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Equality in Europe

Over the past 50 years, Europe has undergone dramatic social and economic shifts. Ethnic diversity has increased, yet so too has inequality. As a result some groups feel marginalized from society—in education, health care, employment, and other areas of everyday life. We work with local communities and policy makers to support full equality, political participation, and opportunities for all.

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When Roma Children Get a Better Education, Society Benefits

A new report confirms that education is a critical area of intervention for Roma children in Croatia, yet finds glaring gaps in its provision.

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Why Violence Is Flaring at Europe’s Border Crossings

A spate of fatal incidents at the EU’s southern border crossings reveals an increasingly aggressive approach to stopping migrants at any cost.

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Accountability in Greece Should Not Stop at Elections

Greece has voted in a new anti-austerity leadership. A new website aims to hold those leaders accountable and let the Greek electorate interact with them directly.

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Fighting Denial and Suspicion in France

The country that professes “liberty, equality, fraternity” is instead allowing fear and distrust to drive the current conversation following the tragic events at Charlie Hebdo.

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Freedom of the Press, Expression, and Information in Spain

This report examines the history of media freedom and freedom of information in Spain.

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Parliament Debates Ending Holland’s Christmas Blackface Tradition

The Netherlands’ annual Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) display betrays the country’s progressive reputation. Last week, the European Parliament debated retiring it once and for all.

Open Society People

Director, At Home in Europe Project
Open Society Foundation–London
Jordi Vaquer
Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe
Open Society Initiative for Europe
Senior Policy Analyst, Equality and Migration; Advocacy Manager, Italy
Open Society European Policy Institute