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Joan of Arc Spins In Grave as France Debates Use of English in College Courses Via Meadia

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Friday, May 31, 2013
Category: Europe

From blogs.the-american-interest.com

No doubt Joan of Arc is spinning in her grave, but this decision may have been necessary in the face of increasing globalization. The government hopes that a wider use of English will attract more students from non-European countries, like China, India and South Korea.

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Special Report: Greece′s far-right party goes on the offensive Reuters

Monday, November 19, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.reuters.com

iding a wave of public anger at corrupt politicians, austerity and illegal immigration, Golden Dawn has seen its popularity double in a few months. A survey by VPRC, an independent polling company, put the party′s support at 14 percent in October, compared with the seven percent it won in June′s election.

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Saving Italy

Monday, October 22, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.prospectmagazine.co.uk

The world already knows quite enough about Berlusconi, the man whose bond-market-enforced resignation enabled Monti to “save” the country, and who is not officially a comedian but a media billionaire whose jokes and burlesquery have led many to make the mistake of underestimating him during his 18 years in politics.

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BBC News - Unrest drags Spain towards buried unpleasant truths

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.bbc.co.uk

The "pact of silence" instituted after the fall of General Franco was seen as a price worth paying for rapid, peaceful transition to a functioning democracy - a democracy that, moreover, found space to accommodate a strong, previously clandestine Communist Party alongside the rapidly moderating socialists of the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Workers′ Party).

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One Europe, Many Tribes - Businessweek

Monday, October 1, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.businessweek.com

Italy, unified in 1870, is newer than Nevada. Spain was split down the middle by a civil war as recently as the 1930s. And reunited Germany, dating back only to 1990, is younger than two of the Jonas Brothers.

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BBC News - Valencia: A Spanish city without medicine

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.bbc.co.uk

The Spanish regions are heavily in debt. People rely on them for their free health and education systems, but they cannot pay their bills any more.

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Philosopher Andre Glucksmann: A Dark Vision of the Future of Europe - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.spiegel.de

Europe was never a national entity, not even in the Christian Middle Ages. Christianity always remained divided -- the Romans, the Greeks and later the Protestants. A European federal state or European confederation is a distant goal that is frozen in the abstraction of the term.

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MPS Causes Financial Problems for Italian City of Siena

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.spiegel.de

Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world′s oldest bank, took five centuries to accumulate its wealth -- and three years to gamble it away. Its fall from grace is a disaster for its home city of Siena, which relied on distributed profits from the bank.

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Greeks Can No Longer Afford Paying Expensive Bribes

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.cnbc.com

The country′s worst economic crisis since World War Two has helped push the economy into a fifth year of recession and forced thousands of businesses to close, putting one in five Greeks out of a job.

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Southern Europe Plagued by Corruption and Political Mismanagement

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Monday, August 6, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.spiegel.de

Marcello Bartolotta, a surgeon from the Sicilian town of Messina, has hit the jackpot. He has just been granted a seat in the regional parliament as a replacement for a parliamentarian from his party who recently died.

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