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by Adina Portaru     Every year on 9 May we celebrate Europe Day. The motto of the European Union (EU) is ‘United in diversity’. This came into use in 2000 and reflects the reality that the EU seeks harmonization and integration in a number of areas while being simultaneously enriched by different cultures, traditions,… » read more

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By Laurence Wilkinson Fundamental freedoms underpin democracies, which means that the EU should be safeguarding fundamental rights across the Union. Indeed, strengthening the rights of individuals within the EU was the stated intention behind making the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (‘EU Charter’) legally binding on the EU institutions and national governments. However, two troubling… » read more

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by Sophia Kuby If the EU is serious about its commitment to peace, democracy, and human rights, it has to step up its efforts on freedom of religion or belief. This can only be done meaningfully by establishing an EU Special Representative on Freedom of Religion or Belief. 25 years ago, in the founding Treaty… » read more

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One person’s choice affects so many others, as Tom Mortier, a teacher in Belgium discovered. He once supported the country’s liberal euthanasia laws for the reasons that many do: it seemed to him if a person wants to end their life, it’s their choice. But one person’s tragic decision changed all that. “My mother had… » read more

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Why it is time to start talking about eugenics He hugged me. Tight. He always noticed when someone was sad. He’d look at me with his blue almond-shaped eyes, and it felt as though I was the only person in the world. Danny is special. He even has his own special day. On March 21st… » read more

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Recently, the European Parliament adapted its internal procedures. According to the newly introduced ‘Rule 165’, the President of the session may interrupt the live broadcasting in case of ‘defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior’ by another Member.He may also deny the right to speak for the duration of the session, if the speaker chooses… » read more

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‘Dying with dignity’ has become synonymous with euthanasia or doctor-assisted dying, i.e. the voluntary administration of a lethal drug at the patient’s request. Does this mean that dying naturally, would not be a dignified death? Especially, since today’s pain treatment is able to alleviate almost all kinds of all physical suffering? Does a person who… » read more

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Who would have thought? A recent internal document issued by the British Medical Association reminded me of times long passed. Like many little girls, I grew up dreaming of becoming a world-renowned actress. Typically, the closest I ever got to a stage was by playing one of the (very many) Emperor’s subjects, in a small… » read more

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The Bodnariu family case in Norway sparked angry protests around the globe. The powerful and well-funded child welfare agency called Barnevernet removed the family’s five children for no obvious reason. International investigations uncovered the Norwegian authorities’ real concerns, which were that the children were being “indoctrinated” by their parents’ religious beliefs. An international outcry followed,… » read more

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