EuroNews 02-2007, Euroboard – News from Europe
Denial, son forbidden in Europe?
Until summer 2007 the denial of the Holocaust and other genocides as well as the agitation of racism should be forbidden throughout Europe. A planned EU-decision intends to work against racism and fascism. The planned punishments of the denial of historical facts are controversial. Up to now the denial of the Holocaust is punishable only in nine of 27 EU states, namely in: Germany, Belgium, France, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. This EU decision has been discussed for the last 5 years. Tschechien. Über den Rahmenbeschluss wird bereits seit fünf Jahren in der EU diskutiert.
EU-crime rate, London ahead
“Have you been a victim of robbery, theft or burglary?“. For the new victim-report of the EU 35,000 people were chosen from 15 old EU-member states as well as from Poland, Hungary and Estonia and questioned about their experiences with “usual criminal offences“. In contrast to the usual police statistics those criminal offences were also incorporated where the victims have refused to file charges. London is on first place on the list of the most dangerous cities followed by Tallinn, Amsterdam, Dublin, Belfast and Copenhagen. Lisbon is according to the survey of the research project “European Crime and Safety Survey” the safest capital followed by Budapest and Athens.
The university foundation “Campus Europae” forms a new study for the old continent. The first certificates were now awarded to the first born-and-bred European graduates in Luxembourg. Many people think it was a timely revitalisation of the buried ideals of the Erasmus-scholarship program of the EU. The campus is a network of so far 17 European colleges which exchange their students. Universities from Poland, Ireland, Portugal and much more participate in the network. The students remain for one year at their chosen university, learn a new language and participate in a trimmed-down study programme.
Maps of Africa online
To discover a continent and to really know the continent are two pair of shoes. That applies especially for Africa. How the European understanding for Africa developed can now be discovered and understood by every enthusiast. The Northwestern University has put 115 old maps of Africa from 1530 to 1915 in the net. Names of African countries (only in English) can be put into the search engine and all available maps of that country will be displayed. Different angles are possible.
Lidice and more
The working group “political education, past – future inc.” has its own homepage. It wants to inform about the contents of the work and about the plans to create amicable connections with the surviving women and children and their members in Lidice/Czech Republic. In Lidice, German soldiers carried out the heaviest massacres during the Second World War.