Cooperation on immigration policies urged
Far right parties tend to have an anti-immigration platform. Illegal immigration is a growing concern among Europeans and politicians. But mainstream politicians are refusing to let the far right monopolize the debate on immigration. This week at a meeting of justice and interior ministers in Germany, EU Commissioner Franco Frattini, urged member states to step up cooperation, to handle the influx of would-be migrants.
Europe’s railways get a dose of free competition
For the first time Europeans might get some genuine free-market choice, when buying an international train ticket. Competition is being introduced in Europe’s rail transport sector, after Wednesday’s decision at the European Parliament to approve proposals to liberalize the market. But will there be genuine choice and how do Europe’s rail passengers feel about foreign trains rolling along home tracks?
Haunted by the past: The Church and communism
A special commission will look into the past of Polish bishops and priests, to see whether they were communist agents. The Polish Roman catholic Episcopate, is considering disclosing documents related to the cooperation of a minority of priests and bishops, with Poland’s communist regime. The decision followed the resignation of archbishop Wiergus, who confessed to collaborating with the communist secret police.
Roma in Sweden look to education for the future
Most Roma in Sweden don’t finish school and truancy absenteeism rates are high. However, attitudes are now said to be changing, and more and more are recognising the value of a good education. But now there are calls for schools to give Roma children more support.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and France (!)
Formerly secret documents, brought to light by a recent radio documentary in Britain, have revealed that in the 1950’s, Paris took the extraordinary step of proposing to merge France with Britain. It w as the initiative of the then Prime Minister Guy Mollet. But this was no marriage of equals: the offer was that the British monarch become the French head of state, and that France be integrated into the British commonwealth.