile ground for developing professional skills of the...

Erasmus+ students more likely to find work, says EU study

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According to new studies released by the European Commission, the EU’s widely popular youth mobility programme, Erasmus and Erasmus+, makes it more possible for Europe's young people to improve their chances at finding work...

Dutch government threatened with lawsuit over student loan hikes

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Student organisations in The Netherlands are planning litigation against the government if plans to hike student loan interest rates materialise. The government wants to link the interest rate on student loans to ten-year sovereign bond...

Interview: An Orthodox perspective of religious persecution in Russia

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Petar Gramatikov is a  hierodeacon of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, as well a Doctor, or Didaskalos, of the Universal Orthodox Church. He is currently the Chief Expert in religious questions in the municipality of...

UK government plans higher tuition fees for EU citizens

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EU nationals wishing to begin their studies in the UK in 2020-21 face higher tuition fees, a reversal of the current practice which sees EU students who study at British universities pay the same tuition...

Erasmus+ breaks records with over 400,000 participants in 2017

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According to the Erasmus+ annual report published by the European Commission, 400,000 students and university staff spent time abroad in 2016 – 2017 as part of the European Union's flagship student exchange programme. The latest review...

Orban’s closure of CEU taps into memories of Europe’s darkest past

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The European project is failing. And with it, the dreams of a stable, peaceful, and united Europe. The latest blow against the concept of European unity has come not from the pro-Brexit hardliners in...

Uniting Africa for power

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African countries are increasingly coming together. A landmark free-trade agreement was concluded earlier this year. East Africa has made great progress on the free movement of people. And a commitment to a single market...

Gender and the Arab city

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One of the top priorities for the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda is to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” City leaders can take a simple step that would go long a way toward achieving...

Naples receives major injection of EU funds for cultural heritage preservation

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For the better part of seven centuries, the Italian metropolis of Naples was the centre of a powerful Mediterranean kingdom that encompassed the whole of southern Italy and Sicily. The city traced its history to...

EU says no Eastern Partnership Summit in 2019

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Ahead of a heavy schedule for the European institutions over the next year, including Elections to the European Parliament as well as a new European Commission and new European Council president that will be...

EU joins forces with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support health services in...

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In an effort to strengthen the EU diagnostic health services programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa,  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute €54 million of support under the External Investment Plan, which will help...

Education: Europe looks forward

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On the occasion of the release of the 2018 Education and Training Monitor, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, sat down with Irene Kostaki to discuss what the future holds...

Juncker details vision for Europe in last State of the Union speech

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Speaking before the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the last time before his term expires in May 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on the bloc's MEPs to no longer take their international alliances...

A revived role for the US in Northern Greece requires dynamic action and focus

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As a former US diplomat who served as Consul General in Thessaloniki, it’s impossible not to become a lifelong booster of the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). This writer for one is impressed with the massive...

Greece’s Thessaloniki International Fair focuses on the American factor

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The Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) has for 83 years marked the traditional high point of the Greek economic calendar and forms the venue for each Greek prime minister to lay out the country’s economic...

Germany’s Seehofer says country’s political problems are caused by migration, opposition calls for his...

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Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer received heavy criticism from top politicians on September 6 after he labelled illegal migration as the "mother of all political problems" in the country - a statement that was quickly pounced on...

EU releases €138 million in humanitarian aid to Africa’s Lake Chad region

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As part of its effort to assist vulnerable communities in Africa's Lake Chad Basin, the European Commission has announced the release of an additional €138 million in humanitarian and developmental aid to be added...

Emirati women become a powerful force on UAE’s cultural scene

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Never one to mince words, Nayla Al Khaja, the United Arab Emirates’ first female director and producer seems to have no issue continually exercising her enviable skill of portraying exotic stories that can grip...

Making Migration Safe for Climate Nexus

Humanity is on the move. We are living in an era of unprecedented mobility of ideas, money, and, increasingly, people. The sheer size of the human population, combined with how we consume resources, is profoundly...

Czechs and Slovaks mark 50 years since Prague Spring, but politics of memory cast...

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One of the most tragic and bitter episodes in modern European history was marked on August 20 as both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who were the united entity of Czechoslovakia until 1993, marked...

The West Must Face Reality in Turkey

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Now that Turkey is at loggerheads with its erstwhile ally, the United States, the country’s currency crisis has morphed into a political problem of the first order. The immediate issue is Turkey’s refusal to...

The Integration Imperative

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In many countries, integrating refugees and migrants has become a key policy priority. Fearing higher fiscal costs and public resistance to immigration, some countries are more willing to accept groups viewed as having a...

If Trump Ruled Venice

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Marco Polo, the famous thirteenth-century Venetian merchant, was one of the first Europeans to trade with China. Now imagine that, after a while, the Venetian state became concerned that Polo was purchasing too many...

We Need a Food Revolution

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LONDON – In 1984, I gathered the most successful musicians of the time to form a “supergroup” called Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The next year, an even larger...

A lasting agreement?

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After what seemed to be an endless round of contentious talks that ran into the wee hours of Friday morning, European leaders wrapped up their two-day summit in Brussels with a tentative deal on...

MEPs hope to mobilise youth vote

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In an effort to appeal to younger voters ahead of the May 2019 European Elections, Parliament Deputies will take part in a European Parliament’s Youth Event in Strasbourg on June 1 that will see MEPs Tomáš Zdechovský, Eva...

EU plans more money for popular Erasmus student programme

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The European Commission on May 30 presented a proposal that would see funding for the bloc's wildly popular Erasmus student exchange programme more than doubled to €30 billionas part of the Multiannual Financial Framework...

Newsmakers at the Blue-Green Summit II

The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) hosted the second annual Blue-Green Summit in Brussels on May 22, highlighting the full spectrum of conservative environmental thinking while discussing how best to improve...

EU Commission plans new European student ID

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The European Commission wants to make it easier for young people to study abroad with a new EU student ID card, according to the European Commissioner for Education, Tibor Navracsics, who said the goal of...

Club raids expose Georgia’s deep cultural fault lines

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The South Caucasus nation of Georgia has undergone multiple transformations in the 27 years since it took over its own affairs as a fully independent entity for the first time since the late 18th...

We can still make it!

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After more than two months of wrangling, Italy finally has the government that it should have had in the first place -. a coalition of M5S (5-Star Movement) and LEGA (League), the anti-establishment forces...

Council of Europe calls 2017 ‘a dark year for anti-corruption’ efforts

Anti-corruption campaigns in several European countries have experienced such a severe backslide over the course of the last year that they may breach international standards for fighting bribery and graft cases, according to the latest...

EU-funded cancer research team achieves breakthrough discovery in Brussels

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Only a short 10 km  from the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels, EU budget funds are bearing fruit as researchers at the Université Libre de Bruxelles are taking a major step forward in cancer...