EU’s fight against racism isn’t working
When the European Union adopted its first anti-racism legislation in 2000, activists in Europe cheered it as a major step forward. Two decades later, disillusion reigns.
The Race Equality Directive, which obliged states to adopt legislation forbidding racial discrimination and create equality bodies to support victims of discrimination, is poorly enforced. Racial discrimination cases are rare and equality bodies, where they exist, have no teeth. The problem, meanwhile, has far from disappeared.