Exhibition of War Memorials from Derbyshire in Britain to Ypres in Belgium

Exhibition of War Memorials from Derbyshire in Britain

A trail taking in 25 distinctive war memorials stretching from Derbyshire in the UK to the Menin Gate in Belgium features in an exhibition at the European Parliament. The Angels of Peace exhibition has been created by Conservative MEP Rupert Matthews, who was initially inspired by an eye catching war memorial in the Derbyshire village…

Regional Approach To Refugee Situation in Europe

Regional Approach To Refugee

The  refugee situation in Europe and its neighbourhood continues to be high on the European  political agenda.  There are many actors at different levels providing a multi-layered response to the refugee situation, writes Hande Bozatli. Among these  actors the  role of Local and Regional Governments is at the forefront of offering public services to refugees. At the…

German CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

The German Christian Democrats (CDU) are no longer under the thumb of Angela Merkel. During the party congress in Hamburg on December 7 the CDU elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (or simply AKK) as its chairperson. She was Merkel’s candidate of choice. But her election was a close call, as the first round did not produce any…

A Dog’s Life – The Homeless Dogs of Romania

The Homeless Dogs of Romania

At the Brussels premiere of ‘A Dog’s Life – The Homeless Dogs of Romania’ in the European Parliament, viewers were exposed to the shocking conditions that thousands of dogs have to endure behind the closed door of shelters in Romania, writes Martin Banks. The film questions why the Romanian government is not dealing with this…

“New Europeans” win CiDAN Citizenship and Human Rights Prize

CiDAN Citizenship and Human Rights Prize

The campaign group “New Europeans” has won the CiDAN Citizenship and Human Rights Prize  for its Green Card proposal to secure onward mobility (free movement) rights post Brexit for Britons in Europe and to protect EU27 citizens in the UK from discrimination, writes Martin Banks. The prize is awarded by a European jury consisting of parliamentarians and military staff representatives…

Religious Leaders Gather In Astana

Religious Leaders

“Today’s world is far from tranquil, as regional conflicts triggered by ethnical, religious and territorial factors keep cropping up, Religion advocates peace and justice. Religion has been made use of from time to time, just like the strings of a harp being plucked, to trigger and foment conflicts, separation, hatred and upheaval. This has aroused…

Dodik recognises the realities and constraints of building a stable Bosnia

Dodik recognises the realities Bosnia

Bosnia-Herzegovina will hold elections on Sunday 7th October to choose the three members of the collective presidency prescribed by the Dayton agreement. Milorad Dodik, the current President of Republika Srpska, the Serbian half of Bosnia-Herzegovina, is campaigning to be re-elected in a closely fought campaign, writes James Wilson. Dodik has been speaking in defence of…

The Curious Case of the Brussels Lobbyist

The Curious Case

The effective expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the controversial human rights NGO the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF), from the Schengen zone may well be the final chapter in a story that has held the attention of the Brussels Press Corps for some time now, writes James Wilson. She was detained at Brussels airport during…