Ireland has become the first country to introduce same-sex marriage through a referendum, thanks to a campaign that captured the hearts and minds of many Irish voters.
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With elections looming, Bulgarian politicians are bulldozing Roma houses to win the votes of right-wing nationalists.
Life is challenging for Roma women in Albania, but a recent push for political organization may soon change that.
During the wars of the 1990s, Croatia took in half a million displaced people, a memory that still lives on today as Europe’s refugees reach its borders.
Inflammatory rhetoric about the refugees in Hungary is distorting a situation that’s not nearly as out of control as portrayed.
The Decade of Roma Inclusion aimed to close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society, but thanks to opportunistic politicians, some of those gaps are wider than ever.
In Slovakia, online vitriol directed at the refugees is being drowned out by the chorus of support taking place on the ground.