Before Everyone’s Eyes: Tsimanouskaya’s Case at the Olympics

Myriam Marino Acts of political repression carried out by the Belarusian government, which peaked after August 2020, once again transcended national borders and drew high international attention. The XXXII edition of the Olympic Games was successfully held in Japan from 23 July to 8 August, postponed by one year, despite doubts related to a stillContinue reading “Before Everyone’s Eyes: Tsimanouskaya’s Case at the Olympics”

Turkey’s Kurdish Question

By Olivier de Bolster On 17 June, the Kurdish community mourned the death of a volunteer at the pro-Kurdish HDP headquarters in Turkey’s third-largest city Izmir. The culprit’s claim of acting as a lone wolf has been met with outright skepticism from the opposition. However, supposed links with the ultranationalistic Gray Wolves movement on hisContinue reading “Turkey’s Kurdish Question”

How the Catholic Church continues to hinder LGBT rights progress in Europe

By Gregory Lens The most recent annual ILGA Rainbow Europe report painted a bleak picture on the current level of progress for LGBT rights in the eastern part of the European Union. Commitments to equality are either stalling, or even completely vanishing from national political agendas. In eastern member states, governments are backtracking on theirContinue reading “How the Catholic Church continues to hinder LGBT rights progress in Europe”

Media freedom in times of crisis: growing concerns and unsettled issues in the EU

By Myriam Marino Poland and Hungary, already protagonists of the dispute connected to the rule of law mechanism of the EU budget in the ending months of 2020, are once again at the center of a question pertaining to rule of law and democracy.  More precisely, on Wednesday March 10th, 2021, a debate took place in theContinue reading “Media freedom in times of crisis: growing concerns and unsettled issues in the EU”

Feminism in an illiberal Europe: The case of Poland

By Maria sotiropoulou In most recent years, multiple scholars, politicians, and journalists have described right-wing populism in Europe as the threat of “illiberalism”. In addition, if the media has been communicating on the rise of the extreme right as such, as it has been analyzed by scholars and academics, it is because the inherently illiberalContinue reading “Feminism in an illiberal Europe: The case of Poland”