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Has the Black Lives Matter movement really started to change things in Europe as well? Interview with a London-based journalist

In an interview with Barbara Matječić for Telegram.hr, Angelo Boccato analyses how the Italian and British milieu stand when it comes to racism. Angelo Boccato is an Italian freelance journalist who moved to London in 2013 and writes for Italian and British media about, among other things, racism and the…

EU, Croatia and “Europe that protects”

By: Igor Tabak (obris.org) At the end of 2019, the Republic of Croatia presented its Presidency Program of the Council of the EU, aptly named “Strong Europe in a world full of challenges”. It identified four main priority areas, including “Europe that protects” in third place – an area that…

An Interview with an Expert Adviser of the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA): ‘The impact of the pandemic on human rights”

We spoke to Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, who is in charge of numerous reports of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. By Barbara Matejčić The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is responsible for the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights in the EU and operates at several levels:…

Interview with the head of the European Federation of Journalists: Politicians’ lawsuits against the media are one of our most important topics

We are conveying Barbara Matejčić’s interview with Renata Schroeder, published on the Telegram.hr news site:  “Renate Schroeder is the director of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the largest European journalism organization, representing 320,000 journalists across Europe and advocating for better working conditions as well as quality and independent journalism.…

Serbian CSOs urge the EU to insist on fundamental values in Serbia amidst political crisis and police brutality

BELGRADE – It can reasonably be expected that the results of the elections in Serbia on 21 June will lead to a political crisis, while the trust in government policy on fighting the pandemic has been dealt a serious blow in recent weeks, seven civil society organisations from the country…

Challenges to local democracy in the Western Balkans – opinion of the Committee of the Regions

Author: Senada Šelo Šabić, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb The European Committee of the Regions will discuss and likely adopt an opinion entitled Challenges to Local Democracy in the Western Balkans at its plenary session scheduled for October this year. The opinion accurately detects the…

International conference – “Just EUrope -Strengthening the rule of law and human rights in Europe” – video presentations

Within our project „Towards an open, fair and sustainable Europe in the world – EU Presidency Project 2019-2021’’ which shadows Croatian EU presidency from civil society perspective, we planed to held an international conference “Just EUrope – Strengthening the rule of law and human rights in Europe” on the 18th of March…

European (un)solidarity in the time of coronavirus

We asked prof. dr. sc. Goran Bandov, Lawyer and Political Scientist, Associate Professor and Head of International Relations and Sustainable Development University Centre at University of Zagreb, to comment for crosol.hr on the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affects interstate relations within the European Union. This expert in international political…

Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

“In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the crisis. We are however deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures. …

We call for humane, sustainable solutions and clear distribution of responsibilities within the EU member states

Ahead of the informal meeting of European Foreign Affairs Ministers, Centre for Peace Studies, Are You Syrious, Welcome Initiative and Forum 2020 warned that the EU has to urgently adopt sustainable and humane solutions for the humanitarian crisis at the Greece-Turkey land border, as well as on Greek islands and other external borders of…

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