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Brexit and now?

With the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union The requirements for going abroad will also change this yearstudies and internship. Despite the exit from Erasmus + program are Erasmus + Stays in the next few years are still possible. But what exactly changes actually? How does he see Application process for a study place in UK now? German students now have to pay tuition fees numbers? Answer these and many other questions to you our Experts and experts in our info talk series on studying & internship in the UK:

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Would you like to study in English, but you are drawn to another region? Many European countries offer alternatives to the United Kingdom anin which you can study in English. It is worth taking a look to the north here. In two further info talks you will get an overview of the course in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Our Expertinside and experts inform University systems, learning cultures and possible study programs in Scandinavian and Baltic countries. also do you hear in the Info talks toom studying in the nordic and in the Baltic Countries Testimonials from Sarah and Vanessa, ours ambassadorwithin of the campaign “study worldwide – EXPERIENCE IT!“.


Self-deception of European and transatlantic solidarity

Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania expelled Russian diplomats as a sign of “solidarity” with the Czech Republic. The first two (let’s flatter them) countries – one each, and Lithuania – as many as two. Slovakia, which was once a part of the Czech Republic in one state and still retains some common structures with it, “became generous” by three. Always ready to mess with Russia, Poland also expelled three, for which Moscow has already ordered five Polish spy diplomats to leave Russia.

Older and more Western countries – members of the European Union are in no hurry to expel Russian diplomats, realizing how this will come back to haunt them, at the request of some Czech Republic. They demand the provision of serious evidence of Russia’s involvement in the explosions at warehouses in Vrbetica almost seven years ago in order to display the notorious European and transatlantic solidarity. Even the United States, which organized the de facto rupture of relations between the Czech Republic and Russia, in words, like the others who supported the expulsion of Russian diplomats by the Czechs, have not yet expelled any of the diplomatic missions of Russia as a sign of “transatlantic solidarity” they understand as a one-sided game … Now, if Britain, as was the case with the Skripals, organized some new anti-Russian provocation, it would have been supported by the expulsion of a certain number of Russian diplomats and the “orders” would have been lowered to do the same to all Czechs, Estonians and Bulgarians there. And almost the same thing would probably be the case if France and Germany were engaged in demonization of Russia in this vein. For a couple of such demonstrative actions, until the Russian embassies in the West were completely empty and closed as unnecessary, there would still be enough “gunpowder”. And still there would be a dead end ahead.

Alas, there is no equality and justice in this world: what is possible for the strong is not allowed for the weak. And yet, a certain tendency can be distinguished here. Western countries are trying to mask the conflicts of interest and all kinds of grievances that exist between them, even to muffle trade wars by demonstrating ostentatious unity in actions against Russia, be it sanctions, expulsion of diplomats or something else. But this is the easiest thing – to unite against someone who is considered a stranger and do dirty tricks for the company.

But who do they want to deceive with this? Russia? Will not work! Russia and the Russians no longer idealize the West, as in the late Soviet times, when they were naive, gullible, did not see the West with their own eyes, were led to showcases, without imagining real life there. Yes, however, the West was then much better than it is now – much richer, more organized, without the insolent crowds of crooks from all over the world. Now Russia is objectively better than the West in many respects, which is recognized by an increasing number of its inhabitants. Then it turns out that with such demonstrative actions, implicated in Russophobia by “solidarity”, the Europeans and Americans want to deceive only themselves. It looks extremely pathetic.

What can be said about this? If you want to be deceived by portraying unity and strength where they do not exist, you are welcome. You will not become stronger, gentlemen, from this, and we will laugh at you once more.

The opinion of the author may not coincide with the opinion of the editorial board.


The ‘going backwards’ undertaken by several countries with women’s rights despite the global advance of feminism

“Not all men have willpower. If vulgarity continues to increase, it will have consequences.” This phrase directed at women was uttered by Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, when asked what his Government is doing to curb the increase in cases of sexual violence against women and girls. Pakistan is just one example of the countries that, far from implementing policies aimed at the protection and eradication of sexist violence, continue with a discourse of criminalization and lack of protection of women.

However, it is not necessary to go to the Asian continent to observe this type of measures from the institutions. Turkey has made two decisions in this regard in recent weeks. The first was its departure from the Council of Europe Convention for the prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, because it was signed in the Turkish city in 2011. The second was just ago one week, when The decree that established violence by the husband towards his wife as a crime was annulled, allowing it again and thus satisfying the most conservative Islamist wing of Turkey.

The Convention, drawn up by the Council of Europe, states that “violence against women and domestic violence represent in Europe one of the most serious violations of the rights of the person grounded in gender, and remains buried in a blanket of silence. It aims for states to implement policies to eradicate this type of violence, but there are still nine other countries – in addition to Turkey – that have not ratified it. These are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Hungary, the latter, together with Poland, are considered internationally aligned states in many respects with the Turks.

While most countries are advancing at different speeds in the fight against sexist violence, others are moving backwards on the path they have achieved. In addition, they do it at a delicate moment, as he explains to 20Minutos Maribel Tellado, Campaign Manager at Amnesty International: “There are states that are denying their obligation to protect women and are trying to undermine rights that have been hard to achieve. They are also doing so at a time when the pandemic has multiplied gender violence worldwide. The case of Turkey is flagrant, because it was the first to ratify the Convention and sends a dangerous message to Europe, after having registered 266 women killed as a result of gender violence in the past 2020. ”

“The institutions of many countries do not fight against sexist violence and also violently repress civil society that does”

Turkey tops a list with countries from around the world

The country led by Erdogan is not the only one that practices a policy that ignores or promotes sexist violence. Within Europe, Hungary and Poland follow the Turkish trail. The Poles have even raised with the Constitutional Court whether membership of the Istanbul Convention is within the legal framework or what is proposed violates current norms. “This same Court was the one that vetoed the possibility of abortion in cases of serious malformation, which is the majority in the country,” Tellado clarifies. For its part, Hungary, which doubled the number of complaints of gender violence during the months of confinement, has a statement prepared by the congress to not ratify the Convention and described as “political whining” the protests that took place calling for annexation to the international agreement.

Beyond European borders, where anti-feminist currents are already present in all countries, there are other states where machismo and the culture of violence against women are fully established. Iran or Saudi Arabia are two countries where there is a male guardianship system, “which treats women as second-class people. They need the permission of a male legal guardian for many issues such as guardianship of daughters or to circulate alone and freely, “explains Tellado. In addition, from the institutions, far from implementing measures for equality are dedicated to persecuting activists who promote women’s rights, to silence dissenting voices and ensure that the the status quo.

On the other side of the Atlantic, in Latin America, the situation is not much better. The most striking case is that of Mexico, where in 2020 there were nearly 1,000 deaths certified as gender violence and the demonstrations – mostly peaceful – are violently repressed by the authorities. “Most of the institutions in many of these countries do not fight against sexist violence and also violently repress civil society that does,” they say from Amnesty International. On the other hand, Brazil is another of the Latin countries where The number of femicides continues to grow since 2019, when it increased by 7.2%. His government, led by Bolsonaro, modified the law to facilitate access to the possession of weapons and included a provision to reduce criminal penalties when homicides are committed “under stress,” despite the fact that this last point was not approved. The measure was made to stop drug trafficking, but several women’s associations denounce that it encourages femicide.

Why is this current of thought growing against fighting to eradicate gender violence?

The reasons behind these types of policies that propose setbacks in the fight against sexist violence are diverse. “Many excuses are used, which are ultimately false accusations. Many argue that they are trying to overturn traditional values ​​or that they are trying to normalize homosexuality. In reality, what they hide behind is misogynistic logic and in many cases homophobic. In the background what there is is an absolute disregard for the rights of women and girls. They seek to keep women in inferior conditions, “says Tellado. This occurs mainly in countries where religion has a great political influence and they see women’s rights as an attack on their perception of values, using all its mechanisms to that they do not succeed.

On the other hand, the educational aspect is one of the keys to maintaining the superiority of men over women. Many of the countries mentioned are aware of this and educate with that orientation. They are inculcated from the time they are girls to normalize violence by men, internalizing that they are inferior. In this way, they ensure that dissenting voices -which are very often persecuted- have little strength, because in their mentality this discourse is contrary to their customs and what they are used to, so they reject it and maintain the current order.

The Amnesty International expert exemplifies this situation in a concise way: “While we were working on a report on the situation of women in sub-Saharan Africa, an activist explained to us that in Mozambique girls are taught that the husband beats his wife if he really loves him. It links love with gender violence, which translates into the total perversion of the story, so that it is internalized and perceived as something natural and even good. “

In this way, in the middle of the year 2021 it can be seen how until relatively recently most states fought in one way or another against gender-based violence. Now, Instead of advancing at different speeds, there are countries that have decided to turn around and move in the opposite direction, also trying to convince others that this is the right path. However, while avoiding the countries that are on the right path, thousands of women pay the consequences of this type of policy every day and with their lives.


USA, Britain, Canada, Lithuania and Poland held a meeting on Ukraine

The United States, Britain, Canada, Lithuania and Poland held a meeting on Ukraine, the State Department said. They expressed concern about the “growth of Russian military activity” near Ukraine.

The meeting was chaired by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. The United States was represented by Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Amanda Dory. “Russia’s destabilizing actions undermine the de-escalation of tensions that was reached by an agreement mediated by the OSCE on July 27, 2020,” the American side said.

During the meeting, a commitment was expressed to provide combat training and support to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The countries indicated that this is necessary in order to preserve the territorial integrity of the country and continue to move towards achieving interoperability with NATO forces.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing that the US Department of Defense is seeing a rapid increase in the number of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine, including in Crimea.

“It is not completely clear what the Russians are doing there, and we want to understand this,” he said, adding that this uncertainty does not contribute to a more stable and secure situation.


USA, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and Britain discussed Russia’s military activity near Ukraine’s borders

Representatives of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Lithuania and Poland held talks on the situation in Ukraine. They discussed the growing military activity of the Russian military. Countries accused Moscow of undermining the de-escalation in the Donbass.

From the side of the United States, and took part in the meeting. about. Deputy Defense Secretary Amanda Dory. The event was hosted by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. It is noted that the countries participating in the virtual meeting “make the main contribution to helping Ukraine in the field of security.”

“The leaders … discussed the increase in Russian military activity in the region. Russia’s destabilizing actions undermine the de-escalation of tensions that was reached by an agreement mediated by the OSCE on July 27, 2020, “the message The Pentagon. The countries agreed to provide training to the Ukrainian military and support the “capacity building” of the Ukrainian military.

The day before, the Pentagon called on Russia to reduce tensions in relations with Ukraine and respect the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Earlier, representatives of Germany and France expressed concern about the movement of Russian troops. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, accused NATO of increasing military activity in Ukraine.

About the negotiations on the settlement – in the material “Kommersant” “War is not forced to peace.”


Finland, Estonia and now … Lithuania

Elgoibartarra Mikel Gurrutxaga started a new adventure in international football last weekend. The 24-year-old central defender has returned to pack his bags to travel to the Baltic countries and, more specifically, to Lithuania. Gurrutxaga has signed for FK Süduva, a team based in Marijanpolé, a town of 35,000 inhabitants located 160 kilometers from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and close to the border with Poland.

FK Süduva made their debut for A Lyga, the name by which the Lithuanian league is known, last weekend with a 1-0 loss to FK Panevézys. Gurrutxaga, who had arrived in Lithuania two days earlier, had no chance to play, but the Lithuanian team’s coach, the Galician Victor Basadre, chose to include him in the call-up. In addition to Basadre, the Lithuanian team has in its ranks two players from Spain, Asturian Nacho Cases, former Sporting de Gijón player, and Lazkaotarra Xabi Auzmendi, a player trained in the lower categories of Real Sociedad.

The Elgoibartarra footballer began his traveling journey through the Baltic lands in 2018, defending the colors of JS Hercules, a Third Division team of the Finnish league. The following season he made the leap to Estonia after signing for two seasons with Paide Linnameeskond.

The experience was very positive during the first season, but it was twisted in his second year, after a series of discrepancies with the club and, especially, with the technical direction. “They made me play for the reserve team and, at one point, they separated me from the team. The truth is that living that situation was not pleasant, but I take it as one more experience that will be worth me for the future, “said Gurrutxaga.

In fact, the difficult situation in which he lived has not prevented him from picking up his suitcases and starting a new adventure in Lithuania. «For me it is an unbeatable experience. I do what I want: I travel, I play football, which is what I like, and I also take the opportunity to get to know other cultures ».

European competition

The Süduva is living a true golden age. He won the A Lyga for the first time in 2017 and, not happy with it, he was proclaimed champion for the next two seasons. The team once again scored at a high level in the 2020 campaign but finally had to settle for the runner-up.

The team for which Gurrutxaga has signed is a regular in European competitions. He has participated in numerous editions of the Europa League and this year he will do so again after the second place he obtained in the A Lyga in 2020. In addition, he has competed in three previous phases of the Champions League as league champion. His debut in the top flight of European football occurred in the 2018-2019 season. They beat Apoel of Nicosia and fell to Red Star Belgrade, which led them to play the Europa League. After overcoming the first tie against FK Spartak Jurmala, they fell in the second against Celtic Glasgow.

The Red Star crossed his path again in the qualifying phase of the Champions League of the 2019-2020 season. As happened the previous season, the Serbian team was the one that won the ticket for the next phase, while Süduva had to play the qualifiers of the Europa League. The Lithuanians successfully settled their first two challenges, eliminating Tre Penne and Maccabbi from Tel Aviv, but were eliminated by Ferencváros.

Last season Süduva eliminated FC Flora from Tallinn in the qualifying phase of the Champions League. He was not so lucky in the second round, in which he met Maccabi again. The Israeli team won the tie and forced the Lithuanian team to start a new and brief adventure in the Europa League that ended with their elimination by Kups Kuopio of Finland.


Europe returns to tough measures: UK and Lithuania extend lockdown

English parents face at least another six weeks of home schooling after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the extension of the country’s lockdown.

March 8 is the earliest date on which schools are expected to be able to reopen their classrooms, and give families a break.

“I know that everyone across the country wants us to open schools as soon as possible, and I can assure you that this is the ambition of this government. But I also know, we all know, that there are 37,000 people in the hospital with COVID and the infection rate remains prohibitively high. We must all be cautious, “said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Lithuania has also announced the extension of its confinement until March, despite the decline in new infections in the country.

Shops, gyms, cinemas and theaters and other non-essential establishments will remain closed and meetings outside the nucleus of coexistence will not be allowed. Although some restrictions such as the ban on travel between municipalities, could be reversed earlier.

Non-essential international travel prohibited

International travel is beginning to be banned in many countries. Norway, the United Kingdom and Belgium prohibit travel that is not strictly necessary, for example for medical or work reasons. To avoid them, controls are expected at air, road and rail borders and fines for non-compliance.

“I have stores in Brussels and I’m going to collect merchandise, so it’s for work,” justifies a traveler.

For others the measures are not clear. A man who has gone out to buy says that he did not know that he needed a certificate. “The policeman has told me that I have to go online and find the paper or the official form to go shopping.”

Meanwhile, many in France are wondering if a third lockdown is coming. The country already has tough restrictions and a severe curfew, but the president Emmanuel Macron is being pressured to expand measures given the increase in hospitalizations and deaths that are being registered.


Revolut signs a new boss in Spain and will launch for a banking license

19/11/2020 05:00

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Revol wants to take a leap in Spain. British fintech has signed a new manager for your business in Spain, where it already has 650,000 users. It is Ignasi Giralt, who has been appointed ‘country growth manager’ and who will form a team of 3-4 people to promote the Spanish market.

This neobank is organized by small commercial and business development teams in each country where it enters. These are serviced by the central –London-, the European legal structure, of Lithuania, where they have been established to avoid Brexit, and technical assistance, from a team installed in Port. Before joining Revolut, Giralt has spent most of his career in the real estate portals Badi, where he was CEO, and Airbnb.

Ignasi Giralt, of Revolut.Ignasi Giralt, of Revolut.
Ignasi Giralt, of Revolut.

Giralt points out in statements to this medium that his first objective is consolidate the growth of Revolut in Spain, but “profitably”. This manager has the challenge of turning the positioning of the ‘fintech’ from the niche it initially entered, travelers for professional and personal reasons, punished by covid-19, to a broader one within the world of private banking.

In this sense, one of Revolut’s first steps will be to adapt the offer of functionalities to the profile of Spanish customers. They already have 70 options in your ‘app’, which include savings options, cryptocurrencies, rewards … and the most recent novelty, the ‘open banking’, the option to integrate information from other bank accounts in your application.

Banking license

This is an intermediate step, as Revolut sets the medium-term goal of obtaining a banking license in Spain. For the moment, he prefers not to set dates, since the ‘fintech’ thinks about taking it step by step. Following its establishment in Lithuania to avoid Brexit, it is already negotiating a license in Poland.

Giralt is not afraid of the new leaps in digitization that the large Spanish banks are taking – “we are smaller, digital and more agile” – and believes that mergers can bring new customers closer to Revolut.

This ‘fintech’ recorded revenue of 162.7 million pounds last year and reached 13 million users. It was born five years ago, so it has not yet reached the ‘break even’: last year, it presented operating losses of 107.4 million pounds. Revolut closed a financing round of $ 580 million this year, raising its valuation to $ 5.5 billion.

Neobanks, a sector against the tide

While traditional banks merge and announce ERE (employment regulation files), the segment of neobanks, or financial ‘fintech’, lives against the tide. The irruption of these players in Spain has occurred strongly in recent years. On the one hand, international players such as Revol O N26, which are already a reality in the country. And on the other hand, traditional banks are strengthening theirs, such as Santander with Open sofa or Bankinter with Evo. One of the upside competitors is Myinvestor, from Andbank, which has made other banks tighten their belts on mortgages and investment. One of the difficulties of this segment is knowing well the offer and the pros and cons of each neobank, something that offers best-bank. Your responsible, Josep Garcia, considers that the trend of ‘online’ banking is unstoppable, but warns that neobanks sometimes have problems, such as not allowing a check to be issued or not allowing access to certain ATMs.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.