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Roma Integration: civic equality or ethnic empowerment?

By Martin Kovats / 23 July, 2020

The EU at risk of becoming the stepmother country of an orphan people. By imagining Roma as a distinct and coherent transnational ethnic minority and policy object, the EU’s Roma policy feeds the ethno-nationalist idea that they do not belong to the state’s nation. It’s a wedge driven between Roma...

A new algorithm for European solidarity

By Maria João Rodrigues / 23 July, 2020

It took a shocking world tragedy. It took the deepest recession since WWII. It took the prospect of a downward spiral destroying many viable companies and jobs, fragmenting the European Single Market, and shaking the foundations of the European integration. At the dawn of 21st July, after the second longest...

The Polish presidential elections: what's next for the country's foreign policy?

Polish presidential elections: what’s next for the country’s foreign policy?

By Ireneusz Bil / 17 July, 2020

Had it happened, the election of the liberal Rafał Trzaskowski as president of Poland could have meant a turning point in several aspects. First, the demise of the illiberal power of the Law and Justice party (PiS) and of Jaroslaw Kaczynski personally. It would have been a slippery slope for...

Driving Europe to a new era

By László Andor / 10 July, 2020

On the 1st of July, Germany took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. For some, and especially for the readers of the late sociologist Ulrich Beck (author of “German Europe”), who may assume that Germany is in charge in the EU no matter what, the significance of this might be...

With the groan of a man, George Floyd, humanity shivers with racism, so does Europe

By Cécile Kashetu Kyenge / 29 June, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has prompted Europe to question its own racism, even if it does not always seem that easy. Racism needs to be understood as an ideology that puts one human group over one or more other groups, with abusive behaviour as a logical consequence. But it...

Rethinking economic reconstruction in Europe

By Lukas Hochscheidt / 23 June, 2020

Only a true paradigm shift can make Europe’s economies crisis-proof and address increasing wealth gaps. The European Union needs to turn away from restrictive fiscal rules, and expand its own resources as well as public investment. The famous board game Monopoly teaches children from the earliest age the driving principles...

Black Lives Matter: a new moment for transformation

By Neera Tanden / 18 June, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has propelled the largest sustained protest movement in the history of the United States. It was the final straw in bringing about widespread, focused, and multiracial opposition after years and years of endemic police brutality, systemic racism, and divisive politics. The sheer scale of it,...

Three solutions for a European climate and jobs pact

By Pierre Larrouturou / 8 June, 2020

How to fund the recovery plan, how to make the Green Deal Succeed? Here are the answers provided by MEP Pierre Larrouturou, general rapporteur for the next EU budget, who is one of the 30 initiators and 700 public figures who support the “European Call: 3 solutions for climate and...

Europe needs immigration – and common rules to manage it

By Piero Fassino / 6 June, 2020

The Italian government has recently adopted a regularisation measure for 200,000 hitherto irregular migrants. The decision was taken for two reasons: on one side to prevent the Covid19 pandemic from spreading to a population living in precarious conditions, by allowing access to the healthcare system as well as the possibility...

The path forward is green

By Dan Jorgensen / 6 June, 2020

Humanity is under severe pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, and few are unscathed. Our first priority is always to protect citizens and to safeguards people’s livelihoods so that when the storm has passed, we can confront the future together. However, the window of opportunity to act on climate change will...

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