The Freedom Party of Austria or FPÖ aspires to come first nationally in the European elections. For the past 30 years it has been trying to normalize its image by attempting to break from its ideological heritage close to Nazism.
Hungary is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. The country has to cope with the rise of Jobbik – the self-proclaimed “most popular radical party” in Europe. The ruling Fidesz party, on the other hand, does not hesitate to use their political opponent’s most extreme ideas.
The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, an anti-Semitic, negationist and islamophobic party, has become a feature of Greek people’s daily life. With an estimated 15 to 20% of votes in the polls, they could enter the European Parliament in the next elections.
Has Marine Le Pen managed to turn the National Front into a regular party? It is hard to believe if we take into account the first measures taken by FN mayors since the municipal elections. But according to polls, the FN party is still expected to take the lead in the French ballot.
Since January 1st 2012, French people pay their sodas at a higher price. Other European countries even tax directly fat- and sweetened aliments. These measures to sensitize consumers with the issue of obesity make their way through a continent where junk food is overly present.
The French government intends to introduce rent control. Cécile Duflot, the newly appointed Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing in the Ayrault Cabinet, wants to draw on the German rent control system.
François Hollande has delivered on his commitment for government parity, which makes France the second country in the European Union to have an equal government. Most northern countries get quite close. Elsewhere, women’s representation in politics tends to diminish when conservatives are in power. Translated by Clemence Grison
The Indignados movement (Spanish equivalent of the Occupy movement) started on May 15th 2011 at the Puerta del Sol in Madrid [Main Square of the capital]. The information website lainformacion.com shot a documentary at the protesters’ side. Myeurop met the director Adriano Morán and offers you the possibility to watch the English version of the movie.
With their recent electoral successes in Sweden and Germany, European Pirate Parties are becoming more visible on the political scene in their respective countries. They are hoping to present a joint list at the next European elections. But how many are they?
Taxing incomes over the one million mark at a rate of 75% as François Hollande is suggesting will not cause French millionaires to flee to our European neighbors. Using the example of a taxpayer earning 1,2 million every year, we compared the exact amount of taxes he would be paying in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy and the UK. Not without a few surprises.
Anders Breivik Behring, the person accountable for the twin attacks of Oslo, was a member of the Progress Party (PRF) from 1999 to 2006. The party belongs to the new European radical right: uninhibited, breaking away from the symbols, rituals and language of the traditional extreme right, it attracts more and more younger crowd. Are these parties any less dangerous? Let’s have a panoramic view of the new populism throughout Europe.
Surreal rearguard state or foretaste of problems yet to come? David Van Reybrouck predicts that the underlying causes of Belgium's political crisis will repeat themselves throughout Europe as the new media call into question established democratic practices.
Frédéric Martel has just completed an epic five year’ investigation of cultural industries throughout the world. Having weaved his way through 30 countries and conducted over 1,200 interviews; he unravels power relationships, information publication and the many and various strategies of those involved in his latest work “Mainstream”. So…Europe? Let’s take a look.
Following Angela Merkel, and a few days prior to Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron has claimed that multiculturalism was a fail. Cécile Laborde, professor at University College of London, is getting concerned about the raise of a "State multiculturalism potentially segregationist", and far more dangerous.
With the Tunisian revolution and increasing unrest in Algeria, it's time to reconsider our vision of islam. In a European context of spreading islamophobia, Marc Cheb Sun, founder and director the French “Respect Mag” magazine and initiator of an appeal refusing violence committed in the name of islam (1), invites us to change our view of Muslims inside and outside of Europe's borders.
China keeps on buying bonds from the eurozone's troubled economies, a move that some find worrisome, though the sums are not as vast as they appear. In fact, it's more an indicator of China's strategy to turn Europe into an ally in its negotiations with the United States.
The Greek government has decided to build a “wall of shame” along the border with Turkey because it is overwhelmed by a massive wave of immigration, which its economy can no longer absorb in the midst of an economic crisis. An analysis from our correspondent in Athens.
Hungary's new media watchdog, barely created, is already scrutinising a small, independent radio. Two Hungarian dailies and a German newspaper published front-page protests at this infringement of press freedom. France and Germany officially call for a change in Hungary's law.
Real estate in big European cities is still too expensive for most potential buyers, especially as banks give out fewer loans. Prices are on the increase in London, but transactions are fewer. Meanwhile things are quiet on the real estate front in Rome, Paris and Madrid
Banned from the US, WikiLeaks has moved to Europe. The French Industry Minister wanted it booted from France too, but the site's French host provider, OVH, will not yield as long as the judiciary sits on the fences.
The European Union has a policy of promoting university foreign-exchange programmes within the community. But now, austerity is also on the agenda. Host countries are wondering if they can afford scholarships for young Europeans who plan to go home as soon as they complete their degrees.
The German minister of Defence wants to get rid of conscription, following suit with the many European countries, the UK and France included, that have put an end to military service. Yet 18 countries in Europe still draft their citizens; in Germany a majority of young conscripts prefer to do a civil service.
Invariably, exhibits of contemporary abstract art in history-laden surroundings spark controversy. But in the world of modern merchandising, there's no such thing as bad buzz. Europe's latest trend is deciphered below.