Pressed by Energy Demands, UK Allows Drilling for Shale Gas

LONDON. – In September, the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that the government will remove legislative barriers to onshore oil and gas and to deep geothermal exploration. Such measures will allows companies to start drilling and testing for shale gas in the UK and to begin to exploit available resources. Stipulations […]

French Government Urges Hospitality

When it comes to tourism, France enjoys a reputation for elegance in its arts and architecture, finesse in its cuisine, and romance in its streets. This reputation attracts millions of travelers to the City of Love and to the French countryside. Unfortunately, France does not enjoy a reputation for hospitality. Neighboring countries often comically mock […]

Taxi Protests Against Uber Disrupt Commute Across Europe

Major cities across Europe faced epic traffic jams on Wednesday, June 11 as taxi drivers organized an international protest against Uber, the highly successful U.S. based car service. The streets of London, Berlin, Paris, and Madrid all experienced major demonstrations. Paris taxi drivers slowed traffic on busy commuter routes in and around the city, blocking […]

Final Day of EP Elections Arrives

400 million people can vote in the European Parliament (EP) election, taking place across the European Union from May 22 to May 25. The only democratically elected institution in the European Union, the EP brings together the 751 Members of Parliament (MEPs) from the 28 states, who will not only set the course of European […]

26-year-old French Photojournalist Found Dead in Central African Republic

Camille Lepage, a photojournalist from Anvers, France was found dead in western Central African Republic (CAR) on May 13. The 26-year-old had been living in Africa for about a year and a half, in Juba and South Sudan, before her last project in the CAR. According to her final Instagram post, about a week before […]

Chinese Miniature of Paris is a Ghost Town

While tourists from around the world spend great amounts to visit the City of Lights, those living in China now have a cheaper option available than the long flight across two continents. They can simply come to Tianducheng, a gated community near the city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Povince made to look exactly like Paris. […]

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Re-elected for Fourth Term

On Friday April 18, Minister of the Interior Tayeb Belaïz of Algeria, announced that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been re-elected for a fourth term with 81.53 percent of the vote. Belaïz declared that the Algerian people had elected Bouteflika freely, in a climate of transparency and neutrality. On election day, Bouteflika submitted his ballot from […]

François Hollande Backs Allegations of Toxic Chemical Use in Syria

Paris. – The U.S. is investigating allegations that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used against rebels in Syria earlier this month. The claims gained traction when the French government said it had “information” of toxic gases being used against opposition targets. The U.S. State Department is examining if the Syrian government was responsible. This […]

Onion Domes on the Seine: Tension over New Russian Orthodox Church in Paris

PARIS. – The famous skyline on the banks of the river Seine is about to be changed for good. Soon, Gustave Eiffel’s iron tower, jutting above the 19th century Haussmann buildings, will be joined by five, shiny, onion shaped domes. The construction of a new Russian Orthodox church might seem complementary to Putin’s recent agenda […]

Sanctions Against Russia Raise Issues

Russia, Ukraine and the EU walk into a bar. Ukraine fancies Russia, but sees a future with the EU. When Crimea passes by, Russia remembers they were once together and decides to aggravate Ukraine by leaving with Crimea. The US storms in, shocked by the injustice and, together with the EU, comforts Ukraine. The US […]