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The activities of the Open Society Foundations in Europe focus on bolstering well-entrenched democracies while building up less stable ones, promoting minority inclusion in policymaking, supporting good governance and accountability, advancing education and public health reform, and helping societies adjust to European integration.

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Open Society Voices

Opportunistic Politicians in Bulgaria Evict Roma for Votes

October 9, 2015 by Kaloyan Stanev

With elections looming, Bulgarian politicians are bulldozing Roma houses to win the votes of right-wing nationalists.

Why Europe Must Own Up to Its Participation in CIA Torture

October 9, 2015 by Natacha Kazatchkine

Nearly a year after a U.S. Senate report exposed CIA torture activities, the European countries that were complicit in the program still haven’t been held accountable.

Case Watch: Making Sense of the Schrems Ruling on Data Transfer

October 7, 2015 by Simon Cox

The ruling from the top EU court is subtle and careful—and it has already been misunderstood in some quarters.

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Jordi Vaquer
Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe
Open Society Initiative for Europe, Open Society Foundations–Spain
heather grabbe
Director, Open Society European Policy Institute / Open Society Foundations EU Affairs (currently on sabbatical leave)
Open Society European Policy Institute
Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York