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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 in which not only students but Parisians are starting to flock to as well, in order to find refuge. 

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. 

Gender-based violence: nobody puts women in the corner

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

[SPECIAL] Tomorrow is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It's the first time that a huge number of women from all overt the world are speaking out against sexual harassment and violence. #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc are just the tip of the iceberg. There's power in numbers. That's the point.

Georgette Sand: When history makes women invisible

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Did you know that the oldest university in the world was founded by a woman? Or that the father of rock'n'roll was not a father at all, but a mother? Probably not. History rarely keeps track of important women; in fact, it often renders them invisible. In response to the systematic erasure of women from history books, Georgette Sand, a French feminist collective, wrote Ni Vues Ni Connues.

Meet My Hood: Amsterdam-Noord

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Everybody talks about what Amsterdam-Noord used to be and how it has changed, for better or for worse. What was once a neighbourhood for sailors, merchants and craftsmen has become the newest escape from the madding crowds in the city's centre. With a heavy influx of new hip bars and students looking for cheap housing, will the neighbourhood be able to keep its true roots? 

Europe sleeps while Poland holds procession of hatred 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Last Saturday, 60,000 people marched through Warsaw for what ended up being the largest nationalist protest in Europe for years. It's a two hour flight from here, and people were heard chanting "Pure Poland, White Poland". How the hell did we get to this?

Meet My Hood: Flagey, Brussels

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The biggest square of the Belgian capital, situated in the south-east of Brussels, is not easy to define. It’s festive and multicultural, young and historic, in the middle of a district that - despite its gentrification - manages to keep its authenticity. How? Follow our guide and find out.

Valaire: Holes, plums, zombies and Bozouls

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Plums, the ‘Café de la Mairie’ and zombies. These are the three main reasons why Valaire, the electro-pop band from Quebec, have chosen Bozouls in France as their favourite European city. Located in the Aveyron region, Bozouls is a village that runs 100 metres deep. Here’s our hole-y interview.

The 'republican football jersey' in Spain sparks debate

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

An optical illusion causes the blue stripe on Spain's new national football jersey to appear purple. Physics is playing a trick on Adidas, whose jersey has sparked a countrywide debate. Many Spaniards are criticising the shirt, saying that it resembles the flag of the Second Republic. Football is not always eleven against eleven, and it's not always Germany who wins... right Adidas?

Journeying through Berlin with a refugee tour guide

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Although 'refugee crisis' has become somewhat of a buzzword recently, some of us hardly ever meet refugees in our daily lives. In Berlin, however, that is changing. Refugee Voices Tours is an initiative in which refugees are telling their stories in the form of a walking tour. That’s how I met Mohamad, a Syrian refugee who allowed me to experience the German capital through his eyes. 

Catalonia: The day my grandfather talked my ear off

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

My grandfather, like all Spanish men, is a man of few words. But this didn't stop him from bombarding me with questions about Catalonia the other day. What's going on? Has there been a referendum? What is Article 155? This time around, I was the one left speechless. 

European street art in the working-class nooks of Marseille

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Once a year, during the Travellings festival, European art takes over the Aygalades neighbourhood in Marseille. It's a unique opportunity for street artists and those living in the working-class neighbourhood to cross paths.

Dutch YouTubers get high with government money

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The Dutch YouTube channel Drugslab just celebrated its 500,000 subscribers. Nellie Benner, Bastiaan Rosman, and Rens Polman take trips for science, riding highs from recreational drugs to teach the world about the effects they have on the body and the brain. Every week, a new substance is tested in front of the camera. Oh yeah, and the Dutch government funds the network that produces the show.

Mass tourism in Mallorca: Trouble in paradise

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Mallorca is not all about sea, sun and sex. The island’s population, which makes up less than 1 million residents, is starting to feel the weight of the 2 million tourists that arrive each summer. Locals have had enough of rent prices rising and public spaces disappearing. During a protest last month they finally faced the music and said what had to be said: “it has come to this.” 

Sicilian clichés found in the trunk of a Skoda

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Good afternoon, Europe! Guess what? Sicily is not all about mafia, pizza and spaghetti. So when a French automobile magazine comes out with a commercial for the new Skoda Karoq where a man is tied up in the trunk of the car, it's not okay. Unfortunately, much of Europe is trying to get rid of its clichés, and Sicily is no exception.

Stuck in Bulgaria: My surreal night in Sofia Airport

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

I'm a clumsy person, I have always been that way. I often find myself in ridiculous situations, in unlikely places. In this very moment, I'm detained in the international zone of Sofia Airport as a result of some absurd and surreal events. My life right now is a remake of The Terminal. 

[VIDEO] Voluntour with Rémi: Driver for the Erasbus trip

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

27-year-old Rémi is a volunteer driver for ESN France (the Erasmus Student Network). The network went on a road trip around France to visit 30 different locations, in celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the exchange program. We went with him to Brittany.

Macron, Mélenchon and the European flag

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Some would call it a ragman's debate. Emmanuel Macron and Mélenchon's party have been clashing for weeks over the European flag. The debate could end on Thursday the 19th of October once a signature is passed, recognising the official European symbols. Who cares? Well, we felt like we had to...

Sexual harassment, Asia Argento and divided women

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

In bashing actress and director Asia Argento after she accused Weinstein of harassing her, Italy is showing its deep misogynistic nature. Insults and victim-blaming have pushed Asia Argento to leave her homeland. Who cares? We do, once again.

Italy: Second generation immigrants wait for passports

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

The reform of Italy's citizenship laws has cause hunger strikes, anti-racism protests and huge debates across the country. Today, one million people born on Italian soil fail to be recognised as Italian. For two years, they have been waiting for a law blocked in the Senate, and their struggle to be recognised as an italiano vero is all too real. 

Germany: Young and committed political soldiers

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

They were born and/or grew up in Germany after the fall of the Berlin wall. They all work in politics. They come from different political backgrounds. They are involved in politics in their own way, each with their own vision of Germany and of their generation. Cafébabel spoke with them about today's youth and the Germany of tomorrow.

An Irish fisher's battle for another Europe

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

To reclaim his rights, an Irish salmon fisher spent eight years battling a bureaucratic nightmare between the coast of Donegal to the European institutions in Brussels. This investigation is the heart of the documentary "Des Lois Et Des Hommes", a film that shows how powerful one man’s voice can be in Europe. Interview with the director of the documentary, Loïc Jourdain.

The future of young Cypriots in a Starbucks coffee cup

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Before and even after the island was divided, Cyprus has had a strong folkloric history. From coffee reading, to burning olive leaves, to evil eye talismans; all kinds of traditions and superstitions are intricately woven in Cypriot culture. But what do these traditions mean to young Cypriots today?

Greece: A victory for the transgender community

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

This week, Greece passed a law allowing citizens to choose their gender on their official identification documents. This reform sparked some outcries from the Orthodox church, who claimed that it was a “satanic act”. Who cares? We do, once again.

Netflix and Chill: An expression on demand

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

A winter evening that smells like chamomile tea? A hangover that is begging for some aspirin? Or simply an undying need to binge? Regardless of the occasion, shows on Netflix can easily eat up all of our free time. So much so that we’ve come up with an expression to describe this obsession. Even if we know what it means, we might not necessarily know where it came from.