Archiv: Europe


09.02.2022 - 05:56 [ Kreml ]

News conference following Russian-French talks

For our part, we will do our best to find compromises that suit everyone. There is not a single point that we consider unachievable in the proposals we sent to NATO and Washington.

There is also the ongoing issue related to the situation in Donbass. The President said that Russia is conducting exercises and has amassed a large group of forces. But has Ukraine not amassed them also? They have the same 100,000 or 125,000 troops concentrated in Donbass.

To reiterate, they have tried to resolve the Donbass issue through military means twice, and they did not conceal this as they used equipment and aviation. Who will give us guarantees that this will not happen? This is also a legitimate question on our part.

09.02.2022 - 05:43 [ France24.com ]

Putin says ready for compromise with West after talks with Macron on Ukraine

Repeatedly thanking the French leader for coming to Moscow, Putin said at a joint press conference that Macron had presented several ideas worth studying.

„A number of his ideas, proposals… are possible as a basis for further steps,“ Putin said, adding: „We will do everything to find compromises that suit everyone.“

09.02.2022 - 05:27 [ PeoplesWorld.org ]

Macron: No security for Europeans if there is no security for Russia

While President Joe Biden was unsuccessfully trying to strongarm German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the White House Monday into saying he would give up Russian gas if that country invades Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron was in Moscow actually making what appears to be some potential headway in defusing the crisis over Ukraine.

09.02.2022 - 05:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Emmanuel Macron’s remarks on Russia set alarm bells ringing

Domestic critics of Emmanuel Macron, Nato hardliners and the leadership in Ukraine will be suspiciously examining the French president’s late-night remarks at his Moscow press conference on Monday for signs of freelancing.

21.12.2021 - 14:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

07.10.2021 - 11:55 [ Standard.co.uk ]

UK gas prices fall from record high after Russia steps in

Following Mr Putin’s comments on supplies, gas prices dropped to about 257p a therm later on Wednesday.

07.10.2021 - 11:38 [ euobserver.com ]

Putin offers to ease EU gas crunch

Deputy prime minister Alexander Novak urged German regulators to quickly certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to help.

18.09.2021 - 16:34 [ Al Jazeera ]

Denmark returns to pre-pandemic life with a huge pop concert

About 52,000 people flocked to Copenhagen’s Parken stadium a day after Denmark abolished coronavirus restrictions.

17.07.2021 - 17:54 [ New York Times ]

‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change

(today)

The question is, how much did climate change affect this specific storm and the resulting floods?

A complete answer will have to await analyses, almost certain to be undertaken given the magnitude of the disaster, that will seek to learn if climate change made this storm more likely, and if so, by how much.

But for many scientists the trend is clear. “The answer is yes — all major weather these days is being affected by the changes in climate,” said Donald J. Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois.

12.01.2021 - 11:43 [ World Association for Christian Communication ]

COVID-19 pandemic and biopolitics in Latin America

(17. AUgust 2020)

At the time of this writing [June 3, 2020], Latin America has become the new epicenter of the pandemic with growing number of reported cases of infections and deaths. Various governments in Latin America (Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil) and the Inter-American Development Bank have deployed digital technologies to control the transmission of the virus and to support testing and tracing. They have collaborated with private companies and universities in setting up mobile applications for geolocalizing and contact-tracing possibly infected people. Expectedly, these actions have raised concerns about the negative impact of massive surveillance.

However, while we recognize the legitimacy of these concerns, the problem in Latin America takes different dimensions than in Europe, North America, and East Asia. For the moment, the governments in the region have significant problems to launch and maintain massive digital surveillance apparatuses.

12.01.2021 - 11:41 [ waccglobal / Twitter ]

Does the #COVID-19 pandemic mark the birth of a new form of #biopolitics? The Latin American case shows important departures from Europe and the U.S., both in the adoption of surveillance technologies and in the types of biopolitical control

11.08.2020 - 10:06 [ VOA News ]

Pompeo Heads to Central Europe as US Looks to Confront Russian, Chinese Influence

The top U.S. diplomat is traveling to Prague and Pilsen in the Czech Republic; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Vienna, Austria; and Warsaw, Poland, from August 11 to 15.

15.06.2020 - 09:57 [ Washington Post ]

Elderly covid-19 patients on ventilators usually do not survive, New York hospitals report

(19.05.2020)

The study, published in the Lancet, is broadly consistent with clinical findings from China and Europe, and confirmed that advanced age is the greatest risk factor for a severe outcome, particularly if accompanied by chronic underlying diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

17.05.2020 - 15:50 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson accepts ‚frustration‘ over lockdown rules

„I understand people will feel frustrated with some of the new rules,“ the PM wrote.

„We are trying to do something that has never had to be done before – moving the country out of a full lockdown, in a way which is safe and does not risk sacrificing all of your hard work.

„I recognise what we are now asking is more complex than simply staying at home, but this is a complex problem and we need to trust in the good sense of the British people.“

17.05.2020 - 15:15 [ @adambb76, British Army 77th Brigade / Twitter ]

That cop knee dropped deliberately to break his rib. Utterly disgusting and assault. Outrageous! Shocking! How can anyone justify that. Total brutality. He’s a thug criminal @IOPC_Help

17.05.2020 - 15:05 [ Thomas Hornall / Twitter ]

Piers Corbyn, brother of ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, also led away in handcuffs after saying 5G and coronavirus pandemic linked, calling it a ‘pack of lies to brainwash you and keep you in order’

17.05.2020 - 15:04 [ Thomas Hornall / Twitter ]

Protesters boo as man led away in handcuffs by police at Hyde Park anti-lockdown protest

17.05.2020 - 14:58 [ Metro.co.uk ]

19 arrested as anti-lockdown protests take place across country

The London rally was one of many that took place across the country today as people flouted social distancing rules to group together in Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham and parts of Scotland.

17.05.2020 - 09:44 [ Jakub Komorek / Twitter ]

Journalist knocked down by police during today’s #protests in #Warsaw. The measures taken (including such a large number of #police officers) against protesters seem unjustified

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17.05.2020 - 08:29 [ Tout va bien / Youtube ]

Interpellation par la police à Montpellier d’une gilet jaune manipulant une gigantesque marionnette

Moment de liesse à l’arrivée d’une marionnette géante, place de la Comédie.
#Montpellier #deconfinementjour6 #manifestation #GiletsJaunes marqués malheureusement quelques minutes plus tard par l’interpellation de la dame à la marionnette.
#deconfinementjour6 #Montpellier #GiletsJaunes

17.05.2020 - 08:25 [ John Lichfield / Twitter ]

Biggest turnout of Gilets Jaunes, on defiance of epidemic rules, was an estimated 350 in Montpellier. Crowd refused to disperse. Some scuffling, some tear gas. Police used batons at one stage. One woman hurt. Just like old times…

17.05.2020 - 08:11 [ TVLiberties.com ]

Des manifestations de « Gilets jaunes » interdites ce samedi à Nantes, Angers, Saint-Nazaire, Toulouse, Montpellier et Lyon

Alors que des appels à manifester ce samedi ont été lancés dans plusieurs villes où les Gilets jaunes espéraient de nouveau battre le pavé, ils ont reçu l’interdiction de manifester à Angers, Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, Toulouse, Montpellier et Lyon.

06.05.2020 - 18:03 [ InvestmentWatchblog.com ]

France Calls for ‘Health Passports” As Germany Rolls Out ‘Immunity Cards’

(02.05.2020)

The mayor of Nice has urged French PM Edouard Philippe to introduce new travel controls during the Covid-19 pandemic through “health passports” in the parts of France which border other countries.

23.04.2020 - 19:20 [ voanews.com ]

WHO Europe: Up to Half of Deaths in Care Homes

In a press briefing on Thursday, WHO Europe director Dr. Hans Kluge said a “deeply concerning picture” was emerging of the impact of COVID-19 on long-term homes for the elderly, where care has “often been notoriously neglected.” Kluge said health workers in such facilities were often overworked and underpaid and called for them to be given more protective gear and support, describing them as the “unsung heroes” of the pandemic.

22.04.2020 - 15:22 [ theNewAmerican.com ]

Could Contaminated COVID-19 Tests Help Spread the Virus?

(06.04.2020)

Imagine that you are not carrying the virus, but you go in for testing and leave carrying the virus.

The Telegraph report stated that it is “not clear” how the tests were contaminated.

22.04.2020 - 15:18 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

07.04.2020 - 09:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

As Germany’s coronavirus outbreak appears to peak at fewer than 1,500 deaths – why HAS it performed so much better than most of Europe?

Germany’s daily death toll today dropped to just 92. Its dramatic drop in daily deaths comes nine days after its peak in cases on March 28, suggesting the worst of its outbreak has passed. Spain and Italy are also reporting lower deaths by day.

14.03.2020 - 17:15 [ Reddit.com ]

Italy’s virus is a different strain from Wuhan’s

(28.02.2020)

„A group of researchers from Milan’s University Hospital was able to identify the strain of the Italian virus. The researchers state that when compared to what was known about the Chinese virus, a mutation has occured and this discovery will allow to reach(?) the genetic code of the virus, its specific characteristics in order to find out the time and spread speed of the virus. This should be an important first step to develop specific treatment for the infected. The scientific community has already communicated this discovery to Brussels [to the European Union headquarters] and even President Materelli has already congratulated the researchers (…)“

10.03.2020 - 17:26 [ Ann Wright / Antiwar.com ]

Most Americans Unaware of Largest US War Game in Europe in 25 Years

In an effort to spend all the money allocated to the US military, over $680 billion for 2020, 20,000 pieces of equipment will be sent to Europe for the division-size mobilization. The equipment will depart from seaports in politically important electoral states of South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas.

14.02.2020 - 12:10 [ New York Times ]

Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists

(23.05.2018)

Respondents who put themselves at the center of the political spectrum are the least supportive of democracy, according to several survey measures. These include views of democracy as the “best political system,” and a more general rating of democratic politics. In both, those in the center have the most critical views of democracy.

Some of the most striking data reflect respondents’ views of elections. Support for “free and fair” elections drops at the center for every single country in the sample. The size of the centrist gap is striking. In the case of the United States, fewer than half of people in the political center view elections as essential.

24.12.2019 - 14:39 [ New York Times ]

It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

A technical analysis and interviews with computer security experts showed that the firm behind ToTok, Breej Holding, is most likely a front company affiliated with DarkMatter, an Abu Dhabi-based cyberintelligence and hacking firm where Emirati intelligence officials, former National Security Agency employees and former Israeli military intelligence operatives work. DarkMatter is under F.B.I. investigation, according to former employees and law enforcement officials, for possible cybercrimes. The American intelligence assessment and the technical analysis also linked ToTok to Pax AI, an Abu Dhabi-based data mining firm that appears to be tied to DarkMatter.

16.12.2019 - 03:58 [ The National ]

What is Nato’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative?

The UAE was the first Arab nation to open an embassy at the military alliance’s headquarters in Belgium and has been a member since 2004.

Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar are also members. Oman and Saudi Arabia are yet to join but the alliance has said it would welcome them with open arms if they should choose to take the step. Both countries will attend the anniversary on Monday.

15.12.2019 - 00:53 [ The Times of Israel ]

Turkish ships said to force Israeli research vessel out of Cypriot waters

According to TV report, Turkish navy intercepts Israeli boat, orders it to leave; Turkey’s recent maritime deal with Libya has fueled regional tensions over drilling rights

07.12.2019 - 10:04 [ Spectator ]

This election will change Britain – and Europe – for good

First and most obviously, it will decide whether one of the world’s most famous and powerful states is still independent, or whether it has in reality become a subordinate component of a larger sovereign entity — a question still in doubt. Our independence is not primarily a matter of the details of European laws and regulations, however voluminous; or of the creation of a common citizenship with 27 other states; or even of the intended future development of EU control in still wider areas of government. It is primarily a matter of psychology. Britain voted in 2016 by a clear majority to be an independent state.

01.10.2019 - 19:09 [ Valdai Club ‏/ Twitter ]

Changes on the world arena have returned Eurasia to the international spotlight. The fourth session of the Valdai Club’s 16th Annual Meeting was dedicated to the topic: „Greater Eurasia as a New Form of Geo-Economic Space Organization“. #valdaiclub

(today)

01.10.2019 - 18:53 [ Robert Nemala / Twitter ]

Wow, #Pacific made part of the Greater Eurasia! India and Russia sign agreement to connect „Greater Eurasia“ and the “regions of the Indian and Pacific Oceans”

(23.09.2019)

01.10.2019 - 18:26 [ Parliament Moldova ‏/ Twitter ]

Speaker Zinaida Greceanîi and @HPFriedrichCSU , Vice-President of the German Bundestag, held a meeting within the pale of the Fourth Meeting of Speakers of the Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments titled “Greater Eurasia: Dialogue. Trust. Partnership.” @CSU

(24.09.2019)

28.07.2019 - 10:48 [ Sajid Javid / Telegraph ]

On my watch, the Treasury is ready to play a full role in delivering Brexit

In 95 days we will leave the EU. Of that there should be no doubt. Three years after the referendum, the countdown to delivering on the democratic will of the British people has well and truly begun. In three months’ time, we will be an independent nation once more. Free to set our own path to our own future.

20.07.2019 - 13:19 [ thelatestbreakingnews.com ]

Netanyahu: ‚Europe might ignore Iran threat until nuclear missiles hit‘

(16.07.2019)

Israel’s top minister has mentioned the Eu Union would possibly no longer get up to the specter of Iran “till Iranian nuclear missiles fall on Eu soil”.

Mr Netanyahu likened Europe’s method to Iran’s contemporary breaches of a 2015 deal restricting its nuclear programme to the appeasement of Nazi Germany.

09.07.2019 - 18:36 [ Spiked ]

Democracy: the unfinished revolution

To that end, spiked is launching a programme of radical democratic reform. Fighting for Brexit remains the priority, but we must also look beyond Brexit and make the case for reforms that will disempower unelected elites and empower the public. Over the next five weeks we will outline our five key cries – listed below – and after that we will publish a series of essays and articles making the case for popular sovereignty, democratic engagement, a philosophy of nationhood and a universalism based on democratic nations, not unaccountable global elites.

To kick off, here are the five reforms spiked thinks we need now to start the process of energising popular democracy.

01.06.2019 - 06:22 [ Wikipedia ]

CFA franc

The currency has been criticized for making economic planning for the developing countries of French West Africa all but impossible since the CFA’s value is pegged to the euro (whose monetary policy is set by the European Central Bank).[3] Others disagree and argue that the CFA „helps stabilize the national currencies of Franc Zone member-countries and greatly facilitates the flow of exports and imports between France and the member-countries“.[4] The European Union’s own assessment of the CFA’s link to the euro, carried out in 2008, noted that „benefits from economic integration within each of the two monetary unions of the CFA franc zone, and even more so between them, remained remarkably low“ but that „the peg to the French franc and, since 1999, to the euro as exchange rate anchor is usually found to have had favourable effects in the region in terms of macroeconomic stability“

01.06.2019 - 06:20 [ Spiked ]

French colonialism lives on in Africa

CFA franc. These two words probably do not mean much to most readers, but they encapsulate one of the world’s most enduring – and little-known – economic experiments. In the simplest possible terms, the CFA franc is a currency used by 14 countries of Western and Central Africa, all of which are former French colonies.

18.04.2019 - 15:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Can the US Democratic party revive the left in Europe?

In the 1990s developments within the Democratic party would lead to the ideological decline, and then electoral decline of European social democracy. Now, almost three decades later, could recent developments within that same party be the start of an ideological and electoral rejuvenation of European social democracy?

06.04.2019 - 04:48 [ US Army ]

Strong Europe: A continental-scale combat sustainment laboratory

In the future, USAREUR will use Exercise Defender 2020 to gather further lessons. Defender 2020 is a Department of the Army-directed, USAREUR-led exercise designed to demonstrate the United States‘ ability to rapidly deploy a division to the European theater. This exercise, the largest in 25 years, will test echelons-above-brigade units in operational-level warfighting and its associated sustainment.

05.04.2019 - 01:20 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Go Vote?

60 thousand gold mark, which served as start-up financing, came from German banks, from the export-oriented chemical industry, from the Robert Bosch Corp. or from the National Association of German Industry.

15.03.2019 - 10:42 [ Spiked ]

‘The EU is Germany writ large’

As Britain prepares for Brexit, what will happen to the EU that we leave behind? To understand the EU and its direction of travel, you have to understand Germany – the bloc’s richest, most populous and most powerful nation. Sir Paul Lever has worked in the Foreign Office and the European Commission, he was the British ambassador to Germany between 1997 and 2003, and is author of Berlin Rules: Europe and the German Way. spiked caught up with him for a chat.