Op-Ed: A Blind Eye to Antigypsyism at the European Parliament

Roma International Day, an annual celebration of Roma culture that took place earlier this month, was partly marred when news organizations neglected to report on the discriminatory language used against Roma at a coinciding debate at the European Parliament. Maria Bizzotto and Angelo Ciocca, both members of Italian political party Lega…

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No, the EU Hasn’t Necessarily “Dodged a Bullet” in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s recent parliamentary election was widely declared a victory for EU interests by the western media, but a closer look at the complicated web of Kremlin influence and “pro-Russia” and “pro-EU” loyalties in Bulgaria reveals a far more complex picture, argues Michael Colborne.   Bulgaria got caught in the western media…

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To be Gay is to be a Person: Why Real Orthodoxy Liberates – a Romanian Case Study

Like many other Eastern European countries, Romania draws on its Orthodoxy to communicate its ideas about gender and sexuality, and these are typically conservative in nature. Yet Eastern Orthodoxy has also invited alternative philosophical approaches to being a human person – approaches which liberate rather than become entangled with nationalist…

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Op-Ed: The Perfect Storm

The trafficking of men and women—whether for forced labour, or sexual exploitation—continues to haunt Albania. Why have successive governments failed to solve the problem?    In 2001, Daniel Renton—writing for Save the Children[1]—mapped the trend of human trafficking in Albania. Other charities across Europe had noted the cases of Albanian…

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Roma Youth: A Glimmer of Hope

Suad Skenderi on a future for young Roma in Europe.   Roma have lived in Europe since the 12th century,  arriving in several waves of migration[1]. They played a crucial role in the nation-building processes in almost every European state. Their contributions have been documented in every area of society, including cultural…

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Serbia’s Post-Election Protests: Day 3

Demonstrations against the ‘dictatorship’ of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic entered their third day today, as thousands of people braved rainy weather in the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad to protest the powerful premier’s contested victory in Sunday’s presidential election. Smaller gatherings of several hundred people or so were reported…

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A Conversation With Carl Bildt

A while back, I interviewed the most enigmatic diplomat in the world: Carl Bildt. Mr. Bildt has served as Sweden’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, and held a number of posts in the Balkans, including as the EU’s Special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia, Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference…

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#Montenegro's Parliament has just ratified @NATO membership in 46-0 vote (opposition boycotted the vote).

.@CT_operative Very serious situation. How regional leaders act now will determine how this all turns out. Vučić will play peacemaker.

Because of the situation in #Macedonia, President of Serbia Vučić called emergency meeting of Bureau for Coordination of Security Services.

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