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Sir, In Afghanistan, a lot of children are subject to exclusion from and within the education system. Female children, children affected by conflict and war, children with disabilities, nomadic (Kuchi) children, children from poor economic backgrounds, working children and children affected by drugs are just some of the vulnerable groups. In 2009, more that six… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Parliament backs 20-week maternity leave‘: Europe’s leaders must use Thursday’s EU summit to fight against the introduction of new laws on maternity leave, voted on by MEPs last week, that will increase maternity leave from the current EU minimum of 14 weeks to 20 weeks, all of which will be on compulsory full… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU team sent to Greece to curb ‘alarming’ refugee flow‘: It is with great concern that I read the news about the EU’s Rapid Intervention Teams being sent to the Greek borders. I’m not arguing against border controls, but once again there is no mechanism set up for identifying persons in need of… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Barroso drops financial taxes from draft G20 wish-list‘: It is shocking to see the European Commission backtracking from pushing for financial taxes to be on the agenda at the forthcoming G20 summit in Seoul in November. A global bank tax to help poor people survive the economic and climate crisis must be urgently… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘France calls on Turkey to fight human trafficking‘: The European Commission estimates that nowadays at least 4.5 million illegal economic immigrants live in EU member states. Almost 500,000 people are arrested every year throughout the European Union. They are usually illegal economic immigrants looking for a better life in a democratic territory. Many… » read more

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Sir, After a sharp (about 40%) drop in foreign trade during the 2008-2009 crisis, the ongoing economic recovery in most Central and East European countries (CEECs) has been associated with a strong revival of exports. By mid-2010, the pre-crisis export levels have been reached again in most CEECs. External demand recovered, but what have been… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Summit sees Sarkozy, Barroso clash in bitter Roma row‘: As a convinced European, I appreciate the recent concerns over the handling by France of the situation of Roma citizens, all the more so because I am also Romanian of origin. However, I am also a person who lived for a limited period of… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘European far-right defends Sarkozy’s Roma policy‘: During our lives, sometimes reality imposes hasty actions based on snap decisions, like the current situation created at EU level by the decisions of some Western European governments to throw out sections of the Roma population and return them to their countries of origin – mainly Romania… » read more

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Sir, Illegal economic migration appears in destination countries which seem unable to accept any more immigrants. According to the United Nationals Commission on Human Rights, an illegal economic migrant is a person who goes and lives in a country without having legal immigration papers. Statistics for illegal economic migration are estimated by the police authorities… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Brussels steps up efforts on pension reform‘: The problem of pensions for longer-living members of the EU is a mounting and unanswerable poser for our leaders. Additional problems are apparent in that: approximately 10% of the potential workforce that will eventually collect an OAP [old-age pension] do not work for their entire lives,… » read more

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