English translation: orphaned ideas /orphaned issues
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German to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings
German term or phrase:ungeliebte Kinder
X stellte heraus, dass es sich bei der Studienstrukturreform und Chancengleichheit um zwei gleich „ungeliebte Kinder“ handle. Dennoch verwies sie darauf, dass gerade die „Verkoppelung“ von zwei vernachlässigten Herausforderungen der Hochschulreform unter folgenden Aspekten innovativ ist.
The context is a talk on higher education reform and gender equality. I don't think we say "unloved children" in this metaphorical way in English do we? Would appreciate any suggestions. Target is BE.
Explanation: Am not sure if this works, but there are definitely quite a few hits on google with both expressions, most of whom (especially the "issues") one appear like cases, where no attention had been paid to certain important developments.
I've decided to go simply with "orphans" as this gets at the unpopular, neglected aspect, which "thorny issues" does not, IMO, sorry Jonathan. I also love redheaded stepchildren but it's perhaps a bit too...colorful for my context. Thanks very much to everyone. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer