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Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
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Animal rights clash with religious freedom in the Netherlands

The Party for the Animals is trying to ban religious slaughtering in the Netherlands, saying it's unnecessarily cruel. But the party's push could increase tensions with the country's Jewish and Muslim communities.
Lara Bullens recommended by Lara Bullens NEwsMAvens, Western Europe
10 Jan 2018 Western 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.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
22 Dec 2017 Slovakia

Deradicalization -- a buzzword but above all a big challenge  

In counter-terrorism strategy “deradicalisation” is a key term. But what does it actually mean? How do we disengage ISIS fighters? No country has the perfect solution. Yet the story of Omar shows it can be done.
Marjan Justaert recommended by Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
14 Dec 2017 Belgium

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

Young Slovaks believe they should protect the white race

According to a new study, almost 60% of young people in Slovakia are convinced that they must protect Christianity from Islam. At the same time, the vast majority of them would not like to have an extremist for a neighbor. 
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
29 Nov 2017 Slovakia

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

Saudi Arabia's young prince hunts for power

Mohammed bin Salman has set out to reform the Kingdom. Among the changes he has rushed into effect are long over due liberties for women.
Lydia Morrish recommended by Lydia Morrish WikiTribune, United Kingdom
20 Nov 2017 United Kingdom

The 12 women who stood up to thousands of nationalists

When 60,000 marched to celebrate Polish independence on 11 November, 12 women rose to face them with a sign that read "Stop Fascism".
Joanna Wrózynska recommended by Joanna Wrózynska Wysokie Obcasy, Poland
14 Nov 2017 Poland

Has The Independent become a part of Saudi Arabia's soft power strategy?

Solving the problem of abuse by appealing to the Quran which, like the Bible, is an openly misogynist text, seems surreal. But when a newspaper with a long liberal tradition like The Independent supports such a claim, it becomes a problem.
Cinzia Sciuto recommended by Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy
14 Nov 2017 Italy

Hungarian politician replaces pastor during mass

Although the close relationship between the Church and the Fidesz party is not a new phenomenon, the appearance of a politician at a pulpit is unprecedented. It implies that the Hungarian ruling party has the grace of God.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
13 Nov 2017 Hungary

The masterminds behind political Islam

Saïda Keller-Messahli, a writer and human rights activist, describes the close connections between the mosques in Austria, Switzerland and Germany and accuses authorities of being naive about the threat of jihadism.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
27 Oct 2017 Austria

Tackling the educational monopoly of the Catholic church

The Basic Christian Community of Italy declared that it is "incongruous and anti-historical" for the Italian Bishops' Conference to monopolize religious instruction in schools.
Ingrid Colanicchia recommended by Ingrid Colanicchia MicroMega, Italy
27 Oct 2017 Italy

What are Poles really praying for?

Phrases of "prayer for peace" mingled with those about not letting refugees in and threats posed by Muslims. Xenophobia is key to Rosary to the Border.
Zuzanna Piechowicz recommended by Zuzanna Piechowicz Tok FM, Poland
26 Oct 2017 Poland

The bungled  burqa ban 

Questionable to begin with, the infamous law against face coverings in Austria isn't working in the way intended. Instead of targetting Mulsim women, it's affected mascots and people who get cold easily.
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
22 Oct 2017 Austria

Austrian ad shows a woman in a headscarf and all hell breaks loose

A woman wearing a hijab in a drugstore campaign has caused enraged online users who threaten to boycott the company.
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
19 Oct 2017 Austria

Where there’s a will to counteract radicalization, there’s a way

As Belgium confronts the problem of foreign and 'homegrown' terrorists , headmistress Karin Heremans has emerged as one of the leading figures in the debate. She warns that teachers have no tools to disassemble radicalization in schools.
Marjan Justaert recommended by Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
16 Oct 2017 Belgium

Pro-life marketing tactics in Poland merrily breaking the law

Pro-life organizations are buying up billboards in high-traffic spaces. The images are drastic and shocking. Underneath the message reads: Abortion kills.
Martyna Kraus recommended by Martyna Kraus Wysokie Obcasy, Poland
12 Oct 2017 Poland

Politicians circle around Islamic kindergartens in Vienna

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz demanded that "problematic" Islamic kindergartens in Vienna be shut down based on a study that could have been manipulated by his ministry.
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
11 Oct 2017 Austria

Pro-life marketing tactics in Poland merrily breaking the law

Pro-life organizations are buying up billboards in high-traffic spaces. The images are drastic and shocking. Underneath the message reads: Abortion kills.
Anna J. Dudek recommended by Anna J. Dudek Wysokie Obcasy, Poland
9 Oct 2017 Poland

New law regulates how much face Muslim women must show

How is telling someone to wear less or different clothing any better than telling them to wear more?
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
2 Oct 2017 Austria
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