European judges' Warsaw protest resonates internationally

Judges and civil society activists from across Europe joined their Polish peers in Warsaw to protest against breaches of the fundamental principles underlying the rule of law by the Polish Government.

Interview med Else Kvist fra nye europæere om DR Orientering

No one has any doubt that Britain will leave the EU on 31 January.  But when that party is over, 11 months of negotiations with the EU await a new trade agreement. 

"We are still living in 1989"

In the Eastern European Visegrád countries, authoritarian tendencies threaten democracy. But 30 years after the fall of the wall, new civil society resistance is growing. That can also be a hope for the West.

The foundation myth of the rape of Europe

The myth of Europe has inspired many artists, writers, historians and politicians throughout the centuries: they gave its name to a continent and offered works of art presenting Zeus and Europe.

Bella ciao

Bella ciao is an Italian protest folk song that originated in the hardships of the mondina women, the paddy field workers in the late 19th century who sang it to protest against harsh working conditions in the paddy fields of North Italy.

Russian Monitor suffers heavy-duty cyber attack

The influential media outlet Russian Monitor has suffered a damaging cyber attack which led to the platform being temporarily shut down. Russian Monitor is one of the main media outlets for the Russian opposition. It has over 1 million unique visitors every month and 3 million visitors outside Russia 

Rule of Law in Poland - Statement by KOD (Committee for the Defence of Democracy)

The Draft Law on the Amendment of the Law on Common Court System, Law on the Supreme Court and certain other Laws introduced on December 12, 2019 to the Polish Parliament (Sejm) by the deputies of the Law & Justice party provides for a number of unacceptable changes regulating the modes of work of courts and prosecutor’s offices. 

Sakharov Prize: daughter of 2019 laureate Ilham Tohti receives prize on his behalf

Ilham Tohti's daughter Jewher Ilham accepted the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Wednesday on behalf of her jailed father. Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur scholar fighting for the rights of China’s Muslim Uyghur minority, has been in jail since 2014 on separatism-related charges. 

Emily O’Reilly re-elected European Ombudsman

Many congratulations to Emily O’Reilly (Ireland),who  has been elected European Ombudsman for the 2019-2024 parliamentary term. She was backed by 320 MEPs in a secret plenary vote.

Civil society endorses pan-European fringe festival in parallel with Future of Europe conference

Civil society leaders of twenty EU networks have renewed calls for a bottom-up building-site, and  free-standing and spontaneously organised events modelled on the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival to mobilise EU citizens ahead of the Future of Europe Conference. 

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