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Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG) in English: interviews, comments and debate platform

FES is offering a new platform for debate on international and European politics in the English-speaking world. Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG) has started with an English language edition. "International Politics and Society", the sister page of the German edition will translate some of the German texts into English, but will also publish their own texts exclusively. To visit "International Politics and Society", click here.

 Romania’s Second Democratic Transition  

„Romania needs a second democratic transition” states a new report from FES Romania. The first one has built new institutions but not a cohesive society, preferred enforcement and hierarchical institutions over the representative ones, and placed too much emphasis on international drivers for change:

Reconstruction of the workers’ rights in Romania
The political and economic context faced by the trade unions in Romania today is one of the most difficult in decades. Neoliberal assault on labor market policies, deregulation, austerity, the transfer on workers of the successive crises costs have led to major imbalances in expanding poverty and social inequality. The new FES report describes the situation of employees' rights in Romania after the changes of the labor and social dialogue legislation in 2011 and comes up with proposals to increase employee protection and strengthening the social dialogue.

Romania’s Trade Unions at the Crossroads

A new FES publication about the trade union’s situation in Romania, that underlines the effects of the 2011 labor and social dialogue  law reform on the  employees’ freedom of association, the collective bargaining coverage, but also the structural problems that the trade union movement is facing and that needs to be addressed from within. Find out more on the topic by reading the study here:

Conference: Together against Human Trafficking. Addressing Human Trafficking and Exploitation in the Wake of the Refugee Crisis. Challenges and Practical Lessons  

Human trafficking in general and human trafficking for forced labour in particular is a crime that often goes under-reported due to its covert nature, various misconceptions about its definition, and lack of awareness at the local and regional levels. It is also overwhelmingly perpetrated by organized crime groups that operate in various countries, and this transnational crime dimension makes it harder to combat. Romania, along with other SEE countries, is important for these networks not only as a transit, but especially as origin country. The reasons for this are the extreme poverty and vulnerability (economic instability, ethnic discrimination, natural disasters etc.), the violence against women and domestic violence, the “west mirage” – a false promise for a better job and high or fast incomes –, population growth in poor communities etc.  

The conference is organised on Friday, 18 November 2016, by FES Romania in partnership with the European Center for Legal Education and Research (ECLER) with the support of the German, Swedish, British and Dutch Embassies in Bucharest.

The main goals of the conference are to explore to which extent the refugee humanitarian crisis has reshaped the structures and ways of operation of human trafficking networks in Europe; and to take a closer, more critical look at the approaches and practices used in fighting human trafficking and exploitation with a particular emphasis on the consequences for Romania's policy and law enforcement response. 

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