Freedom of thought

28-04-2017

Freedom of religion and belief beyond the EU’s borders

Religious freedom is one of the most essential human rights, enshrined solidly in international law. Being part of EU primary law, the Union has committed to promote and protect religious freedom worldwide.

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24-04-2017

The EU needs a Special Representative for freedom of religion or belief

77% of the world’s population – that is 5.5 billion people - are living in countries where the free exercise of religion or belief is severely restricted.

04-04-2017

EU envoy on religious freedom: ‘Indifference, ignorance and fear’ are terror’s greatest allies

To mark his first anniversary in the role as the EU’s inaugural Special Envoy for the Freedom of Religion or Belief Outside the EU, EURACTIV.com interviewed Ján Figeľ about the headscarf ban, Islamist terrorism and growing up Catholic in a communist state.

Global Europe 09-03-2017

Icelandic politician Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir on gender equality

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir is Iceland's former interior minister and chairperson of the board of Women in Parliaments Global Forum.

08-03-2017

Spanish MEP Iratxe García Pérez speaks out against misogyny

Wednesday, 8 March, marks International Women’s Day, which celebrates the cultural, economic, social and political achievement of women. Yet, Spanish MEP Iratxe García Pérez explains that a gender-biased mentality persists.

Dan Hannan on Communism, 'Ostalgie', first loves and enforced atheism.
03-03-2017

Dan Hannan on Communism, Ostalgie, first loves and enforced atheism

Fresh from his Brexit victory over Brussels, Conservative MEP and thinker Daniel Hannan now has Communism in his sights - organising an ACRE conference next month in Tirana, Albania on the legacy of state socialism for Europe.

Global Europe 26-05-2015

My husband, Raif Badawi, faces death for blogging

Raif Badawi is the Saudi Arabian blogger imprisoned for ten years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes, after being arrested on charges of insulting Islam on a website.

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Global Europe 20-09-2012

China restricts press access to EU-China Summit

European and Chinese leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday for the 15th EU-China Summit. No 'big decisions' were expected but the summit aimed to 'consolidate' relations between both powers.
The summit created controversy as journalists were left hanging when the usual post-summit press conference was called off. The Chinese authorities wanted to impose restrictions on the number of journalists allowed into the conference. The EU said no.