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Citizens and politicians disagree over decline of corruption in Slovakia

Citizens and politicians disagree over decline of corruption in Slovakia

A few embassies, mostly from the Anglosphere, have praised Slovakia for its battle against corruption and its improved ranking in the Transparency International corruption index. However, these accomplishments came as a surprise to most Slovaks.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
13 Dec 2017 Slovakia
Not Irish enough for free university fees

Not Irish enough for free university fees

Irish emigrants who have been living outside the EU for at least three years lose their entitlement to free fees at Irish third-level colleges and universities. Why?
Ciara Kenny recommended by Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
13 Dec 2017 Ireland
Hungary banishes disabled citizens to remote areas

Hungary banishes disabled citizens to remote areas

Far away from the sight of people, preferably in remote villages -- that is the appropriate place for disabled citizens according to their government. The controversial move is being financed with EU funds.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
5 Dec 2017 Hungary
Hungarian government unwilling to take a stand against gender violence

Hungarian government unwilling to take a stand against gender violence

Hungary is led by an administration whose members imply, both in speech and actual policy, that the main duty of women is to give birth (to as many children as possible -- definitely more than one), and obey their husband.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
28 Nov 2017 Hungary
Four men and a piece of red tape -- the tragicomedy of Bosnian construction

Four men and a piece of red tape -- the tragicomedy of Bosnian construction

Public officials in BiH are notoriously bad at keeping their promises when it comes to building public infrastructure. When something does get done -- no matter how unimpressive -- they dive in for a photo-op, often with hilarious results.
Tijana Cvjeticanin recommended by Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
27 Nov 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina
If you don't have a Filipino housemaid, you're not in

If you don't have a Filipino housemaid, you're not in

Hiring a Filipino housemaid is significantly more expensive than hiring a Slovak. The cleaning agency that offers their services justifies high prices by promising increased privacy. After all, Filipino maids do not speak Slovak.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
24 Nov 2017 Slovakia
Fashion crimes -- Zara shoppers get reality check

Fashion crimes -- Zara shoppers get reality check

Oh, we know. We know textile laborers are underpaid and mistreated. It was on the news too often for anyone to plead ignorance. We know, but we conveniently forget every time we enter a shopping mall.
Editorial Team recommended by Editorial Team NewsMavens, Europe
7 Nov 2017 Europe
When villains become heroes 

When villains become heroes 

Promoting WWII Nazi collaborators as “national heroes” is endemic in all of the former-Yugoslavia states. Their watered-down biographies replace the term “collaborationist” with “controversial” and/or “anticommunist”.
Tijana Cvjeticanin recommended by Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
6 Nov 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina
In Slovakia maternity leave is a risky business

In Slovakia maternity leave is a risky business

Yes, Slovak law guarantees maternity LEAVE. It's the going back to work part that can be tricky.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
3 Nov 2017 Slovakia
Slapping a woman in labor is acceptable medical procedure?

Slapping a woman in labor is acceptable medical procedure?

Many women hoped that a new documentary would change the reality of the maternity wards. Now it looks like their voices do not matter.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
30 Oct 2017 Slovakia
#NotMe -- Austrian actress enjoys sexual advances at work

#NotMe -- Austrian actress enjoys sexual advances at work

The Facebook posts of an Austrian actress are making headlines as she shares her story of never being a victim of sexual harassment but enjoying sexual advances instead.
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
30 Oct 2017 Austria
The bungled  burqa ban 

The bungled  burqa ban 

Questionable to begin with, the infamous law against face coverings in Austria isn't working in the way intended. Instead of targetting Mulsim women, it's affected mascots and people who get cold easily.
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
22 Oct 2017 Austria
"Bonkers and unbelievable" pension system in Ireland

"Bonkers and unbelievable" pension system in Ireland

The Irish state pension has been calculated based on the number weeks of work. For women who left the workforce to raise children, or in some cases simply got married, this calculation is resulting in a considerably lower payment.
Ciara Kenny recommended by Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
17 Oct 2017 Ireland
The film that's changing a narrative

The film that's changing a narrative

A new film is screening in Slovakia. It is a documentary about the pain and disillusionment felt by mothers during and after giving birth. The day a woman has her baby is not necessarily the happiest day in her life.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
15 Oct 2017 Slovakia
Political Spouses to the Guillotine 

Political Spouses to the Guillotine 

French MP François-Michel Lambert will quit if he’s forced to fire his wife. Now that France’s new law on the moralization of political life has come into effect, he's obliged to do just that.
Editorial Team recommended by Editorial Team NewsMavens, Europe
12 Oct 2017 Europe
Is art worth the trouble?

Is art worth the trouble?

Bratislava is divided over White Night festival of lights. Are mass art events worth the hassle to city officials and residents?
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
9 Oct 2017 Slovakia
How to get a job at the Slovakian ministry of education

How to get a job at the Slovakian ministry of education

The education minister's new secratary, is a passionate sharer of conspiracy theories -- from the best-known about the Illuminati to domestic ones about Brussels ruining Slovak traditions.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
4 Oct 2017 Slovakia
Something more needs to be done about domestic violence in Austria!

Something more needs to be done about domestic violence in Austria!

It saddens me every time I read about another case of severe domestic abuse or violence and it angers me when I learn that it was not the first time and that it probably could have been prevented.
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
26 Sep 2017 Austria
Self-deprecation at work -- harmless fun or more harm than good?

Self-deprecation at work -- harmless fun or more harm than good?

Highlighting our professional insecurities could be more damaging in the long term than that quick laugh is worth
Ciara Kenny recommended by Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
25 Sep 2017 Ireland
American teacher camps in front of Foreigners' Office to receive visa

American teacher camps in front of Foreigners' Office to receive visa

She hurried to be in the queue at the Alien Police Department at 4 pm on Thursday to have a chance at entering the office on Friday morning. It was her last chance to get a visa.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
25 Sep 2017 Slovakia
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