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The courtroom was Nuremberg; the crime, genocide; the defendants, a group of German SS officers accused of committing the largest number of Nazi killings outside the concentration camps -- more than a million men, women, and children shot down in their own towns and villages in cold blood.

Read the full article by Lesley Stahl from 60 Minutes.

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"When we see images of polar bears drowning because ice flows are thawing in the arctic, or images that show the foundations of houses in Shishmaref, Alaska alarmingly tilted by melting permafrost, we are faced with how much we have changed the world we knew. In the Anthropocene, seemingly familiar landscapes become alien to us."

Tracey Heatherington and Bernard Perley (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) share with us their voyage into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Read the full research article in the May issue of EuropeNow Journal.

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"Slowly but surely, English is losing importance,” quipped Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, before switching into French to deliver a speech on May 5th. Is this true? Not really, and it seems not to have been intended as seriously as easily-offended British headline-writers took it. After all, Mr Juncker, who is known for going off-script in his speeches, delivered his barb in English, and the audience laughed.

Read the full article from The Economist.

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This is the horrorscape to which many residents are returning, only to find themselves still homeless. They camp in makeshift tents beside the remains of their homes, sticking close by to deter thieves from seizing unclaimed land at a time when many deeds have been lost or destroyed. Some sleep inside buildings that are exposed to the elements and subject to collapse at any moment.

Read the full piece by Charles Glass on the The New York Review of Books.

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Macron is expected to name his prime minister around 15 May. He has said he wants to choose someone for the long term, but the position could be temporary. The president may be forced to replace his first choice with someone from an opposition party if he fails to obtain a parliamentary majority in next month’s election.

Read Kim Willsher's full article from The Guardian.

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Continued Support for Central European University:


As scholars and experts on the region, we forcefully protest the recent amendments to the Hungarian National Higher Education Act that pose an existential threat to the Central European University in Budapest. These actions threaten academic freedom across the region and in Europe as a whole.

Read the full statement from Directors of Centers for East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies across the US, Germany and the UK on the CES website.

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Neither Emmanuel Macron nor Marine Le Pen, the two candidates who emerged from the first round of voting for the French presidency, belongs to the old gauche or the old droite. Neither will have a major parliamentary party behind his or her program. Neither, as president, would represent a continuation of the status quo.

Read Anne Applebaum's full article from the Washington Post.

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May wants to overlook her own recent past on the Europe question and ignore any positives that came out of the UK’s period as a European Union member to make Brexit easier to swallow for those still opposing it. Her decision to call an early general election indicates that she also wants to generate a large enough mandate to manage Brexit as she sees fit. She wants to limit contests from opponents on all sides, not least Brexit hardliners in her own party and government.

Read Oliver Daddow's (The University of Nottingham) full article from The Conversation UK.

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"What comes to mind when you think of the French Foreign Legion? Most likely men struggling through the desert in heavy blue coats and white peaked caps. Men who joined up after a lifetime of crime, fighting valiantly, then leaving the Legion to become tough, faceless mercenaries trading on their background, or else dying in the mud of Dien Bien Phu as the last choppers leave for La Belle France."

Read Robert Twigger's full article from Aeon.

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As the post-Soviet space demonstrates, we have entered an era in which processes of remembering are not confined to the space of the nation, but take place across and beyond borders, generating new and complex mnemonic constellations.

Read Alena Pfoser's (Loughborough University) article from Issue 6 of EuropeNow Journal.
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