Freedom of thought Archives

  • Roma policies must tackle anti-Gypsyism

    03-11-2017

    Two days ago, the European Parliament voted an important resolution aiming to fight anti-Gypsyism, the specific type of racism directed towards Roma, write Ismael Cortes and Anna Striethorst.

  • Barcelona mayor: ‘Security challenges call for joined efforts and innovative responses’

    Promoted content | Politics 27-10-2017

    We are living in extremely complex times. Cities are directly affected by global challenges such as the terrorist threats, increasing inequality and climate change but they do not have the resources they need to tackle them effectively.

  • The EU is not to blame for the rise of the far right

    Elections 17-10-2017

    Only a few months ago, experts called it a day on the rise of the far right. The lacklustre performance of populists in France and the Netherlands was taken as evidence of their demise. But this complacency has proved to be misplaced, writes Evgeny Pudovkin.

  • In Europe, a new wave of terrorism driven by social media

    17-10-2017

    The proliferation of extremist content online has led to growing pressure on tech firms. The EU has an opportunity to provide leadership by developing clear standards to decrease the prevalence of extremist propaganda, writes Radek Sikorski.

  • Let’s debunk the ‘apolitical youth’ myth

    Politics 12-10-2017

    Young people don’t care. Young people don’t engage. Young people don’t vote. How many times have we heard these clichés? How long will we keep perpetuating this myth? Young people do participate. Young people do care, young people are political, writes Anna Widegren.

  • EU must demand respect for human rights in trade talks with India

    04-10-2017

    The Indian government must guarantee the security of religious minorities if it wants to conclude trade deals with the EU, writes Lars Adaktusson.

  • The importance of prevention for security policies

    Promoted content 29-09-2017

    “Think globally - act locally”. This well-known motto, originally coined to highlight the impact of environmental policies, urges us to take a holistic view on the global impact of local action. It can also be applied to preventive approaches to security policies, writes Antje Niewisch-Lennartz.

  • Ireland’s abortion restrictions are a disgrace. Where’s the EU’s soft power?

    28-09-2017

    This week thousands of Irish people in cities all over the world, including Brussels, will be protesting in solidarity with tens of thousands marching in Dublin for access to abortion, writes John Hyland.

  • Will the EU take a stand against the erosion of women’s rights?

    28-09-2017

    In the last year, increased political attacks on the safety and dignity of women, within the EU and beyond, have made human rights a hot topic in the European public sphere, writes Caroline Hickson.

  • European Muslims feel part of Europe but when will European society reciprocate?

    22-09-2017

    New data released this week show that Muslims in Europe face discrimination in all areas of life. We need to start shifting our perspective and promote inclusive narratives and practices with regard to Muslims' presence in Europe. Too often, they are seen as a ‘problem to manage’, writes Julie Pascoët.

  • Violence against girls is corrosive to society

    21-09-2017

    More than a half of the world’s women and girls experience some kind of physical or sexual violence in their early years. This miserable tide of suffering is ruining millions of girls’ childhoods and undermining their chances of becoming healthy adults, warn Kevin J. Jenkins and Susan Bissell.

  • The EU disregards human rights in Iran

    16-08-2017

    Federica Mogherini should be asked how she manages to continue relations with the Iranian officials despite reports of Tehran's declining respect for human rights, writes Hamid Bahrami.