Blogs/Podcasts

Blog: The role of educational mediators during Bulgaria’s state of emergency

By Denitsa Ivanova from Amalipe Centre for Interethnic Dialog and Tolerance (part of the Roma Civil Monitor in Bulgaria). The author describes what it is like for Romani mediators there under the COVID-19 state of emergency in the article that was originally published here on 25 March 2020.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent days have been hard and difficult for all of us. We have had to dramatically change our daily lives.

Blog: Greece creates an emergency fund for Roma camps and settlements

The article is a compilation of information from different sources by Marek Hojsik from CEU CPS, and Manolis Rantis and Sia Siapera from HEROMACT (a part of Roma Civil Monitor in Greece).

To help Greek municipalities with segregated Roma camps and settlements in fighting the epidemic of Covid-19 and to protect their vulnerable populations, the Greek government created an emergency fund with an allocation of 2,255,000 EUR, the Ministry of Interior reported on 27 March.

Blog: The Cypriot Roma and their living conditions during COVID-19

By Chryso Pelekani
(part of the Roma Civil Monitor in Cyprus)

Cypriot government’s actions to integrate Roma do not seem to be effective enough and more must be done as soon as possible to protect their lives in the current time of pandemic revealed the interviews with members of the Roma community living in this insular member state.

Blog: School-to-work transition: Contextualizing fieldwork in Hungary's Southern-Transdanubia

By Abel Beremenyi

NGOST project aims to understand how school-to-work transition (STWT) occurs among the Roma young people, critically examining related policies and programmes and institutions targeting and/or reaching out to Roma youth.

Blog: Germany: Is banning far-right groups enough?

By Michael Zeller

This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy here on Feb 17, 2020.

Blog: Historians and regional policy-making: The perspective of a political scientist

November 22, 2019

By Sara Svensson

History matters for current politics. In this time of populism and nationalism, we see how national leaders utilize and sometimes rewrite history for political ends: Poland protests when a Netflix documentary places concentration camp locations on a map of today’s Poland.

Blog: Whither Poland? After the 2019 parliamentary elections

By Michael Zeller

This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy here on Oct 27, 2019.

The 2020 Presidential election will be the first indicator of how the Polish electorate is responding to the work of the second PiS government.

Blog: Did the Hungarian local elections break polarisation and extremism?

By Zsuzsanna Vidra

This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy here on Oct 27, 2019.

Hungary’s recent elections mark a breakthrough: the paralysing myth of Fidesz’s invincibility has been shattered.

Blog: Coastal landscapes in northern Cyprus: enclosed, contested, and occupied

July 16, 2019

By Ezgican Ozdemir

For the past few years, the coastal region of Kyrenia in northern Cyprus has developed unevenly and with an outright favoring of private investors, a trend not uncommon to the rest of the Global South.

Photo: "Sea for Free" activists wrote on a beach during one of their protests "Don't privatize, make the beaches beautiful". Source: Belese Deniz - Sea for Free Facebook Page.

Blog: “Get up, stand up”: The existential precarity of Dr. Ámbédkar High School

June 19, 2019

by Nora Tyeklar

The first time I visited Dr. Ámbédkar High School in Miskolc, Hungary was near the end of 2016, just before the winter break. I spent the day getting to know some of the students and teachers, observed classes, and was fortunate to be present for a school assembly in which students were awarded scholarships based on their academic performance.