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When the forgotten strike back

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Thus promised Donald Trump in his first speech after becoming the President-elect of the United States. Such rhetoric sounds very familiar to Finnish ears. “Forgotten people” was one of the favourite metaphors used by the grandfather of Finnish populism Veikko Vennamo in […]

A deal of many dilemmas

If the EU is to stay true to its humanitarian values, the deal with Turkey must be accompanied by the large-scale resettlement of refugees and respect for the rule of law. It is not a blueprint for deals with third countries in North Africa. “Alarmingly short-sighted and inhumane” – that is how Amnesty International qualified […]

FEPS Post-Summit Briefing: European Council, 15 December 2016

A summary written by Catalin Dragomirescu-Gaina, Hedwig Giusto Lisa Kastner and Vassilis Ntousas. EU leaders met in Brussels last Thursday (December 15) for a year-end summit to discuss the crisis in Syria, economic sanctions on Russia, a trade deal with Ukraine and greater military cooperation. Economic and financial reforms, including the Digital Single Market and reforms […]

A fight for girls’ right to education

Although gender equality in education is a fundamental right, girls still face discrimination and exclusion from classrooms in parts of the world. In Zimbabwe, the struggle for girls’ access to education gave birth to a prize-winning project with the aim of improving the situation. The inaugural 2016 UNESCO prize for girls’ and women’s education came […]