Stand with Belarus – it’s a matter of principle

“Don’t leave Belarus alone!” That was the message of a conference organised by New Europeans with human rights campaigners from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia to mark International Democracy Day, 15 September, writes Roger Casale. In a moving address from her home outside Minsk, Olga Zubrilova, explained how she had become involved in the democratic movement…

Quo Vadis Belarus, Ukraine and Russia?

As anxiety rises inside the Kremlin, opposition activists and experts working in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and internationally will speak about what they most fear and what they believe will happen next at an online event on Tuesday. Democracy campaigner Olga Zubrilova will explain what it feels like to take to the streets in Belarus in the…

Future of Europe Fringe

As EU leaders prepare to put the finishing touches to their plans for a two year conference on the Future of Europe, civil society groups are mobilising to set up a parallel series of events aimed at putting citizens at the heart of the debate. A Future of Europe Fringe, modelled on the experience of…

Civil Society Should Occupy the Fringe of EU Politics

Like Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, civil society should occupy the influential fringe of European politics says a prominent EU civil rights campaigner. Former Labour MP Roger Casale, who heads up civil rights organisation New Europeans, made the calls at Volonteurope’s annual conference attended by leading civil society organisations. He said: “Like Edinburgh’s Fringe festival which has…