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birdlife and flora threatened

Illegal logging is the foremost threat to the survival of forests around the world. It also means that many countries lose vast amounts of tax revenue and custom duties. Russia and the Baltic countries account for the largest volume of illegal export to the EU countries.

By Anders Hellner Inga kommentarer till birdlife and flora threatened

The National Urban Park Historical Dead End or Model for the Future?

Sweden was the first in Europe to protect nature in urban areas. Today, a wide range of national urban parks are being established in the countries around the Baltic Sea, parks that will satisfy the city-dweller’s need to spend time in nature.

By Pontus Reimers 2 kommentarer till Historical Dead End or Model for the Future?

The Amber Road Center and Periphery

For millennia there has been plenty of amber in the blue clay around the coasts of the Baltic Sea. These coveted stones, which were considered to be have magical properties, were sent via the rivers of Europe all the way to Rome to be traded.

By Anders Hammarlund Inga kommentarer till Center and Periphery

A European Dilemma. the Romanies

The situation of the Romani has not improved since the fall of the Wall and the enlargement of the EU. Europe’s largest minority live as outsiders, and often under the threat of violence.

By Irka Cederberg 1 kommentar till the Romanies

Emigration and Immigration – and a New Role for Labor Market Parties

After the financial crisis, a growing number of unemployed people have made their way to their more prosperous neighboring countries in the West in order to support themselves. The gap between the rich and the poor appears only to be increasing, both within and between countries.

By Anna Danielsson Inga kommentarer till – and a New Role for Labor Market Parties

Natural Gas. Makes Russia Stronger

In the Baltic countries, there is a great need for energy. The Nord Stream project is a power game in which Russia may come to strengthen its role.

By Anders Hellner Inga kommentarer till Makes Russia Stronger

Anti-trafficking efforts. Hard to Get Results

One result of efforts to halt trafficking is that the situation of those at risk becomes more difficult. So say NGOs and researchers. When women are sent home, they end up in a more vulnerable position – often they go back to trafficking.

By Ninna Mörner 1 kommentar till Hard to Get Results

Combining Activism and research

Thomas Acton describes how Romanies are always outsiders. He contends that it is impossible to be engaged in Romani Studies without also becoming part of the Romanies’ struggle.

By Ninna Mörner Inga kommentarer till and research

A polish heart in Lithuania

Poles in Lithuania are a minority who want to strengthen their identity. They are now demanding to have their names spelled correctly in official records.

By Arne Bengtsson 1 kommentar till in Lithuania

Queer in polish

Joanna Mizelienska, lecturer in gender and queer studies, argues that it is difficult to apply queer theory in Poland. Can one speak of constructed sexual identities where gay rights are disregarded or violated?

By Ninna Mörner Inga kommentarer till in polish