Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines
As Leo Tolstoy noted in his epic work, “War and Peace”: “Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult.”
Starting in Sweden, some of the crazy legislation-related stories we have seen this week seem to prove beyond doubt that there is truth in the Russian novelist’s words.
Swedish Liberal Youth wants to legalize necrophilia and incest
The youth wing of the Swedish Liberal party has filed a motion to legalize necrophilia and incest. The Liberal Youth of Sweden says that just because it is ‘viewed as unusual and disgusting’, does not mean that the deprived sexual acts should be illegal.
They want to legalize sex between two consenting siblings over the age of 15, and sex with a corpse if written permission is given before the person died.
UK: banging Brexit video
In the UK, a campaign video calling for a vote to leave the EU in a referendum this coming June has gone viral.
The clip, backed by the UK Independence Party, features two women in short dresses modelled on the British flag.
The tune is taken from a song recorded by two comedians to celebrate the European football Championships in England in 1996.
One of the authors of the original gave his thumbs up to the re-working.
Just to be clear: me and Frank didn't give permission for this. But it's so brilliantly naff, we might've anyway. https://t.co/pbCAYNxdsg— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) February 23, 2016
Canadian island prepares for Trump refugee exodus
The rise of Donald Trump has given an unlikely population boost to a Canadian island which is offering to take in Americans as political refugees if the Republican real estate mogul wins the White House.
Cape Breton Island, off the tip of the Nova Scotia peninsula on Canada’s Atlantic coast, has put out the welcome mat for anyone unable to stomach a Trump presidency.
Mixed fortunes for women around the world
There was reassuring news from Mexico for half the world’s population but there was not-so-good news from Turkey.
Turkish man sues wife for insulting Erdogan
A Turkish truck driver has lodged a legal complaint against his own wife for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pro-government media reported on Monday.
Ali D., 40, who married G.D. three years ago, warned his wife repeatedly not to curse at the president when he appeared on television, Yeni Safak newspaper reported on its website.
But his wife defied his warning and challenged her husband, saying: “Record and lodge a complaint.” So he did.
Mexico: Alejandro Sanz stops concert to stop attack on woman
Spanish artist Alejandro Sanz stopped his concert in Rosario, México for several minutes to make sure security staff expelled a man who apparently had mistreated his partner.
Several videos of the scene were published:
After Sanz made sure the man had left the venue, he apologized to fans and finished the concert.
He became Trending Topic on Twitter with admiring fans. Even the Spanish “Guardia Civil” (Gendarmerie) namechecked him
AlejandroSanz</a> que echó de un concierto a un hombre que pegó a una mujer<br>Con tu ayuda echaremos a todos<br>📞062<a href="https://t.co/iNLwoTJIe1">https://t.co/iNLwoTJIe1</a></p>— Guardia Civil (guardiacivil) February 22, 2016
There was happy news of a hatch and a re-match in the animal world this week, with the birth of a baby gorilla born by caesarian section in the UK and a migrant cat reunited with its human family in Norway.
Baby gorilla at London zoo
A baby western lowland gorilla has been born in the UK following a very rare emergency caesarean section, Bristol Zoo announced on Tuesday.
The female weighed about 2.2kg when she was removed after concerns about her mothers health.
Norway: Iraqi refugee cat’s journey
Kunkush, a cat belonging to an Iraqi family that fled the country in November 2015, has been reunite with his owners.
They took the cat with them but they lost it when it took fright while crossing the border to Greece.
Thanks to the help of several volunteers the cat was found and taken to Norway this February, where he could join the family (a mother and five children).
The video has been viewed more than 15.000.000 million times in 5 days.
Refugee cat’s epic journey to find family
Refugee cat’s epic journey to find familyKunkush the cat was a beloved member of a family who became refugees when they fled Iraq for the safety of Europe. Travelling through Greece, cat and family became separated, sparking an international online search in hopes of reuniting them.This is Kunkush the cat's story.Posted by The Guardian on Friday, February 19, 2016
And also…and also
From the flatulence that started a fight in Spain to naked instruments via a trip to Gotham, some stories merit a category all of their own.
Flatulence starts gang shooting in Spain
New look: String instruments come with images of naked skin
German string instrument maker Manfred Gernert gets inspiration from the curves of his instruments and offers to give them a unique “naked design”. Clients can choose their favorite motif that will be applied onto the bare wood body of their instrument. An airbrush artist applies the images.
…CC Waterback from Sweden…Posted by GEOMEGA Music Instruments on Saturday, February 6, 2016
“Clients can send photos with a back-view of their girlfriends and we design unique instruments,” says Gernert. A nude drawing, but not on paper or canvas, but on the body of an instrument. So far, they have only used female images on the instruments, but they add that men’s photographs are just as easily applicable.
A standard double bass with a “back view” comes at a price of 3.500€, which is about three times as much as a standard acustic double bass. If the back view has specific details, like tatoos that need to be airbrushed as well, the price may even be higher.
Turkish player “red cards” referee
Trabzonspor’s Salih Dursun was sent off on Sunday after picking up a red card and showing it to a Turkish Super League referee, moments after the official had sent off his team-mate.
At the time of the incident, referee Deniz Bitzel had already shown red cards to three Kaplanlar players and reduced them to eight men.
A group surrounded him, causing him to drop his red card.
Dursun collected it from the ground and brandished it in anger at Bitzel and the official duly returned the favour.
Flights to Gotham
Turkish Airlines is inviting fans and newcomers alike to visit turkishairlines.com/flytogotham or turkishairlines.com/flytometropolis to reserve flights and begin their journey into the world of Gotham City and Metropolis.
Participants will get an exclusive virtual view into the life of each city, including the activities, culture, nightlife and more.
The airline has signed a partnership deal with Warner Bros film studios to publicise the new release “Batman and Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
New Zealand: the job that no-one wants
Are you looking for a new challenge?
A rural GP in New Zealand is offering a $400,000 (£190,000) annual income to try to attract a medic to share his work burden – but after two years of searching the position remains unfilled.