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Europe faces worst human rights 'crisis' in decades

17.04.14 @ 09:29

Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (CoE). The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday (16), says corruption, human ...

Private security firms bid on Greek asylum centres

02.04.14 @ 09:25

Private security firms are bidding to guard EU-funded migrant detention centres in Greece amid a report by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), which says poor conditions in some of the facilities are causing disease. Greek ...

Migration routes change, migrants' security does not

01.04.14 @ 09:32

It could have been just another attempted leap. But on 6 February, Desirée, a young Cameroonian, managed to cross the border and enter in Spain. According to what she told Spanish news outlet El Confidencial, it was her ...

Charity documents 'human cost' of EU austerity

27.03.14 @ 18:01

Evidence gathered by Caritas Europa, a network of charities working with the most deprived, shows that the impact of austerity programmes in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania has " ...

EU ElectionsSweden examines its treatment of Roma

27.03.14 @ 09:26

A White Paper on the abuses suffered by Roma people in Sweden during the 1900s will be followed up by a commission on ongoing anti-gypsyism, the Swedish government decided on Wednesday (26 March). “This is a dark and ...

EU ElectionsPolitical groups pledge to conduct hate-free campaigns

19.03.14 @ 17:58

The majority of mainstream parties in the European Parliament on Wednesday (19 March) signed a pledge to conduct election campaigns free from discrimination and intolerance. “The [European Parliament] elections are ...

EU officials seek new powers to protect rule of law

12.03.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission on Tuesday (11 March) announced a new measure to challenge member states in breach of EU rule of law. The proposal would allow the European Union to intervene at an early stage in case of “ ...

Edward Snowden wants asylum in EU

07.03.14 @ 19:04

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden wants asylum in Europe. In a series of responses delivered to the European Parliament ahead of next week’s debate on mass surveillance, Snowden told euro-deputies he ...

Study reveals widespread violence against women in EU

05.03.14 @ 09:29

In the world’s largest study of its kind, the EU agency for fundamental rights (FRA) found that one in three women in the European Union have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. The results ...

Czech government to give up EU Charter opt-out

20.02.14 @ 09:29

The Czech Republic is to abandon its opposition to the EU's charter of rights and the fiscal compact treaty in a sign that there could be warmer relations between Prague's new government and Brussels. The country's ...

Victims unprotected as traffickers walk free

14.02.14 @ 09:13

The top suits in Brussels couldn’t be more in agreement: human trafficking is modern-day slavery and needs to be stamped out with force. Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt even made it the surprise topic of his ...

When protectors turn perpetrators

13.02.14 @ 09:27

Family men, business men and other respectable citizens, all pulling over to enquire about the price of oral sex, intercourse or a hand job. Elements that appear shocking to the average reader soon becomes part of the ...

Off the road

12.02.14 @ 10:14

Welcome to Camorra country, the mafia-infested Wild West of Italy – but as in the best spaghetti westerns, the real tough guys aren’t mafiosos but nuns. Sister Rita is a case in point: after almost two decades of ...

EU ElectionsEUobserver launches election series ahead of EU vote

11.02.14 @ 12:07

In recent years, a slew of parties has moved from the fringe to occupy central political debate across the EU - they are eurosceptic and hard-right and they are making mainstream politicians nervous. With the May EU ...

The slaves on our streets

11.02.14 @ 09:03

There are roads in Europe where African slaves are forced to wander, day and night, under scorching sun and pouring rain. They must wear as little clothing as possible, to look appealing to potential buyers despite ...

EU to open trade talks with Cuba

11.02.14 @ 08:50

EU foreign ministers on Monday (10 February) agreed to open talks on a trade and political relationship with Cuba, raising the prospect of a new era in relations between Brussels and Havana. The talks on a so-called " ...

Pussy Riot: Magnitsky 'not an isolated case' in Putin's jails

10.02.14 @ 18:01

Two members of the Russian punk band "Pussy Riot" on Monday (10 February) rubbished President Vladimir Putin's amnesty law and said prison conditions are still as inhumane as they were for Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian ...

'For me, Europe was golden'

10.02.14 @ 09:26

They offer us a moment of pampering; a manicure, pedicure, or perhaps a well-needed massage. They make sure Friday nights are free from cooking thanks to a myriad of cheap Asian take-aways. They even provide sexual ...

MEP receives 41,000 emails against gay rights

04.02.14 @ 18:21

An MEP who drafted a resolution on securing the basic rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) people in the EU has so far received almost 41,000 emails against the proposal. “My website was hacked ...

Bailout troika 'in breach' of EU human rights laws

29.01.14 @ 09:29

Austerity programmes agreed with the troika of international lenders (the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) are in breach of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, according to ...

MEPs pressure Belgium on Afghan asylum seekers in Brussels

23.01.14 @ 18:43

Two MEPs are seeking parliament-wide support to pressure the Belgian government not to expel Afghans living rough in a Brussels-city-centre church. The head of the parliament’s leftist GUE group, Gabi Zimmer, along with ...

OpinionStop smugglers making a profit from migrants

18.12.13 @ 09:25

This year was a lethal year for migrants. In October, more than 360 people, migrants from Africa desperate to reach EU shores, drowned when their boat capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa, in the single ...

EU data retention law said to breach privacy rights

13.12.13 @ 09:20

The EU data retention directive breaches the charter of fundamental rights, an EU advocate general has said. “The directive constitutes a serious interference with the fundamental right of citizens to privacy,” said ...

Parliament fails to pass report on women's reproductive rights

10.12.13 @ 16:47

The European Parliament erupted in internal bickering on Tuesday (10 December) after an alliance of right-wing MEPs managed to sweep a report on sexual and reproductive rights for women from the table. The report by ...

OpinionEU should not relax Eastern Partnership standards

28.11.13 @ 11:09

Vilnius' beautiful old town is alive with flags and symbols of the European Union ahead of the "Eastern Partnership" summit starting on Thursday (28 November), but the real drama has been played out far from the ...

OpinionEnding female genital mutilation: Will future Europe take up the mantle?

28.11.13 @ 09:15

Every day 8,000 girls in the world are subjected to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Entrenched in a number of African, Asian and Middle Eastern societies, this intimate act of controlling women’s and ...

Border agency accused of failing migrants' rights

26.11.13 @ 17:58

In her debut appearance at the European Parliament, EU ombudsman Emily O’Reilly criticised the EU border agency Frontex for skirting its responsibilities on fundamental rights. O’Reilly told euro-deputies in the ...

OpinionNo more hiding of homosexuality

22.11.13 @ 09:08

The EU Court of Justice delivered on 7 November a judgment clarifying various aspects of EU asylum law in its application to claims by gay asylum seekers from countries where homosexuality is criminalised. The media ...

EU report highlights anti-Semitism in France

08.11.13 @ 18:11

Some two-thirds of Jews living in France fear a verbal or physical assault in the next 12 months, according to a new EU survey. Belgium is close behind in terms of numbers, followed, in descending order, by Hungary, ...

Brazil and Germany want anti-surveillance UN resolution

04.11.13 @ 09:29

Brazil and Germany want the UN General Assembly to adopt a draft resolution to end mass surveillance, as German public figures call for Edward Snowden to receive asylum. The two countries say that the mass surveillance ...

OpinionThe EU-Ukraine tango on gay rights

25.10.13 @ 08:45

From 27 to 29 November, Vilnius will host the summit of the Eastern partnership, where Ukraine plans to sign an association agreement with the European Union, and enter into the second phase of a plan on visa ...

Estonia says Interpol notice interfered in election

24.10.13 @ 09:44

Estonia has complained to Interpol about what it sees as Russia's use of the police agency to interfere in a vote in Tallinn. The complaint comes after Interpol published a "red notice" on Eerik Kross, an Estonian ...

OpinionEU leaders should change tone when talking to rest of the world

22.10.13 @ 18:05

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso was right. Had the European Union instead of the United States fallen into partial government shutdown, the world would not have hesitated to use this as an opportunity ...

US-France snooping row to spill into EU summit

22.10.13 @ 07:49

France says EU leaders should talk about data privacy at this week's summit in light of the latest US spying revelation. Speaking after an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg on Monday (21 October), France's ...

InvestigationEU looks to 'hybrid drones' for legal shortcut on migration

14.10.13 @ 09:22

Hybrid aerial surveillance drones are being considered by the EU border agency, Frontex, for future operations with member states. The kit, so-called optionally piloted aircrafts (OPA), can carry a pilot but can also be ...

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 ...

Pakistani schoolgirl wins EU rights prize

10.10.13 @ 11:36

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has won the EU's 2013 Sakharov prize for "freedom of thought." Political chiefs in the European Parliament announced the decision on Thursday (10 October), amid speculation she will ...

EU should not 'lecture' Africa on gay rights

03.10.13 @ 10:08

The EU's most senior official in charge of relations with Africa has said the European Union should stop lecturing the continent about gay rights. Nick Westcott, the managing director for Africa in the EU's diplomatic ...

OpinionHow to reap the benefits of migration

02.10.13 @ 09:23

This week, for only the second time in its history, the UN General Assembly will convene to focus on international migration. It does so at a critical moment. New UN data last month showed that the number of ...

Caribbean states seek slavery reparations from Europe

01.10.13 @ 09:27

Fourteen Caribbean nations are seeking reparations from Britain, France and the Netherlands for over 400 years of slavery brought to their islands by the former colonial powers. Caribbean leaders made their case at the ...

Snowden to EU: Whistleblowers need protection

01.10.13 @ 08:52

Surveillance of whole populations is one of the greatest challenges facing human rights, former NSA agent Edward Snowden told the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee at a hearing on whistleblowers. In a ...

InvestigationGaddafi-tainted firm scoops EU contract

19.09.13 @ 08:50

The EU’s newest IT agency has awarded a contract to a firm linked with the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s efforts to track, capture and torture people during the Libyan revolution. Tallinn-based EU-Lisa, which is to ...

InvestigationEUobserver investigative reports

19.09.13 @ 08:50

A growing number of EU countries use private security firms to guard migrant detention centres and handle visa applications, raising questions of accountability if things go wrong. EUobserver looks at the rise of a new ...

InvestigationAbout Nikolaj Nielsen

19.09.13 @ 08:49

Nikolaj Nielsen is a Danish-American journalist working for EUobserver in Brussels. He won a King Baudouin Foundation grant for investigative journalism in 2010.

OpinionTime to blow away the hot air

18.09.13 @ 08:59

It was a normal night out for Michelle in a club in Sicily, until a man approached her on the dance floor, trying to chat her up. She turned down his advances. But something in her voice struck this man and so he struck ...

OpinionTime to deliver, President Barroso

11.09.13 @ 19:41

In the shadow of the economic crisis we are witnessing a values crisis in Europe. Europe’s major populist, xenophobic, and nationalist parties have, on average, almost doubled in national elections in recent years. In ...

OpinionStrong safeguards underpin Interpol's mission for a safer world

30.08.13 @ 13:52

As an international organisation mandated by its constitution to ensure the widest possible co-operation between all criminal police authorities, Interpol proudly believes each call for assistance by any of its 190 ...

European rights watchdog queries UK on Snowden affair

22.08.13 @ 09:23

Secretary general Thorbjorn Jagland of the Strasbourg-based human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, has asked the UK to explain its recent actions in the US snooping scandal, exposed by former security official ...

EU commission warns Malta on migrant boat

06.08.13 @ 13:58

The European Commission Tuesday (6 August) warned Malta that it would be in breach of international law if it refused to let a tanker full of rescued migrants dock. "It is first and foremost important to save the lives ...

EU lifts trade barriers with Colombia, Peru

31.07.13 @ 09:36

A free trade agreement entering into force Thursday (1 August) between the EU, Peru and Colombia include clauses on labour rights but trade unionists are sceptical they will be followed. Calling for better working ...