EUROPE

How Black People in Europe Began to Organise

An international conference sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Initiative of Black People in Germany brings together activists and scholars in Berlin By Femi Awoniyi* People of African descent have historically been part of European societies. Indeed, their roots on the continent date back centuries, even if this fact is barely acknowledged in modern history books. “Black Europe: …

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Conference on Black People in Europe holds in Berlin

People of African descent have been part of European societies for decades and even centuries. Scholars, journalists and activists will gather in Berlin on 10-12 June to interrogate the history of organisation in Black communities in Europe. The international conference, entitled Black Europe: The Beginnings of Black Self-Organization in Europe, will examine the question of when, where and how Black …

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Africa Centre London reopens after £5.6 Million facelift

After years of planning and a little over 12 months of building and refurbishment work, The Africa Centre – an establishment that celebrates contemporary African culture and heritage – is finally ready to welcome its patrons and supporters to its new home in Southwark, London on 9 June. “It will continue to act as a bold and transformative bridge between …

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Opinion: What EU must continue to do to maintain its place as most successful peace project ever

Every year, the member states of the European Union celebrate Europe Day. This day commemorates the signing of Robert Schumann’s declaration of 9 May 1950, which is considered the birth certificate of what is now the European Union. Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament, writes on how she commemorated the Day in Germany this year and why the …

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Ukraine: EU Parliament group demands protection for women and girls

Members of the European Parliament voted on Thursday 5 May 2022 in Strasbourg to support women and girls, victims of the war in Ukraine. According to intelligence reports, the Russian army is increasingly using rape, sexual harassment and torture as weapons of war against civilians in Ukraine. 90% of Ukrainian refugees are women and girls. Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP, Greens/EFA …

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European MP makes case for African students affected by Ukraine war

Here’s the speech delivered by Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, member of the European Parliament, at a public demonstration against the war in Ukraine, which took place in the southeastern German city of Erlangen on Saturday, 26 March. The Malian-born European parliamentarian makes a strong case for African students displaced by the war who are currently seeking refuge in the EU ——– …

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Nigeria’s Second Lady visits Vienna, celebrates African women

The wife of Nigeria’s vice president visited Vienna, Austria, recently mainly to attend an event commemorating the International Women’s Day. Oluyemi Ogundele* reports on the august visit —— The three-day visit of the wife of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo ended on a higher note. The official visit started on Friday, the 11th …

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Ukraine: What EU should do for African students displaced by war, by Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP

Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament representing Germany on the platform of the Greens, writes on the reports of discrimination against Africans fleeing the war in Ukraine and she makes specific demands from the European Union on the situation of African students displaced by the conflict —— On behalf of ARDI, the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup, …

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Ukraine: Top UN official condemns discrimination of Africans escaping war

A top official of the UN has criticised the discrimination of Africans and other third country nationals escaping the war in Ukraine. “I am alarmed about verified credible reports of discrimination, violence and xenophobia against third country nationals attempting to flee the conflict in Ukraine,” said António Vitorino, the Director General of the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in …

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Ukraine: EU Parliamentary group slams racist treatment of Africans

“We note with horror that because of the colour of their skin, some European countries bordering the Ukraine refuse Africans entry into their countries,” ARDI, the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup, said in a letter to Dr Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission. ARDI was reacting to widespread reports from Africans attempting to flee the war …

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EU agrees on protection scheme for refugees from Ukraine

Following a meeting in Brussels on Thursday, the interior ministers of European Union’s member states unanimously agreed to provide temporary protection to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under the scheme, called the “Temporary Protection Directive”, refugees will have the right to live and work in the European Union for at least one year, a period that can be extended …

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Ukraine: African Union speaks on ill-treatment of Africans

The African Union has released a statement on the reported ill treatment of Africans trying to leave Ukraine. In it, the pan-African organisation called on all countries to respect international law and show the same empathy and support to all people fleeing war notwithstanding their racial identity———- The current Chair of the African Union (AU.int) and President of the Republic …

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Ukraine: Treat Africans with dignity, Nigerian government appeals

The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on Ukraine and Poland to treat Nigerians and other Africans stranded in Ukraine with dignity. While efforts to begin talks between Russia and Ukraine were underway, “paramount on our minds is the safety and human rights of some four thousand Nigerian citizens and many others from friendly African nations today stranded in Ukraine,” …

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Nigeria to evacuate its citizens in Ukraine

The Nigeria has announced that it would evacuate its citizens in Ukraine following the invasion of the country by Russia. According to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Nigerian government is planning for special flight operations to evacuate its citizens from Ukraine in view of the war going on the country . Onyeama, in an interview with the NTA, …

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Steinmeier re-elected as German President

Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been re-elected for a second term as the President of Germany. The Federal Assembly confirmed the 66-year-old Social Democrat in Berlin on Sunday with a large majority. He will thus remain Germany’s head of state for another five years. After his re-election, Steinmeier gave a combative speech in which he emphasised the strength of democracy, condemned …

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