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10.05.2021

Europe: Redouble Efforts to End Violence Against Women

Europe: Redouble Efforts to End Violence Against Women

Mark Istanbul Convention’s 10th Anniversary with Action Council of Europe member states should reinforce efforts to combat violence against women by swiftly ratifying and carrying out a landmark regional convention on women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch released two videos today that explain the… »

18.04.2021

The Hibakusha Park – a place of remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Europe

The Hibakusha Park – a place of remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Europe

Hibakusha Park is a memorial in honor of the atomic bomb victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the Nimy campus of Mons University in Belgium. This park, dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons and created by Professor Pierre Piérart in 1989, has lost its appeal more and more. Some… »

29.12.2020

The European Citizens’ Initiative for a Basic Income

The European Citizens’ Initiative for a Basic Income

by Daniel Raventós – Julie Wark There are no precedents that can serve as a reference for Europe’s economic and social situation right now. The 2020 European Commission indicators show a drop of 8.3% for GDP growth, while the OECD sets the figure at about 9% for the eurozone. The… »

20.08.2020

Dark tourism in eastern Europe: the struggle between money and memory

Dark tourism in eastern Europe: the struggle between money and memory

Many tourists – especially people who come from western democracies – are fascinated with the communist pasts of central and eastern European countries. Their desire to gaze upon, consume and experience the remnants of life behind the Iron Curtain contrasts with the desire of many local people to distance and… »

18.07.2020

Has the coronavirus proved a crisis too far for Europe’s far-right outsiders?

Has the coronavirus proved a crisis too far for Europe’s far-right outsiders?

In recent years, far-right political parties in Europe have capitalised on crises to build their support bases. Many have made it to positions of power as a result of these efforts. The financial crisis of 2008, the refugee crisis that began in 2014 and the ongoing debate around climate change… »

10.06.2020

Giulia Cicoli of Still I Rise: “We are on the right side of history and keep going”

Giulia Cicoli of Still I Rise: “We are on the right side of history and keep going”

You have been on Samos for three years. How has the situation evolved since then? Sadly, the situation keeps getting worse. Since March 2016, when the deal with Turkey was struck, an increasing number of people have crossed the Aegean Sea and remained stuck on five Greek islands (Lesvos, Samos,… »

30.04.2020

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

“In an age of sometimes false, and often too much information, it is difficult for human rights organizations to decide how much time to devote to which of our world’s manifold problems,” writes Wolfgang Kaleck, ECCHR’s general secretary, in our 2019 Annual Report. Climate change and related environmental destruction… »

23.09.2019

Fossil fuel subsidies reach US$87 billion in EU countries – and they’re growing

Fossil fuel subsidies reach US$87 billion in EU countries – and they’re growing

Radek Stefanski, University of St Andrews for The Conversation European governments often appear to champion low-carbon policies. Yet, in 2017, European Union countries collectively spent US$87 billion subsidising the cost of fossil fuels. Shockingly – at a time when the world needs to act to stop climate change… »

21.06.2019

From Tony Blair to Mette Frederiksen

From Tony Blair to Mette Frederiksen

Social Democrats, who had been steadily disappearing following the crisis of 2008, have been making a small comeback in the last year. Now they are in power in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and, most recently, in Denmark. But the statistics are daunting. The recent European elections gave members of the… »

16.05.2019

One of Europe’s last migrant rescue ships defies political pressure to save lives

One of Europe’s last migrant rescue ships defies political pressure to save lives

By Susan H. Smith At the height of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015, there were 14 migrant rescue ships operated by international humanitarian organizations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. Today, following the ascendance of right-wing governments and draconian measures enacted by the European Union, only the Sea-Watch 3 and… »

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