About: homophobia

Non-discrimination 09-03-2021

French minister says Poland stymied his visit to ‘LGBT-free’ zone

French Europe Minister Clément Beaune said he was dissuaded by Polish authorities from visiting what he called an “LGBT-free zone” in defence of civil liberties on a trip to Poland, but the government in Warsaw denied it had blocked access.
Elections 05-03-2021

Hungary PM wants to create new European right-wing ‘force’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday (5 March) called for the creation of a new European right-wing force for "our type of people" who want to protect their families and homeland.
Global Europe 05-02-2021

Turkey makes fresh arrests after EU, US censure

Police detained dozens of protesters across several cities on Thursday (4 February) after Turkey brushed aside US and EU condemnation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's crackdown on a month of escalating student rallies.
Non-discrimination 21-01-2021

Renew Europe expels Lithuanian MEP over homophobic remarks

Centrist European Parliament grouping Renew Europe on Wednesday (20 January) voted to expel a Lithuanian MEP over homophobic remarks he made in a video on Facebook.
Politics 14-01-2021

Lithuanian MEP apologises in homophobia row

A Lithuanian MEP accused of homophobia apologised on Wednesday (13 January) after fellow lawmakers threatened to expel him from the liberal Renew grouping in the European Parliament.
Non-discrimination 12-01-2021

Lithuanian MEP told to explain homophobic remarks

A Lithuanian MEP whose Facebook page features a video of him calling gays or transvestites "perverts" has been given until Thursday (14 January) to explain and apologise if he wants to stay in his political group.
Non-discrimination 21-10-2020

Irish town cuts ties with ‘LGBT-free’ Polish twin in growing culture war

The Irish town of Fermoy has cut ties with its Polish twin Nowa Deba over a motion opposing "LGBT ideology", in the latest European bid to counter Poland's increasing homophobic stance.
Freedom of thought 28-11-2019

Hungarian media deny claims that Eurovision 2020 is ‘too gay’

Hungary will not take part in Eurovision 2020, the annual song contest that will take place in Rotterdam next year. Reports have emerged that the reason was the high number of LGBTQ+ participants, which goes going against the conservative views of Viktor Orbán's government.
Languages & Culture 23-09-2019

Tens of thousands march for ban on abortions in Slovakia

Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia's capital on Sunday (22 September) calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country.
Europe's East 24-06-2019

War veterans join biggest gay pride march in Ukraine

War veterans in fatigues joined more than 8,000 people marching in Kyiv's Gay Pride parade amid tight security on Sunday (23 June), the biggest ever annual celebration of diversity in ex-Soviet Ukraine.
EU Elections 2019 30-04-2019

Macron’s top EU candidate embroiled in new controversy

Following last week’s revelations of Nathalie Loiseau's connections to the far right, the French president’s top candidate for the European elections is now defending herself from accusations of trivialising homophobia in a comic cartoon on Europe she co-signed. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Freedom of thought 01-03-2019

‘Respect’ for Luxembourg PM after he challenges Arab leaders on gay rights

Several top European politicians backed Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Thursday (28 February) after he told Arab leaders he was gay and could be condemned to death in some of their countries.
EU-Africa 16-11-2018

EU to ‘review’ support to Tanzania over rights concerns

The European Union is reviewing its financial support to Tanzania in response to recent moves undermining "human rights and the rule of law".

Grassroots solidarity against EU-wide rise in hate crimes

Hate speech, racist acts, anti-Semitic violence, and assaults on LGBT people: in recent years, discriminatory violence has skyrocketed. Local actors in Europe are making the most of their imagination to face them. EURACTIV France reports.

Northern Ireland court rules gay marriage ban doesn’t violate rights

Northern Ireland's refusal to recognise same-sex marriage does not violate the rights of couples affected, the Belfast High Court ruled on Thursday (17 August), in a blow to campaigners in the only part of the United Kingdom that bans gay marriage.
Elections 13-01-2017

Hungary’s Jobbik ditches far-right past to challenge Orbán in 2018

Hungary's main opposition party, Jobbik, is moving from being a far-right, anti-Semitic radical group to the mainstream, and plans to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party in the 2018 elections, its leader Gábor Vona said in an interview.
Public Affairs 06-01-2017

Germany’s Commissioner apologises to MEPs for ‘racist’ speech

Günther Oettinger, Germany’s EU Commissioner, has apologised to members of the European Parliament for calling the Chinese “slitty-eyed” and for mocking gay marriage and women during a speech in Hamburg.
Public Affairs 05-01-2017

NGOs demand Commission deny Oettinger human resources portfolio

A group of NGOs has called on the European Parliament to oppose the proposal by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to put Günther Oettinger in charge of supervising human resources for the EU executive.
Public Affairs 17-11-2016

Gomes: Outrageous that Oettinger gets away with it because he’s German

Günther Oettinger is simply not suitable for European Commissioner, but he gets away just because he has the support of the EPP and of Germany,  MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal) told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Margaritis Schinas
Digital 03-11-2016

Commission grilled over Oettinger apology for ‘slitty eyes’ speech

The European Commission today (3 November) faced a grilling from journalists after Germany’s Commissioner Günther Oettinger apologised for mocking women and gay marriage, and calling the Chinese "slitty eyes".

Public Affairs 03-11-2016

Oettinger finally apologises for ‘slitty eyes’ speech

Germany’s Commissioner Günther Oettinger today (3 November) finally apologised, a week after calling the Chinese “slitty eyes”, and mocking women and gay marriage, in a secretly-filmed after dinner speech.
Public Affairs 02-11-2016

‘There is no scandal’: Oettinger refuses to apologise for ‘slitty eyes’ speech

EXCLUSIVE/ Under-fire Commissioner Günther Oettinger this morning (2 November) refused to apologise for describing the Chinese as “slitty eyes” and mocking women and gay marriage.
Public Affairs 31-10-2016

Commission won’t apologise for Oettinger’s ‘racist and homophobic’ speech

The European Commission today (31 October) repeatedly refused to apologise for or investigate racist and homophobic remarks made by Germany’s EU commissioner in a secretly-filmed after-dinner speech.
Public Affairs 31-10-2016

Oettinger defends Chinese ‘slitty eyes’ comment

Germany's European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger on Sunday (31 October) defended his use of the term "slitty eyes" for Chinese people which triggered outrage after they were revealed in a leaked recording of a speech to business leaders.