The many adventurous paths that lead to a European Union: involving politics, society, culture, economics, finance, the military.
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A short-sighted Europe stands in front of the desperate path of thousands of people towards the hope a new life. A Europe built on national governments selfish interests which continue to postpone every practical solution in front of this enourmous tragedy. Between reception pronouncements, opening and closure of borders, trains blocked and motorways closed. Walls, always and only walls.
The past week has seen many events happening in the United Kingdom: the Queen has become the longest-reigning monarch; the Parliament rejected a bill that would have made assisted suicide legal; the independent press standards organisation (Ipso) has marked its first year; the Muslim left-winger Sadiq Khan has been chosen as Labour’s London mayoral candidate. All these events called for important reflections but the general attention has been attracted by Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the elections for the new leader of the British Labour Party.
Not all the lobbies in Brussels follow the EU transparency rules. The anti-corruption organization Transparency International verified that different organizations registered in the EU Transparency Register are not compliant with the data they filled on the Transparency Register. Their data regarding their activities and lobbying budget are quite often not transparent.
The inhuman conditions that migrants face during their trips and their arrivals are evident to all. In the last hours a new sentence from the EU Court for human rights condemning Italy just came out. It condemns Italy because of the detention of three Tunisians migrants in terrible conditions in a detention centre in Lampedusa and because of their collective expulsion without consideration of their personal situations.
In Northern Ireland, abortion is legal only if a woman’s life or her physical or mental health is at risk. The 1967 Abortion Act, through which abortion was legalised in England, Wales and Scotland, was never extended to Northern Ireland and the main political parties still strongly oppose it. Instead, abortion is governed through sections of the 1861 Offence against the Person Act (a law that was passed before women could vote) and of the 1945 Criminal Justice.
New walls divide Europe nowadays. Hungary is building a wall to stop migrants' arrivals, Bulgaria sends armored vehicles to the border with Macedonia and the other EU states build barriers of soldiers and police is ready to repel people. EU leaders fight among each other because they are afraid of receiving migrants and losing consensus.
Innovation, creativity and capacity to deal with changes are the new challenges for the workforce in the EU. That’s what is mentioned in a study by the European Parliament that affirms entrepreneurship education is key to fight against youth unemployment in the future. The development of transversal skills required by the labour market need new ways for learning and teaching and the inclusion of real world work experience that is practical not theoretical.
This weekend, the voting for the new leader of the Labour party has began. The polls say Jeremy Corbyn is ahead of the race that began after Labour’s defeat in the 2015 general elections, with YouGov reporting he had 57% of the votes last week. Corbyn’s success has pleased many, worried some, and surprised most. The MP of a constituency in the north of London, he has not been a preeminent figure in the party.
Poverty hits young people. Roughly half the population living in a destitution condition is represented by young people of eighteen years old or minors (47%). That’s what is reported in a recent analysis by the European Parliament. Young people who live in social exclusion conditions, victims of abuse and violence, in particular girls and young women. 300 thousand children are estimated to be child soldiers.
The use of legal highs in prisons in England and Wales has been rising over the past few years, creating new problems and requiring new measures to be implemented. Legal highs are synthetic chemical compounds that imitate the effects of traditional illicit drugs. Largely manufactured in south-east Asia, they are generally odourless and sold in hundreds of variations in chemical structure, making them difficult to detect and their effects often unpredictable.