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Non-discrimination 28-04-2021

Anti-LGBT discrimination ‘damages Eastern Europe’s economic growth’

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people costs Eastern European countries almost 2% a year in economic growth, a coalition of dozens of global companies promoting LGBT+ inclusion said on Tuesday (27 April).
Non-discrimination 22-04-2021

French hijab ban risks further excluding Muslim girls from practicing sports

The French Senate's vote this month to amend the country's so-called "separatism" bill aims to ban the wearing of the hijab in sports competitions, which according to many risks further excluding Muslim girls from participating in sports. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 01-04-2021

‘Falling like flies’: Hungary’s Roma community pleads for COVID help

Coronavirus infections are ravaging Hungary's 700,000-strong Roma community, according to personal accounts that suggest multiple deaths in single families are common in an unchecked outbreak fuelled by deep distrust of authorities.
Enlargement 30-03-2021

North Macedonia minister: Tensions should ‘naturally decline’ after Bulgarian election

Tensions between North Macedonia and its southern neighbour Bulgaria, which is blocking Skopje's EU membership bid, should "naturally decline" after the 4 April election in Bulgaria and pave the way for an agreement, North Macedonia's Justice Minister Bojan Marichikj told EURACTIV.
Non-discrimination 29-03-2021

German school system still holds back children of migrants, experts say

In Germany, how well a child does in school is closely linked to their parental background, with immigrants and their children worst affected by structural inequalities. Opposition politicians are calling for reforms, but experts fear there is a lack of political will for the necessary overhaul.
Non-discrimination 26-02-2021

New study sheds light on discrimination in the German education system

Sinti and Roma continue to face inequality in the German education system, a new study shows. Politicians and associations are now calling for funding measures to be scrutinised more closely.
Non-discrimination 05-02-2021

Sexism in politics: French MP called ‘fish lady’ and ‘crazy’ during debate

Far-left National Assembly MP Mathilde Panot (France Insoumise) was called "fish lady" and "crazy" by her male colleagues on Tuesday (2 February), in the latest episode of a long series of sexist attacks against women politicians in France. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 09-12-2020

Gay French minister to visit ‘LGBT-free zone’ in Poland

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune told a magazine to be published Wednesday (9 December) that he is gay and plans to visit a so-called LGBT-free zone in Poland to support local activists.
Non-discrimination 08-12-2020

Germany’s discrimination protection for migrants ‘one of the weakest’ – survey

Germany no longer ranks in the top 10 countries for integration policy, according to new findings from the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 03-12-2020

Neglected by public policy, women with disabilities face double discrimination

Being a woman with a disability often leads to double discrimination, particularly in France. EURACTIV France looks into this issue that continues to largely go unnoticed by policymakers.
Non-discrimination 13-11-2020

Terrorism and Muslim communities: Europe’s ‘right’ battle

In recent weeks, violent terrorist attacks have shocked France and Vienna, after cartoons of Prophet Mohammed were published by French satiric publication Charlie Hebdo to mark the start of the trial for the 2016 terrorist attacks in Paris.
Non-discrimination 23-10-2020

French McDonalds employees give ‘chilling’ testimonies of discrimination and harassment

Though Mcdonalds' French ad campaign continues to be 'Come as you are', 114 employee testimonials collected recently in France tell a different story. They include racism, sexism, harassment and even sexual violence. EURACTIV France reports.
The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
Digital & Media 18-09-2020

EU must ‘proactively’ tackle AI discrimination, Jourová says

The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
Non-discrimination 17-07-2020

Structural discrimination against elderly increased during COVID-19, says FRA study

The coronavirus pandemic has hit older people hard, with age-related stereotypes reinforced and freedom of movement restricted, according to a study published by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) at the end of June. However, the pandemic may have brought generations closer together again in the short term. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 30-06-2020

Time to recognise migrants’ contribution to Covid-19 response

COVID-19 has shown that migrants are essential workers but still face discrimination, argues Maria Nyman
Non-discrimination 12-06-2020

France has a discrimination problem, says national human rights defender

The sixth report of the Defender of Rights, an independent constitutional body created in 2011 that aims to protect the rights of all citizens, has revealed the  scale of discrimination in France. It is also the last by of the institution's first president, Jacques Toubon. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 05-06-2020

Berlin parliament passes anti-discrimination law targeting public authorities

Berlin's state parliament on Thursday (4 June) passed a controversial law that aims to hold public authorities to account for acts of discrimination, EURACTIV Germany reports.

France kicks out Bulgarian seasonal workers despite Commission ‘guidelines’

Two groups of seasonal workers arriving in France by plane from Bulgaria have been sent back home by the French airport authorities, despite the European Commission's calls to ensure the freedom of movement of such “critical” personnel.
Politics 10-04-2020

Slovakia closes off five Roma settlements due to coronavirus

Slovakia has closed off several Roma settlements in the eastern part of the country after reports of a cluster of coronavirus cases in five of them, highlighting difficulties faced by Europe’s largest ethnic minority during the pandemic.
Coronavirus 08-04-2020

The Roma are among most threatened by coronavirus in Europe

Roma and Travellers have long been known to fall through the social net and their situation has only worsened during the ongoing Covid-19 emergency, write Shannon Pfohman and Thomas Hackl.
Global Europe 08-04-2020

COVID-19 crisis triggers EU racism against Asians, rights agency says

There has been a spike in recorded cases of racist abuse against people perceived to be of Chinese or Asian descent in the European Union amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the European Union's Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) said in a report published on Wednesday (8 April).
Languages & Culture 20-03-2020

Bulgarian authorities struggle to enforce containment with Roma population

In Bulgaria, home to a large Roma population, the authorities are struggling to enforce the strict containment measures generally respected by the majority of the population. On top of that, many Bulgarian Roma are said to have returned from Western Europe in recent days.

Hungary plans citizen survey against court compensations for Roma

Hungary’s right-wing government plans next month to survey its citizens to determine whether the courts should stop financially compensating Roma for discrimination and prisoners for mistreatment. Critics say the government survey will pave the way for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán...

25 years fighting racism and intolerance across Europe

As the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) marks its 25th anniversary. Maria Pejčinović Burić takes stock of its successes and future priorities.