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Lunacek answers her critics — and confirms: This report does not promote equality for all but special privileges for some. Opposition is now growing.Read more
Estrela report rejected: Massive popular protest wins over well-funded lobby groups at the European ParliamentRead more
Is it really the government’s job to enforce the alleged advancement of society through laws prescribing how citizens should (or should not) act and think, and what they should (or should not) believe? How much education, control and supervision does a legislature believe citizens need?
The principle of equality before the law, which was achieved over hundreds of years, runs the risk of disappearing. In the process of becoming a major principle of political and legal thinking, its meaning has become confused with an equality of moral choices, and a statistical equality regarding how men and women live.
These newer understandings are quite different from the original meaning of equality before the law. Yet such a development still remains largely unchallenged. Moreover, the new understanding of equality is increasingly the basis of harsh anti-discrimination legislation proposed at the EU level — and at the level of many European countries.
In 2012, for example,...Read more