Is the EU Roma Framework floundering? Commission reports patchy progress, limited impact and rising racism

2017-09-04

By Bernard Rorke

Wednesday’s assessment of the EU Roma Framework by the Commission marks a valiant attempt to resuscitate and revitalize a process that has been dangerously debilitated by the disinterest, perfidy and bad faith of key Member States when it comes to social inclusion, fundamental rights and justice for their Romani citizens. 

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Genocide and the pig farm: end in sight to the Lety controversy

2017-08-15

By Bernard Rorke

Radio Prague’s August 1 headline, Culture Minister: Sale of Lety Pig Farm is ‘Done Deal,’ broke the news that the Czech Government had finally secured the buy-out of the notorious pig farm located on the site of a former concentration camp where hundreds of Roma perished during the Second World War.

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The Face of Hate in Bulgaria: MEP Angel Dzambazki

2017-07-20

By Bernard Rorke

“Tell me something about integration. About tolerance. About ‘liberalism’. About ‘humanism’ … And I will tell you how to use a rope.”

This recent Facebook post marks the latest anti-Roma racist provocation by MEP Angel Dzambazki. Earlier in June, he posted a picture of a group of Romani men involved in a clash with ethnic Bulgarians as his Facebook cover photo with the comment: ‘Euthanasia’. 

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Two cheers for the EU’s two in a row against Orbán

2017-07-14

By Bernard Rorke

It’s not been the best of weeks for Hungary’s ruling Fidesz regime. First came the swell of condemnation from home and abroad concerning the smear campaign against George Soros with its anti-Semitic billboards plastered all over motorways, metro stations, tram stops and public squares. On Thursday morning the government suddenly announced it would remove the posters from public places from 15 July. On Thursday afternoon came two signals from Brussels that Europe is fast losing patience with the arbitrary and illiberal excesses of Fidesz and its contemptuous disregard for EU law.

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Roma Expelled from Paradise: Ethnic Cleansing on the Greek Isle of Mykonos

2017-07-11

By Bernard Rorke

Mykonos may have supplanted Ibiza as the de rigueur hangout for celebrities and clubbers alike, but it would seem that there is no room on the ‘island of the winds’ for Greek Roma. 

The island, which has “emerged as the undisputed summer queen of hip holiday destinations” with a 40% increase in summer visitors, indulged in a bout of ethnic ‘spring cleaning’ in the form of a police sweep operation that rounded up scores of Roma and promptly put them aboard the first ship off the island last April.  

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