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Elections 14-09-2018

Amnesty calls upon Romania to stop the ‘traditional family’ referendum

Amnesty International said on Thursday (13 September) that it will try to prevent Romania's planned referendum aimed at changing the definition of "family" for this will "breach international human rights standards" and make it impossible to legalise same-sex unions.
Elections 05-09-2018

Openly gay Polish mayor launches Macron-inspired democracy movement

An openly gay Polish mayor launched what he termed a "pro-democratic" political movement on Tuesday (4 September) aimed at challenging the EU country's governing right-wing party accused by critics and the EU of passing reforms that threaten the rule of law.
Enlargement 18-09-2017

Serbia’s gay PM at Pride takes tolerance ‘one step at a time’

Serbia's lesbian prime minister said Sunday (17 September) that she was working "one step at a time" towards a more tolerant society, as she joined Belgrade's annual gay march held under heavy security.
Enlargement 14-09-2017

It is not easy being LGBT in Serbia

Belgrade's annual Pride Week began on Monday (11 September) and will end with a march on Sunday (17 September). Pride parades were held over the past few years with strong security measures and, in the meantime, Serbia elected a gay prime minister. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Freedom of thought 12-06-2017

‘Brexit’ election results in alliance with DUP anti-abortionists

A “Brexit election” that left UK Prime Minister Theresa May without an overall majority has forced her into a precarious alliance with the far-right Democratic Unionist Party, who are deeply opposed to gay rights and abortion.
Global Europe 11-05-2017

Eurovision shines spotlight on LGBT struggle in Ukraine

Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final in Kyiv, an extravaganza embraced by the LGBT community, Ukraine's "Celebrate Diversity" motto sounds more like wishful thinking than a fact of life.
Freedom of thought 24-02-2017

Malta minister says politicians must ‘help shape public opinion’ on LGBTI rights

Malta’s minister for civil liberties has kicked off a conference on LGBTI rights across the EU with a call for politicians to swim against the tide by “helping shape public opinion, not to be led by it".
20-02-2017

Mike Pence arrives in Brussels, greeted by protestors

“Hands too small, can’t build a wall,” demonstrators chanted during US Vice-President Mike Pence’s meeting with EU leaders.

Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Romanian campaigners said Monday (23 May) they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.
Global Europe 18-05-2016

US and EU protest UN decision to bar LGBT groups from AIDS conference

The United States and the European Union are protesting against a UN decision to bar at least 20 non-governmental groups from taking part in a major AIDS conference next month.
Health 21-03-2016

Many European doctors still think homosexuality is a disease

A "large number" of doctors in certain EU member states still view homosexuality as a disease, a report has revealed. Euroefe reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2015

Ukraine’s second ever gay pride march faces axe

EXCLUSIVE/ The second gay pride demonstration in Ukraine’s history will be cancelled for the second time in as many years, unless promises of police protection are made for the marchers before this Saturday (6 June).
Languages & Culture 15-05-2015

Luxembourg PM is first openly gay EU leader to marry

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is to wed his partner today (15 May), becoming the first European Union leader to enter into a same sex marriage, a symbol of growing social change across the continent.
Armenia 15-05-2015

Stormy times ahead for human rights defenders in Armenia

In the last 15 years, Armenia and the EU have been developing an increasingly close relationship going beyond co-operation to involve a significant measure of economic integration and a deepening political cooperation: from the EU-Armenia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (1999) to the inclusion in the European Neighbourhood Policy (2004) and the Eastern Partnership (2009).
Development Policy 27-01-2015

EU divided over ‘conditionality’ of aid

Belgium has suspended part of its aid programme to Rwanda in response to the country's poor human rights record. The conditionality of aid is a subject of disagreement among European countries. EURACTIV France reports
Enlargement 22-01-2015

Campaigners slam Skopje for gay marriage ban

Macedonia's decision to ban same-sex marriage is a further blow to its marginalized civil society and will entrench discrimination against LGBT people in the European Union accession state, campaigners said on Wednesday (21 January).

EU anti-discrimination law one step closer to adoption

Blocked by some member states, EU anti-discrimination rules could be pushed forward through enhanced cooperation, suggested European Commissioner Martine Reicherts, stressing that transgender people in more than half of EU countries must choose between getting sterilised or not having their identity recognised under national law.

Breaking through the rising tide of conservatism in Europe

Looking at the state of public discourses and political debates in European countries today, there are indeed many reasons to be concerned with candidates feeding on fears and frustrations to win votes, write Evelyne Paradis and Michael Privot, whose organisations joined forces to push an all-out equality agenda through the EU election campaign. 
Development Policy 01-04-2014

Schulz: Cut aid to African countries with anti-gay laws

Imprisoning gays and lesbians for their sexuality is a “disgrace” that should disqualify offending countries from EU aid, the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, told a joint summit with MPs from the Pan-African Parliament yesterday (31 March), sparking a row. 
Sports 16-01-2014

EPP leader calls for ‘political boycott’ of the Sochi games

Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, a vice-president of the European People's Party and president of the EPP group in the European Parliament, has called for a “political boycott” of the Sochi Olympics.

Croats reject gay marriage in referendum

Croats voted overwhelmingly in favour of defining marriage in the constitution as a "union of man and woman" yesterday (1 December), a move initiated by Roman Catholic groups but criticised by opponents as discrimination against homosexuals. The Commission declined to comment, saying that the issue of marriage is of national competence.
Europe's East 20-11-2013

EU demands more reforms from Ukraine to lift visa barrier

While the lead-up to the Vilnius Eastern partnership summit has focused on a mooted EU-Ukraine association agreement, another subject that is dear to Ukrainians will be discussed, free movement across the European Union.