The summer is just a week away, and it is understandable that sunny beaches, pleasant walks in a park, or a barbecue with friend could be more alluring than reading at home. But we are certain that our most avid readers will find time to enjoy the books that we recommend this week, while bathing in the pleasant rays of the sun or flying to some beautiful tourist destination. These books will be a wonderful accompaniment for your holidays.  

This time I am going to take you on a special journey in China. Since most of you know about China’s big cities, ancient towns and villages, temples, mountains, the Great Wall, great history, tea, meditation, amazing architecture, gardens, martial arts, culture and cuisine, it is time for something different and alternative. China is home to 55 ethnic minorities, some of which are pretty small and count only a few million members or as few as five thousand. So I have chosen three very interesting and unusual ethnic groups about which people rarely hear and which have very distinctive ways of living. Also I will identify their indigenous regions or towns so you can visit them as they offer a unique cultural experience.

Not just a city of waffles, the EU, and good beer, Brussels is famous for its love for comic books. Since the early '90s, walls across the city have been decorated with characters from popular comics and their authors, and tourists are getting more and more curious about them.

With the Summer School Beijing 2017 just around the corner, we are filled with great excitement and anticipation for what promises to be a most spectacular event. In the build-up to the educational and inspirational series of master classes and workshops, we continue to interview the experts who will be presenting on their specialist topics. One of the main trainers during the Summer School of this year is Mrs. Dorotea Milas, Lecturer at Zagreb School of Business, Croatia. Mrs. Milas research interests are in the fields of philosophy (ethics), religious science, communication and cultural studies. She has participated in national and international scientific and professional conferences and has published several scientific and professional papers.

According to the World Economic Forum the seas and the oceans are going to contain more plastic waste than fish. This, as early as the year 2050.  Additionally,  is the waste which goes into landfills. Based on available data, plastic production, as of 2014, was 311 million tones and is expected to double in another 20 years and will be four times as much by the year 2050. Most of this production is ‘consumed’ by the developed world which forms a fraction of the world’s population. If the total figure is divided by the number of people inhabiting our planet, the per capita consumption, comes approximately to a staggering 50 kilos per person and those living in the developing world, consume only a small part of the total production. Take a moment and chew on these numbers.

Young interns who work in EU institutions in Brussels want to be paid for their work. They have been protesting and lobbying for months and have even brought the case to the court. What are their complaints about and will Brussels accommodate their demands?

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