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Communist showcase

Today is the last day of my stay in Slovenia. I am reporting from Nova Gorica, a small city right next to the former separation between the worlds of communism and capitalism. Nova Gorica was built shortly after World War II. It served as a compensation for the Yugoslavian loss of territory to Italy, decided… » read more

This week Yourspace welcomes Esteban Romero and other PES activists from Spain. Among other things they suggest a number of ideas from Zapatero and the Spanish government which could inspire socialists in other parts of Europe. Find lots of ideas from Spain right here! Another guest on Yourspace is Josep Borrell, Spanish socialist and Chair… » read more

Portrait of a Slovenian

Selecting respondents for my daily interviews is a rather random process. While walking around town, the very few criteria I use to decide whether somebody is a suitable respondents are the following: 1) Looks like speaks English, 2) Looks friendly 3) aged roughly between 20 and 30 years old. I thought of today as a… » read more

Religion was not banned in Slovenia under communist rule, but it certainly wasn`t encouraged either. The communist system nationalized all churches and church-owned territory, just like they did with any type of property, but they only banned religion for civil servants and state officials. Regardless of its ever good intentions, religion was one of the… » read more

Students in Ljubljana

Previous articles may have led readers of Us Europeans to believe that the population of Ljubljana is uniquely composed of students, mostly in international disciplines. Reality is not very distant from that idea. Ljubljana IS the Slovenia`s capital of student life. Young people populate the streets, the terraces, the parks ? everything. Up until every… » read more

A declaration of independence or high-profile diplomatic statements make it into the news, but the real stake of new states if they can deliver basic public services to their citizens. Krenar Gashi has? a moving writingon receiving a proper letter in Kosovo from the United Kingdom at last. Older Kosovars have lived in four different… » read more

Turkmenistan has agreed to supply 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to the European Union each year.? The question is how this quantity will be transported to the EU.? EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner announced that the Turkmen president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised to ’set aside’ this amount for EU buyers. It is […]… » read more

Like, don`t like

Rainy days, the alarm clock ringing in the morning, bumping into somebody you just did not feel like meeting.. Some annoyances are universal. So are many of the things we all like: music, food, one or several places to call home. Today, I am asking people in Slovenia about what they like and what annoys… » read more

It`s time for another article about language: the Slovenian language this time as I am still in Ljubljana. Slovenian is part of the South-Slavic group of languages, which further includes Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Bulgarian. Contrary to Serbian and Bulgarian, Slovenian is written in Latin letters. Slovenian distantly shares some words with Slovakian, but many… » read more

Les graves malentendus qui sont en train de naître à l’occasion des évènements récents du Tibet et des Jeux Olympiques, m’amènent à prendre la parole car ce qui se passe montre la nécessité de poursuivre à tout prix et d’amplifier le Forum China-Europa. Les échos qui nous parviennent de Chine montrent que l’incompréhension à l’égard… » read more

Dreams and ambitions

Dreams and reality are two separate things, and directing one towards the other is yet another discipline. Then, there`s the difference between childhood dreams, grown-up dreams and illusions. Today, I am asking some people in the centre of Ljubljana: what did you want to become when you were a child, what have you become and… » read more

    European funds Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s): Grants for actions aimed at preventing and reducing risks of terrorist attacks and at protecting critical infrastructure Public provocation to commit terrorist offences as well as recruitment and training for terrorism, also via the Internet, will be regarded as criminal offences and punishable as such in… » read more

Within the next couple of months, the fate of an EU directive protecting against discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sexual orientation and religion/belief in all areas of life will be decided by the European Commission and the European Council. At the moment, there are signs that this directive will not include sexual orientation,… » read more

It is not likely know, what the situation is in Belorussia right now regarding the human rights. There is a very good article on the TOL (Transitions online – currently accessible by payed subscription) and a newer one discussing and analyzing the trends and fears of the society. The newest article can be read here.… » read more

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