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Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.
Regions are fluid constructs that we use to think about places. The region that we think of today as "Latin America" would not have been a discrete region 600 years ago since historical events have shaped the geographic evolution of the attributes of the region and the borders of world regions will continue to be redrawn. Some have recently argued that since the end of the Cold War, the monikers Eastern and Western Europe are less meaningful in an economic context. This map shows this old division can still be seen in this cultural/political context. Some have argued that Russia's recent move against gay rights is a geopolitical strategy to differentiate themselves from the West.
Tags: Europe, regions.
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"Prime Minister David Cameron is 'seriously concerned' about the escalation of tensions on the border between Spain and the British territory of Gibraltar."
This video and article briefly show the reasons behind the current tension between Spain, NATO allies and fellow EU members. The deeper, underlying issues though are all fundamentally rooted in the complex local political geography. As an exclave of the UK on a peninsula connected to the Spanish mainland that controls access to the Mediterranean Sea, there is naturally going to be friction over this unusual political configuration. Spain, in what the chief Minister of Gibraltar calls "sabre-rattling," is flexing its muscles and considering using their border and airspace as a political leverage. Spain is upset that Gibraltar has created an artificial reef in waters that their fishermen use. Spanish fisherman have recently condemned the escalating political rhetoic.
Questions to Ponder: Why are both parties politically and culturally invested in this piece of territory? What challenges are there for a small exclave when neighbors aren't friendly? How does Spanish and British suprantional connections impact this issue?
Tags: borders, political, territoriality, sovereignty, Spain, Europe, autonomy.
Relationships between Britain and Spain.
"The video explains about Spain and Gibraltar and how they have feuded back and forth with one another and their borders for some time now. Gibraltar has made a articfical reef to mess with the Spainish fisherman and SPain has made travel to Gibraltar nearly impossible and dreadfully long for tourists. Spain understands how essential tourism is to their economy. Until they are able to come to an agreement thei matter is only going to intenisfy more and worsen."
I really find it interesting how such a popular beverage is said from place to place in one area. Depending on where you live in one country or continent can change how something is said. Me living in the Eastern part of the United states we could Beer, beer. Compared to Europe calling "Beer" ale, pivo, cervesa, etc. Its facinating how depending on one's culture such a popular thing can be changed.
"Germany and France spent decades at each others' throats. Now, bound by a common currency, they're working together to save the euro zone. It's a story that's begging for a musical number — which, as it happens, we have right here."
This playful song dramatizes the current E.U. financial crisis. This humourous highlights what the E.U. was designed to be, and showing the advantages and disadvantages of enhanced regional cooperation. This is certainly worth a listen.
Tags: Europe, supranationalism, currency, economic.
This song does every bit of telling the truth while still being humorous in nature. It is only fitting that there is some comedy here, because there is some irony in what the EU was supposed to become and what it has turned into since it's installment.
A catchy little tune that shows the simple comincal version of how the European Union came to be and turned out. Amazing how a cute little tune shows the troubles of a huge organization such as the European Union.
"Mr Füzes had voiced support for the Székler people, a group of ethnic Hungarians who live in Transylvania, after two Romanian counties banned the display of the Székler flag (pictured above with men in hussar uniform) on public buildings. Zsolt Nemeth, Hungary’s state secretary for foreign affairs, described the ban as an act of “symbolic aggression” and called for local councils in Hungary to show solidarity by flying the Székler flag from town halls. The Hungarian government then raised the Székler flag above Parliament, further enraging Bucharest..."
Flags are important symbols of cultural identity and displaying them can be a strong political statement. For Hungarians, displaying symbols of a "Greater Hungary" shows some desire for irredentism--to redeem Hungarians of the 'wrong' side of the border. For those Hungarians in Romania this is an act of defiance that show that they want greater autonomy.
For sports fans, ESPN did a "30 for 30" documentary on the early 90's Yugoslavian basketball team that was a major talent (1990 World Champions) but was torn apart as devolutionary forces fractured the countries and the once-teammates were estranged after what some perceived as disrespectful acts to the Croatian national flag. Vlade Divac (a Serbian) was pitted against some of his best friends from Croatia as the civil war was playing itself out on the court as well. This is a great way to get a sports fan to learn about ethnic conflict and about the importance of cultural symbols ("Once Brothers"--$1.99, free for Amazon Prime users).
Tags: political, conflict, devolution, autonomy, Europe, culture.
New nations seem to pop up with alarming regularity. At the start of the 20th century, there were only a few dozen independent sovereign states on the planet; today, there are nearly 200!
This list of countries that no longer exist in their current form include Czechoslovakia, Tibet, Sikkim, the Ottoman Empire and the Soviet Union.
Tags: unit 4 political, historical, devolution.
Amazing to see many of the countries and empires that are no longer around. Also with the dissoution of many of the empires it lead's to many of the issues that were are dealiing with today. Splitting the Austro-Hugaraian Empire after WWI along ethnic lines didn't really work and helped to lead to WWII. The Germans in the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia fro example. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sudetendeutsche_gebiete.svg
for the area of German population.
The independence-minded region of Catalonia asks the Spanish central government for an extra 9bn euros (£7.7bn) in bailout money.
Catalonia appears to want the benefits of independence AND of being politically connected to Spain.
Tags: Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.
Another peg in the EU coffin...
Another peg in the collective EU coffin...
This is sad news for an area that is trying to persuede the world it deserves to be independent. Unfortunately, they still have to rely on the Spanish government to help their economy, something that does not help their case. While other countries do take money from other powers, one that is trying to establish itself might want to have a more optimistic outlook on it's economy before it tries to go off on it's own.
A Greek exit from the euro has become a bomb fizzling at the heart of the eurozone. What could happen if it explodes?
This is still all speculation, but this speculation is grounded in the very real possibility that Greece may leave the Eurozone. This one possible scenario would have a profound ripple effect throughout the European Union and beyond. This interactive explores each of these 8 possible results.
Tags: Greece, Europe, supranationalism, currency, labor, economic.
So what if Greece leaves the euro? Heres some of what could happen. It could cause political backlash from Germany that could cause them to not provide the bailout needed by Italy and Spain. If Greece were to leave the Euro, Greek buisness would move to the new currency while all foreign buisness would remian in Euros ulitmately leading them into bankruptcuies. This change would also lead to a massive recession felt all throught Greece.
This is really interesting. When I was learning about this I realized that Greece is pretty much screwed no matter what they do. However, if they leave it will hurt more countries than if they just stick to the euro.
Flashmob en Madrid (España) organizado por el programa de radio CARNE CRUDA 2.0 Martes y jueves, 16:00, http://www.carnecruda20.es Lunes, miércoles y viernes...
I have previously posted on how successful flashmobs often times use public places in a way that symbolically merges the meaning of that space with the message of the that place. This is a fabulous example of that and I find it incredibly moving and poignant, given the recent economic woes of southern Europe.
As Jordan Weismmann said about this flashmob in the Atlantic, "I'm not sure if this video is more heartbreaking or heartwarming, but it pretty well captures what's going on in Europe's economy right now. While the day-to-day drama of the continent's debt crisis has subsided, painful austerity measures have helped leave huge swaths of the population jobless. In Spain, unemployment is at 25 percent."
We never know when we will make a difference in people's lives. Spain has undergone a very difficult time the last couple years...this is short video reminds us we all need to smile and enjoy no matter what!
Big fan of flashmob here.
I guess those who attended that day had a bit of sun.
The inhabitants of a small Greek island live on average 10 years longer than the rest of western Europe. So what's the secret to long life in Ikaria?
As more countries have entered the later stages of the Demographic Transition, we expect people to live longer than ever. On this island and other "blue zones" they attribute their long life to a traditional diet and an unpolluted environment.
Tags: aging population, medical, population, demographics, unit 2 population, Greece, Europe.
I think sometimes it is best to look to the past so that we might have a better future. A return to a simpler time, less stress, less to worry about. Even in the technology age of iphones, and tablets and the aways staying connected we need to go back to where we are not connected. I've seen to many people on "vacation" doing work whiel with their families..how is that healthy?? We need to slow down a bit, take it easy now and then and just unplug!
This article made me feel a lot of different emotions at once. I want to go to this island or a place like it because it has everything I wish the world around me could have. Growing up in New England, I've been told that most people from around here with die of lung related problems because of the high stress levels that lead to smoking and the pollution from the industries that have roots here and that has always made me upset. I don't want to smoke and inhale polluted air every day. I don't want all of my food to be processed and full of chemicals. This island proves that there is still somewhere pure in the world and if people were not selfish and inclined to find power, economies would not be based on selling products full of harmful chemicals to people all over the world. There is no intelligent reasons for cigarettes to be legal or even to exist, now that people are completely aware of the hundreds of poisons they inhale with every drag and exhale into the air around others.
This island is a dream come true with the pure air, pure wine and the people's habits of taking mid day naps. I wish it were possible to find other places like this or return places back to this kind of simplistic lifestyle. There is not enough purity left in the world.
"As Catalonia goes to the polls, Sid Lowe looks at one of the region's great cultural sporting icons and its role in Catalan identity..."
Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence. For more, see this recent Geography in the News article.
Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.
its understood that catalonie has a completely different country from the rest of spain. In fact many people associate catalonia as a seperate country. It would be cool to see spain let them have thier independence. However that would mean spain would lose land and money. For the most part, atleast the catalonia poeple are expressing thier feelings and wishes in a humane manor, rather than with vilolence
This would be the perfect place to study. Next time I'm at L'Istituto delle Scienze, Palazzo Poggi, Bologna, I will definitely find this spot.
What is more likely to happen first: Greece will leave the eurozone, or Scotland will leave the UK?
Although there is currently only about 30% of Scotland that would support independence, this is something that will be gaining importance. The United Kingdom is a complex political entity, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland connected with England. The "divorce referendum" will be help on October 2014 to see if Scotland wishes to dissolve this union and many of the political and economic events throughout Europe will be seen through this prism, especially the Euro Zone crisis in southern European countries (e.g.-Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal). The possibility that this might happen are small, but as the article stated, "not zero."
Tags: devolution, supranationalism, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political.
Good for Scotland... as anyone that has watched Braveheart knows, all they need is Mel Gibson to fight for their independence, and they will surely win! I know some people that play the bagpies, and I like the Scottish music better than much English music. I don't know much about the UK, so I have little to guide me in favor or against Scotland declaring independence, but aw heck, why not... The US declared independence, and it seemed to work out for them until... whenever...? forever? it depends on what you use as criteria to look at it... But live and let live, let people do what they want, the only advice to that is not to let people harm others. That way, true peace can be achieved. Harmony, instead of harm. So I would advocate for Scotland to wear women's clothing with turtle shells in their crotches and dance to celebrate their independence if that's what they want, as long as there are no epic battle sequences that precede or follow their dancing. Don't be an elitist, open your eyes, the governments own your brothers and their lives... We must work to change this.
More than 1 million flag-draped and face-painted Catalans held hands and formed a 250-mile human chain across the northeastern Spanish region Wednesday in a demonstration of their desires for independence.
September 11th means different things is different places. While many Americans were remembering the terrorist attacks of 2001, it was Catalonian National Day. In addition to the festivities, they organized a massive public demonstration to support independence and to garner international attention. They created a 'human border' that sretched across the region to apply pressure on the Spanish government to allow a vote that would let Catalonia break away and form their own country. While this energy and enthusiasm swept Barcelona, the Spanish government stopped the protest from spreading into neighboring Valencia (many Valencians speak Catalan).
Questions to Ponder: How do events such as this in public places impact the political process? Is it significant that the link about the Spanish government stopping Valencia comes from a Scottish newspaper? Why? How can social media and technology (such as the hastags #CatalanWay #ViaCatalana) impact social movements?
Tags: Catalonia, Spain, political, devolution, autonomy, Europe, culture.
Catalonia struggles for it's independence from Spain. The wealthy region of Spain angers for becoming it's own country, with sentiments of not getting what they deserve from Spain, such as government services. Spain urges Catalonia to not make such a fuss and head Spain into another civil war. But Catalonia wants to be autonomous at least. Their independence parade is to show Spain they won't back down.
"Europe and Asia, while often considered two separate continents, both lie on the same landmass or tectonic plate, the Eurasian supercontinent. The historic and geographic story of the Eurasian boundary is intriguing."
While most continental borders follow some physical geographic definition, the border between Europe and Asia is purely cultural and a remant of classical regional differentiation. Some argue that Europe isn't a separate continent from Asia, and while they are not wrong, the concept of Europe is deep and pervasive in how many of us think about the world. You can find more Geography in the News articles on Maps101.com.
very interesting to think that Turkey is a transcontinental country, as well to find out that asia and europe are actually connected.
Here we can see that the continental boundary between Russia and the rest of Europe has historically been solely based on national borders. However, a large majority of Russia's population and major cities are in the western part of the country, which is closer to Europe than most Asian countries. Because of this, Europe and Asia gained an imaginary cultural border. It only makes sense that part of Russia began to be considered a European region even though it physically is a part of Asia. It is better to talk about the entire land mass of Eurasia rather than two split continents when talking about Russia's borders.
Stratfor Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni discusses the political implications of the increasing number of migrants from the European Union's periphery to its c...
The economic crisis has contributed to rising anti-immigration sentiment and policies in Europe. Immigrants from Eastern Europe continue to enter the core, but now more from the struggling southern periphery of Europe are also on the move.
One of the free response questions in the 2012 AP Human Geography test focused on increasing Muslim population in many European countries. This video some background context for that particular Free Response Question (as would this article from Al Jazeera titled Europe's failure to integrate Muslims).
Its funny to see that anti-immigration is starting to be a trend around the world first the united states and now europe.I dont agree with illegal immigration but legal mirgartion should not be a problem.
This looks just like the arguments in the US about the immigration issue here. These seem to be be more of legal immigration, as well as illegal to some extent, as to illegal immigration in the US. The governments of some of the EU nations need this population in order to fill the workers shortage that has been fuled by low birth rates. In the US its a little deffernt form of immigration. Here many illegal immigrants are taking the much lower wage jobs and working in cash with no taxes, ie mirgrant farmers. Well we want cheap food, that is the way the farm owners are doing it. In Europe it seems that they are taking some jobs, but I assune since it is legal immigration they are paying some sort of tax on their wages. These immigrants are from other EU countries for the most part. Under the EU treaty it is legal for them to live and work in any member nation. This shows the problem with supranational organizations, a country will lose some of its autonomy in these types of organizations. For example, can the UK limit the number of people allowed into its country, or even limit access to their health care system under EU law? If they do, what can the EU do to the UK? Looks like a fight is about to start!
Like America, Western Europe is facing the troubles of immigration for jobs. COuntries in Europe, such as Eastern countries of Bulgaria and the P.I.G.S. are moving to core countries in search of work that the cannot find in their own land. The problem becomes a matter of the core country citizens not having jobs for themselves as their economy joins other in slowing down. Racial tensions are rising because of this. Ironically, the video generalizes the anti-immigration as just anti-immigrants but as images in the video would suggest, much of the sentiments are towards Muslim immigrants.
Europe’s divisions are indeed grave. But counting the ex-communist countries as a single category is outdated and damaging
What places belong in a region together? What are the boundaries of that region? How has this region changed over time? Regional classification is inherently an exercise that relies on our geographic knowledge and requires some spatial thinking. Each semester I have students divide the United States into the regions that explain how they conceptualize the different parts of the country. This 2 minute video is a great example that argues that the regional category of Eastern Europe is less meaningful today mainly because of the changing political and economic geography that is blurring the regional borders of Europe.
Tags: Europe, regions.
the term 'ex/communist' is obsolete .like we could say "ex Nazi Germany" !23 yrs have passed though !
scrap it ! http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=870068
This video was insightful because it can be really challenging to classify a region in certain parts of the world. Having a simple eastern and western Europe made a tiny amount of sense at the time of WWII but it hasn't made any sense since then. The boundaries in the southeastern part of Europe have changed on more than one occasion over the past 70 years and there are still border disputes between religious and ethnic groups that could result in new countries any day. I found the narrator's ideas funny but still better than the traditional region that already exist.
I personally group regions by the types of people that live in them and share very similar characteristics. Grouping parts of Europe is very hard because of the major cultural differences all over and because I am not highly educated on all of them. I find it hard to consider Greece a part of Europe at times but it is also hard to consider it a part of anywhere else. The countries that border Russia all seem similar to me because I don't have extensive knowledge of their cultures, although it is unfair that they are assumed to be completely impoverished countries.
With the constantly shifting boundaries and movement of people, Europe is very hard to group into regions and that is okay because regions do not have huge effects on the way the world is run, they only make it easier to break down into pieces.
Of all the changes announced by the 2011 census, one of the most startling is the rapid change in the ethnic composition of London's population.
The fact the immigrants moving to the UK have flocked to London is not surprising (View a map of the census data). Immigration isn't the only component to this situation. White Britons are also leaving London in large number, prompting some to refer to this as "White Flight." Today, white Britons are no longer the majority population within London (but still the largest ethnic group). Some feel that this story has gone underreported and deserves more analysis. What elements of human geography should an observer of this situation use in their analysis?
Tags: ethnicity, London, migration, census, urban.
The most surprising piece of information in this article is that white Britons are leaving London because of the minorities that are moving in. As of 2013 only 59.9% of London was white, meaning that the miniorities are taking over Ethnic part of London much faster then first anticipated.
Failure by Belgium's political parties to form a government since elections in June have prompted fears of a split in the tiny European country. Al Jazeera's...
This 2007 video is dated, but many of the same issues are still seen today. This video briefly lays out the cultural context for the political divisions between the French-speaking Walloons and the Dutch-speaking Flemish populations of Belgium. For a longer video on the topic, see this half hour video.
Tags: language, culture, Belgium, unit 4 political, Europe, devolution, unit 3 culture.
An advertising campaign designed to illustrate the drawbacks of living in the U.K. is being planned to deter an expected surge of immigrants, according to reports
Immigration is a sensitive topic so I'll tread lightly. There appears to be some support for a campaign that would target would-be migrants specifically from Romania and Bulgaria that life in the U.K. isn't as as grand as it may seem (ironic coming of the heels of the Olympics). This obviously isn't something that is universally supported by the British, but it does highlight the fact that more and more European countries are seeking ways to deter migrants from crossing their borders as economic struggles continue.
Tags: migration, UK, immigration, Europe, unit 2 population.
With the quota limiting the number of immigrants from bulgria and romania due to expire next year it will give 29 million people the right to not only enter but live and work in Britain. One plan is to force those arriving from Romiania and Bulgiaria to prove that they can support themselves for six months. They are also putting out an advertisment to try to show drawbacks to living in Britian to try and detur people from immigrating in.
I find this idea very interesting that due to the economic struggles, a country would try to turn away prospective immigrants. In a way, we see this with some people in America who try to play the card "the immigrants take our jobs" but I have never seen it outside our lovely racist country.
It is similar though, to something that Brazilian citizens have posted on websites saying "Don't come to Brazil" to draw attention to the fact that country is in shambles and if people come to the World Cup and Olympics, it will cause more internal problems for the struggling country.
I understand the phrase and the reasoning behind it but I do not believe it is a solution to the economic problems. There should be limits on immigration if a country truly cannot support the amount of people already living in it but people should not be deterred from immigrating to a place if there are still better opportunities there than where they came from.
Time lapse video compilation Civilization: Part I - Europe by professional photographer Dominic Boudreault. Shot in England, France, Spain and Italy.
This is a gorgeous video that was very intelligently constructed. The title 'civilization' coupled with the images of iconic architecture, makes me think differently and question how we conceptualize the ideas of civilization and society.
Tags: landscape, historical, Europe, time lapse.
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An amazing view of some of the cities of Europe. As a person who loves history to see these modern cities built around the old civiliztions of Europe is amazing. For me it is Rome. To see the runis of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum in the modern Rome is just amazing. Even more amazing is how some of the buildings built by the Romans are still standing, and in use, when modern techniques do not seem to last long at all.
The riots linked to flag protests in Northern Ireland are causing "significant damage" to the economy, the secretary of state warns.
Flags are tangible symbols of communal identity and political power. If the meaning behind these identities are unresolved, the symbols of these identities in public spaces becomes all the more there is contentious. Currently, the Union Jack is a lightning rod for controversy in Northern Ireland and the riots stemming from this are harming the local economy.
Tags: Ireland, political, conflict, devolution, autonomy, economic, Europe, unit 4 political.
The extent of the campaign is shocking.
This map is just overwhelming when you consider that each data point represents a bomb dropped on the city.
It was called the Blitz for a reason. For months, nobody in London was safe. As seen on the map, nearly every inch of London was affected by Nazi bombs. Not only were there bombs falling, but also planes and other war machines involved. The modern version of London is surely a rebuilt version of its 1940's counterpart.
This is one of my favorite maps that I have seen. How devastating it must have been to live in London at the time, never knowing where the next one would land to destroy the city.
"Why would they want to pull down these walls?” asks William Boyd mildly as he offers me a cup of tea in his home at Cluan Place, a predominantly Loyalist area of east Belfast.
These walls, orginally installed in the late 60s to protect Belfast residents during "the Troubles." Today, some argue that these walls are now barriers to the peace process as they continue defacto segregation. Walls, as barriers to diffusion, stifle communication, cooperation and interaction. Still, these walls are symbols of communal identity and icons in the cultural landscape. For more academic work on this, see Peter Shirlow's Belfast: Segregation, Violence and the City.
Questions to Consider: How would a wall through an already culturally and politically divided city impact both sides of the wall? Today, are the walls beneficial to peace in Northern Ireland?
Tags: Ireland, states, borders, political.
The walls in Belfast Ireland were put in the 60's to protect the residents and today many people argue they need to come down. My grandmother just returned from a trip to Ireland and Belfast was one of the areas they went. She said it was very sad, Christians had to walk on one side of the street and Protestans on the other in one area and the tour bus driver was being voice monitered by the police the whole time. There is so much seperation in Befast because of that wall and more people dont want it taken down then want it down for anything to be done.
The barrier in Belfast, Ireland is an impressive one. It has been there since the 1960s and having it there has become a security for the residence on both sides. Neither side wants it taken down, however, they have extremely different political/religious views. It seems strange to me that these people would prefer living in prison-like conditions just because that is the way it has been for so long. So long as the physical walls stay up, so will the cultural walls between these people.
The 17-nation bloc had a jobless rate of 11.6 per cent in September, while inflation eased slightly in the last month.
Although some countries in the Eurozone have lower unemployment rates like Austria (4.4%) and Germany (5.4%), more are in the worst collective tailspin since the creation of the common currency. Spain has the worst unemplyment rate at 25.8% of the adult population out of work. It has taken a nasty cultural and political turn as resentments and frustrations are boiling over in the Eurozone. Some are derisively referring to the struggling southern European countries as P.I.G.S. (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain).
Tags: Europe, supranationalism, currency, labor, economic.
A big problem in the EU. There are countries feeling the pinch becasue of the problems of other countries. They feel why do we have to foot the bill of so many other countries that are just failing in their own economies through their own fault. Sounds about the same as in the US when people say why do I have to pay for others mistakes and pay more in taxes. One is on a macro scale, one is on a micro scale.