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29/09/2016

Theatre lessons from Sri Lanka on post-conflict reconciliation at EU Dev Days

Languages & Culture


Spanish promotion of regional languages did not breach state aid rules

The European Commission cleared Spain on Tuesday (21 September) of any wrongdoing after investigating its granting of public subsidies to regional language schemes. EurActiv Spain reports.
Future EU 14-09-2016

Tusk: EU situation not the same as in ‘The Leopard’ novel

In his invitation letter for the 16 September Bratislava summit, European Council President Donald Tusk made reference to The Leopard, the famous novel which describes the 19-century crisis of the Italian nobility, known for the famous sentence "everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same".
Elections 12-09-2016

Catalans rally in support of independence from Spain

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Catalonia yesterday (11 September) to support a break from Spain which local leaders want to deliver for next year in spite of legal blocks by the central government.
Europe's East 08-09-2016

Turkey repeals airbase ban on visits by German politicians

Germany's lawmakers will once again be able to visit troops stationed at an airbase in Turkey, after Ankara softened its stance against Berlin. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 08-09-2016

Latvian minister to miss Bratislava meeting - to play chess

Buoyed by her defeat of the best woman player in the world, Latvia's finance minister is to skip a top EU meeting this week to pursue her passion for chess, her spokesman said Wednesday (8 September.)
Elections 06-09-2016

Wagenknecht: Merkel 'gave the AfD their breakthrough'

One of the German Left's most prominent politicians hit out at Angela Merkel following the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party's election success, in an interview with EurActiv's partner, Der Tagesspiegel.

Turkey punishes Austrian archaeologists for sins of its politicians

The Turkish government has rescinded Austria's excavation licence for the ancient city of Ephesus. The seemingly politically-motivated decision has caused outrage in the archaeological community. EurActiv Germany reports.
Future EU 05-09-2016

EU institutions failing race equality drive

EurActiv recently asked the European Commission whether the executive is too white, drawing attention to the surprising fact that the institution does not collect data on the ethnicity or religion of its officials. There is still a lot to be desired from the institutions’ push for diversity, writes Claire Fernandez.
Elections 05-09-2016

A letter to Angela Merkel from a Berlin Jew

Alternative für Deutschland’s startling second-place in Sunday’s election in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (4 September) has sent shockwaves throughout Germany. The consequences are particularly concerning for the country’s minorities. Joel Schalit writes to Angela Merkel about how to repair the damage.
UK & Europe 01-09-2016

Poll: British public heavily in favour of burqa ban

Twice as many British people support a ban on women wearing a burqa than oppose one, with a majority also in favour of outlawing the burkini, according to a poll published Thursday (31 August).
Global Europe 01-09-2016

The strongest candidate from Eastern Europe for UN top job is a woman

Bulgarian MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk calls for the United Nations to recognise that nominating Irina Bokova to be the next Secretary-General is the best way to fulfil principles that the UN agreed upon almost 20 years ago.

German women more anti-Muslim than men

German concerns about the country’s Muslim population are growing, especially among women. Researcher Daniela Krause spoke to EurActiv Germany about the issue, the anti-Muslim course of the AfD party and possible ways to reverse the trend.


Germany treads cautiously in court case to ban far-right party

In his decade as a neo-Nazi skinhead in eastern Germany, Manuel Bauer says he beat up foreigners and disabled people, stabbed a cigarette in the eye of a 12-year-old boy and assaulted a Muslim man and his pregnant German wife.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Swiss-Italian frontier becomes flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis

Nine months pregnant and desperate to cross from Italy into Switzerland after fleeing Ethiopia, a young woman along with her husband are among hundreds stranded by a Swiss border clampdown that is drawing international scrutiny.

EU countries failing to protect cultural heritage

The European Commission has given eight EU countries just two months to incorporate into national law new rules on returning cultural items illegally taken from other member states. Failure to comply will mean the beginning of legal action. EurActiv Spain reports.
Elections 12-07-2016

Europeans fear that refugee influx raises terror threat

A majority of Europeans fear the recent refugee influx will heighten the risk of terrorist attacks and cost their countries jobs and social benefits, and create further problems with the integration of Muslims, said a survey released yesterday (11 July) by the Pew Research Center.

100 years on, royals and politicians pay tribute to lost Somme generation

French and British leaders will participate in a commemoration ceremony of the Battle of the Somme in France on Friday (1 July), two days after an EU summit where the pair discussed Britain's withdrawal from the 28-member bloc.
UK & Europe 29-06-2016

France seeks to capitalise on Brexit to gain influence in Brussels

The idea of dropping English as an official language of the EU is tempting many in Brussels. French politicians sense an opportunity to gain some much-needed credibility. EurActiv France reports.

English will remain an official language of the EU

English will indeed stay an official language of the European Union when the UK leaves the bloc, according to the Commission’s Representation in Ireland, refuting the claims of a senior MEP.

'I'm still alive' jokes Queen Elizabeth on Northern Ireland visit

"I'm still alive," quipped the British monarch Queen Elizabeth yesterday (27 June) when asked about her health, in her first round of public engagements since Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Global Europe 24-06-2016

Post-Colonial Brexit Blues

The anti-colonial rhetoric used by Brexit campaigners was uniquely familiar to surviving subjects of the British empire, and their children. Joel Schalit reflects on the memories it raised for him as an Israeli, and the son of one of the country's founding families.
UK & Europe 20-06-2016

Brexit vote pits London, Scotland against middle England

Britain's vote on European Union membership on Thursday is set to split regions against regions, with Scotland and the main cities expected to back remaining while the English countryside votes out.
UK & Europe 17-06-2016

The UK may leave, but English will remain

Britain has a history of leaving legacies. The most significant one it may leave on the EU in the event of Brexit may turn out to be the English language, writes Colin Mackay.
Development Policy 16-06-2016

Theatre lessons from Sri Lanka on post-conflict reconciliation at EU Dev Days

The first fruits of the EU’s new “cultural strategy” for external relations was on show at the Development Days conference in Brussels on Wednesday (15 June), as a theatre troupe from both warring sides in Sri Lanka showed how working together could aid in post-conflict resolution.