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17.05.2019

Refugee journeys on the Balkan Route: denunciation and solidarity

Refugee journeys on the Balkan Route: denunciation and solidarity

It has been an intense few days of events about migration on the Balkan route. It starts on Wednesday the 15th of May with the opening of the exhibition ‘Refugee journeys through the Balkan route(s): a crisis no more?” in the Cortile Farmacia of the University of Milan. By the… »

25.04.2019

An alliance for climate and justice

An alliance for climate and justice

Geographical and historical reasons make Italy the Mediterranean’s centre of gravity. The country has been the meeting point for civilisations – both past and present – that border Mare Nostrum.  Those same reasons mean that Italy is today a natural landing point, both actual and potential, for those seeking to… »

08.02.2019

Captured states: When EU governments are a channel for corporate interests

Captured states: When EU governments are a channel for corporate interests

The new report of Corporate Europe Observatory, called “Captured states: When EU governments are a channel for corporate interests”, warns about the power that corporate lobbies have in influencing decision-making in the EU. Member states play a hugely important role in EU decision-making, but too often… »

09.12.2018

Brussels to raise investment walls against China

Brussels to raise investment walls against China

By Leonidas Vatikiotis[1]. The European Union is preparing to close the door to China in the New Year, copying US President Donald Trump’s economic policy. In particular, as Bloomberg has revealed, intensive negotiations have long been going on between the European Parliament and European governments to legislate… »

05.09.2018

Elly Schlein MEP: it takes political, social and cultural work to oppose hatred and intolerance

Elly Schlein MEP: it takes political, social and cultural work to oppose hatred and intolerance

Migration policies, nationalist and xenophobic forces, networking between progressive political forces and civil society, opposition to hatred and intolerance and the value of non-violence. We discussed this with Elly Schlein, MEP for Possibile’ and rapporteur for her S&d Group (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) for the reform of the… »

05.07.2018

No to a mass grave on the EU’s southern border

No to a mass grave on the EU’s southern border

Today, several European NGOs issued a public statement denouncing the catastrophic situation in the Mediterranean – that appears increasingly like a mass grave on the southern border of the European Union – and the absolute small-mindedness of political leaders in the light of the pathetic agreements reached in their last… »

22.06.2018

Romania: a nightmare of human rights and the EU turns a blind eye

Romania: a nightmare of human rights and the EU turns a blind eye

Eleven years after joining the European Union, Romania is trying to clean itself up, but poverty and corruption are still in control. Only Bulgaria, among EU member states, is below Romania on the poverty scale. Right in the centre of Bucharest, outcasts live underground in the former heating tunnels of… »

04.06.2018

We must resist and not allow a single step backwards to be taken in the right to health

We must resist and not allow a single step backwards to be taken in the right to health

Carmen Esbrí is a human rights activist. Member of the Madrid Public Health Defence Committee MEDSAP – Marea Blanca and of the National White Tide Coordinator. The Madrid Public Health Defence Committee MEDSAP – Marea Blanca (White Tide), is a platform created in 2012 with… »

03.06.2018

What unites us can be perceived, we must give form to how we can unite.

What unites us can be perceived, we must give form to how we can unite.

Paco Vaquero is a member of Humanistas por la Renta Básica Universal. (Humanists for the Universal Basic Income). He has participated in the European Humanist Forum, held recently in Madrid, as a speaker at the round table on “Independent Journalism and Social Activism” as well as in the area of… »

02.06.2018

Criminalisation of solidarity, Hungary at the forefront

Criminalisation of solidarity, Hungary at the forefront

Hungary, ruled by Viktor Orban’s racist right wing, has always distinguished itself for its anti-immigrant policy (just think of the barbed wire barrier built in 2015 on the border with Serbia), but those who oppose it are now being harshly punished: in fact, the government has introduced a bill providing… »

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