Founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros as a bastion of liberal thought, Budapest’s Central European University has become one of the most prestigious in the region. A new law threatens its existence.
France is about to elect a new president. However, in many banlieues where there is high unemployment and crime – for example in Marseille - few are interested in the campaign. Many have lost faith in politics.
African immigrants tend and harvest vegetables for European supermarkets under extreme conditions. They often have to work in the plastic greenhouses where the produce grows. They sleep next to the farms in plastic tents, with no electricity or running water.
Relations between Latvia and Russia have become extremely tense since the latter’s annexation of Crimea, with the former feeling under pressure from its big neighbor. At the same time, the Russian minority in Latvia is deeply divided.
Resistance to the proposed presidential constitution in Turkey is particularly strong in the southeast. President Erdogan has overseen a draconian crackdown on the pro-Kurdish HDP. Almost half of the party leadership has been jailed.
In the Carpathians, many people believe in the supernatural powers of soothsayers and folk healers called molfars. The tradition is deeply rooted in the region. Even politicians from Kyiv are said to have risked a look into the future here.
School pupils in Cottbus are using petitions and protests to fight for their Afghan schoolmates, who face deportation back to Afghanistan because their asylum applications have been turned down. Refugee organizations warn against such a move.