Abortion is not taught in German medical schools
In Germany, abortion is legal and one of the most common procedures performed by gynecologists. But medical students have to learn it on their own.
15 Mar 2018
Politician who accused high-ranking officials of pedophilia faces extradition
Neringa Venckienė, a former judge and parliament member who fled from Lithuania to the U.S. in 2013, has been charged with violating a court order over the custody of her niece, whom she claims was abused.
13 Mar 2018
Court ruling triggers new law about sexual consent
On March 5, France’s equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, announced the country will set the legal age of sexual consent at 15. Schiappa believes the measure will help fight violence against children.
12 Mar 2018
Welfare sanctions disproportionately affect parents
Germany, Europe's richest economy, has a reputation for having a well-designed welfare state; however, recent government data suggest there is an important flaw with the way welfare sanctions are applied.
4 Mar 2018
Macedonia's child abuse scandal reveals flaws in aid work
The head of a center for troubled minors resigned due to sexual abuse allegations of underage Roma girls. The scandal has uncovered serious problems with Macedonia's child protection system.
28 Feb 2018
Attachment therapy could help troubled Flemish youth
In Flanders, nearly half of young people in care facilities or foster families told researchers that they want to hurt themselves or felt suicidal. According to researchers, the way forward lies in specialized family therapy.
23 Feb 2018
Child marriages can happen in Europe
Every year, 15 million girls worldwide are forced to marry before they are 18 years old. The issue is encroaching on Italian society, mostly due to migration flows.
22 Feb 2018
The risks of forced motherhood
An Estonian mother who wanted to give up her newborn -- but was talked out of it -- has been sentenced to jail along with her husband. The child, born healthy, suffers from blindness, hearing loss and brain damage.
22 Feb 2018
Some Irish students can finally 'opt out' of religion classes
As the population of Ireland diversifies and religious belief weakens, schools must provide alternative options to religious instruction or worship. However, not all children will enjoy that freedom.
21 Feb 2018
Serbia tells women: "Give birth, don't delay"
Instead of introducing financial incentives to support new mothers, Serbia is trying to boost birth rates through stale slogans.
20 Feb 2018
Underage labor case sheds light on regulation issues
A 15-year-old was left with no legal recourse after his employer refused to pay him a summer's worth of wages in Tallinn, causing a public debate around the current labor regulations in Estonia.
19 Feb 2018
Word choice matters when reporting on autism treatments
A new drug could be a breakthrough in treating symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. But Balkan media outlets have misled the public by saying the drug is a "cure for autism."
12 Feb 2018
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tiny secret taboos: miscarriages invisible in Estonia
In a small country like Estonia, where there's enormous pressure for people to have children, miscarriages are not discussed. The 500 women who experience them every year conceal their loss.
9 Feb 2018
Mothers pay the price for nursery school shortages in Hungary
The country's critical lack of facilities deprives children of early socialization rituals, and also condemns many women to staying at home.
7 Feb 2018
Social networks urged to crack down on child 'grooming'
Social network safety policies are under question, after a UK children's charity urged social media firms to do more to crack down on online child "grooming".
5 Feb 2018
Girl's death exposes cracks in Malta's welfare system
The quality of social services in Malta is being questioned after the death of a 7-year old Nigerian refugee girl. Her parents, who suffered from mental health issues, kept her out of school and away from medical care.
29 Jan 2018
More Estonian school kids are "healing themselves" with drugs
The number of Estonian school children who use drugs to "treat" their depression has doubled over the past 10 years, and the numbers show no sign of slowing down.
25 Jan 2018
Parents of disabled children in Bosnia are denied funding
In one day, two legislative bodies in Bosnia denied public funding for education and safety of children with developmental disabilities.
22 Jan 2018
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Knowledge gap between poor and rich Slovak children is alarming
Each year, Slovak fifth-graders undergo national tests aimed at exposing the level of education of different regions. The 2017 results leave no doubt as to the chances of underprivileged children in comparison with wealthy schoolmates.
19 Jan 2018