There’s plenty of tourist information in Sardinia that tells you the Gola su Gorropu is the deepest gorge in Europe. It’s not (see below). But that doesn’t really matter when you’re standing at the bottom of an almighty vertical wall of rock and there’s a climber dangling from a precarious handhold high above your head. Did I say vertical? At this point, the wall – all 1,300ft of it – leans oppressively inwards. Just a few yards away, the opposite cliff soars skywards and in between is a traffic jam of car-sized boulders, as white and smooth as pebbles. Looking up, the cobalt sky is a narrow ribbon between the rims. Folklore says that you can see stars during the daytime. Unlikely, but not as fanciful as the legend that tells of evil creatures creeping out of the gorge at night to steal away men and animals. I love these tales; they sit nicely with my own vivid impressions of Sardinia’s natural poster boy. Viewed from both the … [Read more...] about The grand canyons of Europe
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With its 13 regions, departments, and 36,000 town and villages, metropolitan France is often referred to as a territorial mille-feuille, a veritable land of contrasts. This also extends to the living standards of its 67 million inhabitants. Even though France’s high welfare spending helps keep inequality below the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) average, the country’s recent “yellow vest” protests have exposed a deep-seated societal divide. Proof of this growing gap between rich and poor in France is best showcased by official living standards data provided by the country’s statistics body INSEE, which classifies every town, department and region according to its inhabitants’ average household income (wages, pensions, benefits, property income). For extra context, in France and in Europe the poverty line is determined by the living standards of the entire population. A person whose income is below a certain … [Read more...] about Inégalité: Where are the richest and poorest parts of France?
This is Part Three of the story on how British in Europe, the grassroots civil society movement, was born. You can read Part One and Part Two below. Part One - How a group of Brits took up a struggle for millions of their co-citizens Part Two - Battling Brexit: How a group of Brits in Europe took on the fight for citizens' rights The unprecedented campaign for citizens rights by British volunteers across Europe has built bridges from one community to another in individual EU countries and across the continent. Thousands have come together both in person and online. Dozens of Facebook groups founded and run by volunteers have united thousands of British citizens left shocked and anxious after the referendum and in desperate need of information. While these groups such as Bremain in Spain and Remain in France Together are, as their name suggests, Remainer-focused, they have brought bring together people from all walks of life and even people who voted Leave. “One … [Read more...] about How Brexit and the fight for rights united Britons from across Europe
0 Have your say Sales of tickets for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival have soared in countries across the EU after organisers launched a charm offensive to celebrate Scotland’s relationship with the rest of Europe. Organisers have reported the most significant surges in bookings for the celebrations from Spain, Germany and Italy. The news emerged as the main street party was declared a 60,000 sell-out more than 24 hours in advance. They say the event will have significant echoes of the first Edinburgh International Festival, which was staged in the aftermath of the Second World War, to provide “a platform for the flowering of the human spirit”. The German band Meute has been asked to create a special soundtrack for the main fireworks display.The three-day Hogmanay festival, which got under way with a spectacular fire parade through the historic heart of the Old Town, have been promoted with a “We Love You” strapline this year … [Read more...] about EU visitors to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay soar ahead of Brexit in 2019
Harry Shindler, 97, was part of the Allied landings in Anzio near Rome to liberate Italy from fascism in 1944. He eventually settled in the country, which he had first visited as a soldier, in 1982 with his wife and son. His campaign to get Brits abroad the vote has made him a legendary figure whose campaigning work inspired the citizens’ rights group British in Europe. “So many Brits abroad have gotten involved. They’re all coming together,” Harry Shindler told The Local at his home in Porto d’Ascoli, on the Adriatic coast in Italy. Jane Golding joined the campaign for the so-called 'votes for life' bill in 2011. The Berlin-based lawyer and co-chair of British in Europe – the grassroots campaign to secure the rights of Brits living in the EU – credits Shindler’s work on the votes for life bill as the genesis of the pan-European British rights campaign, a first movement of its kind by Brits spread across Europe. If the Overseas … [Read more...] about How a group of Brits took up a struggle for millions of their co-citizens: Part One