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Toulouse Film Festival

As fewer legal professionals nowadays still take an interest in defending human rights, the city of Toulouse stands out as a shining example to the contrary. The well-known organisations such as Avocats sans frontieres, Cimade, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and others organise regular events bringing human rights to the top of the political and civic… » read more

Today, October 7th 2009, student groups will organize a first massive demonstration in Montenegro, ever. Unlike neighbouring Serbia and Croatia, Montenegro never experienced student protests or other forms of youth rebelism. The reason for the first student gathering in the capital of Montenegro – Podgorica, is unacceptable politization of Montenegrin education system, and influence of… » read more

Visualising complexity

I started out as a science journalist before moving to Europe, so I’ve always loved explaining complex things. Unfortunately, although I love words, they’re often not enough – nothing beats an infographic, or better a narrated animation, to really get complex things across. Unfortunately, I’m a rubbish artist, so until recently all I could do… » read more

Lately, series of events taking place in the Turkish Cypriot community, remind of days that a lot of us were happy that passed. The ruling National Unity Party (UBP), after banning the use of the word ‘Turkish Cypriot’ in favour of ‘Turks of Cyprus’ in the media that controls (in a similar tactic to the… » read more

On Thursday 11 June, I attended, as part of the EULAR conference in Copenhagen – Europe’s largest conference on Rheumatology – the session “Structure modification in osteoarthritis: Time to update the guidelines”. What became really apparent was that rheumatologists from Europe and North-America are seriously concerned about the exponentially increasing prevalence and incidence of osteoarthritis… » read more

The columnist, Gwynne Dyer, has drawn my attention to an article, written by Colonel Sergei Kovalev, Director of the scientific research department at the Institute of Military History. It is entitled “Fictions and Falsifications in Evaluating the USSR’s Role On the Eve of the Second World War.” Kovalev asserts that the Poles, not the Germans,… » read more

Nous demandons que l’Université échappe aux règles de concurrence. Fixé en 2000, l’agenda de Lisbonne organise les conditions de l’Espace européen de Recherche (ERR). Les objectifs récemment mis à jour visent à construire un marché commun de la connaissance, au service de la seule initiative économique. Or c’est d’une société de la connaissance dans laquelle… » read more

We ask that Universities be freed from rules of competition. Set in 2000, the Lisbon Agenda sets the terms of the European Research Area (ERA). The recently updated objectives are designed to build a common market for knowledge, at the service of a single economic initiative. But it is a culture of knowledge where research… » read more

Transfer to Budapest

While the last participants are still recovering and assimilating their great experience in Ljubjlana, a new group of European students is ready to start dealing with Education in the city of Budapest. Ljubjlana let us a big amount of results concerning multiculturalism in different fields, such as multilingualism, education in diversity among the countries, policies… » read more

Article published in EDRi-gram 7.6 Several alarming amendments to the Telecom Package second reading in the European Parliament are to be voted on 31 March 2009 by ITRE/IMCO committee. The amendments are meant to give additional control to the entertainment industry, telecoms and IT security companies over the Internet. An agreement on several delicate issues… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘Unreformed European school system ‘might collapse’‘: Thank you for reporting about the European schools and the public hearing about the system in the European Parliament. I draw your attention to a comment made by one of the parents during the hearing: when talking about the European schools and the issues connected to them,… » read more

As published by EurActiv.com: The European school system “might soon collapse” if not reformed, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas told a public hearing in Brussels last week (19 March), citing “alarming signs” like lack of teachers, cumbersome decision-making procedures and governments’ unwillingness to invest in infrastructure. Acknowledging that reforming the European school system is a… » read more

A new study on “University Systems Ranking: Citizens and Society in the Age of Knowledge” published today by the Lisbon Council finds that European university systems, in particular in “Romano-Germanic countries”, are inadequate to deliver the education needed by modern, knowledge-based economies. It recommend that countries should do more to make their education systems […]… » read more

Highlights of this edition: – European Union: Closer than you thought! – by Judith Schilling, Publication Manager, European Commission Representation in UK. – Invisible? Unintelligible? Pointless? Euro elections in historical perspective – by Juliet Lodge, Prof. of European Studies, University of Leeds. – Harvard Conference on Networks in Political Science – by Francisco […] Original… » read more


Politicians at European level have recognized that education and training are essential to the development and success of today’s knowledge society and economy. Nowadays, lifelong learning is key to jobs and growth, as well as to allow everyone the chance to participate fully in society. The EU’s strategy on Education emphasizes countries working together and… » read more

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