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  • Ambassador: Azerbaijan is unfairly targeted

    Azerbaijan 06-03-2015

    Each time that Azerbaijan hosts a major international event, NGOs specialising in criticising countries attack the nation unfairly, the ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belgium Fuad Isgandarov told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Jerzy Pomianowski: France could do more for human rights

    Development Policy 15-04-2014

    France spends too little of its development aid on support for democracy and has not yet contributed to funding the European Endowment for Democracy, a new independent foundation that supports local actors in EU’s neighbourhood for democratic change, Jerzy Pomianowski, the executive director of the organisation has told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Amnesty: Europe’s response to Syria is ‘pathetic’

    Justice & Home Affairs 24-01-2014

    While the Syrian refugee crisis rages, and migration is at the top of the EU’s human rights concerns, Amnesty’s Salil Shetty visited Brussels to call on EU leaders to take action. “Europe’s pledge of 14,000 places for resettlement and humanitarian admission of Syrian refugees is not a serious one,” Shetty said in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Human rights commissioner: ‘European states should penalise participation in racist extremist groups’

    Future EU 13-12-2013

    The latest report by the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner warns against the consequences of austerity policies on the most vulnerable parts of society. In an interview with EURACTIV, Nils Muižnieks also discussed the crackdown on Roma populations and the rise of extreme parties at the next European elections.

  • Mary Robinson: Seeking justice for people and the planet

    Development Policy 24-06-2013

    Former Irish president Mary Robinson was named the UN special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region in March. In another capacity, she is campaigning for climate justice. Robinson tells EURACTIV that peace, stability and sustainable development are not mutually exclusive.

  • MEP: Hollande will play his hand carefully

    Trade & Society 09-05-2012

    François Hollande will play his hand carefully and those who expect him to precipitate a crisis in the eurozone are wrong, MEP Richard Howitt (S&D, UK), European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Water rights lawyer: Expecting more from the EU

    Special Report | Sustainable Development 07-03-2012

    More than one billion people don’t have safe drinking water and more than two billion lack toilets, according to the UN. Access to reliable water and sanitation are now human rights, and the UN’s special rapporteur says the European Union could be doing more – at home and abroad – to uphold these rights.

  • Ambassador: Russia could tell EU ‘nobody is perfect’

    Global Europe 10-05-2011

    Russia understands the present difficulties holding up the process of EU integration, just like EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy has never publicly criticised Moscow over the human rights situation in Russia "because he understands it," Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's ambassdor to the EU, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Human Rights Commissioner: Europe’s leaders betray basic principles

    Justice & Home Affairs 05-05-2011

    The EU is closing its doors ever tighter to immigrants and some of its leaders are betraying basic humanitarian principles, said Thomas Hammarberg, commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

  • Ukraine Prime Minister: ‘We are against South Stream’

    Special Report | Med & South 14-10-2010

    With Ukraine as a reliable partner, Russia doesn't need the South Stream gas pipeline and can pump any amount of gas in "whatever direction" it wishes, Mykola Azarov, prime minister of Ukraine, said yesterday (13 October) in a joint interview with EURACTIV, Bloomberg and Reuters.

  • Turkish opposition: Erdo?an is authoritarian and un-European

    Global Europe 05-05-2010

    Turkey needs to modernise its constitution but some of the government's reform proposals would seriously undermine the independence of the judiciary, Kader Sevinç of the main Turkish opposition party told EURACTIV in an interview, accusing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an of showing "authoritarian" and "un-European" behaviour.

  • Analyst: No more room for Polish-Russian confrontation

    Central Europe 14-04-2010

    Mutual resentment between Poland and Russia is being replaced with openness and the beginnings of friendship in the emotional days since the tragic plane crash in Smolensk, in which the Polish president and his delegation lost their lives, Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski, a researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Opposition leader: Bulgaria heading towards a ‘Polizeistaat’

    Central Europe 26-03-2010

    New Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is instilling an atmosphere of fear among society in governing the country that is reminiscent of Stalinism, his Socialist predecessor, Sergey Stanishev, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Minister: Europe can learn from Kazakhstan’s religious tolerance

    Languages & Culture 26-01-2010

    Kazakhstan will prioritise inter-religious tolerance, an area where it has achieved substantial successes, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, chairperson-in-office of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview, setting out his country's goals for its chairmanship of the organisation in 2010.

  • Robinson: Lack of climate deal ‘will spark civil unrest’

    Development Policy 15-12-2009

    Civil unrest will grow in the coming years unless heads of state and government show political leadership to stop climate change, said Mary Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Irish president, in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Emma Bonino: Italian campaign ‘totally undemocratic’

    EU Priorities 2020 04-06-2009

    There is no rule of law in Italy under Berlusconi, former European commissioner and current vice-president of the Italian Senate Emma Bonino told EURACTIV from Rome in a telephone interview yesterday (3 June).

  • Roma MEP: Italy’s fingerprinting should be seen in wider context

    Justice & Home Affairs 01-08-2008

    Lívia Járóka, a Hungarian MEP from the centre-right EPP-ED group, spoke to EURACTIV Hungary in an interview about Italy's Roma fingerprinting measures. [Note: Following a mistranslation from the original version in Hungarian, EURACTIV.com has modified parts of this interview. The following text has been corrected and is the exact verbatim version, translated into English.]

  • MEP: EU leaders ‘too weak’ on human rights

    Med & South 17-07-2008

    The EU and its new, six-month French Presidency must push harder on issues such as good governance and human rights in the international arena, including with Russia and at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Socialist MEP Ana Maria Gomes (Portugal) told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Euro MP: Italy’s handling of Roma ‘clearly fascist’

    Justice & Home Affairs 03-06-2008

    European leaders should be more energetic in warning the Italian Government about hate rhetoric against immigrants, says Romanian Socialist MEP Adrian Severin in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Lokshina: EU ‘credibility gap’ on human rights in Russia

    Enlargement 29-04-2008

    With a new president taking office in Russia in early May, the EU should use this 'window of opportunity' to openly address Russian human rights violations, Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch Russia told EURACTIV in an interview. Neglecting the issue due to the bloc's dependency on the country for energy is not an option, she adds.

  • Amnesty International on human rights in Serbia and Kosovo

    Central Europe 15-02-2007

    Sian Jones, researcher for Amnesty International in Serbia and Kosovo explains the NGO's position on the human-rights situation in the two Balkan countries. Jones believes that the EU could make a difference in achieving greater co-operation with the war-crimes tribunal in Serbia and helping develop institutions that ensure human rights are respected in Kosovo.