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Brexit: from dusk till dawn

Brussels, 9:00 p.m. Less than three hours before the polling stations close after a day of voting for the EU referendum, which would decide UK's destiny. Cafébabel went to explore the most British places of Brussels – at a two minutes walk  from the European Commission headquarters – to take the pulse in the night of the results. Here are some insights.

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Euro 2016: Hungary, "Pinch me, I'm dreaming"

By Gergely Károly on June 23, 2016

The 2016 UEFA European Football Championships are underway in France. With the competition extended to 24 teams, Euro 2016 promises a longer tournament, with several sides making their grand debut. Cafébabel gives you a run down of a few of the national sides, covering the general mood, some quick predictions and even current fashion trends. This time, we head to Ria, Ria, Hungária.

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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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Balkans and Beyond: Books that burn on piles of wood

By Cafebabel ENG on May 18, 2016

Over the next seven weeks, we will be publishing cafébabel Berlin's Balkans & Beyond editorial project, showcasing original stories that beautifully illustrate life and politics in the post-Tito Balkans region. In our opening editorial, Kosovan playwright Jeton Neziraj discusses his memories of war in the region, and the continued trauma that burning books evokes in him.

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[eng] The Juncker plan: A new solution to combat unemployment in Europe

By Ángela Campos Jiménez on April 19, 2016

Europe is in need of a definitive initiative to revive production and investment. The Juncker Commission looks to the economy as the catalyst for a newfound trust in Brussels. 

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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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Euroscola, or how to be an MEP at 17 years old

By CaféBabel Strasbourg on March 11, 2016

How many of you have heard this buzzword? This unfamiliar lexeme? Euroscola is a precious opportunity for high school students to be an MEP for a day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

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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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Postcards: Lebanese "folk-rock-dream-pop"

By Marta Paccani on Feb. 18, 2016

Four young musicians from the suburbs of Beirut and a mix of songs inspired by nature, love, and nostalgia for that which has been lost. We had a chat with Postcards, freshly set out on their Italian tour, to find out more about their folky atmosphere and dream-like sound.

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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

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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Lithuania: The Returners

By Julia Faure on Oct. 8, 2014

As a result of 2008 crisis, unemployment pushed a significant amount of young Lithuanians to try their luck abroad. After a peak in 2010, the flow seemed to slow little by little. Now, there is even the return of these expatriates, pushed by government policies for their return as much as by improving economic conditions.

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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.