Tag Archives: Europe

Ukraine refugees: six practical steps to rise to the challenge

Christian Dustmann, UCL and Ian Preston, UCL Europe is, yet again, in the midst of a huge immigration wave – and it is likely to dwarf all the previous ones. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more refugees have crossed the EU’s borders in the first two weeks than during the entire 2015 wave. This development poses huge …

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La pressante question des réfugiés ukrainiens en Moldavie

Florent Parmentier, Sciences Po La tragédie de la guerre en Ukraine a une portée continentale qui ne peut pas épargner un pays limitrophe comme la Moldavie. Même si cette dernière n’est pas partie prenante au conflit sur un plan militaire, en dépit d’une certaine anxiété locale due à la présence de l’armée russe en Transnistrie, elle est en revanche d’ores …

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Will European countries ever take meaningful steps to end colonial legacies?

Wikimedia Commons Michael McEachrane, Lund University Centuries of European colonialism have had a tremendous impact on shaping inequities within and among countries, many of which are yet to be effectively addressed. This may seem like a trivial statement, but it is only recently being recognised by EU countries. In 2019, the European Parliament passed a Resolution on the Fundamental Rights …

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Ukraine: how an armed conflict could play out

Julien Théron, Sciences Po Talks between Russia and the west have failed. Moscow has described the situation in Ukraine as “intolerable” and “a matter of life or death”. The US president, Joe Biden, has predicted the Kremlin “will move in” to Ukraine. The impasse was reached when the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, insisted that the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine …

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Piss off? Annoy? Shit on? Why Macron’s use of the French swear word ‘emmerder’ is so hard to translate

Pierre-Yves Modicom, Université Bordeaux Montaigne When French president Emmanuel Macron vowed to “emmerder” the unvaccinated in France, he did not just throw down the gauntlet on his Covid policies, he also sparked a fervent linguistic debate. The word emmerder is a verb derived from the noun merde, which in English literally translates to “shit”. But properly translating emmerder is far …

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Bird flu outbreaks in Europe: what you need to know

Arjan Stegeman, Utrecht University Once again, Europe is experiencing bird flu outbreaks – the deadliest animal disease known. In chickens and turkeys, over 90% of an affected flock will die within a couple of weeks, although in ducks and geese the disease may be milder. Bird flu outbreaks are caused by avian influenza viruses, most of which cause mild infection …

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