As Europe Weakens, Turkey Is on the Rise

September 29, 2020

The horrific experience of World War II compelled European leaders to establish a supranational organization that is now the European Union, which, if successful, would create among its members, especially between Germany and France, an unbreakable bond, preventing the otherwise "savage...

The Shifting Norms that Threaten Our Democracy

May 02, 2019

What is behind the shift in norms around racism and the politics of immigration in recent decades? Although many are focused on the daily onslaught against norms under the current US president, from a broader perspective, norms around issues of race and the politics of immigration have clearly...

A Rich River of Life: The Importance of Free Movement

April 08, 2019

In a fair world, freedom of international movement would be a fundamental human right, and the obstacles put in its way removed. The complex river of human movement brings with it creativity, resilience and, sometimes, challenges. But its fertile depths are the source of many of our gains if...

Can Multiculturalism Triumph in Europe?

March 11, 2019

Is it possible to achieve a triumph of multiculturalism and social cohesion in democratic societies?  As the popularity and influence of right-wing radicalism grow in Europe, a question has arisen as to whether democracy is actually able to ensure stability and multicultural development....

Virtual Exchange Brings Students and Refugees Closer

September 27, 2018

Can a virtual exchange program bridge the gap developing between the two sides of the Mediterranean? Since 1987, when the Erasmus project started, 9 million people have taken part in it, according to data collected by the European Commission. It might be considered as the most successful...

Italy’s Migration Policy: A Dark Trade-Off on Human Rights

March 28, 2018

Italy’s policies have failed migrants and refugees crossing from Libya, and things are about to get much worse. Italy’s migration policies have been formidable. Returning boats headed to its shores, compelling NGOs to cease sea rescue missions and paying Libya to stop migrants leaving have...

Why the Center Left Keeps Losing Elections in Europe

March 27, 2018

Voters can't tell the difference between the center left and the center right, and they don't want either. More than a quarter of a century ago, much of the European center left made a course change, edging away from its working-class base, accommodating itself to the globalization of capital...

Europe: The Only Way Is Forward and Together

December 13, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to the EU commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos. Dimitris Avramopoulos was meant to handle one of the biggest humanitarian challenges in the European Union's history: the refugee crisis....