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Romania struggles against corruption: Judicial reforms trouble the EU

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:16:41 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Both the European Commission and European Parliament have expressed a certain apprehension towards judicial reforms in Bucharest. Among the options on the table is making European funds conditional on the respect of rule of law. See more.

International Women’s Day: Women in Europe still work more and have less free time

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:09:55 +0100

, – Despite active gender equality policies, in every European country, men have more daily leisure time than women, while women spend more time on domestic, unpaid work. See more.

Pensions: Growing inequalities in European pension schemes

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:30:24 +0100

Alternatives économiques , Paris – From the age of retirement to pension rates, the crisis of 2008 has deepened the divide between European countries. This situation is only set to worsen as the population ages. See more.

Refugees: Stuck in Patras

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:19:42 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Hundreds of refugees and migrants are living in abandoned factories and tents around the port of Patras, hoping to leave Greece and continue on to northern Europe. See more.

Immigration: Europeans favour intra-EU mobility

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:49:10 +0100

, – Europeans are becoming more enthusiastic about migration within Europe, but they remain generally hostile to immigration from outside Europe. See more.

Social security in Europe: Stagnation with wide discrepancies

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:14:34 +0100

, – Spending on social security in EU countries has seen a very slight increase since 2010, as the latest Eurostat study shows. See more.

Inequalities in the world: Europe resists the global inequality trend

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:14:19 +0100

Alternatives économiques , Paris – The first World Inequalities Report shows a growing gap between the rich and the poor. Europe is an exception to this global trend. See more.

Housing in Europe: Getting a house has become all too expensive

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:41:55 +0100

Alternatives économiques , Paris – In most of EU countries rents and housing prices grow faster than income, and finding a house is getting more and more difficult. See more.

Violence against women: Europe is no exception

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:19:43 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Despite new laws and rules, femicide cases are still alarmingly high all around the world, included in Europe. See more.

Social Justice Index 2017: Economy recovery is increasing social justice

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:50:57 +0100

, – As EU members have adopted the long-awaited European Pillar of Social Rights, a study reveals that a large majority of European countries has improved poverty prevention and access to labor markets. See more.

Migrants crisis: Europe and the Libyan gulag

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:36:25 +0100

France Inter, Paris – The living conditions for migrants detained in Libya on the basis of EU agreements are inhumane and unworthy of the values that Europe should be defending. See more.

Xenophobia and European cities: Foreigners are not welcome everywhere

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:31:12 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Despite the growing influence of racist movements and political parties in Europe, xenophobia isn’t generally on the increase in European cities. See more.

Early childhood: In Europe too equality comes with daycare

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:10:49 +0100

Alternatives économiques , Paris – Creche or grandparents? Forms of daycare vary between countries, with major implications for equality. See more.

Europe’s parliaments: A middle-aged man’s world

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 21:24:23 +0100

Der Spiegel, Hamburg – As the newly elected Bundestag enters into office, we had a look at the gender and age balance in Germany and other European countries. See more.

Student mobility in South-East Europe: Moving beyond Erasmus

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:00:02 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Every year, thousands of students from South-East Europe enroll in universities abroad. Most of them, however, tend to stay within the region, because of the bureaucratic and financial obstacles on the way to Western European faculties. See more.

A Soul for Europe conference 2017: Europeans of all nations unite!

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:58:07 +0100

A Soul for Europe, Berlin – The EU and Europe as a whole would be well advised to become aware of the fact that the very concept of political and cultural sovereignty originates from the city, its citizens and their citizenship, says Architect and co-founder of “A Soul for Europe”. See more.

Contemporary art and migration: Sadika Keskes’ tribute to victims of the sea

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:57:48 +0100

, – Tunisian artist Sadika Keskes, with her latest performance on 1 October in Tunis, wanted to "restore dignity" to the thousands of migrants who died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life, and reminds Europe of its tradition of hospitality. See more.

Youth in Europe: More than one young person in ten is a NEET

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:21:36 +0100

Alternatives économiques , Paris – They are neither employed nor enrolled in college, and are often in transition, but they can end up remaining inactive for all-too long. They are NEETs. Most numerous in Southern Europe, their population exploded with the crisis of 2008. See more.

Europe and migrants: A multi-speed solidarity

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:11:44 +0100

Alternatives économiques , Paris – Two years have passed since the European Union signed agreements on the sharing of migrants to provide relief for Italy and Greece, who are dealing with the overwhelming majority of new arrivals. Meanwhile, the landscape of migrations across the Mediterranean has changed, and the record of the European Union’s collective efforts is, at the very least, a mixed one. See more.

Federal election in Germany: The Merkelisation of Europe

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:38:01 +0100

Der Spiegel, Hamburg – Angela Merkel is the most powerful of the EU’s heads of state and government, and she is running for a fourth mandate in Sunday’s general election. A data-driven look at what has changed in Europe during the twelve years of her chancellorship. See more.

Demography: Old Europe

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:54:28 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.

Migrants in the Mediterranean: No vacancy

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 21:15:49 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.

Social Rights: A plan to strengthen the social dimension of Europe

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:10:03 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – The European Commission's proposal to create a European Pillar of Social Rights is a step towards an integrated and coherent framework on social rights at the European level. This will also provide member states with a frame of reference for developing their own individual policies. See more.

Social Europe: How to set up a universal basic income for all Europeans

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:27:05 +0100

, – Belgian Economist François Denuit suggests introducing the euro-dividend as a new pillar of social rights on which member states could build up their own basic income policies. A big leap forward towards building a truly and ambitious Social Europe. See more.

Violence against women: The EU’s potential accession to the Istanbul Convention

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:45:28 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Half of the EU member states have not yet ratified the Convention on violence against women. The European Parliament and the Commission have decided that the EU as such should adhere to the Convention, which could signal a breakthrough for a genuine European policy against violence. See more.

Refugee crisis: Happy Europe Day!

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:42:38 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.

Worker‘s rights: Konstantína Koúneva, from victim to model

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:55:09 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – A former cleaning employee, MEP Konstantina Kuneva personally suffered serious violence. She now fights for female workers' rights and for a Europe where less is said about finance and more about human rights. See more.

Femen’s Sasha Shevchenko: ‘The main struggle is the fight against nationalism’

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:02:54 +0100

, – For Feminist activist Sasha Shevchenko, "the main struggle for feminists today", apart of "the fight against patriarchy, the Church, the sex industry and any kind of totalitarianism", is "the fight against nationalism" and "Nazi ideas" that are "growing like mushrooms after the rain". See more.

EU asylum policy: Defending in Court the case of humanitarian visas for refugees

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:35:12 +0100

Internazionale, Rome – The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi demonstrated that governments are legally obliged to grant asylum to Syrian refugees. In a landmark verdict to be delivered on 7 March, the Court could decide to adopt Mengozzi’s arguments or to strike a blow to the hopes of so many Syrians. See more.

Human trafficking: Women are the first victims

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:49:10 +0100

, – Trafficked women in EU countries most commonly end up in sexual exploitation. And Member States’ different legal processes and legislation are not helping to combat this evil. See more.

Syrian refugees in Turkey: The working minors’ lost childhood

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:15:01 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – It is estimated that in Turkey one Syrian minor in ten is working to support the family. A situation that threatens to wipe out an entire generation. See more.

Cécile Kyenge on Europe and migration: ‘A global approach is the only way to manage the largest exodus since WW2’

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 19:45:50 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Facing the migration problem means keeping the European project alive. We spoke to the author of a recent report on the issue, Cécile Kyenge, Italian member of the European parliament See more.

Social justice in Europe: ‘The upswing isn’t reaching everyone’

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:08:15 +0100

SGI news, Gütersloh – According to the latest Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Social Justice Index (SJI), social participation is on the rise in Europe, as the labor market recovers. But many people are still in danger of poverty, warn the authors of the 2016 SJI in this interview. See more.

France: Bikini vs. burkini

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:13:16 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.

Refugee crisis: What future for “Quechua babies”?

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:03:50 +0100

, – This is the nickname given by medics to newborns whose mother did not make it to the hospital and who are born in a tent. For all babies born in refugee camps, proper registration is key to establish their nationality. See more.

Europe and refugees: Europeans believe refugees raise risk of terrorism but not crime

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:08:53 +0100

, – A recent survey from ten European countries reveals a majority of citizens fear that the surge in refugees can increase the likelihood of terrorism in their country, but they believe refugees are no more to blame for crime than other groups and don’t have an unfavourable view of Muslims. See more.

Migration and demographics: A map showing the increases in foreign-born European population

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:17:13 +0100

, – The recent and historic refugee crisis has led to a large increase in the immigrant share of populations in many European nations, especially in some countries that received a significant number of asylum seekers. See more.

Firearms: A map of gun ownership in Europe

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:24:32 +0100

, – This interactive map shows the firearms possession rate per 100 inhabitants. Although they are far from reaching rates found in the US, Europeans are by no means unarmed. See more.

Greece: Why refugees don’t want to resettle

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:17:47 +0100

, – Many of the refugees expelled from the makeshift camp of Idomeni, near the Macedonian border, refused to be resettled in the facilities set up by the Greek government. We give eight reasons behind this choice. See more.

Refugee crisis: ‘An unprecedented failure by the EU and its member states’

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 13:48:55 +0100

, – With the beginning of the summer weather, migrant crossings from Libya to Malta and the Italian coast have picked up again: almost a thousand people have drowned over the past few days. See more.

Syrian refugees resettlement: Turkey, a place called home

Sun, 29 May 2016 11:34:01 +0100

, – A few weeks into the EU-Turkey agreement on refugee resettlement, a report from Turkey’s Aegean coast shows that a growing number of migrants are choosing to stay. See more.

Refugee crisis: Citizens more open to refugees than their governments

Mon, 23 May 2016 17:04:02 +0100

The Guardian, London – According to a new survey carried by Amnesty International, the vast majority of people would welcome refugees, discrediting many governments' official position and policy. See more.

The EU and refugees: A call for a humane migrant policy and a Federal Europe

Sat, 07 May 2016 10:54:35 +0100

Europa in movimento, – Promoted by the Young European Federalists of Pescara in collaboration with Europe in movimento, the following appeal calls on European leaders to suspend the agreements recently signed with Turkey in the field of refugees and the adoption of inclusive migration policies. See more.

EU-Turkey: Nothing’s really new on the Turkish front

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:41:37 +0100

, – On the eve of Angela Merkel’s and some top EU officials visit in Turkey, Turkish columnist Cengiz Aktar reviews the country’s implementation of the refugee flow stemming agreement and the current state of Ankara’s EU accession path. Contrary to what Ankara or Brussels may say, both are in some kind of stalemate. See more.

Refugee crisis: Hanging on Turkey

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:14:06 +0100

, – Cartoon. See more.

Refugee crisis: A European Marshall Plan to take in asylum seekers

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 07:23:04 +0100

Alternatives économiques , Paris – Instead of aiming for a partial and shaky agreement to redistribute refugees between unwilling members states, the EU should launch a programme similar in scale to the American’s Marshall Plan for Europe after the Second World War. See more.

Refugee crisis: Europeans want a fair and common response

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 10:25:03 +0100

, – While EU governments are split on how to tackle an unprecedented refugee influx, a survey undertaken all around Europe shows citizens want a fairer distribution of asylum seekers among countries and a common European response. See more.

Europe and the refugee crisis: A perfect storm on its way

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:45:17 +0100

I Kathimerini, Athens – As migrants continue to flock in from the sea, Greece is facing the threat of having to comply both with its commitments to manage the refugee crisis and with the demands of its creditors. Will it cope? See more.

Italy’s battle for gay unions: A relic from the past century

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:31:36 +0100

, – The vagaries of a country where the Vatican has much too much impact. See more.