To put young people back at the heart of political debate, Cafébabel is introducing #ASK, the latest platform for online participation. Here's a bit about the project.
Philippe Poutou is back. The New Anticapitalist Party member announced his intention to stand in France's 2017 presidential elections. In the 2012 elections Poutou, who's a mechanic by trade, picked up 1.15% of the vote and a positive reputation as a guy who rails against injustice. Today, he's still protesting, but he continues to dream "every day."
Suicide bombers blew themselves up in Paris for the first time on 13th November. A few days before, Lebanon experienced its worst attack since 1990, with two suicide bombers targeting Beirut. On 2nd December, a mass shooting at a social centre in San Bernardino, California left 14 dead and 22 injured. How can we decipher a conflict that's gradually being exported?
For a long time, France's political landscape has been dominated by the Republicans (formerly the UMP) and the Socialist party, but all that's about to change. The economic crisis, rising unemployment and the terrorist threat have all played into the hands of the Front National, which has used the country's widespread discontentment as an opportunity to step forward.
Friday 13th November 2015 – a day like any other, up until 9.20 pm, when the first alerts came through on our phones. The atmosphere in the Latin Quarter bar we were in gradually started to change, building to panic when a man ran past shouting that shots were being fired 500 metres away – which turned out to be wrong, but we decided to go home anyway.
Thousands of refugees are arriving in Europe. After being sent to welcome centres, it's necessary to begin the long journey into work or accommodation. SINGA, a French organisation, has recently launched a project called CALM ('Comme à la Maison' – 'Feels like Home'), which puts potential hosts in contact with refugees. Cafébabel met with Guillaume Capelle, one of the organisation's co-founders.
Besides the often arduous process of seeking asylum, there's another barrier refugees face on arriving in a country: the language. In Belgium, the challenge is twice as hard, since they're confronted with both French and Flemish.
Following his election in April last year, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä announced that one of his policies was an ambition to trial a "universal income" of close to €1,000 a month. While the concept of universal income represents a revolution for some, others see it as an illusion, and it certainly raises a number of questions and concerns.
France's governing Parti Socialiste has now suffered a worryingly continuous series of setbacks in recent elections. The Front National (FN) is not only strengthening its position in the polls but also the power of its ideas at the heart of French society. With two years to go until the country's next presidential elections, what lessons can we learn?
Macholand is a website that fights everyday sexism. Above all, it's an expression of a new, more popular feminism that's funnier and, for some, maybe a little more troubling. We talked to Clara Gonzales, the 24-year-old who's one of the brains behind the website. She did a bit of reassuring and tackled a lot of things head on. Together, we took a stroll into macholand over two cups of jasmine tea.