In 2014 most European leaders unanimously agreed to impose sanctions on Russia over the situation in Ukraine. But by the end of 2016, the opposition against punitive measures in the EU member states has been growing.
You won’t find any Dutch Gouda cheese or Douwe Egberts coffee in Moscow's supermarkets. Since 2014 they've been banned in response to EU's anti-Russian sanctions. For Dutch exporters and Russian consumers it’s a no-win situation.
The Netherlands was among the EU states that supported anti-Russian economic sanctions in 2014. But it wasn’t the country’s politicians, who paid the price of restrictions. The real economic loss was shared by the country’s dairy farmers, fruit and vegetable growers, who were banned from the Russian market as Moscow imposed a retaliatory embargo.
In 2014 EU leaders slammed Russia with economic sanctions over the situation in Ukraine. Two and a half years later the restrictions are still in place. Find out why France and Germany want to punish Moscow even more, and why Dutch, Belgian and other farmers had to picked up the tab. Discover the true cost of sanctions, and why more and more people in Western Europe want to abolish them. Listen to our special series “The EU Sanctions Spiral: Who Spins It And Who Is Paying The Bill.”
On December 15th, 2016, EU leaders decided to prolong economic sanctions against Russia for 6 more months. Pressured by Germany and France, 26 other EU states supported the sanctions without discussing them. However, it’s not the EU’s political elite, but Europe’s farmers and exporters who are paying the price of the restrictions.
In the final weeks of 2016, the EU governments decided to prolong economic sanctions against Russia. The previous set of Ukraine-related restrictions was due to expire on January 31, 2017, but it seems that some members of the EU were in a hurry to extend them.
Even though some graffiti artists and creative groups in big US cities still work illegally, their paintings are admired by locals and tourists alike, leaving a powerful message and becoming an integral part of the urban landscape.
Sometimes it takes more than one person to create a masterpiece. Many writers, composers and movie directors love collaborations. Their goal is to educate, entertain, and sometimes even confuse the audience. Learn how a group of journalists wrote a deliberately bad novel under a made-up name and received rave reviews. Discover why robots are taking over human jobs and discover the plusses and minuses of human-android teamwork. Listen to our special series “Creating Together: The Art Of Collaboration.”
With thousands of robots already working at plants and factories worldwide, the idea of collaboration between humans and AI-powered machines is now a reality. But with the increasing role of robotics, there are also fears that human workers, including robot operators, will one day lose their jobs.
From folk-meets-speed metal to country-meets-electronica – there are hundreds of successful music collaborations out there. But in spring of 2016, a totally new collaborative genre was born, when a former US NSA spy and a famous French techno performer posted their hit on YouTube.
In 1969 a novel "Naked Came the Stranger" by Penelope Ashe sold 20,000 copies and entered the NY Times Best Sellers List. That is before its 24 authors decided to go public and revealed that they were, in fact, Penelope Ashe. After the revelation the book sold 70,000 more copies, as the unique effort showed the possibility of collaborative writing.
Hollywood has strict rules when it comes to movie episode timing. But if you’re a famous director like Martin Scorcese, you can let your character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, crawl to his Lamborghini for three long minutes. The audience loves creative teams like this one, and lets them break industry stereotypes.
Mainstream media predictions giving Hillary Clinton a 90% chance of winning the presidential race were quickly shattered once the first preliminary results started coming in from polling stations on November 8, 2016. And it wasn’t the majority of US states that truly made the difference for Donald Trump.
Several street artists got actively involved in the 2016 US presidential campaign to express their feelings for both the Republican and Democratic candidates. However, with their art being reduced mainly to body shaming exercises, such attempts to influence voters in such way were often perceived as propaganda.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spent over a year on the campaign trail, doing what they could to win the trust of the American public. However, there are concerns on Trump’s side about possible manipulations at the polling booths, with WikiLeaks emails being shown as proof of Hillary’s unfair play.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have spent more than a year on the campaign trail. Their battle for the White House has been fierce – with email leaks, harassment accusations, media wars and heated televised debates. Find out about what this year’s presidential campaign will be remembered for. Listen to our special series "How 2016 the US Presidential Election Will Go Down in History."
By October, 2016, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were in a full-scale war of words with each other, taking part in heated televised debates. But it seems that in addition to the two candidates, another powerful player was on the battlefield – the country's mainstream media. Its preferential treatment of one of the nominees was easy to notice.
Being more than just fears, phobias are often difficult to overcome. In many cases people require the assistance of a trained mental health professional, and sometimes it may take years of therapy to cure a common phobia.
Horror movie directors do everything to scare the audience. They seem to prey on the viewer’s innermost fears and desires. Nursery rhymes, urban legends and fairy tales have all been used to add spice to Hollywood box office horror hits. Same goes for phobias - both the rare and common ones.
The list of our fears is seemingly endless. But when intense fear becomes dreadful horror, accompanied by an irregular heartbeat and panic attacks - it might be symptoms of phobia. There are at least a hundred common phobias, including the fear of spiders, snakes, elevators, water, gossip and numbers. Learn how phobias are being diagnosed, categorized and treated. Discover what terrified Harry Potter and Count Dracula and what spooked the master of suspense - Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Listen to our special series “Phobias: What Makes Your Blood Run Cold.”
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