Europe, migration and the last rites of multiculturalism?

Increasing concern about the rise of extremism, the impact of migration and the emergence of “parallel communities” has given greater urgency to Europe’s debate on multiculturalism.

Court backs Italy in school crucifix dispute

The case concerned the presence of crucifixes in State-school classrooms in Italy, which, according to the applicants, was incompatible with the obligation on the State, in the exercise of the functions which it assumed in relation to education and to teaching, to respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in accordance with their own religious and philosophical convictions.

Palestinian National Council makes ‘partner for democracy’ Assembly request

Tiny Kox who is preparing a report on the request for ‘partner for democracy’ status, submitted by the Palestinian National Council, starts his four-day information visit on 21 March and is expected to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas.

Social rights in ‘flexible’ Europe

Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Commitee of Social Rights, assesses the impact of the Social Charter which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Jagland:Greece must improve conditions of detention

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has written to Prime Minister George Papandreou urging that Greece comply with anti-torture committee recommendations.