We could easily agree that the plight of the Roma, as accurately and alarmingly portrayed by George Soros on this Social Europe website, remains a human tragedy of unprecedented historical proportions. The Roma?s unremitting story of poverty, (self-)marginalization, discrimination, expulsion and persecution, notably in the barbaric Nazi-years, is a grim reminder of how people treat other people ?because they seem different??.
The Roma have been persecuted across Europe for centuries. Now they face a form of discrimination unseen in Europe since World War II: group evictions and expulsions from several European democracies of men, women, and children on the grounds that they pose a threat to public order.
Reacting to Germany’s surprisingly strong economic development in the second quarter, German economic experts have raised their growth forecasts for 2010 to as high as 3.4 percent. Commentators say Germany’s growth could harm the French economy but benefit Poland.
Political corruption in Europe is the drama of the season. Confronted by media revelations, the governments of Old Europe are criticising, even muzzling the media space whose influence they fear. Not all countries react in the same way: in Great Britain, Germany and Poland, media investigations pressure governments to fire people. In France and Italy, the news isn?t causing a stir at all