With Europe now in its fifth year of economic crisis, the most vulnerable in society are feeling the effects of governments' reined-in spending. Disabled people, often reliant on both state services and allowances, are among those hardest hit.
Canada said on Friday that the free-trade agreement with the EU had failed and that the bloc was "not capable" of concluding agreements.
British leader Theresa May has repeated that the UK wants free trade, but not free immigration with the EU, while speaking warmly of “friends, allies”.
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- Canada and Wallonia end talks without Ceta deal
- Juncker hopes for Canada accord in 'next few days'
- Romania drops opposition to Ceta
- Difficulties remain on Ceta deal, says Walloon leader
- Brexit could lead to 'some civil unrest' in Northern Ireland
- ECB holds rates and continues quantitive easing programme
- Support for Danish People's Party drops, poll
- Spain's highest court overturns Catalan ban on bullfighting
An estimated 1.2 million people with disabilities in Europe continue to languish in long-stay institutions. Institutionalisation is widely recognised as a systematic and egregious violation of human rights, writes Judith Klein.
As executive director of a recuperation centre for disabled people in central Portugal, Cristina Silva has seen first hand how the economic crisis in Portugal is affecting society's most vulnerable.
People from Malta are least likely to have health problems that limit their daily activities. In 2011, 88 out of 100 told EU pollsters they were fine. Only 64 percent of Slovenes did, and some 75 percent of EU citizens.
European Parliament leaders have committed themselves to better upholding the rights of persons with disabilities, starting with making their political websites more universally accessible ahead of next year's EU elections.
As the EU nears a deal on its seven-year trillion-euro budget, disability campaigners are fighting to ensure that EU regional funding is only spent on projects that also benefit disabled people.
Over recent decades, there has been a "paradigm shift" in the way disability rights are treated in the European Union with policy-makers now focussing on how to make society more inclusive of disabled people.
Austerity measures are reversing the social, educational and societal gains made by disabled people in recent years, a new study shows.
Disabled people from all over Europe will travel to Brussels at the beginning of December to voice their anger at social welfare cuts.
Three quarters of 30 million blind and partially sighted in Europe do not have a job, amid accusations of "extraordinary complacency" by government officials.
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