Lindsey Johnstone

Multimedia anglophone editor for ARTE (and former feature writer) based in Paris

Holocaust Remembrance Day: how is the Holocaust taught where you live?

As Europe and the wider world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Euronews asks: are we in danger of forgetting? Staggeringly, one in 20 Europeans has never heard of the Holocaust. This is according to a 2018 survey conducted on behalf of CNN in which more than 7,000 people from the UK, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Sweden were interviewed. A third of respondents said they knew “little or nothing” about the Holocaust.

World Aids Day: how did Edinburgh become the 'Aids capital of Europe'?

In the early 1980s, a new disease – as bewildering as it was lethal – began to ravage communities around the world. So how did Edinburgh become known as the Aids capital of Europe? The answer lies somewhere between Tory austerity, the 1979 Islamic Revolution and pioneering research. Forty years ago, the Scottish capital was in the grip of the Conservative government’s cutbacks and the social problems resulting from rising unemployment and poverty – among them a notable increase in drug abuse.

Scotland becomes first country in UK to ban smacking

Scotland has become the first country in the UK to criminalise the smacking of children. Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) passed the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill by 84 votes to 29 on Thursday. The bill, introduced by Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie in September 2018, makes it a crimimal offence to smack children and abolishes the legal defence of "reasonable chastisement" previously available to parents.

Euronews answers: The Council of Europe turns 70, but what does it do?

It is the organisation that is often confused with similarly worded European institutions. But, this year, the Council of Europe is in the spotlight: it is celebrating its 70th birthday. It held a commemorative ceremony at its headquarters in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday (1 October) to mark the occasion, at which guest of honour, French president Emmanuel Macron, in his speech called the organisation "a common architecture, in the name of the great European fraternity".

EU citizens in Scotland: 'Living here makes me feel safe and at home'

"I want to take the opportunity this morning to speak directly to citizens of other EU countries living here in Scotland – you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.” These were Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's words to EU27 citizens living in Scotland on June 24, 2016, when Scotland awoke to discover that, despite a 62% vote to remain in the European Union, it was set to leave the bloc along with the rest of the UK.

Watch: Protestors mark 100 domestic violence deaths in France in 2019

A demonstration was held in Paris on Sunday to denounce the 100th femicide in France this year, at which people held signs showing the names of the women killed by their partner or ex-partner between January and September 2019. On Monday, a 92-year-old woman became victim number 101, when she died after being beaten by her husband with his cane. In 2018, 121 women were killed in France by their partner or ex-partner, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Watch: Parade puts blackface in Belgium back in spotlight

Blackface makeup is back in the spotlight in Belgium, as anti-racism campaigners have criticised a folk festival held on Sunday in the Wallonian city of Ath for featuring a character called "the Savage" (le Sauvage). The character, played by a white actor in blackface makeup, is paraded through the town in chains, screaming and scaring children, before being shackled to a float made to look like a boat manned by sailors.

Memories of Chernobyl: 'In Communist countries, disasters did not happen'

When a unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in then-Soviet Ukraine exploded in the early hours of April 26, 1986, it sparked a fire that burned for nine days, as well as controversy and consequences that are still felt today. Caused by a botched safety test in the fourth reactor of the atomic plant, the explosion released 50 million curies of radiation – equivalent to 500 Hiroshima bombs. Clouds carrying radioactive particles drifted as far as Canada, releasing toxic rain in their wake.

Women's World Cup: Little girls in Lyon dream of being the next Ada, not the next Ronaldo

As the world's best female footballers descend on France for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, at least one little girl in the southeastern city of Lyon – which will host the competition's semi-finals and final – has her sights set on future editions. Salomé Munnia-Vincent, aged ten and in her last year of primary school, plays for FC Gerland, a local girls’ football club that has been running for three years.

European election 2019: What happened this week?

With the EU heading to the polls from tomorrow, here's what's been happening in the final days of campaigning. Fake news has been hard at work, according to NGO Avaaz. Tens of thousands of Europeans protested far-right politics, while others attended a nationalist rally in Milan. Meanwhile, we headed to the Democracy Alive festival to quiz Commission presidential candidates, and to Brussels to peek inside the Parliament.
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