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Growing Up ‘Non-Western’ in Denmark’s Nanny State

Ghetto Kindergartens

In 2018, the Danish government officially designated minority neighborhoods with certain social indicators as “ghettos.” Policies aim to break up ethnic enclaves through redevelopment, evictions, higher criminal penalties — and mandatory day care for children over 1. These may constitute racial discrimination under EU law.

NATO Helped Georgia Counter Russian Trolls. Then the Strategy Backfired

The End of Georgia’s Pivot West?

Drawing on insider testimony, Freedom of Information Act requests and publicly available data, New Lines has pieced together how Western partners provided support to a Georgian disinformation unit that used fake media profiles to launch Russian-style attacks against critics of the government.

In Portugal’s Rural North, Communities Are Resisting Lithium Mining

In Portugal’s Rural North, Communities Are Resisting Lithium Mining

Under the banner of a “green transition,” the EU is rushing to revive mining to secure critical raw materials. Plans to build large, open-pit mines in northeastern Portugal have been met with strong opposition from local communities, who are contesting the state’s authority to grant mining licenses without their consent.

Fear of the Far Right Torpedoes EU Environmental Policies

Fear of the Far Right Torpedoes EU Environmental Policies

Faced with angry demonstrations from farmers who say EU environmental policies are destroying their ability to make a living, Brussels canceled a plan to reduce agricultural emissions significantly by 2040. The reason: farmers are lending their influence to far-right politicians like Geert Wilders, whose party won the most seats in the last Dutch election.

How a Priest’s Accusation May Crush Georgia’s EU Dreams

How a Priest’s Accusation May Crush Georgia’s EU Dreams

Georgia’s bid to join the European Union involves a story of cloak-and-dagger intrigue that has seen one of the world’s oldest churches engulfed in accusations of political sabotage, factional backstabbing and secret sex affairs.

The Struggle for a Reckoning With Soviet Crimes

The Struggle for a Reckoning With Soviet Crimes

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, condemnation of the crimes committed by its autocratic government could have allowed for “history [to] develop in some other ways,” Tomak says. This might have given Russia and Belarus the opportunity to transform their political structures. Instead, “Putin is like a successor to the USSR.”

The Human Toll of Europe’s ‘War on Smuggling’

The Human Toll of Europe’s ‘War on Smuggling’

All over Europe, thousands of migrants languish in jail on dubious charges of association with smugglers. A New Lines investigation sheds light on how the continent’s anti-smuggling laws punish innocent migrants and asylum seekers.