There are only a few days left before the elections of the President of the European Parliament. In the corridors of Brussels therumours about who may be the successor of Schulz are increasing. It seems that the final rush will leave three candidates on stage: Antonio Tajani of the European People Party (EPP) , Gianni Pittella of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and Guy Verhofstadt of the Democrats and Liberals (ALDE). In general, the political groups presented eight candidates for the EP Presidency.
On Tuesday, 13th December, Macedonia’s opposition group contested their defeat by the country’s ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, which appeared to have won a narrow lead the day before. Tensions between the two sides have begun to reach a dangerous level, experts say, with neither group having won enough votes to form a new government.
Nigel Farage, the well-known comic turn in the European Parliament, has suddenly come from nowhere to become the best-known and most popular British politician in America. This is completely new territory for him, but having finally left the United Kingdom Independence Party (which had some trouble finding another leader) he clearly has time on his hands, and he looks absolutely delighted to have been handed an unexpected chance for a new life as an international statesman.
On the 4th December, Renzi lost the Constitutional Referendum and officially announced he would resign. The vote result is in line with the latest poll, that were predicting a No victory, while the margin of difference revealed to be larger than expected.
Svegliateci quando il 4 dicembre finisce. Wake me up when 4 December ends , gira ironicamente sui social. Nelle ultime settimane pre-referendum l’isteria a caccia del voto diventa sempre più frenetica, in una campagna che da mesi appassiona solo gli addetti ai lavori politici o aspiranti tali in cerca di riposizionamenti futuri, professori e giuristi, ma certamente non le persone comuni, quelle che si incontrano per strada e non nei palazzi.
The Swedish winter is a season full of lights behind the windows and on the streets: the time of year to toast with glögg, a spiced wine, flavoured with almonds and raisins. The drink is distributed by street vendors in the many Christmas markets, between the stalls of craft products. This is the reason why so many say that the celebration is even more magical in Sweden.
28th August 1995, Sarajevo. After avoiding the Serbian-Bosnian or the Muslim snipers people wander about the market stands to find something to eat. For a year now the streets of the city are full of clashes between the Serbian-Bosnian group, which is faithful to the ideals of Yugoslavia and linked to the government of Belgrade and the Bosnian-Muslim group, which won the referendum in 1992 and established independence from Bosnia. Five mortar rounds are fired among the fruit stands left half empty at around 11.00am. The result of the attack is 43 dead and 75 wounded.
Radicalisation is a phenomenon that has been striking not only in parts of Asia and Africa but also in the heart of Europe. While the number of Muslims in Germany is estimated at 4.7millions (5.8%), 70% of the almost 900,000 asylum-seekers that have arrived in recent years are believed to be Muslims. It is undeniable that there is discrimination in Germany, and it is equally undeniable that more should be done on the issues of integration and conflict prevention. So, could effective integration processes prevent the radicalisation of Muslim youth in Europe?
It takes refugees up to twenty years to have similar employment as the native born. In the first five years after arrival in the host country only one in four refugees is employed. After ten years in the country, the employment rate is about 56%, three points less than other groups of migrants and at least nine points less than the native born. Being unemployed for a long time makes it difficult for a native person to regain access to the labour market, but for a refugee it is quite impossible. That’s what is written in a report by the OECD and the Employment DG of the EU Commission.