Dear Commissioner Jourová: What does the EU intend to do about school segregation in Slovakia?

2018-02-20

By Bernard Rorke

It’s almost three years since the European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Slovakia for racial segregation of Romani children in its schools. The evidence suggests that nothing has changed for the better in the interim. What will the Commission do next?

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Sites of Resistance: The Roma, Gypsies and Travellers in the Community

2017-11-20

By Andrew Ryder

Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities are among the most marginalised groups in European society. Their struggle for social justice is vitally important, being as former Czech President Vaclav Havel said back in 1993, the litmuss test of civil society in Europe, a reflection of our commitment to human rights and humanity.

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#BetterTogether: Europe must finally call time on school segregation

2017-11-15

By Bernard Rorke

Last week a class photograph of first graders from the Czech town of Teplice prompted a torrent of death threats and hateful comments on social media, directed at the children who were mostly of Arab, Vietnamese or Romani origin.

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Who is going to break the silence over segregation of Romani children in Slovakia: the Ministry of Education or the European Court of Justice?

2017-10-25

By Marek Balaz

The recently appointed Slovak Minister of Education, Martina Lubyova, has to resolve the biggest dilemma facing her ministry in years. Either she will be the minister who openly admits that the educational system in Slovakia discriminates against tens of thousands of Romani students, or she will leave this task to the European Court of Justice. 

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10 things he really said: Zoltán Balog, Hungarian Minister for Human Resources

2017-10-24

By Bernard Rorke

Zoltán Balog, former Calvinist preacher turned minister of human resources in the Orbán government, is prone to saying outrageous things and straying off-script. After all, this is the man who, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, reckoned it was Jesus rather than Moses who came down from Mount Sinai bearing the fabled tablets of stone.

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