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

A recent survey of 2000 young men found that violence and threats were a regular part of their lives. According to respondents, the most common type are unprovoked attacks by unknown assailants. Finland is a country in Northern Europe with a population of about 5.5 million people. Operation World estimates that about 12% of the...
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In 2006, Montenegro had a referendum to separate from Serbia. In 2019, the government asked the Serbian Church for proof of ownership of assets predating Monetengro’s merger with Yugoslavia in 1918. After being forced to reverse that decision, the President of Montenegro says he hopes that a break from the Serbian church can be possible...
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Northern Ireland has long faced serious challenges, and those issues have once again risen to the surface following the UK withdrawal from the European Union. The challenge has been for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to withdraw from the European Union and at the same time not set up any hard...
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According to the Human Rights Watch website, Russia set a record last weekend by detaining 5000 people in a single day! Many of these people were protesting the arrest of Alexei Navalny, who has opposed the Russian government and ‘state corruption’. More information about the protests and arrests can be found here. Russia is the...
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Andorra is a small country located in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. It is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe with an area of 181 square miles and about 77,000 inhabitants. Despite its small size, the country receives over 10 million visitors each year. It is not a member of the European Union, but...
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On Friday, January 29, 2020, Portugal’s parliament voted to allow euthanasia for terminally ill patients. The lawmaker called the approval of the bill “a democratic answer to fundamentalism.” The law will go into effect after the President gives it his stamp of approval. The timing of this law has been criticised as so many are...
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Various groups of migrants have made the over 100 km perilous journey across the Atlanta from Africa. The goal for many of them is to get to Europe through the Canaries. Spain has built temporary accommodation for the migrants to help ease tension, but migrants continue to arrive. Just recently, emergency services were called to...
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Bosnia’s migrant crisis continues to increase. Many migrants have come to the country hoping for a better way of life in Europe. Bosnia and Herzegovina have reached out to European Union leaders asking for help to find a solution to the crisis. Last year, 17,000 migrants passed through Bosnia. 29,000 passed through in 2019. Please...
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For the last five months, Belarus has endured ongoing protests after many people were upset that Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s removed constitutional restrictions on presidential terms and did not allow all of his main competitors to participate in the election. Between 10-14% of the total population participated in protests against this overreach of power and more than...
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In October 2019, the constitutional court of Poland found a 1993 abortion law unconstitutional. The ruling was supported by the government of Poland which has strong ties to the Catholic Church. For those who believe that life begins at conception, this is a very encouraging step, as the court justified its ruling on the grounds...
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