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Non-discrimination 26-06-2020

MEP Romeo Franz names ‘racist’ colleagues

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria, German MEP Romeo Franz discusses the problems of Europe’s largest minority – the Roma, and names some colleagues he considers “racist”.
Non-discrimination 11-06-2020

Beyond the US: Police brutality, structural racism are a problem in Europe too

Thousands of people have taken to Europe's streets not only to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the US but to denounce police brutality and structural racism, which is an issue on this side of the Atlantic as well.

France kicks out Bulgarian seasonal workers despite Commission ‘guidelines’

Two groups of seasonal workers arriving in France by plane from Bulgaria have been sent back home by the French airport authorities, despite the European Commission's calls to ensure the freedom of movement of such “critical” personnel.
Politics 10-04-2020

Slovakia closes off five Roma settlements due to coronavirus

Slovakia has closed off several Roma settlements in the eastern part of the country after reports of a cluster of coronavirus cases in five of them, highlighting difficulties faced by Europe’s largest ethnic minority during the pandemic.
Languages & Culture 20-03-2020

Bulgarian authorities struggle to enforce containment with Roma population

In Bulgaria, home to a large Roma population, the authorities are struggling to enforce the strict containment measures generally respected by the majority of the population. On top of that, many Bulgarian Roma are said to have returned from Western Europe in recent days.

Hungary plans citizen survey against court compensations for Roma

Hungary’s right-wing government plans next month to survey its citizens to determine whether the courts should stop financially compensating Roma for discrimination and prisoners for mistreatment. Critics say the government survey will pave the way for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán...
Languages & Culture 08-10-2018

Czech president defends assertion that most Roma don’t work

The Czech president refused on Sunday (7 October) to back down from comments slamming what he called a 90% unemployment rate among the country's Roma, earning a rebuke from campaigners and rights activists.
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.
EU Priorities 2020 30-08-2017

Commission to review funds for anti-Roma discrimination

The European Commission will "brutally" review whether EU funding for anti-discrimination programmes is wasted, as part of its renewed efforts to make sure a new strategy for protecting Roma populations after 2020 actually works.
Elections 26-05-2017

Slovak prosecutor moves to ban far-right party

Slovakia’s prosecutor general has asked the Supreme Court to ban a far-right party, branding it an extremist group whose activities violate the constitution. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Future EU 24-05-2017

Brussels diaspora wants a say in defining Romanian Presidency priorities

The 2,500-strong Romanian diaspora in the Brussels bubble should play a role in defining the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, which will start on 1 January 2019, a group representing the expats has proposed.

Slovakia continues to allow discrimination against Roma children

Despite threats of fines from the European Union, Slovakia still discriminates against Romani children by placing them in segregated schools.
Hashim Thaçi - now the president of Kosovo - is accused of leading a mafia-style network involved in assassinations and unlawful detentions.
Enlargement 13-02-2017

Serbians seek justice for Kosovo’s forgotten victims

Calling their dead "second-class victims", Serbian families of civilians killed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels in the late 1990s hope a new court at The Hague will finally bring them justice.
Languages & Culture 09-06-2016

Language discrimination rife across EU

Calls for legislation to be drawn up or even for a Language Commissioner to be appointed have been made, in order to combat a rising number of discrimination cases across the European Union.
Elections 03-06-2016

Hungarian far-right no longer anti-EU: Jobbik wants to transform it

Hungary's far-right says it no longer wants to leave the European Union as the migration crisis is offering populist parties, in resurgence across the continent, a chance to "transform" the bloc.

EU warns Hungary over discrimination of Roma schoolchildren

The European Union said Thursday (26 May) it has launched a probe into charges that Hungary extensively discriminates against Roma children in the country's schools.
Central Europe 17-05-2016

EU under fire over Czech pig farm on Roma Holocaust site

Czech anti-racism activists said Tuesday (17 May) they had asked the EU to halt subsidies to a pig farm built on the site of a former concentration camp where hundreds of Roma prisoners died during World War II.

Romania turns its back on dark past of Roma slavery

For generations, they were owned by the rich and powerful, who bought and sold them as chattel.

France continues evicting Roma, cuts re-housing and integration efforts

France continued to evict thousands of Roma in 2015, and cut its re-housing efforts, as demand for housing soared due to the refugee crisis. Hostility to the minority in France is among the highest in Europe. EURACTIV France reports

Commission wants member states to criminalise hate speech

Justice Commissioner V?ra Jourová said on Thursday (1 October) that member states have the obligation to criminalise hate speech and make sure the law is enforced.
Central Europe 16-06-2015

Anti-Roma protests prompt Bulgarian PM to appeal for calm

Bulgaria's prime minister appealed for calm today (16 June) following several days of violence and ethnic tensions involving the EU country's 10 percent Roma minority.
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Sweden sees explosion in beggars from EU countries

A survey by broadcaster SVT shows that the number of EU migrants begging in Sweden has doubled in one year, to 4,000, primarily from Bulgaria and Romania. This is in spite of negotiations on migrants Sweden initiated with Romania last year.
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Amnesty decries Czech discrimination against Roma students

The Czech Republic systematically discriminates against Roma students, according to Amnesty International. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Europe's East 01-04-2015

Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party challenges for power

The Hungarian far-right leader Gabor Vona, founder of a since-disbanded paramilitary group who made a career vilifying the Roma, has cleaned up his previously hardline image.
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