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The Hungarian Roma hero who has never received justice

The Hungarian Roma hero who has never received justice

After a long and undignified ordeal, Bela Puczi, the „Roma hero” who protected Hungarians during a pogrom was finally commemorated with a plaque. Although he is considered a hero, he has never been treated like one.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
12 Dec 2017 Hungary
The prison that wouldn't open

The prison that wouldn't open

The cornerstone for the future state penitentiary facility in BiH was laid in 2006 but the building, announced to be the “safest prison in the region”, is still not operational.
Tijana Cvjeticanin recommended by Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
12 Dec 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Meanwhile in Malta -- local impact of Paradise Papers 

Meanwhile in Malta -- local impact of Paradise Papers 

As experts suggest that Malta's position in the global offshore architecture requires joint EU action, the government denies any manipulation and claims that, unlike in Panama, the system in Malta is perfectly transparent.
Daiva Repeckaite recommended by Daiva Repeckaite NewsMAVENS, Malta
11 Dec 2017 Malta
Guerrilla tactics to defend democracy in Eastern Europe

Guerrilla tactics to defend democracy in Eastern Europe

While the governing social-democrats (PSD) try to take political control of the judiciary in Romania, citizens and a small opposition party employ creative tactics to resist. Poles might find this story sickeningly familiar. 
Claudia Ciobanu recommended by Claudia Ciobanu NewsMavenS, Eastern Europe
8 Dec 2017 Eastern Europe
Atheists' rights violated in Italy

Atheists' rights violated in Italy

Italy is among the 85 countries in the world where atheists and agnostics suffer serious violations of their rights. While apostasy and blasphemy are not punishable by death, the picture is still disheartening.
Ingrid Colanicchia recommended by Ingrid Colanicchia MicroMega, Italy
7 Dec 2017 Italy
The triple marginalization of disabled women in Bosnia

The triple marginalization of disabled women in Bosnia

In Bosnia, disabilities caused by wartime injuries are more respected than the so-called “civilian” ones. Since most of war veterans are men, disabled women face discrimination by default.
Tijana Cvjeticanin recommended by Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
6 Dec 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Education reform -- Is Austria entering a new Dark Age?

Education reform -- Is Austria entering a new Dark Age?

The education strategy of ÖVP and FPÖ is under heavy criticism. Will the future coalition’s hostility towards science and transparency push Austria into a post-truth reality?
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
4 Dec 2017 Austria
Almost a quarter of Maltese women experience violence by age 15

Almost a quarter of Maltese women experience violence by age 15

Malta scored high in the EU's Gender Equality Index but way below average in the domain of violence. A study shows that in 2014 over 31,800 women experienced gender-based violence. 
Daiva Repeckaite recommended by Daiva Repeckaite NewsMAVENS, Malta
27 Nov 2017 Malta
The internet is a dark place for women

The internet is a dark place for women

To say that hatred flourishes in social media is by no means groundbreaking. However, a new study by Amnesty International shows that consequences of "online abuse" are especially hurtful to women.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
23 Nov 2017 Austria
Ex-Muslims feel betrayed by the left

Ex-Muslims feel betrayed by the left

In Europe, the debate about Islam is too shallow -- perpetually polarized between those who want to build walls around a Christian Europe and those who automatically deem any criticism of Islam to be "right-wing".
Ingrid Colanicchia recommended by Ingrid Colanicchia MicroMega, Italy
23 Nov 2017 Italy
When mothers can't afford to work

When mothers can't afford to work

The number of stay-at-home mothers in Ireland has fallen quite dramatically, yet they still outnumber their male counterparts by more than 40 times. Only 3 out 5 Irish women work. What seems to be the obstacle? 
Ciara Kenny recommended by Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
22 Nov 2017 Ireland
In Poland childbirth has to hurt 

In Poland childbirth has to hurt 

Giving birth in Poland is associated with an enormous amount of stress and pain. So much so, that some women leave hospitals with post traumatic stress disorder.
Anna J. Dudek recommended by Anna J. Dudek Wysokie Obcasy, Poland
22 Nov 2017 Poland
Slovakia will not host the European Medicines Agency

Slovakia will not host the European Medicines Agency

How could we expect to persuade hundreds of specialists and authorities to come to our beloved Slovakia, if we cannot even hold our own talented young, who leave in massive numbers every year to work and study in the West?
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
21 Nov 2017 Slovakia
TV personality felled by #MeToo cried "witch hunt" before going down

TV personality felled by #MeToo cried "witch hunt" before going down

He was accused of relatively "mild" offences: sending explicit text messages and driving by someone's house. As more women began to testify, it became clear that these were symptoms of systematic and predatory behavior.
Marjan Justaert recommended by Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
17 Nov 2017 Belgium
Is Ireland entering another property bubble?

Is Ireland entering another property bubble?

House prices are predicted to rise by at least 12% in the next three years -- a statistic that shoots right to the heart of first-time buyers. Average prices in Dublin are rising by 100 euros per day, 4.50 euros per hour, or 7 cents a minute. 
Ciara Kenny recommended by Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
17 Nov 2017 Ireland
Activist attacked in Slovakia

Activist attacked in Slovakia

A Swedish activist of Middle Eastern origin was assaulted in Slovakia. However, the case is not isolated: he was harassed in his native Sweden as well.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
14 Nov 2017 Slovakia
Putin's bid for an EU Trojan Horse

Putin's bid for an EU Trojan Horse

The outcome of Hungarian elections will be crucial to Vladimir Putin. Not only because he needs populist politicians that can be used as Trojan horses in the EU. His business interests also mean he needs to make sure the "right" candidate wins.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
14 Nov 2017 Hungary
BiH's weak commitment to educating the disabled

BiH's weak commitment to educating the disabled

At the beginning of 2018, parents and their disabled children may witness history repeat itself. Will they have nowhere to go and no one to turn to once again?
Tijana Cvjeticanin recommended by Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
13 Nov 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina
When your father is accused of sexual harassment

When your father is accused of sexual harassment

Since the Weinstein case broke open the culture of abuse, what remains missing from public debate is the perspective of abuser's families. The children, wives and parents who now must reconstruct their image of the perpetrator. 
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
10 Nov 2017 Hungary
The threatening masculinity of outsiders

The threatening masculinity of outsiders

Rape and sexual violence in Austria are often addressed as problems caused by migration and refugees. In this way, parties use women's bodies for political ends.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
10 Nov 2017 Austria
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