Cafebabel

Europe sleeps while Poland holds procession of hatred 

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Last Saturday, 60,000 people marched through Warsaw for what ended up being the largest nationalist protest in Europe for years. It's a two hour flight from here, and people were heard chanting "Pure Poland, White Poland". How the hell did we get to this?

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today 13:05 open_in_new
Meet My Hood: Flagey, Brussels

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The biggest square of the Belgian capital, situated in the south-east of Brussels, is not easy to define. It’s festive and multicultural, young and historic, in the middle of a district that - despite its gentrification - manages to keep its authenticity. How? Follow our guide and ...

yesterday 17:15 open_in_new
Valaire: Holes, plums, zombies and Bozouls

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Plums, the ‘Café de la Mairie’ and zombies. These are the three main reasons why Valaire, the electro-pop band from Quebec, have chosen Bozouls in France as their favourite European city. Located in the Aveyron region, Bozouls is a village that runs 100 metres deep. Here’s our ...

2017-11-15 18:15 open_in_new
The 'republican football jersey' in Spain sparks debate

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An optical illusion causes the blue stripe on Spain's new national football jersey to appear purple. Physics is playing a trick on Adidas, whose jersey has sparked a countrywide debate. Many Spaniards are criticising the shirt, saying that it resembles the flag of the Second Republic. ...

2017-11-14 13:09 open_in_new
Journeying through Berlin with a refugee tour guide

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Although 'refugee crisis' has become somewhat of a buzzword recently, some of us hardly ever meet refugees in our daily lives. In Berlin, however, that is changing. Refugee Voices Tours is an initiative in which refugees are telling their stories in the form of a walking tour. That’s ...

2017-11-14 13:09 open_in_new
Catalonia: The day my grandfather talked my ear off

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My grandfather, like all Spanish men, is a man of few words. But this didn't stop him from bombarding me with questions about Catalonia the other day. What's going on? Has there been a referendum? What is Article 155? This time around, I was the one left speechless. 

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2017-11-09 14:01 open_in_new
European street art in the working-class nooks of Marseille

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Once a year, during the Travellings festival, European art takes over the Aygalades neighbourhood in Marseille. It's a unique opportunity for street artists and those living in the working-class neighbourhood to cross paths.

Night-time has just started to fall as we go through a ...

2017-11-09 14:01 open_in_new
Dutch YouTubers get high with government money

The Dutch YouTube channel Drugslab just celebrated its 500,000 subscribers. Nellie Benner, Bastiaan Rosman, and Rens Polman take trips for science, riding highs from recreational drugs to teach the world about the effects they have on the body and the brain. Every week, a new substance is ...

2017-11-03 11:53 open_in_new
Mass tourism in Mallorca: Trouble in paradise

Mallorca is not all about sea, sun and sex. The island’s population, which makes up less than 1 million residents, is starting to feel the weight of the 2 million tourists that arrive each summer. Locals have had enough of rent prices rising and public spaces disappearing. During a protest ...

2017-10-31 13:05 open_in_new
Sicilian clichés found in the trunk of a Skoda

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Good afternoon, Europe! Guess what? Sicily is not all about mafia, pizza and spaghetti. So when a French automobile magazine comes out with a commercial for the new Skoda Karoq where a man is tied up in the trunk of the car, it's not okay. Unfortunately, much of Europe is trying to get ...

2017-10-27 15:43 open_in_new
Stuck in Bulgaria: My surreal night in Sofia Airport

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I'm a clumsy person, I have always been that way. I often find myself in ridiculous situations, in unlikely places. In this very moment, I'm detained in the international zone of Sofia Airport as a result of some absurd and surreal events. My life right now is a remake of The ...

2017-10-26 17:39 open_in_new
[VIDEO] Voluntour with Rémi: Driver for the Erasbus trip

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27-year-old Rémi is a volunteer driver for ESN France (the Erasmus Student Network). The network went on a road trip around France to visit 30 different locations, in celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the exchange program. We went with him to Brittany.

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2017-10-26 13:15 open_in_new
Germany: Young and committed political soldiers

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They were born and/or grew up in Germany after the fall of the Berlin wall. They all work in politics. They come from different political backgrounds. They are involved in politics in their own way, each with their own vision of Germany and of their generation. Cafébabel spoke with ...

2017-10-25 23:30 open_in_new
Macron, Mélenchon and the European flag

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Some would call it a ragman's debate. Emmanuel Macron and Mélenchon's party have been clashing for weeks over the European flag. The debate could end on Thursday the 19th of October once a signature is passed, recognising the official European symbols. Who cares? Well, we felt like we ...

2017-10-25 23:30 open_in_new
Sexual harassment, Asia Argento and divided women

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In bashing actress and director Asia Argento after she accused Weinstein of harassing her, Italy is showing its deep misogynistic nature. Insults and victim-blaming have pushed Asia Argento to leave her homeland. Who cares? We do, once again.

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2017-10-25 23:30 open_in_new
Italy: Second generation immigrants wait for passports

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The reform of Italy's citizenship laws has cause hunger strikes, anti-racism protests and huge debates across the country. Today, one million people born on Italian soil fail to be recognised as Italian. For two years, they have been waiting for a law blocked in the Senate, and ...

2017-10-25 23:30 open_in_new
The future of young Cypriots in a Starbucks coffee cup

Before and even after the island was divided, Cyprus has had a strong folkloric history. From coffee reading, to burning olive leaves, to evil eye talismans; all kinds of traditions and superstitions are intricately woven in Cypriot culture. But what do these traditions mean to young Cypriots ...

2017-10-13 19:03 open_in_new
Greece: A victory for the transgender community

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This week, Greece passed a law allowing citizens to choose their gender on their official identification documents. This reform sparked some outcries from the Orthodox church, who claimed that it was a “satanic act”. Who cares? We do, once again.

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2017-10-13 17:57 open_in_new
An Irish fisher's battle for another Europe

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To reclaim his rights, an Irish salmon fisher spent eight years battling a bureaucratic nightmare between the coast of Donegal to the European institutions in Brussels. This investigation is the heart of the documentary "Des Lois Et Des Hommes", a film that shows how powerful one ...

2017-10-13 16:51 open_in_new
Netflix and Chill: An expression on demand

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A winter evening that smells like chamomile tea? A hangover that is begging for some aspirin? Or simply an undying need to binge? Regardless of the occasion, shows on Netflix can easily eat up all of our free time. So much so that we’ve come up with an expression to describe this ...

2017-10-11 18:37 open_in_new
Lisbon: Nomad's land

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They are all over Lisbon. Sitting on café terraces, gathered in co-working spaces, at the beach to go surfing at the end of the day... But who are they? They are digital nomads. Seduced by travel, living the life and Wi-Fi, they have become so numerous that they've formed their own ...

2017-10-11 12:01 open_in_new