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News about what is going on in the continent of Europe from a mission’s perspective.

In a recent stand-off at the Polish border, tear gas and a water cannon were used by border officers to stop the migrants from throwing dangerous objects at the officers. Thousands of mostly Middle Eastern migrants have been gathering at the border for weeks in an effort to reach the European Union. For comparison, during...
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According to Christian Schmidt, the international high representative in Bosnia, the nation is in turmoil and a real possibility exists that it will fracture. The Serb separatists want to recreate their own army, which would split the national force. There is a presence of international forces that have remained in Bosnia due to the Bosnian...
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In a recent Polish constitutional court case, it was ruled that the country’s constitutional law superseded the law of the European Union’s Court of Justice in certain cases. This decision had been a battle fought for months within the Polish court system. To the leaders of the European Union, this determination was an assault on...
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Finland’s birth rates have been declining over the past few years resulting in statisticians reporting that by 2034, the population will begin to decline. A Covid-19 baby boom recently occurred, however, it was not significant enough to counteract what has been taking place for years. It is estimated that by the year 2060, over 700,000...
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In the end of September, citizens of Switzerland voted to legalize same-sex marriage. While still illegal in most of eastern Europe, Switzerland was one of the last western European countries to legalize it. This will allow same-sex couples to adopt children and will streamline citizenship for couples with a foreign partner. Although civil partnerships had...
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According to Dutch statisticians who have conducted recent studies, the men and women of the Netherlands remain the tallest in the world. The Dutch have held that distinction for the past sixty years, and are not likely to relinquish it anytime soon. However, the statisticians are alarmed that the people born in 2001 that were...
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On September 1, the residents of the town of Alcanar, Spain, survived intensive flash flooding that swept cars away and tossed quite a few of them into the Mediterranean surf. Thankfully, no one was killed in the flooding, but many people had to be rescued and relocated. Cleanup will take a while, as residents and...
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On August 27, 1991, Moldova declared its independence from the Soviet Union. On the anniversary, the citizens celebrated thirty years of freedom in the capital of Chisinau. Moldovan president, Maia Sandu, was joined by the presidents of Ukraine, Romania, and Poland in the celebration and had a clear message about the future. She emphasized the...
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In the Latvian capital of Riga, thousands of citizens have protested the issue of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. The government intends to make vaccinations mandatory for many professionals, and is strongly considering allowing private employers to fire employees who refuse the vaccine. While the majority of the Latvian population is concerned about vaccine mandates, a far...
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In the heart of the Balkans in southeast Europe is a small place called Kosovo. Most people around the world know of Kosovo because of the 1998-1999 Kosov War when Kosovo Albanian forces fought against the Serbian and Montenegrin forces of Yugoslavia. Kosovo is a partially recognized state now and operates fairly independently of the...
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