In an end-of-year podcast review, the American human rights activist Gwendolyn Albert analyses one of Europe’s major news stories of 2010 – the social exclusion of Roma communities.
In the programme, she explains her shock at the extent of Romaphobia, looks at the origins of anti-Roma prejudice and the rise of extremism and offers a thought-provoking international perspective of Europe’s treatment of Roma communities.
Ms Albert also discusses the outcome of the Council of Europe’s Roma integration summit meeting in October 2010 and the “Sisyphian” task of registering Roma people to vote during the wide-ranging interview.
“The discrimination of Roma can not be tolerated,” she says. “We need a rejuvenation of that concept in Europe.”
“It’s not an option to become a continent of great extremes – people living in total poverty and others with great wealth.
“To a great extent, the way that Roma are treated is a litmus test for Europe.”