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Last Sunday, Austrians were voting for the second time to elect their president. The past elections, in May, had been annulled by the constitutional court following irregularities in the counting procedure in several constituencies. Alexander Van der Bellen, a Green politician who ran as an independent, had then won the elections with a very small… » read more

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Last Sunday marked the 41st anniversary of the death of General Francisco Franco which ended his violent dictatorship over Spain. The country has since successfully managed its transition towards democracy. Yet, this kind of anniversary shows that old wounds have not completely healed; the country is still polarised, notably regarding the interpretation of its history.… » read more

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In the 1830s French writer Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States and published a book called, “Democracy in America,” in which he writes: “Situation of the Black Population in the United States and Dangers with which Its Presence threatens the White.” “The most formidable of all the ills which threaten the future existence of the Union arises from the presence of a black population upon its territory…”

“We women have been trampled over in our territory and anywhere by the different groups, the legal and illegal armed groups, who kidnap us, kill, rape and humiliate us … leaving as a consequence of these actions the deterioration of the social fabric around us. Therefore, there is no doubt that the armed conflict has harmed black women’s feelings, their ancestral legitimacy, their creativity to form and generate life, their cultural identity and their love for their territory.”

“…Terre d’immigration, la France souffre d’une profonde crise identitaire, subissant plus qu’elle ne les assimile ses diversités ethniques, culturelles et religieuses. Les migrants originaires de ses ex-colonies, même quand ils sont français, sont victimes, de par leur couleur de peau non blanche, de discriminations dans l’attribution d’emploi et de logement, entraînant leur précarisation et leur exclusion…”

As European Parliament June elections approach, we welcome you to “Europe in the Americas”, a blog about Europe & her longstanding, enduring, yet little-known, scarcely acknowledged, & regularly denied ties with the people, history, structure and struggles of the Americas.”

Jewish Genealogy

A good friend from Chicago is visiting me in Amsterdam. Lately we have frequent conversations about his ancestors, many of whom came from Poland, escaping during world war 2.  Many more of them did not escape and were sent to their deaths at concentration camps. As we spoke,  I looked over his shoulder at the… » read more

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