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Britons May Have To Apply To Visit Europe After Brexit

Britons May Have To Apply To Visit Europe After Brexit

  British citizens may have to apply online and pay to travel to Europe after the UK leaves the EU, under plans being drawn up by the bloc for a visa waiver programme similar to the US system. The European commission is due to unveil draft legislation for the EU travel information and authorisation system […]

Armenian PM Hovik Abrahamyan Resigns After Weeks Of Unrest

Armenian PM Hovik Abrahamyan Resigns After Weeks Of Unrest

The prime minister of Armenia has announced his resignation following weeks of civil unrest and a sharp economic downturn. Hovik Abrahamyan told a cabinet meeting on Thursday that the country needs “new approaches and a new beginning,” and his departure should lead the way towards a coalition government. Last month, Armenia’s president, Serzh Sarksian, promised […]

‘Prisoners of Europe’: The Everyday Humiliation Of Refugees Stuck In Greece

‘Prisoners of Europe’: The Everyday Humiliation Of Refugees Stuck In Greece

At the Softex refugee camp in northern Greece, it is lighter by night than it is by day. Inside this windowless former warehouse, the lamps only work in the evenings. That is partly because the place was not designed to house people. It is part of what was a toilet paper factory. “It’s insulting,” says […]

Angela Merkel’s Party Beaten By Rightwing Populists In German Elections

Angela Merkel’s Party Beaten By Rightwing Populists In German Elections

Angela Merkel has suffered a sobering defeat in regional elections in her constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coming third behind the Social Democrats (SPD) and the rightwing populists Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Projections late on Sunday night saw the centre-left SPD on 30.5%, the anti-immigration AfD on 20.9%, and the chancellor’s […]

Armenia’s School Pupil Engineers Seek To Reinvent The Robot

Armenia’s School Pupil Engineers Seek To Reinvent The Robot

The little robot makes odd beeps as it spins around the room, detecting fires with its thermal sensors and extinguishing flames with a strong blast of air. Its mission accomplished, the beeps die down and the machine comes to an abrupt halt. Rather than being the brainchild of experienced engineers in a hi-tech lab, the […]

Hunting For Hygge, A New Ingredient In Denmark’s Recipe For Happiness

Hunting For Hygge, A New Ingredient In Denmark’s Recipe For Happiness

Jeppe Trolle Linnet’s gaze dances around Bang & Jensen, his favourite Copenhagen café-bar, seeking out anything and everything that brings it hygge, that untranslatable quality of places, people and togetherness prized by Danes above almost all else. “It’s the candles, obviously … the lighting. It’s not like they have big lamps on the ceiling,” he […]

Beslan Mothers Detained Over Anti-Putin Protest At Ceremony

Beslan Mothers Detained Over Anti-Putin Protest At Ceremony

Five women wearing T-shirts blaming Vladimir Putin for the Beslan school massacre have been detained during a ceremony commemorating victims of the siege. Two journalists were also arrested while trying to film the brief protest at the memorial marking the 2004 hostage crisis that left 334 people dead, including 186 children. As a bell rang […]

VIDEO: Romania’s Generation Of Girls Trafficked Into Europe’s Sex Industry

VIDEO: Romania’s Generation Of Girls Trafficked Into Europe’s Sex Industry

Maya is one of the many Romanian girls lured to work in brothels and massage parlours across Europe in the hope of escaping poverty at home. Often deceived by boyfriends who are little more than pimps, these teenagers are desperate for a better life. Maya is now in a brothel in Switzerland, but her younger […]

‘Sexual Assaults On Children’ At Greek Refugee Camps

‘Sexual Assaults On Children’ At Greek Refugee Camps

Children as young as seven have been sexually assaulted in official European refugee camps, the Observer has been told. The claims come as testimony emerges suggesting that some camps are so unsafe that youngsters are too terrified to leave their tents at night. Charities and human rights groups allege that children stranded in supposedly safe […]

Government Cuts Will Enfeeble Italy’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking, Says UN

Government Cuts Will Enfeeble Italy’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking, Says UN

The Italian government’s decision to make a series of cuts to anti-trafficking programmes in Sicily and across the country will seriously undermine efforts to create a national response to the country’s growing trafficking crisis, NGOs and UN agencies are warning. The UN’s International Office for Migration warned this week that the trafficking of Nigerian women […]

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