Freedom of thought Archives

  • Trans-Europe Express – Mass Orbanisation on the horizon

    Future EU 08-06-2018

    Viktor Orbán was once seen in the Brussels bubble as a bad boy, a political hooligan who is foolishly attempting to challenge an unbreakable political correctness.

  • Romanian absurd: A ruling party that calls a protest meeting

    Justice & Home Affairs 08-06-2018

    The political party that toppled its own government in Romania last year has made another head-scratching move: It is staging a massive protest in front of the building that houses the government it appointed only a few months ago.

  • Poland, Germany still friends despite PiS’ anti-German campaign

    08-06-2018

    Despite an anti-German campaign run by the Law and Justice party (PiS) government and the media that support it for almost two years, Polish people's attitude towards Germans and the German view of Poles have not worsened in the slightest. EURACTIV’s media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

  • Top EU court rules same-sex partners have residence rights

    06-06-2018

    Same-sex partners of EU citizens have the right to live in any member state whatever their nationality, even in countries that do not recognise gay marriage, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday (5 June).

  • Campaigners lock horns with EU justice chief on ‘hate speech’

    05-06-2018

    EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová stood by the EU's principles that freedom of speech was not absolute at a panel discussion held in Brussels, saying that attempts to regulate hate speech were justified but her comments prompted a fierce debate. 

  • Denmark bans full-face veil

    01-06-2018

    Denmark on Thursday (31 May) became the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces in a move slammed by human rights campaigners as "a violation of women's rights".

  • Poland continues purging history books to the beat of PiS drum

    01-06-2018

    Poland, and the ruling PiS party in particular, attaches great importance to history. It is therefore no wonder that it continues to change its history and the names of those who made it, with the help of the state-controlled media. EURACTIV's media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

  • US takes aim at Turkey over religious freedom

    31-05-2018

    The United States took aim at Turkey on Wednesday (30 May), demanding that it release a US pastor facing trial, as the State Department published its annual report on religious freedom saying it was "under assault" across the world.

  • No penalty for MEP Korwin-Mikke, ECJ rules

    31-05-2018

    The European Court of Justice annulled on Thursday (31 May) a decision of the European Parliament which had imposed sanctions on former Polish right-wing MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke over the comments he made against migrants and women in 2016 and 2017.

  • Hungary moves to jail NGOs for helping migrants

    Future EU 30-05-2018

    Individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to jail under legislation submitted to parliament on Tuesday (29 May).

  • Muslim animal slaughter must occur in approved abattoirs: EU court

    29-05-2018

    The EU's top court ruled Tuesday (29 May) that animal slaughter without stunning can only occur in approved abattoirs, saying a ban on temporary slaughter houses does not violate Muslim religious freedom.

  • Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote

    28-05-2018

    Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said had finally lifted decades of stigma and shame.