The Olympic torch relay is underway in the United Kingdom right now. More than 8,000 people will carry the torch some distance across Britain before the Olympic games start. But some of them are choosing to take the torch and sell them.
From the 1950s through the 1970s, the United Kingdom administered a test to all of its 11-year-old. Students who passed got the golden ticket, grammar schools, college and social mobility. Those who failed, the vast, vast majority, were ticketed to less prestigious schools and careers in factories, as garbage collectors and other blue collar positions.
Environmental dumping is a major problem in Italy, and its source can often be tracked back to organized crime. A new, small unmanned aerial vehicle is being tested to help not only catch polluters in the act, but track pollution back to its source.
Ratko Mladic went on trial at The Hague this week, accused of committing war crimes during the ethnic violence there in the 1990s. He'd been on the run for years. His trial, though, has kindled strong feelings in Serbia and caused his foes and his fans to engage in an ongoing graffiti war.
As Greece tries to get its political and financial house in order, the return of the drachma seems ever more possible. But that might not be the salve some Greek leaders want it to be. The consequences for Greece could quickly spiral beyond their control.
Greek hospitals have been accused of threatening not to release babies after they're born, unless their parents pay the bill for the delivery. Others are accused of withholding birth certificates. All of this because the Greek budget crisis has eroded health insurance coverage and hospital budget cuts.
In Greece, the government is moving to another round of elections after the latest round produced no viable government. Meanwhile, economists are worried that the instability between now and then could cause economic havoc, not the least of which is Greeks who are pulling their savings out of Greek banks in fears that a default could cost them their life savings.
As Europe digests the results of recent elections, there's a growing sense that decisions made there today could land in the United States in the heart of the election season. That could be a deciding factor in whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama are chosen to serve the next four-year term as President of the United States.
An Italian museum is the highest profile examples of European artists protesting budget cuts by burning their art. At the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, director Antonio Manfredi has promised to burn three pieces per week until his funding is improved. He's already burned some pieces, so he's not bluffing.
Portugal's former colony, Brazil has a booming, growing economy. By comparison, Portugal's economy is moribund. As the highly educated younger generations struggle to find work, many are leaving and heading to Brazil. In Brazil, the need to prepare for upcoming international events and the growing economy provide many opportunities.