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Brexit: A linguistic Bing Bang?

By Emmanuel Testenoire on April 28, 2017

With member States’ and governments’ leaders gathering this weekend to launch the Brexit negotiations’ process, one question is becoming increasingly relevant that of the European Union’s future. With Great Britain leaving the EU, the English could lose its rank of official language within the Union. What then, are the consequences for the institutions, their work and the citizens involved?

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Európa, Európa, Európa!

By Márton Biró on April 14, 2017

With a new act the Hungarian goverment would close the biggest and best private university in Hungary, the Central Europen University (CEU). But Budapesters showed their opinion and the their power as well. Here is why are the people on the streets.

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Poland is silently drifting towards authoritarianism

By Celia Ruiz Alfonsea on March 21, 2017

The Polish government is limiting the power of the Constitutional Court and the informational capacity of public media. However, these measures are going unnoticed among the international community, which is currently preoccupied with Donald Trump and Brexit. [OPINION]

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Berlin attacks: "I'm afraid. But I refuse to be afraid."

By Julia Korbik on Dec. 20, 2016

12 people have been killed and 48 injured in what is almost certainly a terror attack, after a lorry drove into a Christmas market in Berlin. It's a huge shock for the city, for Germany, and for Europe. But Berlin has survived so much, and its inhabitants will not be intimidated. 

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The role of women in the modernization of the Balkans

After the collapse of Yugoslavia, Balkan countries began a process of modernization in which women - that already had full access to education and employment during the communist regime - started to cover key positions in their countries. However, this process is not fully implemented yet.

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By Grainne Charlton on Nov. 22, 2016

A Realisation:  The morning (and days) after the night before

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Cafébabel is recruiting! Webmaster/Graphic designer (Apply before 19 September 2016) (POSITION FILLED)

By Alexandre Heully on July 22, 2016

[POSITION FILLED] We still haven't found the perfect fit, so the position is open again! Whether you have a degree or you’re self-taught, cafébabel is looking for someone who can be multitasking, whether it’s working alone on a graphics tablet or with our development team and our army of volunteers!

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London: All eyes on Sadiq Khan

By Oriana HENRY on June 2, 2016

He's been too often reduced to his Islamic faith and modest origins, yet by winning the London mayoralty, Sadiq Khan is well placed for a run at the country's top job in much the same way as his rivals: through building up a big political appetite, and showing his teeth.

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Homelessness in Paris: What needs to be done?

By Alix Barré on May 6, 2016

If you’ve been to Paris, you may well have noticed the amount of people living on the streets. I recently moved to the French capital from Holland and can say I was shocked to see how many citizens are homeless. The question is, why?

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Where to find us this week end? Café Babel's guide to Istanbul'un hafta sonlarisi

By Marie Lou on March 10, 2016

Sometimes the (self)-(r)evolution is just around the corner - could it actually be this week end? Insights of a week end in Istanbul.

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Oslo's Peace Ring: Humanity as one

By Vincente Morlet on Feb. 27, 2015

On Saturday 21st February, more than 1,000 Muslims gathered in Oslo and formed a symbolic protective ring around the Norwegian capital’s single functioning synagogue to show their support to the Jewish community.

The event, held after the terror attack in Copenhagen, emphasised the solidarity of Europeans in the face of violent actions by a few extremists.

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When Slovakia Becomes Your Second Home

By Mladi Info on Nov. 6, 2014

Agele Moses Taban is an amusing young man that easily makes friendships thanks to his open approach and wide smile. The 26-year old youngster comes from Juba, which doubles as the capital of South Sudan and the South Sudanese state Central Equatoria, but currently lives and studies Business Management at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Environmental Shopping — New Hype in Vienna

By Alexandra Kuderski on Nov. 17, 2014

Lunzers Maß-Greißlerei, the first packaging-free grocery store in Austria, seduced youngsters on the lookout for healthier and more sustainable ways of consumption, as well as older people who can still remember such shops from their youth.

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Soviet Engineering: Would You Take a Ride on Chiatura's Aerial Tramway?

By Salome Pkhaladze on Nov. 13, 2014

Would you take a ride on a crumbling, rusty, Soviet-era aerial tramway that is more than six decades old? It may seem crazy, exciting, or scary, but not for those who live in Chiatura in Georgia.

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Local Team of the Month: Kaunas

By Kait BolongaroDionizas Li on Oct. 9, 2014

Fresh from hosting the cafébabel team as part of our EU-in-Motion project, the team in Kaunas has earned its crown as the local team for the month of September

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Time to change  

By Alesia Ale on Oct. 25, 2013

Some love stories aren't epic novels, some are short stories.

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hand to hand for free catalonia

By Marta Arias on Oct. 2, 2013

More than 1.600.000 people took their hands in Catalonia last September 11th in response to the call for a human chain that covered the Mediterranean coast from the French border to The Valencia Community.  

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Amsterdam Public Transport - Ever on Time?

By Mirza Softić on Jan. 26, 2013
And when it comes, why do we have to be tortured by them? How many times in our lives we have problems with public transport? Probably hundreds, or even thousands, wherever we live. I lived in several cities, such as Sarajevo, Budapest or Belgrade, and in all of these cities I used public transport, but in Amsterdam I have the worst experience ever.
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stars of Sarajevo Film Festival 2012

By Katha Kloss on July 8, 2012
Press and fans waiting at this year's Sarajevo film festival for the crème de la crème of Balkan and European cinema.
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Post-Lisbon Period: Who Pulls the Strings on the European Foreign Policy?

By Babel Sofia on April 4, 2012
The Treaty of Lisbon introduces two important elements into the institutional architecture of the European Union – the figure of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European External Action Service that will assist the High Representative. Besides those two, the Treaty creates the post of the Permanent President of the Council of the European Union.
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Bucharest: Biggest Christmas Tree from Eu 

By Camelia Paraschiv on Dec. 3, 2007
300 workers, Romanians, Portuguese and Brazilians worked for one month and a half for realizing the biggest Christmas tree in Europe. Having 7th floors, 76 meters height and 300 tones, the huge tree lights up the Unirii Square with its over 2 millions lightings.
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ljubljana switches to green

By Natalija Majsova on April 30, 2011
Environmental changes are present in almost every conversation you can hear on the street, in the office etc., and we must keep in mind that these changes play a very important role in our everyday lives. However how big this role is, is yet to be revealed. Ljubljana is without a doubt a beautiful city that brings diversity into an otherwise sleepy country.
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By Babel Valencia on Aug. 7, 2010
Now it has just concluded a sucessful car rice in Enguera. The idea of a wacky car race is of the Peña de Motoristas de Enguera, and it is the second year. We have enjoyed a very fun race, with impressive home made cars, including the flinstones, a pirate ship, a ferrari, etc. Afther the exhibition of the diferent cars in the first lap, we have seen all of them in a last lap of the race.
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Estonia Stuck Between Wage Range Trends and Inequalities

By Giovanni Angioni on Feb. 4, 2010
According to some data published today by the Estonian Tax and Custom Board, the only wage range that recently registered an increase in number of employees is the one that includes salaries between 3.000 and 5.000 EEK. The group that seemed to feel the crisis the most is the one with wages included in the 20.000 EEK  -30.
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czech Economists svejnar and niedermayer Debate

By Katarina Loksova on Oct. 12, 2009
On October 12, 2009, Prague hosted a series of accompanying events to the annual conference of Vaclav Havel’s Forum 2000 on “Democracy and Freedom in a Multipolar World.” One of them was a café (babel) debate on “Economic Crises: American vs. European Approach” that was co-organized by Prague redaction.
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Fête de l'Europe upcoming

By Anne Franziskus on May 5, 2009
The Fête de l'Europe (or Europe Day) -edition 2009 is coming soon. In Luxembourg, this European anniversary is celebrated at Place d'Armes on Saturday 9 May from 11 a.m. onwards. Join in for food, music and discover different information stands about the European Union. This year, the Fête de l'Europe is placed under the umbrella of- how could it not be - multilingualism.