Freedom of thought Archives

  • 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.

  • Ireland votes in ‘once-in-a-generation’ abortion referendum

    25-05-2018

    Ireland votes today (25 May) in an abortion referendum that could be a milestone on a path of change in a country that, only a few decades ago, was one of Europe’s most socially conservative.

  • Mothers of disabled children defy Polish government, camp inside parliament

    25-05-2018

    Can you imagine a wall manned by dozens of armed policemen outside the European Parliament? Or denying access to journalists, experts and advisers and cancelling trips at the last minute? It's a reality in Poland. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

  • Polish government continues efforts to stifle free media

    11-05-2018

    Press freedom is still under threat in Poland, the case of TVN24 journalist ,Wojciech Bojanowski ,who revealed a police torture case last year is one of the most striking examples of the Polish state’s control of the media. EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

  • Orbán sworn in as PM for third time, eyes 20 more years in power

    Future EU 11-05-2018

    Fresh from a landslide election win in April, Hungary's combative premier Viktor Orbán was formally sworn in as prime minister Thursday (10 May), and hinted at designs on power until at least 2030.

  • Montenegro investigative reporter shot and injured

    Enlargement 09-05-2018

    An attacker shot an investigative reporter in Montenegro Tuesday (8 May), police said, prompting calls from the European Union and the United States to protect journalists in the Balkan country.