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Child poverty/ CC0 sigmund
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All eyes on the Porto Social Summit

Katrin Langensiepen
Opinion by Katrin Langensiepen
Our eyes will be on Porto, when the Social Summit gets underway. We will be watching as EU governments publicly declare how much they care about the welfare and future of all children in Europe.
Family photo in Londerzeel
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From the Moria refugee camp to the Belgian countryside

After a fire destroyed the refugee camp in Moria (Greece) where she had been staying, Claire* and ten other unaccompanied minors were relocated to Belgium. Claire was fostered by Wim and his family, on their farm in the Belgian countryside.
Deforestation illegal-logging-amazon-brazil
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Brazil is trying to legalise the deforestation of the Amazon

Anna Cavazzini Yannick Jadot
Opinion by Anna Cavazzini & Yannick Jadot
The Amazon rainforest in Brazil has released 20% more carbon in the past decade than it has captured, according to a recent study.
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Why we need an internet that works for people and is led by people

In our new study on “community-led online platforms”, we’ve found that strong online communities and a transparent bottom-up approach to moderating content is best for our online safety and our digital rights.
Refugees welcome/ CC0/ markus-spiske
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Europe says “Refugees Welcome!”

Alice Bah Kuhnke Damian Boeselager Saskia Bricmont Damien Carême Tineke Strik Ernest Urtasun
Opinion by Alice Bah Kuhnke & Damian Boeselager & Saskia Bricmont & Damien Carême & Tineke Strik & Ernest Urtasun
We are proud to launch a new interactive tool, EuropeWelcomes.org, to showcase the success stories behind the cities and municipalities across Europe that have opened their doors to refugees.
homeless person / CC0 jon-tyson
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Ending homelessness is not insurmountable

Katrin Langensiepen Sara Matthieu Ernest Urtasun Kim Van Sparrentak
Opinion by Katrin Langensiepen & Sara Matthieu & Ernest Urtasun & Kim Van Sparrentak
Homelessness is rising in the EU but it is not insurmountable, if we work together. This is why, with the support of Europe’s biggest cities, over 120 MEPs, Europe’s regions and the main social NGOs, we are calling for the setting of an EU goal to end homelessness at the Porto social summit.
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Why we must stop biometric surveillance in the EU

Patrick Breyer
Opinion by Patrick Breyer
EDRi (the European Digital Rights network) has launched a European Citizen's Initiative calling for a ban on the use of biometric mass surveillance in public spaces. How could these technologies affect the lives of everyday people?
Woman with a laptop in bed/ CC0 victoria-heath
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The new face of an old enemy: What do we know about gender-based cyber violence and how can we combat it?

Sylwia Spurek
Opinion by Sylwia Spurek
Gender-based violence online is not a new phenomenon, but a continuum of violence that women and girls face offline. The root causes of all forms of gender-based violence are the same. Gender as a dimension of cyber violence should influence how we perceive it and how we take action against it, also in EU laws and policies.
Windmills/ CC0 anna-jimenez-calaf
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A new industrial revolution is coming - this time it will be green

A new industrial revolution is coming. And this time it will be green. The European Commission is expected to update the EU Industrial Strategy by the end of April 2021. Although we're still in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, we see a chance to connect the recovery with the green transition and build a more sustainable economy and soci…
Sunset over a crop field/ CC0 Federico Respini
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We want a CAP that is fit for purpose!

Benoît Biteau Martin Häusling Tilly Metz
Opinion by Benoît Biteau & Martin Häusling & Tilly Metz
Much ado about nothing? That might well be the outcome of this « super trilogue » on the future CAP. We need an effective control mechanism for taxpayers' money and fair allocation of funds to support small farmers.