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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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Q&A: European Roma’s Path to Equality

Europe’s largest ethnic minority is still weighed down by prejudice and misunderstanding. By using a multifaceted strategy of litigation, public education, and direct advocacy, the Roma are changing their position.

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Five Steps the EU Must Take to Protect Civil Society

With attacks on the public space unfurling across the European Union, it is essential that the EU take swift and decisive action to protect the foundational values and institutions that undergird democracy.

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Q&A: Lessons from the Struggle for Albanian Roma’s Rights

A recent and critical victory for Albania’s Roma may provide marginalized communities around the world with a guide to defending their rights through broad, diverse, and flexible coalitions.

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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

In one of the least LGBTI-friendly countries in Europe, a new organization is helping young LGBTI people support one another, educate the public, and remove the oppressive weight of hatred, ignorance, and fear.

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Book Launch—Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams

Author John Feffer discusses his new book about dashed hopes and dreams in Eastern Europe.

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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

A surge in the anti-establishment vote in October’s elections has left the long struggle to end segregation of Roma children in Czech schools on uncertain ground.