In a Europe, with a growing gulf between the “haves” and the “have nots”, we are witnessing that welfare systems are creating what they should overcome: inequality. The purpose of a welfare system is to act as a safety net for everyone, but this is no longer happening, writes Allan Päll.
Romanian MEP Sorin Moisă (PSD) has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, over visa requirement for Romanians and Bulgarians. An EU regulation from 2013 requires that third countries treat EU members without discrimination in visa matters.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico's efforts to form a new government got off to a difficult start on Wednesday (9 March) as two parties that were seen as likely coalition partners gave him the cold shoulder.
Reforms to Austria’s Islam law came into force on Tuesday (1 March). Muslim associations will now be subject to stricter rules on funding and even educational institutions will have to change. EURACTIV Germany reports.
While talks on a compromise to keep the UK in the EU continue, it has emerged that the Polish government will not support any solution reducing the privileges of Poles who already live and work in UK. EURACTIV Poland reports.
"I know what it means to be discriminated (against)... and when I hear anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, and xenophobic speech, it’s like a bell ringing, telling people 'Please be worried'," Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian coalition partner have clashed in an unusually public spat over plans to introduce a motorway toll that critics say is designed to fleece foreigners.
The first step towards countering anti-Gypsyism is to recognise it as such, argues Martin Demirovski from ENAR, the European Network Against Racism, in an op-ed calling on the renewed European institutions to make the fight against this ever growing phenomenon in Europe a priority.
Presenting its programme on Roma inclusion, Hungary asked the European Commission to be more responsive to national circumstances regarding minorities, while EU officials called for legally-binding integration measures.
In 2012, 124.5 million Europeans were considered “at risk of poverty or social exclusion” according to Eurostat, injecting a sense of urgency into an anti-poverty campaign launched in Brussels yesterday (4 March) ahead of the May European elections.
An employee who was asked by British Airways to remove a Christian cross from around her neck has won a religious discrimination case at Europe's human rights court but three other claimants lost similar cases on Tuesday (15 January).
Three weeks after her initial plan to impose gender quotas on company boards met with strong opposition, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding unveiled a new proposal. But this time it was criticised for being too weak.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says his country will request “in the following days” holding a European Council meeting to make decisions “at the European level” on the Roma - many of them from Romania and Bulgaria - who settle in illegal camps in France and other countries.
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