Category Archives: Europe

Easily Confused (33) Erasmus students

Young Europeans wasting their lives in 1914: Young Europeans wasting their lives in 1944: Young Europeans wasting their lives in 2014: As much as I question what Erasmus students do during their time abroad, in light of the above comparison even I have … Continue reading

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Anti-German election campaign in Italy

Finally I know what it feels like to be part of a group of foreigners used as scapegoats in an election campaign. It feels weird. Despite being aware that they are not targeted against me personally, I always feel affected by … Continue reading

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There are more important things than territorial integrity

Democracy and self-determination are great. But nobody should believe that a referendum hastily pulled out of a hat, with limited choices and without a proper prior public debate about the question posed at the polls is a good example of direct … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Cold War, Elections, Estonia, Europe, Germany, History, Human Rights, Latvia, Law, Lithuania, Maps, Military, Politics, Polls, Russia | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

We don’t need Oil or Gas. We have Vinegar.

At the Lithuania Tribune, someone apparently had too much trust in the automatic spell-check recommendations. The Visegrád Group is a cooperation between Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. It was not inspired by any plan to produce more vinegar.

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Malta is for Sale

When I lived in Malta, I was rather surprised by how much was on sale. When I wanted to purchase a bus ticket from the vending machine, it sometimes happened that a helpful bus driver came up to me and … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, Immigration Law, Law, Malta, Politics, Scams | Tagged , , | 49 Comments

ECJ ruling on asylum for homosexuals

On 7 November 2013 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that homosexual asylum seekers in the EU are protected as a “social group” under the Asylum Qualification Directive (Directive 2004/83/EC) and that EU member states have to grant asylum if … Continue reading

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Lithuania: Eastern Europe or not?

Ever since my move to Lithuania a few months ago, I feel like I am in Eastern Europe. In fact, discovering Eastern Europe was one of the main reasons behind my move east (I should point out that I am … Continue reading

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History is never far away in Europe

Cycling back from beautiful Europos Parkas to Vilnius, I came across this reminder about the gruesome history of the 20th century in Europe. The marker was almost hidden in a forest, on the outskirts of the village of Joneikiškės. Just another village … Continue reading

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A Very Short History of Lithuania

One of the reasons behind my move to Lithuania was that it is a perfect case study of 20th century European history, with its independence between the two World Wars, then the occupation by the Soviet Union, by Nazi Germany, … Continue reading

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Not such a “foreign court”

British politicians, especially from the Conservative Party, tend to call the European Court of Human Rights a “foreign court”. Prime Minister David Cameron just did so again in the debate about prisoners’ voting rights: “This should be a matter for Parliament … Continue reading

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