50th Anniversary for IFAW

by Staci McLennanDirector of IFAW’s EU office. This month the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is celebrating its 50th anniversary and half a century of work helping animals, people and the planet. It all started when a small group of people got together to stop Canada’s cruel commercial seal hunt. Fourteen years later, the effort…

Jean-Claude Juncker awarded “European Leader of the Year” Award

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker was awarded tonight the “European Leader of the Year” Award at the second European Leadership Awards ceremony, organised by the European Business Summit in partnership with international news channel Euronews. For the past five years, Jean-Claude Juncker has been at the helm of the European Commission at…

450th Anniversary of Pieter Bruegel Marked By Exhibition in Bokrijk

Are you a fan of Pieter Bruegel, the famous Flemish artist? If so, a new exhibition at a Belgian open air museum will be just for you. 2019 marks the 450th anniversary that Pieter Bruegel the Elder died and to mark the occasion, the Bokrijk open-air Museum near Genk is organising an international exhibition entitled…

Multilevel Collaboration For Intercultural Peace

Multilevel Collaboration For Intercultural Peace

Radical ideologies play a key role in brainwashing individuals and  encouraging them to commit violent acts. Correct tools are needed to address different radicalisation scenarios so that effective prevention can be realised, writes Hande Bozatli.  All stakeholders, including civil society, cultural networks,  national, local and regional governments,  have a crucial role to play in early detection and prevention of the root causes…

Bitter Lemons

Bitter Lemons

Cyprus emerged as the number one issue on the international political arena recently, writes Leyla Tavsonoglu. The Greek Cypriot Government, enjoying the full benefits of being the sole EU member of the island, disregarding the Turkish Cypriot side, in partnership with Israel and Egypt, continues drilling for natural gas and oil on the Cypriot continental shelf. …

Human-Centred Development and Governance

Development and Governance

It was in September 2018   that Mr. Uner Kirdar, the Former Senior United Nations official and the main architect of UNDP Development Study Programme, said: ‘True development can only be achieved through a process that places ‘people’ at the centre of all concerns, writes Hande Bozatli. This process must aim at the maximum release of…

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…