Over 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have disappeared in Europe, the EU police agency Europol said on Jan. 31, fearing many have been whisked into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade
EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees

Officials in the EU urge Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border after fleeing fighting.
VIDEO: ‘Desperate scenes on Europe’s shores’

Greek and Turkish coastguards have recovered the bodies of more than 40 migrants, including 20 children, whose boats ran into trouble in the Mediterranean.
VIDEO: Anti-migration protest in Calais

Some members of the right-wing group Pegida in the French port of Calais protest against the presence of refugees there.
What does Brexit look like? Nobody knows

What Does Brexit Look Like?

• The question they can’t answer: What does ‘leave’ mean?

Here’s a question for you. Would you move home without knowing what your next home looks like? No, me neither.

Reengineering democracy in Portugal

It is time to rethink Portugal´s democratic blueprint. Ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections, the real debate should focus on the urgent break with the current semi-presidentialist system. Español Português

Portuguese President Cavaco Silva (right) receives (former) Prime Minister Passos Coelho after elections to talk about the new government. Gonçalo Silva/Demotix. All rights reserved.

Inequality Hits Davos

Sixty-two of the world’s wealthiest people own as much as the poorest 3.6 billion – a shocking figure that will certainly come up at this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The question is whether the people who get invited to Davos – the global elite – will take action to combat growing economic inequality.

Why does the UK government want to ban local authority boycotts?

These proposals do not happen in a vacuum, but in the context of a changing policy landscape where critical thought and protest are being marginalised through labelling and “securitization”.

Boycott Apartheid Bus, London, UK, 1989.Boycott Apartheid Bus, London, UK, 1989. Flickr/ R Barraez D’Lucca. Some rights reserved.During the Conservative Party’s annual conference in October 2015, the party announced proposals to stop local councils from supporting “politically motivated boycotts and divestment campaigns”. Specifically, the Tories warned of “growing concern” about councils aiming to disinvest local authority pension funds from companies that produce weapons or are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The press release[i] that followed branded those who support such boycotts “hard-left militants”, claiming that they undermine “international security” and hold back measures necessary to “tackle Islamic extremism”.

‘Hands Off Our Privacy’: Polish Citizens Speak Out Against Surveillance Law

A small group of citizens protested against the surveillance law on January 13. Picture used with permission

A small group of citizens protested against the surveillance law on January 13. Picture used with permission.

The curious case of Poland’s political self-harm

EU concern for recent developments in Poland can do no harm, writes Stefan Szwed, but ultimately the fate of the country’s democracy is for Poles themselves to sort out. And, luckily, crises often come with opportunities; Poland’s PiS challenge is stirring a new political awakening.

Belarus: Europe’s last dictator

We investigate the state of political freedom in Belarus and President Lukashenko’s unshakable grip on power.

Why don’t we all know which journalists are accredited to the EU institutions?

Ska Keller retweeted this from Spiegel Online journalist Markus Becker earlier:

The insinuation is that – having purged the Warsaw press, the government of Poland is about to try to do the same in Brussels.

That may be the case, but I see this issue rather differently – why is the list of the European Parliament’s accredited journalists not open and transparent anyway? Because to be an accredited journalist means you have a badge to access the EP and can use EP filming facilities. To know who has the power to report is also a means of knowing who wields influence in Brussels, not least because the Brussels-based press – especially Euractiv and Politico – are so heavily dependent on corporate sponsorship.

The Bundestag is not adequately carrying out its role in controlling and influencing EU policies. This is according to a study carried out by the Centre for European Policy (CEP).

Norwegian in underwear stops car thief

A Norwegian man wearing only his boxer shorts stopped a thief from stealing his car by clinging to the roof in a hair-raising ride at -17C.

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