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Eurovision joins the Ukraine hype

One of my childhood memories from Spain is the annual Eurovision Song Contest (Concours Eurovision de la Chanson in French), usually hold in spring by the country that won the previous event. Its founding stemmed from a desire to promote cooperation between Western European countries on a continent deeply divided by the Cold War (1947-1991). The first winner was Lys Assia (1924-2018), who triumphed...

Eurovision joins the Ukraine hype

One of my childhood memories from Spain is the annual Eurovision Song Contest (Concours Eurovision de la Chanson in French), usually hold in spring by the country that won the previous event. Its founding stemmed from a desire to promote cooperation between Western European countries on a continent deeply divided by the Cold War (1947-1991). The first winner was Lys Assia (1924-2018), who triumphed in 1956 in her native Switzerland. After this, the Swiss Confederation would have to wait 32 years to come in first again. From the 1960s to the 1980s, between 16 and 18 countries were regularly competing each year, gradually including non-European...

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