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Copenhagen: Danish Lunches

July 4, 2006


danish lunch.jpg

by sabine behrmann 

Lunch in Denmark is an either/or-affair. You either have 30 minutes at the most to wolf down your meal, or you sit at the table an eternity.

Since the lunch break is something you "pay for yourself" as they say in the private sector, there are quite a few people who consider it an unnecessary luxury, because it is after all more important to stay productive and to go without bodily sustenance, than to spend half an hour around midday recharging one's batteries.

Copenhagen: News from the Danish Hash Market

June 16, 2006



by sabine behrmann

Last week a young man was clubbed to death just outside of Christiania the legendary heaven of cannabis afficionados from all over the world. As it turned out he had been killed because he had tried to sell a couple of grams of hash on the steadily more pressed hash market where dealers from established gangs feel the breath of the police in their necks and do not look kindly upon any kind of competition.

Athens: A Muslim Woman Shakes up Greek Politics

May 25, 2006


karaxasan.jpgby melinda elliott 

Because of Greece's 400 year occupation by the Turks, some Greeks still harbour distrust and/or resentment towards the Turkish muslim population inside Greece today.

So, when Gulbeyaz Karahasan, a 28 year-old lawyer from northern Greece was chosen as PASOK's candidate for the upcoming prefect elections to represent Drama-Kavala-Xanthi, the decision sparked criticism from both the Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki and the Macedonia-Thrace minister, Giorgos Kalantzis.

Berlin: Bracing for World Cup

May 22, 2006



by michael scott moore

No one seems to know if it'll be a violent World Cup or not. English soccer fans are under strict orders not to provoke German fans with a Nazi salute; the neo-Nazi NPD has promised to march in crucial tournament cities to raise
their profile; an Ethiopian-born German citizen was thrashed to an inch of his life on the night before Easter just for being black, drunk, and alone in Brandenburg.

Now an ex-government spokesman under Gerhard Schröder named Uwe-Karsten Heye has outraged people in the (fairly huge) state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin, by saying dark-skinned World Cup tourists shouldn't venture too far outside the city. "There are small and mid-sized towns in Brandenburg and elsewhere where I would advise anyone with a different skin color not to go. They might not make it out alive," he said yesterday.

Stockholm: Swedes Want Cheaper Booze

May 17, 2006


alcohol shop.jpg by schlockholm the stockholm blog 

The majority of Swedes want the tax on beer and wine reduced, says the Swedish Brewers' Association. They're not that bothered, though, by the tax on spirits.

Just over 50 percent of those questioned by Temo, who carried out the survey on behalf of the Brewers' Association, said beer and wine taxes should be cut whilst only 40 percent said they would like to see the tax on spirits fall.

Copenhagen: Politically Correct, The Danish Way

May 16, 2006



by sabine behrmann 

Finally! In 2008 Danish motorists will be able to put European licence plates on their cars, thereby showing that they are still a part of the Union, even though they have been thinking about leaving ever since they joined the European Community in 1973.

And because of this widespread undecisiveness, the government has declared that nobody should be forced to show their alligiance with this unpopular political body: so whoever wants Europe-free licence plates can have them.

Athens: Greek Police Outlaws Women

May 8, 2006


125004-332461-thumbnail.jpg by melinda elliott

On April 28, Greece's highest court (Council of State) told the Greek Police Force NOT to hire any more women after ruling "that men were better at fulfilling the force's tasks."

Are they? Are men better equipped to handle female victims of sexual assaults and sex trafficking, or wife abuse? I sincerely doubt it. I'm sure most women will agree that female victims would much rather to have their cases dealt with by a female police officer. Considering that the majority of all the disgraceful charges brought against the Greek police force recently (rape, torture, corruption, gambling and prostitution), the perpetrators were male, not female.