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Ireland votes to liberalise divorce laws after referendum

Overwhelming majority for latest in series of reforms to modernise rules on divorceIreland has voted by an overwhelming majority to relax its constitutional restriction on divorce, results showed, the latest in a series of reforms to modernise the charter of the once devoutly Catholic nation.Eighty-two per cent of voters cast their ballots in favour of removing a provision requiring couples to live separately for four out of the previous five years before dissolving their marriage. Continue read...
Tags: Ireland, Divorce, Europe, Life and style, World news


Berlin is… European

photo: Neil H / CC.  When I travel to foreign continents and get asked where I am from, my answer is often: “I am from Europe”. I never really thought about what this means until the Brexit vote. It’s not that I don’t want to say that I am from Germany (because whoever asks is probably going to demand a more precise answer anyway and I will give it). It’s not a lack of national pride; it’s more a sense of international unity within my own continent. I am happy to be German, but I am proud to b...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Fashion, Politics, UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Italy, Stories, Brexit


Brexit in Berlin: These British Expats Weigh in on the Effects of Britain Leaving the EU

photos: Andrea Lavezzaro.  One thing we can easily agree on: Brexit fucking sucks. The idea to separate from a union like the EU in times of global uncertainty is just… well: a bad one! Especially considering the way it went. Of all the things that have gone wrong in the EU, this is certainly the most tragic one to date. We are still not sure if anything is going to happen. With all the delays it feels like a bit of an irony that Brits can vote for European Parlament this week, not even sure i...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Politics, UK, England, London, Interview, France, Scotland, Russia, Berlin, Eu, European Union, People, Britain, NHS


How Stockholm became the city of work-life balance

With flexible hours the norm, and almost two years’ parental leave for every child, Sweden’s capital boasts a happy and efficient workforce. What can other cities learn?It is 3.30pm, and the first workers begin to trickle out of the curved glass headquarters of the Stockholm IT giant Ericsson.John Langared, a 30-year-old programmer, is hurrying to pick up his daughter from school. He has her at home every other week, so tends to alternate short hours one week with long hours the next. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Family, Money, Sweden, Children, Life and style, Society, World news, Childcare, Cities, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Ericsson John Langared


How Stockholm became the city of work-life balance | Richard Orange

With flexible hours the norm, and almost two years’ parental leave for every child, Sweden’s capital boasts a happy and efficient workforce. What can other cities learn?It is 3.30pm, and the first workers begin to trickle out of the curved glass headquarters of the Stockholm IT giant Ericsson.John Langared, a 30-year-old programmer, is hurrying to pick up his daughter from school. He has her at home every other week, so tends to alternate short hours one week with long hours the next. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Family, Money, Sweden, Children, Life and style, Society, World news, Childcare, Cities, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Richard Orange, Ericsson John Langared


Techorama in Belgium #SoftSkills

Two years ago I was in Antwerpen, Belgium, speaking at Techorama. I couldn’t go last year because of my job, but this year I’m back!  I miss my travel buddies, and I’m not staying 4.5 weeks this time, but I am staying long enough to hopefully acclimate to the time change. I was once in Istanbul speaking, and I flew in, spoke 8 hours, then flew out. It was horrible.  I’m here for a full week this time. The Techorama conferences is one of the very best conferences I’ve seen. It is at a movie theat...
Tags: Europe, Careers, Amsterdam, Belgium, Istanbul, Job Seeker Advocates, Antwerpen Belgium, Techorama


A Guide to the Best Running Routes in Berlin

photo: Vismante Ruzgaite.  Whether you are just getting into running or are already a regular runner, Berlin is the right place for you. The city has one of the largest and most dedicated running communities in the world. Berlin is the only city in Europe besides London to be part of the World Marathon Majors, the world’s most prestigious running events. Some of the most popular running groups were born in Berlin and then spread around the world. Nowadays, running goes beyond sports, it’s a li...
Tags: Wellness, Europe, Fashion, London, Fitness, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Sports, Running, Urban Art, Kreuzberg, Grunewald, Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Tiergarten, Bahn


The Importance of a United Europe for the Young Generations

photos: Alejandro Arretureta.  Europe, not the continent, but the union, played a pivotal role in how my life turned out to be, and consequently who I am today; Europe, for me, meant belonging to something greater than just your own country, it provided this new identity you now have, you’re not just Greek, Spanish, French, you’re also European. This second identity connects you to so much more than what you could relate before it. Because of Europe, I was able to travel abroad as an exchange ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Politics, UK, Stories, Feelings, United Europe, Alejandro Arretureta Europe


From bleak to bustling: how one French town solved its high street crisis

Mulhouse has turned around its image and now boasts more shops opening than closing, thanks to smart planning, investment and community effortsOn a lane in what was once considered eastern France’s grimmest town, a street artist is up a ladder finishing a mural, the independent bookshop has a queue at the till, the organic cooperative is full of customers and Séverine Liebold’s arty independent tea shop is doing a brisk trade.When Liebold opened Tilvist in Mulhouse three years ago, in a space th...
Tags: Europe, Business, France, Life and style, World news, Retail industry, Cities, Shops and shopping


From bleak to bustling: how one French town beat the high street blues

Mulhouse has turned around its image and now boasts more shops opening than closing, thanks to smart planning, investment and community effortsOn a lane in what was once considered eastern France’s grimmest town, a street artist is up a ladder finishing a mural, the independent bookshop has a queue at the till, the organic cooperative is full of customers and Séverine Liebold’s arty independent tea shop is doing a brisk trade.When Liebold opened Tilvist in Mulhouse three years ago, in a space th...
Tags: Europe, Business, France, Life and style, World news, Retail industry, Cities, Shops and shopping


Berlin has Europe in its Heart

At the last European Elections in 2014, only 46,7% of Berliners went to the voting booth. This number is fucking disturbing because this means that less than half of the population even cared to make Democracy work. But in 2019 we can’t afford to be that careless anymore. In the last couple of years, the rise of populism and anti-Europeanism made it clear that we can’t go on with our lives and leave the boring government stuff to the politicians. They will fuck it up if we don’t initiate a m...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Politics, Elections, Stories, Demonstration, Parade


The James Bond Shower: A Shot of Cold Water for Health and Vitality

As a kid, I was a big James Bond fan. Saw all the movies and read all the books. One thing I noticed about the book version of James Bond was that every time he took a shower, he would start off with the water nice and hot, and then turn it down to cold for the last few minutes. Perhaps this little detail of Bond’s personal bathing regimen was a subtle way for Ian Fleming to illustrate Bond’s Scottish ancestry, as this type of shower is commonly known as a “Scottish Shower.” Who knows. Being a...
Tags: Wellness, Europe, England, Life, America, San Francisco, United States, James Bond, Ian Fleming, Charles Darwin, University Of California, Bond, Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, Mark McGwire, Thoreau


I Make $105K As An Executive Assistant — & I'm Starting A New Coding Career

In our series Salary Stories , women with long-term career experience open up about the most intimate details of their jobs: compensation. It’s an honest look at how real people navigate the complicated world of negotiating, raises, promotions, and job loss, with the hope it will give young women more insight into how to advocate for themselves — and maybe take a few risks along the way.Been in the workforce for at least eight years and interested in contributing your salary story? Submit your ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, California, Oregon, Berlin, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Seattle, Columbus, Bay Area, Seattle Los Angeles


Cannes festival in row after director and baby blocked from Palais entry

British film-maker claims she was denied access to Marché du Film, then told to pay fee for baby and wait two days for it to be processedThe Cannes film festival has been criticised for its treatment of mothers and babies after a female director claimed she and her child were prevented from entering the festival site.British director Greta Bellamacina, whose film Hurt By Paradise is screening in the market section of the festival, said the festival had displayed an “outrageous” attitude after sh...
Tags: Europe, Family, Film, France, Women, Life and style, UK News, Film Industry, Culture, Festivals, Parents and parenting, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Marche Du Film, Cannes 2019, Greta Bellamacina


The men from Mumbai who cycled around the world

Between 1923 and 1942, a handful of young Parsi men took off on three expeditions from Mumbai to cycle around the world. A photo exhibition tells their story. Written by Parth Khatau | Indian Express Bicycle Diaries: Rustom Bhumgara (from left), Adi Hakim, and Jal Bapasola in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1924. BOMBAY, MARCH 22, 1931. Framroze Davar and his Austrian friend Gustav Sztavjanik had arrived in the city after a seven-year-long cycling expedition, during the course of which they covered ...
Tags: Europe, Japan, New York, Life, Africa, US, Sports, Austria, Egypt, Miami, North America, Mumbai, Alexandria, Bombay, ROME Italy, Patel


Cannes 2019: jury speaks out against 'rage and anger' of populist politicians

Jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu takes aim at Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policiesA familiar trio of topics – Netflix, gender disparity and Donald Trump – were on the agenda as the this year’s Cannes film festival got under way.At the press conference introducing this year’s festival jury, its president, Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu, took aim at Trump and offered support to theatre chains battling the dominance of the streaming service. Another jury m...
Tags: Europe, Business, Media, Film, France, Women, Life and style, World news, Film Industry, US news, Happy, Netflix, Culture, Festivals, US immigration, Cannes film festival


City with a female face: how modern Vienna was shaped by women

The Austrian capital has been pioneering ‘gender mainstreaming’ for nearly 30 years. How did the city come to be so far ahead – and could its gains be lost?At 240 hectares, the neighbourhood of Aspern, Vienna, is one of the largest urban developments in Europe. By the time it is complete in 2028, it is due to be home to 20,000 people, plus another 20,000 workplaces, and with an explicitly family-oriented design. Centred on an artificial lake and with half of the entire area devoted to public spa...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Women, Life and style, Cities, Architecture, Austria, Vienna, Art and design, Planning policy, Urbanisation, Atta, Aspern, Aspern Vienna, Christina Atta


A Beginner’s Guide To American Yiddish (AKA “Yinglish”)

Why is May 2019 different from all other months? It’s Jewish American Heritage month for one, a period that feels especially important to mark given the rising insecurity coursing through Jewish American life. Because visibility is more important than ever before, Refinery29 brings you our celebration of Jewish American culture. L’chaim!In my family, you’re not on pins and needles; you’re on shpilkes. When you’re down in the dumps, someone will ask why you’re so ongebluzen (or tell you to stop ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Israel, Georgia, United States, Heritage, Mike Myers, Eastern Europe, Mazel, Ashkenaz, Golden City, New York City 's Lower East Side, Plotz, Hannah Minn, Yenta


Freddie Starr: comedian found dead at home in Spain aged 76

Comedian discovered in his chair by carer after possible heart attack, say neighboursThe comedian Freddie Starr has died aged 76 at his home in Spain, according to reports.Posts on social media pages claiming to belong to Starr appeared to confirm the news. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Comedy, Television, Celebrity, Spain, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Starr, TV Comedy, Freddie Starr


Freddie Starr found dead at home in Spain aged 76 – reports

Comedian discovered in his chair by carer after possible heart attack, say neighboursComedian Freddie Starr has died aged 76 at his home in Spain, according to reports.Posts on social media pages claiming to belong to Starr appeared to confirm the news. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Comedy, Television, Celebrity, Spain, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Starr, TV Comedy, Freddie Starr


The dancer’s guide to hitchhiking: Astad Deboo

Celebrated Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer Astad Deboo on his 50-year career, hitchhiking across the world and more Article by Samira Sood | CNN Traveller Astad Deboo in flow. Photo: Amit Kumar Astad Deboo is no stranger to accolades: from a Sangeet Natak Akademi award to a Padma Shri, he has them all. But perhaps his greatest prize is his own story. How did the boy from Jamshedpur go on to become the pioneer of modern dance in India? 8 years, 32 countries. Feat. a cargo boat ride...
Tags: Art, Europe, Japan, England, New York, London, Amit Kumar, Australia, Life, India, Africa, US, America, Iran, Pink Floyd, Philippines


We Found The Internet's Best Vintage With The Help Of Thrifting Experts

You probably have this friend: every time you see her, she turns up in some cool-but-unplaceable new piece that is totally of-the-moment and yet... different. You can’t get a read on it, so you have to inquire about its origin. Her answer is always frustratingly simple: “It’s vintage!” Your next question is a practical one: how can you get your hands on something similarly one-of-a-kind if there’s presumably only one of it in the world?We have a lot of these friends — some of them are right her...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Fashion, Music, UK, New York, Etsy, Ebay, US, Paris, Vogue, Italy, Prada, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Anna


A Week In San Francisco, CA, On A $118,000 Salary

Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Calling all entrepreneurs: We want to hear from you! If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, we’d love to feature your Money Diary. Submit here.We want to talk about wedding hashtags. Did you have one? Why? Email us here with the subject line "Wedding Hasht...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Fashion, Music, San Francisco, Joe, Bay Area, Abercrombie Fitch, Ray Ban, VIB, Google Sheet, Keri Danielski, Sussex Instagram Post, Abercrombie Fitch Occupation, Abercrombie We, Barcelona T


Van Cleef & Arpels collabs with artist Arthur Hoffner for eye-popping installation

What happens when a young, blowtorch-wielding artist meets the CEO of one of Europe’s great luxury jewelry houses? A kind of whimsical, insouciant alchemy, as revealed last month in Van Cleef & Arpels’ Milan boutique. Timed to the city’s Salone del Mobile design fair, Van Cleef’s collaboration with French artist Arthur Hoffner resulted in a...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Milan, Van Cleef, Van Cleef Arpels, Arthur Hoffner


European road trip, anyone? Here’s how to make it happen

Venturing onto the open road in Europe gives you the freedom to make discoveries as you go, following an intriguing road sign or poking up an inviting lane. Here’s how to do it safely.
Tags: Travel, Europe, News, Life


How To Beat the High Dentist Costs at Home

Going to Hungary for your dental treatment may have never crossed your mind. But you would be surprised to know that when it comes to quality dental care in Europe, Hungary offers high standard and reliable dental care at reasonable rates. The country welcomes dental tourists from across the continent and is itself a beautiful country for spending your holidays. Dental clinics in some countries offer world-class procedures that cost a lot less thanclinics in many other countries. It’s kn...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, UK, Germany, US, European Union, Budapest, Hungary, UK US Australia, Europe Hungary, UK US France, Budapest Like


What Conversations About School Shootings Sound Like In Europe

Marieke Nijkamp is the #1 New York Times bestselling author ofThis Is Where it Ends , out in paperback today, and Before I Let Go . She is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, and geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, has served as an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, and is the founder of DiversifYA. She lives in the Netherlands. Visit her at mariekenijkamp.com.The first time I set foot inside an American high school, I stared at signs that said “No g...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Atlantic, New York Times, Netherlands, Columbine, Marieke Nijkamp, U S Naval Postgraduate School, Karin Nijkamp


Viard’s first show as Lagerfeld successor marks new era for Chanel

After 30 years at the highest level of fashion, Virginie Viard makes debut as solo designer“Complacency,” designer Karl Lagerfeld once said, “is the beginning of the end.” Three months after his death, this spirit lives on at Chanel. The house has sprung out of mourning and back into action, transforming the Grand Palais in Paris into a Belle Époque railway station for the first collection by Lagerfeld’s successor, Virginie Viard. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, France, Life and style, World news, Paris, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Belle Epoque, Lagerfeld, Grand Palais, Viard, Virginie Viard


I'm 28 & This Is How Much I Spent On A 22-Day Solo Trip To Vienna

Welcome to Travel Diaries, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises.This week's travel diary: A 28-year old solo traveler tries her best to walk through every museum gallery and shop for bespoke shoes in Vien...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Texas, Wikipedia, Samsung, Austria, Vienna, Airbnb, Natural History Museum, Tripadvisor, Jfk, Oakland, Google Maps, Salzburg, Sissi


I'm 28 And This Is How Much I Spent On A 22-Day Solo Trip To Vienna

Welcome to Travel Diaries, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises.This week's travel diary: A 28-year old solo traveler tries her best to walk through every museum gallery and shop for bespoke shoes in Vien...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Texas, Wikipedia, Samsung, Austria, Vienna, Airbnb, Natural History Museum, Tripadvisor, Jfk, Oakland, Google Maps, Salzburg, Sissi



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