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Languages & Culture 12-10-2017

Bulgaria makes effort to bring Roma children back to school

Small armies of teachers, social workers and police officers are swarming across Bulgaria to carry out a Herculean task -- convince tens of thousands of Roma parents to send their children to school.
Enlargement 12-04-2016

Tensions grow over Serbian accession talks

Croatia’s refusal to agree to the opening of Chapter 23 in Serbia’s EU accession negotiations has heightened tensions between the two countries, which, over the past six months, have grown significantly cooler. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Central Europe 10-03-2016

Slovak PM Fico suffers early blow to coalition hopes

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.
Enlargement 13-11-2014

‘Historic’ Albanian visit to Serbia leaves bitter aftertaste

The first visit by an Albanian prime minister to Belgrade in 68 years was designed to mark a new phase in Serbian-Albanian relations, and send an important signal to the European Union on the readiness of the two countries to cooperate. But, in fact, it opened old wounds. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Languages & Culture 04-09-2013

Croats tear down Cyrillic signs in Vukovar, reviving Yugoslav war memories

Protesters wielding hammers have torn down bilingual signs in Serbian Cyrillic that were installed on official buildings in the Croat city of Vukovar, in a spate of tension recalling the 1990s Yugoslav war.
Languages & Culture 05-11-2010

French expulsions now aimed at ‘Romanians’ and ‘Bulgarians’

In the first nine months of the year, France repatriated 6,562 Romanians and 910 Bulgarians, according to French Immigration Minister Eric Besson, who has stopped referring to them as Roma. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Central Europe 04-10-2010

Centre-right scores ‘surprisingly well’ in Latvia elections

Latvia's prime minister began talks yesterday (3 October) on forming a new majority government after a strong election win kept the country on its IMF-led austerity path to eventual eurozone entry.
Future EU 22-09-2010

EU to press ahead with Roma case against France

Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who was caught in a bitter row with Paris last week over the French government's Roma expulsions, said the European Commission will start a legal procedure against France and several other EU countries for failing to transpose into national law a 2004 directive on the free movement of persons.

France bans burqa, evacuates Eiffel Tower

France's proposed ban on full face veils in public cleared its last legislative hurdle when the Senate approved yesterday (14 September) a bill outlawing the garments. In the meantime, the Eiffel Tower was evacuated following a false bomb alert. The French press writes that the police took the alert "seriously" following the burqa ban.

EU’s Reding loses patience with France on Roma

Viviane Reding, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for justice and fundamental rights, announced today (14 September) that she will launch a legal procedure against France for discriminating against the Roma. The way Paris has managed the issue is "a disgrace," said Reding in a rare loss of temper.
Languages & Culture 03-09-2010

European far-right defends Sarkozy’s Roma policy

Lawmakers from the far-right were the only ones to defend French President Nicolas Sarkozy's tough policies towards the Roma during a debate in the European Parliament yesterday (2 September).

France accuses Romania of dumping its Roma

Romania should not interpret freedom of movement in the EU as a right to get rid of its Roma at the expense of other countries, Pierre Lellouche, the French state secretary for European affairs, told the press yesterday (31 August) in Brussels, triggering a strong reaction from Bucharest.

Reding criticises France, Italy over Roma treatment

EU Commissioner Viviane Reding, responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, yesterday (25 August) criticised the French authorities for seeking solutions to immigration problems and tackling the Roma issue outside of an EU context. She also indirectly condemned Italy for its "discriminatory" and "inflammatory" rhetoric.
Languages & Culture 25-08-2010

Parliament to open with debate on Roma

The European Parliament's silence during the summer recess has been broken by liberal group ALDE, which called for a parliamentary debate on the Roma situation in Europe in early September, following France's move to expel members of that minority to their countries of origin, Romania and Bulgaria.

EU urges France not to mix Roma issue with Schengen

Current tensions over the repatriation of hundreds of Roma from France to Romania should have no repercussions for Bucharest and Sofia's ambitions to join Schengen, the border-free European area, a European Commission spokesperson said yesterday (23 August.)

Commission closely following France’s Roma expulsions

The European Commission is following very closely France's dealings with its Roma, who the authorities are planning to expel in groups, Commission representatives said yesterday (18 August), after being asked by the Brussels press whether the expulsions were in line with EU legislation.
Central Europe 16-06-2010

Slovak right backs Radi?ová to lead cabinet

Slovakia's centre-right opposition parties agreed yesterday (15 June) to form a cabinet led by Christian Democratic Union (SDKU) leader Iveta Radi?ová after winning a combined majority in a weekend vote.
Languages & Culture 16-06-2010

Budapest installs ethnic Hungarian as EP vice-president

Former Romanian dissident László T?kés, an ethnic Hungarian, was yesterday (15 June) elected European Parliament vice-president at the insistence of Budapest, EURACTIV has learned. EURACTIV Romania contributed to this article.
Languages & Culture 09-03-2010

Call for ‘civic disobedience’ to save minority languages

Action at grassroots rather than EU level holds the key to ensuring the survival of minority languages such as Galician, heard a major conference at the European Parliament last week, with participants calling for an end to oppressive legislation like Slovakia's language law. 
Languages & Culture 08-03-2010

MEPs push for EU recognition of Catalan, Welsh languages

Catalan, Basque, Galician, Welsh and Scots Gaelic should be made official languages of the European Union, MEPs said last week, accusing Brussels of failing to protect "the rights of millions of speakers of non-official EU languages" and calling on the EU institutions to do "much more" to promote multilingualism.  
Languages & Culture 01-12-2009

EU urged to use new treaty to support language rights

The European Commission should use legal changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty to protect the rights of linguistic minorities in the European Union, Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka has urged.
Languages & Culture 10-07-2009

German MEP slams Slovak language law

A new state language law passed by the Slovak parliament does not conform to EU standards as it discriminates against minority languages, the vice-chair of the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee said yesterday (9 July).

Survey: Anti-Jew and anti-Muslim prejudice growing in EU

A new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that hostile views towards Jews and Muslims are on the rise in Europe, even while fundamentalism and support for terrorism appear to be dwindling in the Muslim world.
Enlargement 14-02-2002

Romania and EU launch partnership to support Roma communities

The Romanian Government and the Commission's Delegation to Romania opened a Resources Center for Roma communities to develop a partnership between local public authorities, Roma communities and NGOs. The Center is part of the Romanian Government's strategy for Roma, adopted in 2001.

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