"Sports has played a massive part in my life", Mr Abid Raja, Norway’s Minister of Culture & Equality

Luca Arfini, a young communications professional from Italy, has started a new series of interviews with high-level figures involved in sports and in its promotion across Europe. The first one to be interviewed is Mr Abid Raja, Norway’s Minister of Culture and Equality. Abid Raja was born in Norway but has Pakistani origins; he was one of the first persons in Norwegian politics with a minority background to be nominated at such high-level position.

Interview with MEP Ska Keller

JEF Brussels Secretary-General Luca Arfini interviewed Ska Keller, co-president of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and former Spitzenkandidat in both the 2014 and 2019 European Parliament elections. In a role as co-chair for her group, she is a member of the Conference of Presidents, or rather the governing body within the Parliament. She has been working at the EU level since the age of 27 when she was elected for the first time as an MEP.

Interview with Katalin Cseh, One of the Founders of Momentum Movement – Libel

Meet Katalin Cseh, a young liberal from Hungary, who is fighting to represent youth both at the national and European level. In 2015, Katalin co-founded the pro-European and liberal Movement Momentum with eight other young Hungarians. Currently, she is a Member of the European Parliament and one of the eight vice-chairs of the Renew Europe political group. Our Communications Officer, Luca Arfini, discussed with her how she got started on her political path.

Interview with Geir Finnsson, One of the Founders of ‘Viðreisn’ – Libel

Meet Geir Finnsson, a 27-year-old young liberal from Iceland, who, despite the young age, has already played a crucial role in shaping liberalism in his country. Not only was he among the founders of the Icelandic liberal party ‘Viðreisn’, but also of its youth organisation ‘Uppreisn’. Currently, Geir is involved with the Reykjavik city council on behalf of Viðreisn, as well as being the Vice President of the National Youth Council of Iceland. Our Communications Officer, Luca Arfini, spoke with him about his career and experience in Icelandic politics.

Letter from Our New Communications Officer – Libel

I have always been interested in journalism and freedom of expression, but after my internship at the European Federation of Journalists, I understood that the general situation of media freedom across Europe and the world is anything but positive. Journalists’ rights are under threat in a lot of countries, including my own. As a young liberal who strongly believes in individual freedoms and, above all, in freedom of speech, I decided to be active in politics by campaigning for ALDE and +Europa

Salvini and Di Maio harshly attack Italian journalists on social media − but in different ways

The 2018 data of the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists, a tool built to monitor and report serious concerns about media freedom and safety of journalists in 2015, show an overall decrease in media freedom all over Europe. The number of alerts has generally increased in most Council of Europe member States, with a particularly dramatic situation in Italy, where they have more than tripled from 2017 to 2018.

China and Europe, a controversial relationship!

The global relevance of China has drastically increased in the 21st century. According to the World Bank, after the beginning of the international financial crisis of 2008, China has become the largest contributor to world growth. Indeed, in the last thirty years, the Chinese economy has become the second world economy. The opening up towards foreign countries and the set of reforms undertaken since the end of the 1970s have triggered a path of steady growth.

The Difficult Status of Journalists in Europe

The Difficult Status of Journalists in Europe Working for journalists’ rights made me realized that the European crisis is heavily affecting the Journalism sector too. The economic struggle of journalists has never been as though as in this period and the digital field has not helped yet the journalists’ category to find a way out of the economic crisis or a profitable alternative to declining revenues from sales. The lack of a proper remuneration directly affected the quality of the news.

Why the EU is unable to face the current refugee crisis?

Why the EU is unable to face the current refugee crisis? In 2015, 1.3 million asylum seekers arrived in European OECD countries by sea; this number represents almost 0.2% of the European population and it is a great increase compared to 2014 when around 570,000 asylum seekers reached the European coasts. This has been the starting point of numerous critical issues for the EU Member States, who have faced the weaknesses of the European asylum policies.

Why does our society need free press?

Why does our society need free press? Lately, the debate on freedom of information and its role in the modern society has been quite widespread in the European arena, questioning the role that international institutions and the European Community have in seeking to guarantee this right. The protection of free press in a state is considered as a symbol of progress and development, as an essential prerogative for any country in the world to be considered a real democracy. “
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