Norway, Germany...after two years in western Europe, Azerbaijan was the surprise winner of the Eurovision song contest on 14 May. The 2012 contest will be held in the Caspian Sea coast city of Baku, an awkward host city given that the country is in an ongoing military conflict with its neighbour Armenia
It's a year of astonishing comebacks, pleas to stop climate change and, most intriguing of all, France's entry singing entirely in a language other than French. The famed song contest is held between 10 - 14 May in Duesseldorf, Germany. We've put ourselves through the best of Europe out of the 43 participants - especially for you
As an American, there’s few places you can go to escape your home country. Sure, you can trek to an uncontacted tribe in the middle of the Amazon, or climb to a mountaintop in Tibet. But if you’re anywhere in civilisation and you turn on a TV, chances are it won’t take you more than a few minutes to find some American programming. It’s everywhere
An election for a new president will need to be held in sixty days, but it’s hard to see how Polish society can pull itself together so quickly since their top illuminaries were largely killed in a plane crash on 10 April. Extract from cafebabel.com's Belgium-based American blogger 'Gulf Stream Blues'
... but what are these awards? A press release alerted me to the existence of an award show put on by the European commission for European music acts that 'cross borders'. Interesting idea, but the way it is structured is kind of silly
That's how much a vote can be worth in some areas of Bulgaria. Shortly after the country’s entry into the EU, in the 2007 national election, the problem was so prevalent in local elections that Brussels became alarmed
Europe watches with baited breath as Barack Obama is inaugurated the 44th president of the United States on 20 January. After eight years of deterioration in the transatlantic alliance, has Europe’s confidence in the US been irreparably shaken?
After elections on 4 November, perhaps never before have so many expected so much of one man. But remember: Barack Obama is US president first, and world leader second. Focus on the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and Russia
Delegates will come more than 190 countries at the Poznan conference, but all eyes will be on the major players - the EU and the United States. After elections in the latter and in the midst of a global financial crisis, will the world walk away from committing significant money and energy to solving the problem?
These trying times for Europe’s economy have been driven by two main factors, neither of which were created by Europe. Now there is little the continent can do but wait and hope external factors change