Will the resignation of the Slovak PM change anything?
After massive protests over the murder of a journalist and his fiancee, Slovakia's prime minister has agreed to follow the interior minister and step down. But their departures may not bring real change to the government.
16 Mar 2018
Norwegian women wear masks against racism
The Norwegian women's movement took a clear anti-racist stance in this year's March 8 demonstrations. The streets of Oslo were filled with people wearing cardboard masks of a young Muslim feminist in a show of solidarity.
16 Mar 2018
Polish grassroots resistance to antisemitism on the rise
This year Poland commemorates the anniversary of March 1968, when thousands of Polish Jews were forced to leave the country, with a surge of activism.
15 Mar 2018
Spanish politicians change their minds about 8 March
The resounding impact and scope of the general strike of Spanish women on March 8 prompted many politicians to alter their discourse and adopt a much warmer tone towards the struggle for gender equality.
14 Mar 2018
A minister resigned, but Slovaks want more
The murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová have led to the largest demonstrations in Slovakia since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Protestors share a single demand: an entirely new government.
13 Mar 2018
Fake violence at Bosnian protest
Last week, major roads in Bosnia were blocked for days by veterans demanding services. But several websites in the country made up "shocking" tales of police brutality against the vets by using images of police attacks in other countries.
12 Mar 2018
Bosnia and Herzegovina
French Media Snub Farmers’ Protests
Last week, farmers in southwestern France protested over threatened reductions in subsidies as France makes plans to reduce the number of "less favorable" agricultural areas. Most French news outlets ignored the story.
15 Feb 2018
Wave of strikes in key industries pressures government in Malta
Since the beginning of the year, social workers, nurses and doctors, among many, have gone on strike over their working conditions.
12 Feb 2018
Belgian protesters halt anti immigration proposal
The Belgian government has halted a bill allowing police to enter private homes of people sheltering immigrants, after the plan led to public outrage, protests, and questions raised by the Prime Minister's own party.
9 Feb 2018
Grannies against the right -- Meet the hippest demonstrators in Austria
On February 2, armed with pink knitted “pussyhats” and good humor, a group of retired women marched the streets of Vienna to commemorate Ute Block, a refugee aid icon. It was neither their first demonstration nor their last.
6 Feb 2018
dangerous levels of air pollution
Hundreds of people gathered in the Kosovo capital of Pristina to protest against air pollution that have consistently reached alarm levels.
2 Feb 2018
Central & Eastern Europe
Belgium targets volunteers
offering migrants a bed
The Belgian government is considering allowing police to search private homes of people suspected of sheltering undocumented migrants.
25 Jan 2018
The 'other Austria' sends a powerful anti-government message
Tens of thousands protested in the streets of Vienna against the government’s discriminating policies and far-right rhetorics. Will the opposition stand up to the challenge of representing them as future voters?
16 Jan 2018
Will Bulgaria sacrifice a national park to host a skiing resort?
Over the winter holidays, many Bulgarians repeatedly took to the streets of Sofia to protest against the destruction of Pirin National Park. What is the reason for the planned lodging? The authorities want to make way for skiing.
5 Jan 2018
Central & Eastern Europe
You cannot stop the devils from marching in Slovakia
A seemingly minor Christmas festivity in the town of Piešťany exposed tensions between religious and lay residents. As the date of the festive “march of the devils” approached, some prepared their outfits and others -- protest banners.
22 Dec 2017
Austria has a new government and few are overjoyed
"The government should secure the welfare of all -- with 'all' meaning everybody in Austria, not just all Austrians, as far-right politicians see it." Austria's president was mildest among critics of the current coalition.
19 Dec 2017
A common enemy unites the Hungarian liberals and the far-right
If someone told me a year ago that the Hungarian liberal opposition would join the far-right party, Jobbik, during a manifestation, I would not have believed it. But this is exactly what is going to happen today.
15 Dec 2017
Main Italian newspapers under attack by neo-fascist group
Repubblica and l'Espresso, two of the main Italian newspapers, were attacked by a small group of neo-fascists. This is the latest in a series of such attacks. It is high time to apply the law and ban neo-fascist groups across Europe.
14 Dec 2017
who egged in vain
“Eggs are a classic weapon of protest. Throughout history, they were thrown at government cars, the symbols of central power.” explains activist and writer arrested last week.
13 Dec 2017
for "Day X” anti-government protests in Austria
The opponents of the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition are preparing for the inauguration of the government. But the new law on assemblies does not make civil protest any easier -- quite the opposite.
13 Dec 2017