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10th Dec 2019

Focus

Disability in Europe

Already at the margins of society as a result of casual discrimination, disabled people are among the worst hit by the waves of austerity measures being put in place right across the European Union. Read more in EUobserver's November Focus.

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Romanian IT developer: 'Stairs never stopped me'

Having survived medical mishaps in Communism and the reckless driving of neo-rich Romanians, an IT developer with spinal muscular atrophy has stubbornly stuck to his motto: "Never give up, no matter how hard life hits you."

Disabled people live in 'terror' of the future

As EU governments cut corners on their budgets, welfare spending is usually the first on the chopping block. The decision can be made at the stroke of a pen. But the on-the-ground effects for welfare-dependent disabled people can be devastating.

Spanish charity fears liberalisation of online gambling

The European Commission opened a legal, political and cultural can of worms when earlier this year it said it would take a closer look at online gambling in the EU. Spain's association for blind people is particularly concerned.

EU parliament leaders in disability pledge

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.

News in Brief

  1. EP committee supports 'Future of EU Conference'
  2. EU survey: climate change must be parliament's priority
  3. Zahradil resigns as rapporteur on EU-Vietnam trade deal
  4. Russia plans 'Arctic Air Defence" with S-400 missiles
  5. Belgium: King does another round of consultations
  6. Thousands protest Orban's theatre clampdown
  7. Russia and Ukraine agree ceasefire by new year
  8. US deploys biggest army to Europe in years for training

Exclusive

Zahradil 'conflict of interest' over EU-Vietnam trade deal

Right-wing Czech MEP Jan Zahradil is leading European Parliament negotiations on a trade deal with Vietnam. As rapporteur, he is supposed to be neutral but has neglected to declare his involvement in a group with ties to the Communist party.

Investigation

Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

The European Asylum Support Office combed through social media to monitor refugee routes to Europe for three years. The agency sent weekly reports on its findings to member states, the EU Commission and institutions such as UNHCR and Interpol.

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