May 2014 - Voting for progressive change in the European elections

Why everybody in Europe needs to cast their vote for progressive change in the European elections

The European elections are just around the corner, and political parties and politicians propagating racist ideas are getting stronger. The pressure is on to mobilise the vote for progressive change and against discriminatory and xenophobic discourses…

Citizenship limbo for second generation migrants in Italy and Greece

Children of migrants who were born and raised in Italy or Greece are not granted citizenship because of their parents’ migration background and therefore do not have the right to vote, among other obstacles they face. With the European elections coming up this week, thousands of people living in Greece or Italy since their birth, and who are the direct targets of populist and far right narratives, will be denied the opportunity to make their voice heard and use their vote and right to political participation to fight xenophobia and racism in Europe.

There is hope, despite the divisive anti-migrant political rhetoric in the UK

Anti-migrant political discourse is taking the stage in the UK election campaign. According to opinion polls, UKIP is in prime position to collect the most votes in the May elections. Yet, civil society organisations have not lost hope.

The European Elections, the Far-Right Anti-Muslim Narrative and European Muslim Youth

According to the latest projections, far-right parties will make important gains in this weekend’s European Elections. Besides their nationalist, Eurosceptic, xenophobic and homophobic positions, the far-right also promotes an openly anti-Muslim narrative. The creation of a positive image of Muslims in the public sphere and, most importantly, a strong participation in the EP Elections would strongly contribute to combat the proliferation of these Islamophobic views.

Nationalistic components of the European Elections in Bulgaria

Populism, negative attitudes and hate speech towards Roma people, refugees, immigrants, asylum-seekers, disabled people and non-Orthodox believers. These are just some of the nationalist components that Bulgaria is facing ahead of its second European Elections since its accession to the EU in 2007.