Far-right sees its chance as Europe stumbles

(LtoR) Italian Lega Nord (Northern League) Secretary, Matteo Salvini, French far-right Front National (FN) party president Marine Le Pen and Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders attend a press conference at the end of  the first ENF (Europe of Nations and Freedom) congress in Milan on January 29, 2016.  / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE        (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

(LtoR) Italian Lega Nord (Northern League) Secretary, Matteo Salvini, French far-right Front National (FN) party president Marine Le Pen and Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders attend a press conference at the end of the first ENF (Europe of Nations and Freedom) congress in Milan on January 29, 2016. / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

MILAN — Europe’s far-right sees the collapse of the passport-free Schengen area and the Brexit debate as a golden opportunity for Euroskeptic, anti-immigrant parties to turn their growing popularity into real political power. (altro…)

Italy may soon have civil unions

 

Brides kiss near the Colosseum during the Gay Pride Parade (LGBT) on June 13, 2015 in Rome.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Brides kiss near the Colosseum during the Gay Pride Parade (LGBT) on June 13, 2015 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

ROME — Civil unions could soon become a reality in Italy, where the Senate will begin debating a bill Thursday to give same-sex couples similar rights as people in heterosexual marriages, delivering on a long-standing promise by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.“When it comes to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights, Italy is far behind other EU member states. It is the only country in Western Europe that does not recognize same-sex relationships,” said Judith Sunderland, Europe and Central Asia associate director at Human Rights Watch. (altro…)

Istanbul’s very own version of the hamburger

Kizilkaya Islak burger joint in Taksim square, Istanbul

Kizilkaya Islak burger joint in Taksim square, Istanbul

You can’t call it a night out in Istanbul if you don’t end it with an islak burger. Turkey’s answer to New York’s pizza slices or London’s fried chicken wings is a succulent patty of ground beef cooked in milk, garlic, and mint, covered up in tomato sauce, and slapped in the middle of a soft golden bun.

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How Sweden’s Ministry of the future works

Planning the future (photo via @Linkedin)

Planning the future (photo via @Linkedin)

Kristina Persson’s job is quite an uncommon one. A life between banks, politics and think tanks, about a year ago she was nominated as Sweden’s Minister for Future Issues, Strategy and Cooperation. The position was created with the explicit objective of forcing the Swedish government to think more about the long-term, to understand that in order for the country to grow and be competitive tomorrow, it might, unfortunately, have to take unpopular steps today
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