Free Roman?

One of the hottest topics in the news right now is the recent arrest of acclaimed director Roman Polanski in Switzerland for a crime he committed in the United States more than thirty years ago.

“So: there is a movement to free Roman Polanski, who has been arrested in Switzerland, after he arrived to collect a [...]

Left Behind?

So what do the results of the recent German elections mean for left-wing parties around Europe? Der Spiegel has an interesting piece on the subject

“Ironically, the decline of the social democratic movement began in Scandinavia, a model region for leftists. A center-right coalition has ruled Denmark since 2001, and in 2006 then Prime [...]

Has Germany’s Left Been left Behind?

The people have spoken in Germany and the future looks increasingly bleak for Europe’s left-wing parties as we learn from Der Spiegel

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a second term in Sunday’s federal election and will be able to form a government with the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), dumping the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) [...]

Viking Travel Guide

We love casual Fridays here at The European Debate so let’s keep the laughs coming with a smile provided by The Telegraph.

“Scotland is full of dangerous natives who speak an incomprehensible language and the weather is awful. That was the verdict of a series of 13th century Viking travel guides that warned [...]

Lingua Franca

You know we love our comments here and it seems like we struck a nerve on Tuesday with our posting about Esperanto. Several people chimed in:

“Esperanto is already a “grass roots” movement in that dozens of events take place each year at which Esperanto is the communal language. It brings together people from different language [...]

Unintended Consequences

It can be said that the byproduct of war is little but unintended consequences and a recent article in the New York Times sheds light on America’s, and Europe’s ongoing intervention in Afghanistan.

“On the edges of a Salvation Army soup line in Paris, a soft-spoken Afghan boy told the story recently of how he ended [...]

Comments Please!

We here at The European love your comments. We have a short but well put one from our post on Monday:

Bill Chapman

I should like to see more use made of Esperanto as a lingua franca for European co-operation. It is, of course, not the native language of any EU member.

We’ve tried to learn Esperanto [...]

Language and History on the Border

Continuing with the theme of language and identity that we began yesterday, we move farther east in our exploration of this topic via Der Spiegel.

“Apart from a few scuffles between soccer hooligans, the Slavs and Magyars — that is, ethnic Hungarians — have lived side-by-side in relative peace up to now, as they have more-or-less [...]

Speaking in Tongues

If the Euro is the link that holds the E.U. together economically what serves that purpose when it comes to education? El Pais serves up a very interesting suggestion, especially when it comes to higher education.

“What language can a Spanish student in Poland do his studies in? What about a Polish student in Spain? And [...]

The Joke’s on Us

No one can say that we here at the European Debate don’t have a sense of humor, especially on a Friday. It seems like the Danish Tourism Board also knows a good joke or two…

“Denmark’s tourist board has taken an interesting approach: A viral internet campaign implies the country is full of hot, single blond [...]