Freedom of thought

12-04-2018

The EU should take a clear stand against anti-Roma hatred in Bulgaria

As Roma week 2018 comes to a close, Violeta Naydenova calls on the member governments and the Commission to use their influence to persuade the Bulgarian Presidency to increase their efforts against anti-Roma hatred in Bulgaria.
Digital 12-03-2018

Tackling Fake News: To be continued

Fake news has been blamed for the election of Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of populist parties in Europe. A High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news has been set up by the European Commission to suggest how to address the problem. Žiga Turk, one of the members, shares his comments on their Final Report, released earlier today (March 12).
09-02-2018

Surrogacy convention – let’s not forget human rights are for all

An international conference is currently trying to regulate surrogacy, a global business estimated to be worth roughly $5 billion a year, and the EU should weigh in on the ongoing negotiations and make all efforts to condemn and limit the practice whose principal victims are children, writes Sophia Kuby.

How powerful can Poland’s Morawiecki really be?

Poland’s new prime minister is as much on a collision course with the Commission as with his own party. His first-time appearance and early departure from the last EU Council held on 14-15 December indicate that his future is still...
Central Europe 14-12-2017

With freedom of thought under fire, Poland drifts away from democracy

When I think about the past two years in Poland, the infamous poem by Władysław Broniewski - "Word about Stalin", written on the occasion of the Soviet dictator's 70th birthday - comes to my mind, writes Bartosz T. Wieliński.
We have all had our fill of references to ‘fake news’ – to the point that we are no longer sure what it means.
Digital 06-12-2017

Fake news affects all of us – the debate should reflect all voices

We have all had our fill of references to ‘fake news’ – to the point that we are no longer sure what it means. However, that should not blind us to the fact that significant issues are at stake in the digital world, writes Noel Curran.

Open Society has done good work in Hungary. Why is it being attacked?

Recently I have taken to counting the billboards attacking George Soros as I walk to my office at the Open Society Foundations, writes Goran Buldioski. There are six along my twenty-minute route and they are part of the latest anti-Soros campaign in Hungary.
01-12-2017

Wahhabism has a huge outreach in Belgium

The recent debate over the Salafist cleric in Belgium shows that non-violent extremism cannot be ignored, writes Eli Hadzhieva
Digital 24-11-2017

Fake news panic. Need for EU action?

The discussion of public and private funding must be on the top of any media agenda including how to tackle fake news, writes Renate Schroeder. Investing in resources and staff is a prerequisite for responsible reporting.
Digital 24-11-2017

The trouble with fighting fakes with facts

Europe's fight against disinformation requires a trust in legitimate media, writes Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck.

EU needs to fund resilience against far-right surge

The EU should support independent media, education and civil society to halt the far-right’s erosion of the rule of law and fundamental rights, argues Israel Butler.
06-11-2017

As populations age, time to talk about fertility

EU countries should take concrete actions to ensure that fertility treatments are reimbursed and made available irrespective of the income or place of residence of patients, writes Norica Nicolai.