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From meat-eating fitness freak to fruitarian

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

For Mees Vullings, there is no such thing as a forbidden fruit. In fact, fruit is the very core of his diet. But how did this young Dutchman go from meat-eating bodybuilder to fruitarian in just three years? Like most great stories, it all began with a cat.

Macerata, Italy: The birthplace of a new anti-racist front

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

On February 10th, masses gathered in Macerata for a titanic anti-fascist and anti-racist demonstration. Fifteen thousand people took to the streets in reaction to a shooting that wounded six migrants, all at the hands of right-wing extremist Luca Traini. One thing is certain: an anti-racist front is being reborn in Italy. And they want to be heard. 

[VIDEO] Macedonia vs Greece: One name, many histories

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Greeks took to the streets to protest the name of their neighbour's country: Macedonia. This may seem absurd, but the conflict has been around for centuries, and the histories of Alexander the Great, Yugoslavia and the European Union are resurfacing all at once. Our 'Who Cares' of the week.

Refugees: Cycling to last longer

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Refugreenergy is the story of young social entrepreneurs who, concerned about global warming and the situation of refugees in Europe, have decided to take action. We met with Théo, one of the founders of this controversial start-up. 

Food waste: You’re gonna love eating expired food

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

He spent five years living without money and co-founded a food exchange platform. In the war against food waste, Raphael Fellmer is no rookie. So running the first ever supermarket dedicated to selling wasted food products was an obvious move on his part. And he’s planning on making this a trend beyond Berlin, his hometown.

Meet My Hood: Bolognina, in Bologna

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

The historic working class district next to the railway station, in the outskirts of Bologna, is changing its face. Bolognina (or 'little Bologna', ed.) is now at a crossroad of migration flows that make this multi-ethnic neighbourhood the youngest in the city. Here, citizens roll up their sleeves to create new meeting spots.

Britain appoints a Minister for Loneliness

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

On the 17th of January, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the British government would appoint a Minister for Loneliness. Her name? Tracey Crouch. While it may sound silly, more than 9 million people in the UK suffer from loneliness on a daily basis. With Brexit on the table, it’s just proof that no man is an island.

Casu Marzu: The world’s most dangerous cheese

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Created somewhere in Sardinia, Casu Marzu is a “rotten” cheese with fly larvae that became the “world’s most dangerous cheese” in the 2000s. Producing and commercialising the cheese in the EU is strictly prohibited, which led the entire continent to forget about its existence. Well, everyone except a village of die-hard Sardinians who refuse to see their ancestral cheese disappear. 

Words as weapons: Information activists in Eastern Europe 

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

In a time where Europe’s socio-political context is unstable, the responsibility of the press can be important. But in a region where there are still young people who have lived through war, a responsible press is essential. Here is a portrait of three media organisations committed to fighting against social divisions in Eastern Europe. 

The darknet: My journey through the depths of the Internet

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Net neutrality, personal data protection and the portability of digital rights may be on governmental agendas, but there is one place where these matters were settled ages ago: the darknet. Free from any government-imposed rules, it offers relative anonymity and protection. It’s a close-to-home El Dorado, only a keystroke away, that nonetheless I had never dared to approach.

Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec: A meaty revenge

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

All around Europe, meat is getting butchered. Whether it’s for environmental reasons or inhumane slaughterhouses, one question remains: will vegans get the last word? We’re not so sure, since France’s butchers are digging their heels in. Let’s start with Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec, who intends on “putting the cows back in the fields” with his famous “I love bidoche” movement.

Poland: 'Black' protest for abortion rights (again)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

After the huge waves of protests that hit Poland's streets in 2016 called the 'black protests', women in Poland are having serious déjà-vus. A new 'stop abortion' bill is on the table, and they are taking to the streets (once again). We care!

Italy goes gaga over new law on plastic bags

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Italians are protesting a new law on plastic bags, which addresses global pollution. In stores as well as online, people are going nuts over this legislation just because they will have to pay for plastic bags.

Florian Nock: The insect lover who's biting bedbugs back 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

They are in his library, his fridge and tattooed all over his forearms. Insects are an integral part of Florian’s life. In the near future, you may even find them on your plate. The 30-year-old Parisian works at a small company whose employees have dedicated their lives to producing and selling crunchy insect appetizers. Five years into this love affair, Florian won't quit.

Austria: Who’s afraid of Sebastian Kurz?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

At the age of 31, he made history by becoming Europe’s youngest leader. On the 15th of October 2017, his party won the parliamentary elections in Austria. Two months later, he formed a coalition with the far-right Freedom party (FPO). But how did this hardliner get there so quickly?

Romania: Teenage romance in a digital era

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Romanian teenagers are living in a glass cube. In an age where teenage relationships start and end online and where it's easiest to hide behind a smartphone screen, it can be difficult to find refuge. Stories from the ground show just how complex the issue is. 

O'Naturel: Naked dinner in a Parisian bistro

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The waiters, at least, would be clothed. Public health requirements demanded as much. I knew that before walking up to the black-cloaked window of O’Naturel, the first ever nudist bistro in Paris. 

Shoreditch: What drunk people eat in London's sin city

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

London’s Shoreditch is a hotly debated and fiercely gentrified neighbourhood. What was once an industrial wasteland with bomb craters left over from WWII decorating Hoxton Square has quickly transformed into an unaffordable hub for creatives and party-goers. So what better place to go and photograph what drunk people eat than these shambolic streets at 2 in the morning?

The Krainer sausage saga

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

To the untrained eye, the Krainer sausage looks like any other pork product. Yet just a few years ago this simple sausage sparked an international food fight that threatened to engulf Central Europe.

WTF Europe: European Parliament and the Sakharov Prize

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Last week, we were at the European Parliament in Strasburg to attend the Sakharov Prize ceremony, awarded to the democratic opposition in Venezuela. Lost? Don’t panic, we went to ask our MEPs for help so that we could get to know the famous Russian dissident Andreï Sakharov. And guess what? Things got weird…

Vienna's quest for more grassroots politics

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

[Sponsored Content] Last week the city of Vienna hosted the Innovation in Politics Awards, which aims to foster the bonds between citizens and politics. The initiatives that won awards tried to involve people in the decision-making process all across Europe, in order to restore confidence in new forms of leadership. 

Glyphosate: Monsanto’s pet peeves

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Glyphosate is one of the most advanced sales Monsanto has ever made. It's an herbicide that has been declared detrimental for the environment by hundreds of studies, yet one that the EU has avowed harmless. In the midst of the battle between pro-pesticide lobbyists, Member States and NGOs, one group sticks out: individuals dressed up as animals, ready to do whatever it takes to ban the product. 

Meet My Hood: Montesacro, Rome

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Located in the Municipio III, a north-eastern subsection of Rome, lies a neighbourhood whose inhabitants are rolling up their sleeves to tackle deterioration through a series of community-based projects. 

C.O.W. 牛: A pixelated patchwork of DJs coming to Europe

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Pixelated cows, Gameboys and a lot of nostalgic memorabilia. This is what makes C.O.W. 牛 stick out like a sore thumb. That, and the fact that this collective of DJs from China and Germany have amplified the mystery they’ve built up around their 8-bit characters with the release of their second EP. We sat down with one of the four producers to see what really happens behind the scenes. 

London calling for Schiele censorship

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

“Sorry. 100 years old but still too daring today.” London and Berlin have suddenly become quite chaste. When Vienna wanted to advertise the anniversary of iconic painter Egon Schiele with four nude paintings in Germany and the UK, both cities suddenly decided to censor art that’s a 100 years old. Too sexy for 2018? Really?

Greek youth: When Facebook trumps traditional media

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Young people in Greece no longer watch the news. At least not often, and they are not ashamed to say it. The general consensus among young Greeks is that the Fourth Estate is no longer trustworthy; it is only used to spread fear so that politicians behind the media corporations can get their way. But if they read the news selectively and full of doubt, how do they stay informed?

The woman behind: The bartender shaking up stereotypes

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Barbara is an Italian bartender based in Paris. She's fighting gender stereotypes in an industry that was dominated by men for a very long time. Her goal? To show other women that they can overcome the close-mindedness of others. In this mini-documentary​, Barbara explains the importance of reclaiming power as a woman. 

Björk, Gramatik and Bitcoins: Fuck the system?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The two European artists are riding the Bitcoin hype by asking their fans to start using cryptocurrencies. Their goal? To revolutionise the musical industry and show the entire world that digital money is the future. 

Meet My Hood: Nantes

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Voted Europe's green capital in 2013, the city that was once home to 15th century dukes from Brittany is now attracting more and more students. This is thanks to a strong youth culture, an abundance of green spaces and a high quality of life. Explore a city to which not only students but fleeing Parisians are starting to flock.

Whistle-blowers: A cry for help in face of a silent Europe

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The Clearstream Affair, Luxleaks, Paradise Papers… they have revealed the most important scandals of our time, only to end up paying a high price, sometimes as high as their lives. Today, whistle-blowers are sending out a cry for help in face of legal loopholes and a silent EU. Denis Robert and Raphaël Halet were the first to do so.