The current EU Roma Framework runs out this year – but despite almost a decade of policy activity, not much improvement has materialised.
The lack of a consistent definition raises the question if European Roma policy is doomed to failure, as its target is not clearly defined.
The EU’s direct involvement with policy specifically directed towards Roma was a response to change political conditions arising from eastward enlargement.
By imagining Roma as a distinct and coherent transnational ethnic minority and policy object, the EU at risk of becoming the stepmother country of an orphan people.
The last 40 years have seen a remarkable – and prolonged – global experiment in inequality. While the post-war years of social reform led a new drive towards greater equality, that trend was then set in reverse. Today most rich nations are significantly more unequal than in the 1980s. This reversal has been driven in […]
One of the obstacles in tackling gender-based violence is that it is still not fully understood as a societal problem, with a significant part of the European population continuing to believe that it is predominantly a domestic issue. This has a knock-on effect on victims who may either choose to not speak up and report […]
The Covid-19 pandemic has widened the North-South divide. The poorest countries and the poorest people are always paying the highest price. Rich countries’ response is not up to the challenge: donations of vaccines are not enough – radical changes need to be undertaken! Covid-19 has demonstrated how deeply a crisis can affect and threaten lives […]