What is happening in society

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This category group gives an overview of "What's Happening in Europe" with selected news and events describing the current social, economic and environmental issues which need attention or be aware about, or useful when organising or planning departmental activities.

Education

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Finland’s schools ditch traditional classrooms for open-plan learning (November 2018, Finland) Welcome to the school which has ditched traditional classrooms in favour of open-plan learning. It’s part of a wider schools refurbishment programme in Finland that’s set to take place over the next 10 years, in order to improve building ..→

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Romanian students fail exam July 2011 (Bucharest Region) Only 44.47 percent of Romanian high school students passed last week's 2011, according to the results published by Romanian education authorities on Sunday. The baccalaureate exam in Romania is the secondary school educational qualification test, and passing it attests that a student has graduated high ..→

Relief

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Romania's Orphans (1 December 1990, Romania) Shortly after Nicolar Ceauscu was overthrown on December 22, 1989, the world was exposed for the first time to the shocking images of Romania's orphans, especially its handicapped children and babies with AIDS. These children, numbering over 100,000, live for the most part in Dickensian institutions - bleak, understaffed ..→

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700 homeless youth in Helsinki (21 June 2017, Finland) Affordable housing is hard to find for young people and homelessness among under-25s is a growing concern, says Miki Mielonen, project manager for the youth department of the city council and founder of Homes that Fit. "Official figures suggest there are about 700 homeless people under 25 in Helsinki but the ..→

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Italy: Europe’s Highest % of Children in Poverty (13 July 2017, Italy) Close to 2 million kids live in poverty, according to UNICEF report (2012). The country has the highest percentage of child poverty in all 25 European countries. Italy may conjure up postcard perfect images of beauty, art, and culture, but it is also a country in which ..→

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German children go hungry every day (2 March 2013, Germany) A growing number of Germans are poor and depend on welfare. In 2007 one in 6 children depended on welfare. That is up from only one in 75 in 1965.[2] Poverty rates seem to vary in different states, as in Bavaria only 3.9% suffer from poverty, while inBerlin 15.2% of the ..→

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Disability in UK (7 March 2013, England) cannot be regarded as a marginal issue, as it affects 1 in 5 people in the UK directly and many more indirectly. The disability rights movement has come a long way in terms of public attitudes to disability, access to buildings, transport and employment. But as this report shows, disabled ..→

Welfare

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Who is Greta Thunberg (Sweeden) One day in late August 2018, Greta Thunberg took up position outside Sweden's Parliament for the first time. She held a simple sign, black letters on a white board, that said "School Strike for Climate." "It felt like I was the only one who cared about the climate and the ecological crisis," she told the BBC. The 15-year-old was by ..→

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10% Portuguese state went in smoke in less than a generation. (Portugal) Destroyed the eco-system which was already damaged when native trees were cut for ship building and maintenance. The massive naval construction during the maritime expansion (mainly in the 15th–16th centuries) involved felling of approximately 5 million trees mainly Quercus suber, ..→

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International Women’s Day - Spain (March 2018, Spain) Women workers in Spain are marking International Women’s Day with an unprecedented strike targeting gender inequality and sexual discrimination.Work was being halted as part of a 24-hour strike organised by the 8 March Commission and backed by 10 unions and some of Spain’s top women politicians.

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France fuel protests (November 2018, France) Tear gas fired in clashes in Paris. Protesters have scaled the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris, as clashes with riot police continued during a third weekend of “yellow vest” rallies. 300,000 people took part in the first country-wide demonstration, on 17 November. Most demonstrators have remained peaceful, although more ..→

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Poverty is on the rise in France (November 2016, France) according to a shock new report published by French charity the Secours Catholique on Thursday. In 2015 there were 608,500 families or individuals living in difficulty, marking an increase of 2.7% since year before.

Around 9 million people - including 3 ..→

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Unemployment is a worldwide problem but in Spain it is higher than in other Western European countries. Unemployment fell to 8% between 2006 and 2007 but from the Spanish economic crisis of 2008 the rate quickly rose past 20% in 2010 and 25% in 2012. Unemployment in some regions of Spain is slightly less than in others, but it tends to be one of the highest in the ..→

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Violent Backlash Against Migrants (October 2017) Even as Germany has been trying to accommodate a swelling stream of new-comers, the most anywhere in Europe, it is also experiencing a persistent pattern of violence against migrants, raising concerns about escalating far-right opposition.

Rights activists who monitor the treatment of refugees say while they ..→

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Sister Teresa Forcades (14 September 2013 ( Spain) A Spanish nun has become one of Europe's most influential left-wing public intellectuals. This year, thousands have joined her anti-capitalist movement, which campaigns for Catalan independence, the reversal of public spending cuts and nationalisation of banks and energy companies. As political headquarters go, the monastery of ..→

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Current social issues in west and east Europe (Sector) - While income inequality has been falling globally since the 1980s, it has been rising in most of Europe. Income inequality has risen since that time not only in Eastern Europe, but among Europe’s wealthiest societies. Austria, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden are among the Western European ..→

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European migrant crisis (2015 - Sector) The European migrant crisis,or the European refugee crisis, is a term given to a period beginning in 2015 when rising numbers of people arrived in the European Union (EU), travelling across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe.

The term "immigrant" is used by the European Commission to describe a person from a ..→