Did the European Union raise happiness?

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

With the Brexit referendum nearing, many Britons will wonder how EU membership has worked out on the quality of life. Are the British now better or worse off than before joining the EU in 1973? How has EU membership affected the quality of life in other countries? A good indicator is found in the development of average life-satisfaction in the member states. Life satisfaction is assessed twice a year in each of the EU member states.

Managing migration challenges by upholding human rights values

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The only effective way to  manage migration crises is to follow the principles of human rights that have proved the test of time and have grounded societies in inclusiveness and respect for dignity. This is one of the messages of the South-African human rights advocate Navi Pillay in the Mandeville Lecture 2016. The former High Commissioner of Human Rights is concerned about the situation in Turkey and calls for the EU to act in accordance with its own well-established and respected laws and principles.  Non-conformity with International obligations sets a bad example. Pillay is rewarded an honorary doctorate at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Rotterdam, city of talent

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Rotterdam is the ideal city for developing talent. That’s why the Bernard Mandeville Foundation and the Municipality of Rotterdam have joined forces to organise the first edition of Rotterdam Talent Week in order to spotlight talent. This Talent Week, which will be held from 6 to 9 June, featuring various inspiring meetings, lectures, clinics and competitions with a number of celebrities including Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam and Feyenoord trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst.