International custody disputes pose problems in Slovakia
The conflict in a Slovak-Ecuadorian family show the struggle of parents who have custody of their children but not the cooperation of their Slovak ex-partners.
16 Jan 2018
Parents on trial in Stuttgart after forcing their daugther to marry
A young woman has filed a lawsuit against her family that kidnapped, trafficked and married her off against her will. All because she refused to follow a traditional lifestyle.
16 Jan 2018
Romanian doctors stage strike over government funding
The new year began in Romania with about half of its 10,000 family doctors refusing to renew their contracts with the national health insurance company.
11 Jan 2018
Slovakia lifts two childbirth-related fees
Fathers in Slovakia who want to be present for the birth of their child no longer will be charged for the privilege, and expectant mothers will no longer be charged for pain-reliving epidurals.
11 Jan 2018
If the Irish are 'wealthier than ever', why don't we feel it?
This year marks a decade since recession hit Ireland in 2008. Economically -- on paper at least -- the recovery has been remarkable. Yet the headline figures on economic progress hide recession scars, which many households are still suffering.
10 Jan 2018
Gambling machines go dark in Bratislava pubs
A campaign to shut down gaming machines in pubs won widespread support after activists touted the ban as a way to protect families from being hurt by gambling addiction.
3 Jan 2018
How to slow down at Christmas
Most Hungarians are still familiarizing themselves with the slow movement. There are slow restaurants and workshops on slow parenting, but this is probably the first time that slow Christmas has been widely celebrated in Budapest.
25 Dec 2017
People with dementia are forgotten in Estonia
The number of people with dementia will triple in the next 30 years, WHO warns. Estonia already struggles with taking care of its sick elderly, so people seek loopholes in the system.
21 Dec 2017
96,723 Romanian children have parents who work abroad
Almost 100,000 Romanian children have one parent working abroad, while in 19% of cases both parents have left home to work in another country. Why does Romania rank second in the world in terms of migration?
28 Nov 2017
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.
22 Nov 2017
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?
22 Nov 2017
Backward momentum -- politicians propose withdrawing free childcare
In Upper Austria, the ÖVP and the FPÖ seem to believe that withdrawing free afternoon childcare will solve all of Austria's educational and social problems in one go.
20 Nov 2017
It is not easy to check out from Mama Hotel
There are some young adults who find it convenient to have “room service” and hot meals every day, but the majority of them are forced to live at home. Buying or even renting an apartment has become a fantasy for many young Hungarians.
17 Nov 2017
Can the EU force Slovakia to stop discriminating Roma children?
If the situation does not improve, the European Commission will sue Slovakia for violating EU law. That might cost the government quite a sum.
14 Nov 2017
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?
13 Nov 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina
In Slovakia maternity leave is a risky business
Yes, Slovak law guarantees maternity LEAVE. It's the going back to work part that can be tricky.
3 Nov 2017
Senior care will go from bad to worse in Slovakia
Slovakia is facing a dire dearth of care facilities for elders. It is virtually impossible to find a place unless someone dies.
1 Nov 2017
Disability in Roma children due to incest, says Slovak Minister
Why is our Minister of the Interior putting forth an argument with no numbers to back it up?
26 Oct 2017
Bullying -- naming a blind spot in Hungarian youth culture
Bullying has always been present in youth communities but only recently did it become clear that it is not an inevitable part of growing up. Educating children on how to recognize abuse and teachers how to help has only just begun.
25 Oct 2017
Let them shoot guns -- Hungary invests in education
If shooting does become part of the curriculum -- mandatory or otherwise -- the country will face a huge danger: the militarization of children.
19 Oct 2017