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Fearless art and faceless painter: Interview with artist and North Korean defector Sun Mu

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Only a few kilometers north of Seoul, the concepts of freedom and art are different. Around 1,000 North Koreans make their way to the South every year, one of them was Sun Mu. Born...

Mycenaean engineers built chariot highways

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Road remnants remain from ancient times, show skill CORINTHIA, Greece – The Dutch hiker that led the way across a rugged path in the mountains and traced one of the ancient Mycenaean highways, stopped to...

Interview with Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss: What about Richard?

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In a career that has now spanned six decades, Richard Dreyfuss has one of the most varied film careers of anyone in the industry. In only his third film, Dreyfuss won an Oscar in...

Almodóvar’s muse: Interview with actress and model Rossy de Palma

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Since first emerging as one of Spanish director Pedro Almódovar’s muses during the height of La Movida – the 1980s countercultural movement that took place in Madrid following the death of Fascist dictator Francisco Franco,...

From spy to barbarian: Interview with Oscar-winner Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance’s portrayal of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller The Bridge of Spies earned the British-born actor an Oscar in 2015. Rylance recently attended 76th Venice Film Festival to present...

Interview with Tiago Guedes

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At last month’s 76th Venice Film Festival New Europe’s Federico Grandesso sat down for an exclusive interview in the famed lagoon city with Portuguese director Tiago Guedes about his new film A Herdade (The Estate)...

Interview: ‘Adults in the Room’ director Costa Gavras on political movie making

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Famed political director returns home to bring the Greek financial crisis to life At 86-years-old Greek-born French director Costa Gavras has been one the most widely-acclaimed directors of political drama of the last 50 years....

Mission for God: Rebuilding Sofiko’s Monastery

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Untouched Corinthian mountain, coastal town lures tourists. SOLYGEIA, Greece – When Greek Orthodox nun Lidia arrived alone at the deteriorating convent of The Assumption of the Virgin at Sofiko 40 years ago, she did not...

Ukraine’s creative youth reappraise the country’s Soviet aesthetics

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Whether by choice or necessity, Ukraine’s new generation of creative professionals are rebelling against former President Petro Poroshenko’s draconian ‘de-Communisation’ policies by calling for a reappraisal of Soviet aesthetics as they strive for cultural...

INTERVIEW: American director Abel Ferrara on how personal struggles have shaped his worldview

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At last month’s Cannes film festival American Director Abel Ferrara presented his latest movie Tommaso which stars Oscar-nominated veteran actor Willem Dafoe, who plays an American-born artist living in Rome with his wife and...

Europe needs sustainable urban development and Copenhagen is paving the way

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The world is urbanising and fast. More than 55% of the global population live in towns and cities, according to the United Nations. With another 2.5 billion people likely to move to urban areas...

The Bektashi are a testament to the power of tolerance

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Originally one of many Sufi orders within Sunni Islam, the Bektashi Order emerged in the 16th-century and quickly spread to the Ottoman Balkans, particularly to what is now Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia. Like many Sufis, the Bektashis...

Tolerance and education: A road to the defeat of extremism

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How do you create a more tolerant society? Can education prevent extremism? Can openness trump radicalisation? These were the big questions tackled by senior European and Gulf politicians at a recent forum organised and...

Garbage in paradise

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Last week, Kassandra looked at the overall disquieting situation of inefficient waste management practices in South-eastern Europe. Among the worst offenders are the two island states of Cyprus and Malta. Worse, those two member...

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....

A South American kidnapping story pulls at the heartstrings in Cannes

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Peruvian film director Melina Leòn presented her touching first film Song Without a Name at the Director’s Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. A powerful black and white film set in the 1980s,...

The first Hindu temple of Ireland

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Dr Hemant Kumar is a medical doctor in Dublin and the President of the Vedic Hindu Cultural Centre of Ireland. He arrived in Dublin in the 1990s from India and soon became a central...

Greek archeologist unearths city founded by Trojan prisoners

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TENEA, Greece – When Greek archeologist Eleni Korka and her team discovered some of the remains of a housing settlement, hundreds of coins and jewelry in the early autumn last year, they knew they...

Countdown to the big race

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Arriving on the Sunday morning at Parc Cinquantenaire surrounded by thousands of runners, 40 000 to be exact, can be itself an overwhelming experience. But you have been committed. You have prepared well. Your...

Running for Hope

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While looking for inspiring stories to share with you, the 20Km of Brussels’ Quentin De Longueville, suggested that I contact Veronique Forgeur. He described Veronique as a person with ‘no limit energy to help kids...

Get Inspired: Run to the better version of yourself

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We run for our hearts and our bones, to melt away fat, to get stronger, to prevent illness, to live a happier longer life. I have been asked repeatedly, ‘do you ever get tired...

Joseph Heymans: Healthy, active, and running 20km races at age 91

Joseph Heymans may not be a household name, yet as soon as word got around the New Europe office that we were going to be interviewing the man who at the age of 91...

Hydration, hydration, hydration: The key to optimal running performance

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What comes to mind when we first think of running are the words: distance, pace, and strength. These three are usually the factors we focus on when we seek to improve our running. Nevertheless,...

Running for something bigger than you: Running for charity

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People run for different reasons. Some run for fitness, some run to lose weight, some run for fun, some run to meet new friends, some run to improve their energy levels, some run to...

Back in fashion, Portuguese textiles rise from crisis

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PORTO, Portugal – Portugal’s textile industry is closely monitoring the developments in the future of the European Union, including Brexit, as its heavily relying on the European market, Paulo Vaz, Director General of ATP,...

Running happy, running free

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Behind every successful idea there are always people with passion. Every time I meet such a person, the energy is overwhelming. Last month, during a visit to the headquarters of the 20km of Brussels,...

Major operators at Mobile World Congress explore 5G’s potential

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The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) held a press briefing at the recently completed 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with several key operators to discuss future use cases for 5G networks outside of...

EU-funded ‘The Favourite’ takes home Oscar

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The EU’s support for European filmmakers garnered real results after Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos  The Favourite took home the 2019 best actress Oscar during the annual Academy Awards on February 24. The Irish-UK-US coproduction was the recipient of a...

Europe’s prison escapees have been increasingly innovative in recent years

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Prison breaks have been a theme of Hollywood films for years, some of which were inspired by real events. Intelligence and creativity helped the escapees' dreams come true with some prisoners taking advantage of...

Miller: Bring the Marbles back or send the Parthenon to Britain

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ANCIENT NEMEA, GREECE – Britain should the return the Parthenon marbles to their home in Athens in order for the surviving sculptures to be reunited, Stephen Miller, the renowned American Classical Archaeologist from the...

Miller’s Macedonian connection to the Ancient Nemean Games

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ANCIENT NEMEA, GREECE – Stephen Miller, the renowned American classical Archaeologist from the University of California at Berkeley and the architect of the revival of the Nemean Games on antiquity, is already preparing for...

INTERVIEW with Oscar Winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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After having presented his last film Never Look Away while it was in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Oscar winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck got news that his film will be Germany’s...

Suicide epidemic plagues French farmers

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For over a decade,  France has been plagued by a suicide epidemic among French farmers as, according to broadcaster France 24, that one farmer commits suicide every two days, with the majority of cases being recorded in Brittany...

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...

EU Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

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The European Commission approved the acquisition of music identification app Shazam by US tech giant, Apple, after Brussels reviewed a proposed takeover under the EU's Merger Regulation which concluded that the deal would not adversely...

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...

Lawyer who defended Milosevic murdered outside his Belgrade home

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A well-known Belgrade lawyer who gained notoriety as the lawyer of Serbia's former dictator and accused war criminal Slobodan Milosevic was shot dead in a gangland-style murder in front of his Belgrade home on July...