Europe culture news roundup

Danube’s roundup of the week’s Europe culture news includes the murder of Gdańsk’s mayor Paweł Adamowicz, children worrying about EU copyright law, and why Cremona in Italy is keeping unusually quiet.


This week, many Poles mourned for Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz, who was stabbed to death while on stage at a charity event. Thousands attended his funeral, according to media reports. Politico ran a story on why political tensions in Poland are being examined in the wake of the murder, while the Guardian looked more at Adamowicz himself and his cultural and political work.

In protest news, Greeks protested the agreement over Macedonia’s potential name change, Germans protested in Berlin against industrialised agriculture, and several French giles jaunes protestors have been severely injured by the rubber bullets used by police, while reporters have in turn protested against attacks on them by the gilets jaunes.

Politico ran a feature on Europe’s wackiest polling stations – including a submarine – ahead of the May European election.

The Guardian found a neat way to cover the EU’s battle over new copyright rules, reporting that child fans of the Netflix series Stranger Things have entered the fray.

While EurActiv scooped the news that the EU is due to revoke all .eu domain names registered by British people, meaning that those websites will be shut down.

The Guardian also reported on the Norwegian media researcher Johan Galtung, who says that a paper he co-authored decades ago about what makes stories newsworthy has been misinterpreted, with “enormous” implications for civil discourse.

The New York Times reported that the Italian city of Cremona is keeping quiet to help preserve the sound of its native Stradivarius violins.

The BBC looked at the effects that tourism and smart phones are having on Amsterdam’s red light district.

And reported that authorities in Rome rowed over what should happen to the coins tossed into the city’s Trevi fountain.

AFP explained why the 100th anniversary of Germany’s Bauhaus arts school is provoking heated social debate.

It also reported that Germany has its first transgender MP.

And finally, the Guardian reported that a judge in Spain has permitted a statue of Satan to be placed in the city of Segovia after it was commissioned by a local council. Read the article to find out why…

Words: Craig Nicholson

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