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The Migrants’ Files: Database of Death around the European Borders

They know their lives are at risk, yet each year thousands of people from Africa, the Middle East and beyond — war refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants — leave their homes and try to reach the promised land of Europe. On the third of October 2013, more than 360 would-be emigrants drowned off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. A catastrophe of this dimension grabbed the media’s attention ...

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‘Yalla Shabab’, new initiative launched by European and Palestinian youths

The European Union and Young Entrepreneurs Palestine launched a new youth initiative "Yalla Shabab" that includes several activities in partnership with Palestinian youth in the West Bank and Gaza such as lectures at Palestinian universities about the current affairs, volunteer days, cultural activities, and a reporting competition on water issues for young Palestinian journalists, an EU press release said ...

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Hungary: Constitution Changes Warrant EU Action

The European Union (EU) should take resolute action in response to the latest constitutional changes adopted in the Hungarian parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. The changes adopted on March 11, 2013, respond directly to a series of critical rulings in 2012 by Hungary’s Constitutional Court, which struck down problematic laws introduced by the government. Instead of respecting those rulings, the gove ...

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Launch of the first Initiative for media pluralism

Pressenza is endorsing the European Initiative for Media Pluralism.  We call on all readers of Pressenza in the European Union to go to the website and sign the initiative.  The campaign requires 1 million signatures. On February 7th, a pan-European coalition of citizens and nearly one hundred media groups, professional bodies, Independent Journalists and Civil Society Organisations from across the continen ...

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Russia/EU: Moment of Truth Over Human Rights

The European Union should urge President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming EU-Russia summit meeting to end the crackdown on Russia’s civil society, Human Rights Watch said today. The 30th summit meeting since two sides started meeting regularly will be on December 21, 2012, in Brussels. “The EU should convey a clear sense of alarm at the crackdown of the past six months on Russia’s vibrant civil society,” said ...

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General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis

A general strike is underway across Europe today as millions are protesting spending cuts and tax hikes they say have deepened the region’s economic crisis. Spanish and Portuguese workers are coordinating their strike with work stoppages underway in Greece, Italy, France and Belgium. We go to Madrid for an update from independent journalist María Carrión. She notes the general strike comes after a 53-year-o ...

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Peace Bureau critical of Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union

“For a peacemaking bloc, this is a highly militarized one” The IPB finds the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union surprising in that it awards a prize not to a head of state but to an entire bloc of states, thus making it difficult to identify the real recipient. Is the EU really a 'champion of peace’, as Nobel conceived it? Or is it a club of states with many contradictory impulses and ...

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 goes to… The European Union

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU). The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. In the inter-war years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee made several awards to persons who were seeking reconciliation between Germany ...

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