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Network Europe

Published söndag 11 juni 2006 kl 05.30
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Demonstrators in Stockholm against the closing of the internet file-sharing site, Pirate Bay
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The cows that ate Paris..
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Stalemate in Prague:Civic Democratic Party chairman Mirek Topolanek, left, and Premier and Social Democrats (CSSD) chairman Jiri Paroubek
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Germans welcome the world!
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EU Trade Representative, Peter Mandelson in China
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Anti-gay christian demonstrators turned out in force for Gay Pride in Bucharest
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Anti-semitism lives on
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In the programme:

Youth versus copyright laws in Sweden

Poland cracks down on anti-Semitism

Bucharest’s gay pride gets some unwelcome visitors

Nervous Slovaks watch Czech coalition talks

The EU’s trade chief in China

The World Cup kicks off in Germany and...

Bovine Art! We investigate the Paris Vach’ Art show

More:

Youth versus copyright laws: The Pirate bay

Swedish Police have closed down one of the biggest file-sharing websites on the net, dealing a huge blow to internet users who download music, films and games, for free. Three people were detained in several raids across the country. It is being claimed that powerful US lobby groups, forced the hand of the Swedish authorities. The justice minister is under fire, and so too it seems is the Swedish government’s website, which has been subject to attacks over the internet.

Poland cracks down on anti-Semitism

Polish President Lech Kaczynski has vowed zero tolerance of anti-Semitism, after meeting the country’s chief rabbi who was attacked in the streets of Warsaw. After the meeting, Rabbi Michael Schudrich said he was pleased that the president was taking the incident seriously. But he linked the aggression against him, to the appointment of far right politicians within the Polish government.

”Don’t rain on my parade!”: Bucharest’s gay pride

Berlin’s famous “Love Parade” has moved to Bucharest. The capital city recently played host to Gay Fest 2006. The event included concerts, film screenings and parties. But the parade took an unexpected turn, when a few hundred Christians came to disrupt the event.

 

Nervous Slovaks watch Czech coalition talks

Last week-ends’ Elections in the Czech Republic ended in deadlock: the right-wing Civic Democrats came first, but they are finding it very hard to form a coalition, with the two left-wing parties winning exactly half the seats in the lower house. Meanwhile, neighboring Slovakia is gearing up for early elections in a weeks’ time. Czechs and Slovaks spent 80 years together, as part of the same state, and Czech politics are still keenly observed in Slovakia. So what lessons will be drawn in Bratislava from the stalemate in Prague?

EU trade chief tells China: more is needed

This week, our Briefing from Brussels loots at EU China-relations, as the EU’s trade chief, Commissioner Peter Mandelson, was on a five day trip to China this week. Mandelson urged Beijing to assume a greater leadership role in the global economy.  He said China, which entered the WTO in late 2001, was destined to play “a pivotal role” in the world economy for decades to come, but that this status came with important duties as well as obligations.

World Cup ticket holders in Germany: Survival guide

The World Cup football that kicked off on June 9, will draw hundreds of thousands of football aficionados from around the planet. For football fans who were lucky enough to bag tickets for the event, and who do not know Germany nor the Germans very well, Network Europe offers this candid survival guide!  

Bovine Art!: The Paris Vach’ art show

Who does not have a soft spot for cows? The Masaï love them, the Hindus worship them, Andy Warhol drew them. So why not use them to make people happy and raise money for charity? That’s the idea of cow parade, the world’s largest art event which has been  exhibiting life sized cows in cities like London, Tokyo, New York and Barcelona for the last few years. The concept has now come to Paris.

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