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Tag Archives: Europe

Third Gender Category Now Allowed by German Court Ruling

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On November 8, 2017, The German Federal Constitutional Court ruled the allowance of a third category for citizens who do not wish to identify as female or male (NYT, AP, Reuters 1). German authorities must decide, by 2018, whether to assign a third category or to eliminate gender categories on civil documentation (AP, Reuters 1). […]

Protests Over Catalonia on Multiple Fronts

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The Catalonian independence movement has caused a series of protests in both Catalonia and Spain. After the referendum on October 1st, supporters of Spanish unity demonstrated against Catalan leaders officially declaring their independence (NYT 1). Protesters who are against a secession argue that leaders of Catalonia and Spain need to communicate more effectively and engage […]

European, African Leaders Respond to Migration Trafficking

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Leaders of European countries met with leaders of African countries in a Paris mini summit. Participants met with the common goal of addressing illegal migration through human smuggling. Proposals included European-financed developments, funding for humane care of migrants, stronger border controls in Chad and Niger, and preliminary reviews for asylum (NY Times). German Chancellor Angela […]

The Latest: Europe’s Migrant Crisis

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Since June 24, 8,864 migrants journeyed across the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to reach Europe, according to the United Nations Migrant Agency (AP). Both the end of Ramadan and relatively calm seas have led to an increase in Libyan smugglers launching boats full of migrants towards Italy (Washington Post). Italian-led rescue operations found three […]

Legislation Introduced in Norway to Ban Facial Veils

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Voting will commence this September in Norway on legislation which would ban face-covering veils from universities, schools, and kindergartens (Reuters). Conservative parties across European nations have introduced similar legislation, restricting the wear of burqas and niqabs in public spaces such as schools and transportation systems. Leaders from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria have expressed […]