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MIGRATION: Not a main worry for Europeans

Europe bad and good By 1 April, 2019 No Comments

Despite what Viktor Orban, Matteo Salvini and Steve Bannon have said, the EU elections will not be a referendum on migration. While migration is important for some voters, it is not the only battleground for votes ahead of the European Parliament elections, according to a major new poll by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). The think-tank’s poll finds that emigration and domestic issues, such as corruption, the cost of living, health, housing, and unemployment, also feature prominently among voters.

UK: the impact of a no-deal-Brexit

Europe bad and good By 19 February, 2019 No Comments

by Jan Goller

It was more than two years ago when the British voted about remaining in the European Union or not. But still there isn’t any certainty about the future of the UK in the EU. Will there be a soft Brexit with an agreement or a hard one without any convention or any Brexit at all?

In fact, the withdrawal agreement scheduled the British exit of the EU on 29 March 2019. But untill now the politicans didn’t find any agreement about a soft Brexit. Therefore in the worst case we would have to face a hard brexit whose impact will be omnipresent.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch loses ground

Europe bad and good By 27 January, 2019 No Comments

The Dutch Inspectorate of Education published the results of an investigation which suggest that in May last year the association ‘Beter Onderwijs Nederland’ (BON or Better Education Netherlands) had perfectly good reasons for filing a lawsuit against two Dutch universities and the inspectorate of education itself in an attempt to stop the unbridled anglicisation of higher education in the Netherlands.

EUROPE: AIDS becomes a problem again

Europe bad and good By 27 November, 2018 No Comments

With nearly 160 000 people newly diagnosed with HIV, 2017 marked another year of alarming numbers of new HIV diagnoses in the WHO European Region. Encouragingly, the overall increasing trend is not as steep as before. The eastern part of the Region recorded over 130 000 new HIV diagnoses, the highest number ever. On the other hand, the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries reported a decline in rates of new diagnoses, mainly driven by a 20% decrease since 2015 among men who have sex with men.

GERMANY: Schleswig-Holstein has become famous

Europe bad and good By 29 April, 2018 No Comments

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A recent event, the arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, of whom I will speak in due time, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, in the extreme north of Germany, next to the border with Denmark, has reminded me of that part of German land —land and sea, I should say— especially dear to me and that perhaps I know better than the rest of the country, for which I profess, as a whole and for many reasons, an invincible affection. I enjoyed many times its beautiful landscapes and the civility of its people. The idea that Germans do not make much noise when they meet is one of the misconceptions that different peoples have of each other. It so happens that in Spain we may all speak at once and Germans do it more orderly, almost always one at a time. At the end, the laughter, the approval or disapproval, the jokes and the songs may be even noisier or louder than in Spain.