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EU ElectionsFrom Slovakia to Belgium: a story of failing Roma policy

09.04.14 @ 10:02

A few weeks ago city authorities in Ghent, a vibrant city in the north of Belgium, were given a blunt warning. Social NGO Caritas Catholica told the municipality that hundreds or even thousands of Roma were about to ...

Violence against Roma on the rise, says Amnesty

08.04.14 @ 09:29

Hate crimes and violence against the EU’s largest minority are on the rise, according to an Amnesty International report out on Tuesday (8 April). "There has been a marked rise in the frequency of anti-Roma violence in ...

Roma still second class citizens, despite EU efforts

04.04.14 @ 18:51

Despite national strategies on Roma integration, many of Europe’s most discriminated minority are still being treated as second-class citizens. Zoni Weisz, a 77-year old Nazi Holocaust survivor, on Friday (4 April) ...

EU ElectionsRecord number of Roma running in Czech EU election

02.04.14 @ 09:12

Despite rising animosity toward the country’s minority Roma population – or perhaps because of it – there is now a record number of Roma running in the Czech EU elections. Out of the 39 parties and political movements ...

France appoints 'top cop' interior minister as PM

01.04.14 @ 09:29

France’s interior minister Manuel Valls was named Prime Minister on Monday (31 March) by centre-left president Francois Hollande. The 51-year old Valls replaced Jean-Marc Ayrault, who quit after the French socialist ...

Roma are EU citizens too, Romanian President says

31.01.14 @ 21:06

Romanian President Traian Basescu on Friday (31 January) strongly defended freedom of movement within the EU, saying Roma have the same rights as other EU citizens and should not be misused for populist campaigns. Seven ...

OpinionCities show leadership on Roma inclusion

11.12.13 @ 09:00

Roma migrants often gravitate towards cities. Like other migrants, they know that metropolitan areas offer greater opportunities for employment and upward social mobility. Cities also offer access to better, more ...

Roma fears heighten after child abduction reports

25.10.13 @ 19:04

Reports of child abductions by Roma in Greece and Ireland is causing anxiety about a vigilante backlash against Europe’s most discriminated minority. Dezideriu Gergely, executive director of the Budapest-based European ...

OpinionNeo-Nazis mobilise against minorities in Czech republic

23.10.13 @ 09:02

Ultra-right parties and their neo-Nazi supporters have unleashed an unprecedented level of coordinated anti-Roma demonstrations throughout the Czech Republic this year, aiming to tip the balance at the polls and ...

VideoRoma: Europe's easiest scapegoats

14.10.13 @ 09:09

In the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest, people believe that Roma are the easiest scapegoat in Europe, especially in times of crisis. This belief is strengthened by recent revelations that Sweden has a secret ...

French minister's anti-Roma remarks draw EU criticism

26.09.13 @ 09:28

Comments by France’s interior minister to send the majority of Roma “back to the borders” have drawn sharp criticism from human rights groups and the European Commission. The minister, Manuel Valls, told French media on ...

Orban fails to impress Jewish leaders on anti-Semitism

06.05.13 @ 09:28

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s speech against anti-Semitism at the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in Budapest on Sunday (5 May) failed to impress organisers, as the far-right Jobbik party staged a rally against ...

Hungary awards top journalism prize to anti-Roma broadcaster

18.03.13 @ 09:25

An anti-Semitic and Roma-bashing TV broadcaster in Hungary has received the country’s top journalism prize. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing government awarded Ferenc Szaniszlo the Tancsics Prize for journalism ...

FeatureRoma exploitation: end of the dream

20.02.13 @ 09:28

Luludja holds up her modest rose bouquet in a French brasserie, moving along from table to table. She’s thinking of her family, the people she’s doing it all for. Most of the money, however, will be banked by a man in ...

OpinionPopulism in Brussels? How to solve the Balkan asylum crisis

24.10.12 @ 09:10

Is the EU edging closer to making a fundamental and strategic mistake by restoring the visa requirement for citizens of the Western Balkans? At this moment the interior ministers of six EU countries - Germany, Belgium, ...

EU commissioner: Booting Roma out of France is no solution

04.09.12 @ 17:53

Repatriating Roma from France is no solution to help one of Europe's most discriminated and disenfranchised minorities, EU employment commissioner Laszlo Andor told this website on Tuesday (4 September). "The [European] ...

OpinionFrance needs to stop Roma evictions

04.09.12 @ 08:20

As presidential candidate Francois Hollande indicated he would not continue the government's policy to harass, evict and expel Roma to Romania and Bulgaria, pledging instead to respect their rights as EU citizens to ...

France considers easing Roma work restrictions

16.08.12 @ 18:09

French minister of interior Manuel Valls announced on Thursday (16 August) that France might consider introducing a Roma work-related insertion programme when ministers meet next week to discuss the issue. The programme ...

France kicks out Roma, again

13.08.12 @ 09:29

Roma in France’s northern city of Lille were expelled from their camps over the weekend as police dismantled the settlements, despite promises by President Francois Hollande to end the practice. The police raids started ...

Brussels critical of national strategies on Roma

23.05.12 @ 18:01

National Roma integration strategies submitted by member states to the European Commission fail to fully assess the needs of Europe's largest minority. Speaking to reporters in Strasbourg on Wednesday (23 May), EU ...

EU austerity is feeding racism, report says

03.05.12 @ 09:55

EU austerity measures are helping to feed racism and intolerance, according to a report by the Strasbourg-based human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe. In its annual survey out on Thursday (3 May), the council's ...

Watchdog warns of 'blatant racism' against Roma

27.02.12 @ 18:45

Europe's Roma population is subject to growing discrimination and more and more attacks by extremist groups, according to the Strasbourg-based human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe (CoE). The council in a 250- ...

EU charter creating 'confusion' on human rights

11.11.11 @ 10:30

Two years after the European Charter of Fundamental Rights became part of the EU treaty, its confusing application has created problems for press freedom, minority and asylum seekers' rights, human rights czar Thomas ...

OpinionLast ditch chance for EU to deal with Roma issue

08.11.11 @ 18:48

The EU is bracing itself for the European Roma Platform. Convened in Brussels on 17-18 November, the high-profile forum will map out the Union institutions and member states’ ongoing efforts at integrating 10 million ...

Soros: EU disintegration poses threat to Roma

08.11.11 @ 18:41

International financier and philanthropist George Soros has warned that a European process of “disintegration” is heightening the threat to the continent’s minorities, in particular the Roma. As a result of both ...