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EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Parliament on Thursday (2 April) passed a bill banning discrimination against people on the basis of age, disability, sexual orientation, belief or religion in the areas of education, social security, health care and goods and services.

The draft law was passed on Thursday (2 April) by 363 votes in favour and 226 against after the left wing and liberal MEPs clubbed together to back the legislation. Many centre-right MEPs were against the proposal saying it would lead to too much red tape.

"Despite the obvious benefits of greater equality in all areas of society, it has taken months of hard work to win support for the new legislation in the European Parliament," said the author of the report, Dutch green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg.

Dutch liberal MEP Sophie in ´t Veld said: "Today the European Parliament will emphasize that it does not matter if you are black or white, gay or heterosexual, religious, disabled, young or old. Europe will protect your freedom and will make sure that you will get all the possibilities you deserve to make something of your life."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:52:55 PM EST
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No mention of economic discrimination?

Probably still somewhat ambitious, but it would be good to get it on the agenda.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 07:49:38 PM EST
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Thus allowing old geezers to get state funding for degrees that we will be too old to make use of. <-- Retirement Strategy.
by asdf on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 10:02:10 PM EST
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Why does a degree have to be "useful"? IMHO, that's just an Anglo-Diseased point of view.

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by martingale on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 11:49:06 PM EST
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I think if one is going to accept Public money then there is an obligation to do or return something - considered broadly - for that money.

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 12:33:06 AM EST
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Universities already do something useful with public money, eg cancer research etc.

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by martingale on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 05:38:18 AM EST
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Or education...

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 06:06:57 AM EST
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Those pesky students.... I'd forgotten about them :)

You know, sometimes I hear them in the corridors....

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by martingale on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 06:12:57 AM EST
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is the biggest problem with modern research universities.

See Morris Kline on the topic. He wrote over 30 years ago, but things haven't gotten any better.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 06:15:05 AM EST
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