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* Jobbik leader calls on government to apologize to Roma community
By Hungarian Free Press

Gábor Vona, leader of Hungary’s Jobbik party, is calling on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government to issue a formal apology to the Roma minority. He accuses the ruling Fidesz party of deliberately eliminating any possibility for upward social mobility within the country’s largest minority group. Speaking in the town of Eger, a few days after he confirmed in a television interview a willingness to apologize to Hungarian Jews and Roma for some of his previous statements and those of his party, Mr. Vona said: “In truth, it is not really I that should apologize to the Gypsy community, but rather those who see in them only cheap votes, those who feel they can be kept in abject poverty and those who feel they can buy them once every four years. This is racism. (…) It is in the interest of Fidesz to keep the Gypsy community in its current terrible state. Were this not their intent, then Flórián Farkas would long ago be sitting in prison.”

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* New Scottish Tory MP slammed for anti-Gypsy attack
By Open Democracy

New Moray MP Douglas Ross has been slammed by Amnesty International and Traveller groups after saying that his top-priority is “tougher enforcement against Gypsies”.  

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* ‘French Roma woman eyes seat in Senate elections’
By France 24

Anina Ciuciu’, a 27 years old born Roma in Romania and living France with her family, a Sarbonne alumnus and a future lawyer was

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* ‘Roma culture 101: Opening minds with song, talk and laughter’
By The New-York Times

Last year the second annual Roma summer school took place and group of students from Lanciano in Italy sang songs, played music, danced, ate and went on field trips. The participants were non-Roma women and they were taught the basic expressions in Romanes, eat Roma cuisine and where invited at Roma homes. At the end of the summer school, they gained better understanding and appreciation of Roma and the struggles they face.

The Director of the school, Santino Spinelli argues that these events allow non-Roma to have encounters on an equal footing with Roma families and this helps to overcome the negative stereotypes and prejudices against Roma.

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* EU's Roma policy struggles to produce results
By The EU Observer

The EU had launched its plans in 2011, but Roma children still remain largely segregated in schools - a practice that led the European Commission to launch infringement procedures over the fast few years against the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia.

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