Top 15 of European states and regions where the population won independence against the will of the center or struggles to be recognized as independent.
September 29, 2014
In a September 18 vote, Scotland stepped back from the brink of ending the 307-year-old union with England and Wales and rejected the prospectus for independence to remain part of the United Kingdom. However, dozens of European regions would like to alter the existing borders.
The overwhelming majority give preference to the sea. Affordability comes first, followed by the location of the hotel and sand beach.
September 29, 2014
Where do Armenians spend their vacation? As an anecdote says, ordinary Armenian citizens go to Georgia, people with average income travel to Turkey while the rich ones prefer Armenian resorts. To find out whether the joke is true, PanARMENIAN.Net contacted several Yerevan-based travel agencies.
Taken literally, then no country is truly independent with many relying on financial and military support from other countries or institutions.
September 1, 2014
As Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) celebrates the 23rd Anniversary of its Declaration of Independence, the country remains in the unsatisfactory position of still being globally unrecognised. The route out of this situation seems complicated; history provides many conflicting examples which serve only to confuse and not to enlighten.
Jabhat al-Nusra extremist group militants raided the Armenian Evangelical Holy Trinity Church and Missakian Cultural Center in Kessab.
June 25, 2014
L’observatoire de la Christianophobie French website posted the photos of destroyed and desecrated churches of Kessab after liberation of the town.
Grigoryan doesn’t have permanent employees but hires up to ten people when extra help is needed once or twice a month.
June 16, 2014
Bardzrashen was named for its location: the village in the Ararat province of Armenia is situated high on a hill, with a long curving road leading to it. Like many other villagers, Karen Grigoryan is a farmer - he has greenhouses to grow vegetables and flowers. To improve the quality of the crop and reduce the weather risk, he recently built a new heating system in his glassed greenhouse where he usually grows pinks.
“Not a fan of drastic changes, I didn’t risk a new kind of business and just continued with what I could do the best,” Melkonyan says.
June 13, 2014
Samvel Melkonyan, the head of S Kahuyq LLC has been engaged in furniture business since the Soviet times. Currently, he runs his own furniture shop in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
The couple breeds cattle, pigs, hens and ducks, and at the first sight taking care of the whole livestock farm seems quite impossible.
June 11, 2014
Alla Davtyan, her husband Mikael Hovhannisyan and their little daughter moved to Masis village located near the town of Artashat in Ararat province of Armenia several years ago. They settled in a small construction next to an abandoned farm, the owner of which let them live and work there, and purchased a cow, marking the beginning of a new life.
With the business advancing, Asoyan doesn’t rule out taking another loan for opening a new shop to sell shoes for men.
June 6, 2014
Edgar & Karen LLC, which was registered back in 2007, now operates Planet of Clothes chain of shops selling affordable clothing in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and in the nearby town of Abovyan. The head of the firm, Karen Asoyan, personally runs the business, importing goods from China, Turkey and Dubai.
“All you see around is the result of our family efforts. We work hard day and night and the outcome is pleasing,” Shmavonyan says.
May 30, 2014
Hamlet Shmavonyan, a resident of Aratavan village in Ararat province of Armenia, believes that all problems are solvable, once people do their job. With the latest $2500 loan from ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank, he bought a land adjacent to his house, where he already built a pigsty, as well as two greenhouses to grow pinks, tulips and chrysanthemums. He also purchased fuelwood he uses to heat the greenhouses in winter.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Rafik Vardanyan acquired the land of 1129,8 square meters to start his business.
May 28, 2014
Erzrum restaurant complex has been functioning for over 7 years in Jrvezh district on the outskirts of Armenia’s capital Yerevan. It’s a two-storey construction, with an adjacent green territory used as an open air café.