Newsletter Nr. 25/2019

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Dear readers, this is the last OBCT newsletter for 2019, the next one will be delivered to your email addresses on January 10th 2020.

The editorial staff wishes you happy holidays and a happy New Year!


3d467cf3-b7ab-4b17-90d6-66401c06a72d.gifEquality bodies in Europe

Equality bodies in Europe

Equality bodies are national institutions that tackle discrimination in society. Building on Equinet data, we have developed for EDJNet an Index to assess their effectiveness. 



Datajournalism, my wife, and the Romanian presidential elections

Giorgio Comai

Take a man passionate of datajournalism and Eastern Europe and make him drive the wife to a polling station, you'll end up with a very special analysis on the recent Romanian presidential elections. The making of

North Macedonia in the "mini Schengen" looking glass

Ilcho Cvetanoski

North Macedonia has enthusiastically welcomed the mini-Schengen initiative in the Western Balkans, wanted by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. A deeper analysis, however, reveals many doubts and concerns

Media capture: Toolkit for 21st century autocrats

Matteo Trevisan

On 12 December 2019, OBCT will participate in the "Newsocracy" conference, organised in Budapest by ECPMF to discuss how to protect Public Service Media from political interference. Some ideas from our presentation

Ukraine: Zelenski-Putin meeting

Filippo Rosin

Today in Paris, within the framework of the "Normandy Group", Ukrainian President Zelensky and Russian President Putin will meet. A picture of the political situation in Ukraine and in the Donbas

Balkans, dreaming of a future elsewhere

Majlinda Aliu ,  Aleksandar Manasiev ,  Aleksandra Bogdani ,  Dušan Mladjenović ,  Milica Marinović

Many people, above all young and qualified, emigrate or dream of emigrating from the Balkans to other European countries. A phenomenon that puts entire sectors of the economy at risk, and that warrants urgent answers

Equality, you know what I mean?

Valentina Vivona

Over the last twenty years, European directives have facilitated the creation of equality bodies. The majority of these institutions are still not very familiar to European citizens, but there are some exceptions in south-eastern countries 

Greece: New Democracy pushes a tougher agenda on refugees

Elvira Krithari

After the victory in the last elections, New Democracy has given a new course to policies for migrants and refugees, which risks further weakening the protection mechanisms available to them

Applications open for Journalists under Threat from Turkey and Eurasia

Deadline: December 31st. ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme in Leipzig (Germany) provides a safe haven for media professionals from Turkey and Eurasia who need to take a break away from a hostile working environment. For a period of up to six months between February and September 2020 the programme provides temporary shelter, an opportunity to rest and recover, and if the fellow wishes, to continue one’s work

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