Archiv: member states


22.09.2020 - 09:41 [ UN.org ]

LIVE: UN ‚only as strong as its members‘ Guterres tells UN75 event, looking to the future

On Monday the UN marks the 75 years of the Organization with a High-level meeting featuring many world leaders. The theme is, “The future we want, the United Nations we need”, and there is a strong focus on the role of youth, and ensuring the UN remains relevant for future generations.

Highlights:
• Live broadcast of High-level meeting

• UNcomplicated podcast: the UN turns 75
• UN75 photo story

• Richard Curtis video, Nations United

• Lid Is On podcast, narrated by Julia Roberts

• W.H. Auden’s „Hymn to the United Nations“

23.08.2020 - 12:04 [ MIT Technology Review ]

Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant

(19.08.2020)

In an age of ubiquitous technology and strong encryption, such “lawful hacking” has emerged as a powerful tool for public safety when law enforcement needs access to data. NSO insists that the vast majority of its customers are European democracies, although since it doesn’t release client lists and the countries themselves remain silent, that has never been verified.

06.08.2020 - 21:35 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Circulates Its Latest Iran Weapons Resolution at the UN

The new resolution is almost identical to one the U.S. circulated in June, signaling the Trump administration is unwilling to make changes suggested by allies and opponents on the Security Council.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft acknowledged Tuesday that Russia and China are likely to veto any resolution

06.08.2020 - 21:31 [ WOKV.com ]

Trump’s Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo

President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal two years ago but his administration argues it retains the right to invoke the “snapback” of U.N. sanctions because it is a council member. Others disagree.

Hook did not give a reason for leaving, although he has young children and was frequently away from home on travel. He had just returned to the U.S. from an extended trip to the Middle East and Europe during which he tried to drum up support for the Iran arms embargo extension.

25.07.2020 - 11:12 [ ec.europa.eu ]

The Digital Services Act package

The new Digital Services Act package should modernise the current legal framework for digital services by means of two main pillars:

First, the Commission would propose clear rules framing the responsibilities of digital services to address the risks faced by their users and to protect their rights. The legal obligations would ensure a modern system of cooperation for the supervision of platforms and guarantee effective enforcement.

Second, the Digital Services Act package would propose ex ante rules covering large online platforms acting as gatekeepers, which now set the rules of the game for their users and their competitors.

25.07.2020 - 11:00 [ euinternetpolicy.wordpress.com ]

The EU Digital Services Act: What it is and Why it Shouldn’t Happen

(30.09.2019)

Crucially, the Commission shifted the focus from ISSs to platforms.1 Soon thereafter, the language in the many policy documents on platforms changed. Platforms, the Commission claimed, need to act “responsibly” if they are to continue to benefit from insulation. In its highly controversial Copyright in the DSM Directive the Commission suggests that even ISSs falling under Article 14 ECD need to have effective protective technologies and that they cannot rely on the article if they do not. ‘Active’ providers cannot rely on the protection as they are not responsible enough in the Commission’s mind.

10.07.2020 - 01:13 [ Keep Talking Greece ]

Police fires tear-gas at protesters against bill to curtail public gatherings rights

With 187 votes, Greek MPs put the nails on the coffin of Democracy in the country.

PS How many protesters were injured by police and suffered from tear-gas, we will probably never learn.

09.07.2020 - 18:13 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

Germany thinks Facebook isn’t doing enough to censor “hate speech” and plans to intervene

Germany has decided that it wants to take advantage of the present sentiment towards Facebook and not let off. This week, Berlin called for more action at a meeting on Monday of the bloc’s justice ministers.

“We cannot accept the public debate being distorted and poisoned,” said German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht. “Voluntary commitments and self-responsibility are not enough.”

07.07.2020 - 12:10 [ theChronicleHerald.ca ]

Euro zone set for deeper recession, less steep rebound: Commission

(today)

The EU executive said the 19 nation single currency area would contract by a record 8.7% this year before rising by 6.1% in 2021. In early May, the Commission had forecast a downturn this year of 7.7% and a rebound in 2021 of 6.3%.

07.07.2020 - 12:08 [ Marketwatch.com ]

EU warns coronavirus will trigger ‘recession of historic proportions’ in 2020

(06.05.2020)

The 27-nation EU economy is predicted to contract by 7.5% this year, before growing by about 6% in 2021. The group of 19 nations using the euro as their currency will see a record decline of 7.75% this year, and grow by 6.25% in 2021, the European Commission said in its Spring economic forecast.

06.07.2020 - 10:53 [ newsroom.consilium.europa.eu ]

Opening remarks by Christine Lambrecht, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, at the Informal meeting of Justice Ministers (via video conference), on 6 July 2020, in Berlin.

(…)

05.07.2020 - 19:19 [ Kathimerini ]

Mitsotakis: Greece will not accept conditions on coronavirus aid

The former „troika“ of Greece’s creditors, the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund had „forced (Greece) to do reforms“ even though „there was never really any domestic buy-in“

A six-monthly review of economic performance carried out by the European Commission was sufficient, Mitsotakis said.

04.07.2020 - 14:27 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Joint List to EU: Suspend Ties with Israel if It Won’t Desert Annexation

In letters to senior EU officials, including foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the 15 Joint List MKs wrote that “the traditional approach based on providing incentives to Israel has thus far failed to achieve our shared legitimate positions.” According to Hadash MK Youssef Jabareen, “We requested that top EU officials act to prevent annexation including re-evaluating the EU-Israel partnership agreement, recognizing a Palestinian state according to the ’67 borders and labeling goods from the occupied Palestinian territories. Palestinians deserve independence and freedom.”

30.06.2020 - 08:25 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Palestinians offer negotiations days before planned annexation – report

The Palestinian Authority dispatched a letter on Monday addressed to the Quartet on the Middle East stating that it’s prepared to renew negotiations with Israel and agree to „minor territorial exchanges,“ according to reports by Ynet News on Monday night.

The Quartet on the Middle East, a foursome consisting of the United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union involved in mediating the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.

19.06.2020 - 13:01 [ Times of Israel ]

Caught between annexation and his public’s apathy, Abbas hopes for symbolic wins

But that won’t stop the initiatives, a Palestinian official says.

“The current plan is to keep appealing to UN institutions in order to be recognized, even if the proposals are vetoed over and over. Many countries support this move, so the leadership supports it as well.”

He adds: “There are already 12 or 13 European states that are willing to recognize a Palestinian state under occupation in the event of an Israeli annexation, and that’s the price Israel will have to pay.”

15.06.2020 - 03:25 [ cyprus-mail.com ]

FM to take part in a teleconference with EU counterparts on Monday

Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides will take part in a teleconference with his EU counterparts on Monday afternoon as part of the Foreign Affairs Council agenda.

The main topic of the conference, which will also be attended by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will be the course of the Transatlantic Relations and the EU-US strategic dialogue on foreign affairs issues.

13.05.2020 - 17:31 [ New York Times ]

In a Fatal Error, C.I.A. Picked a Bombing Target Only Once: The Chinese Embassy

(July 23, 1999)

WASHINGTON — The director of the CIA disclosed Thursday that the agency had selected just one target in the 11-week air war over Yugoslavia, and its decision led to the accidental bombing of the Chinese embassy in May.

„It was the only target we nominated,“ the director, George Tenet, said at a rare public hearing of the House Intelligence Committee.

13.05.2020 - 17:25 [ AP Archive / Youtube ]

CIA DIRECTOR TESTIFYS OVER BOMBING OF CHINESE BELGRADE EMBASSY

(video from July 1999)

The C-I-A has revealed it had accurate maps and some agency employees knew the correct location of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade mistakenly bombed in May during NATO’s air campaign against Yugoslavia.

The C-I-A Director George Tenet made the announcement on Thursday while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington D-C.

13.05.2020 - 17:17 [ CNN ]

Missiles slam into central Belgrade

(April 20, 1999
Web posted at: 10:35 p.m. EDT)

At least two cruise missiles struck the building believed to belong to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic’s ruling Socialist Party, CNN’s Brent Sadler reported from the scene.

Flames were pouring out of the upper floors of the building, which is about 15 stories tall, and the ground level was also engulfed in fire.

13.05.2020 - 17:05 [ BBC ]

Cruise missiles blast Belgrade

(Monday, April 5, 1999)

Nato spokesman Jamie Shea said it was „a very successful and extensive night of operations.“

In an interview with BBC World, he said a change in the weather enabled Nato to step up its activities against infrastructure targets, and against Yugoslav ground deployments in Kosovo itself.

13.05.2020 - 17:04 [ CNN ]

Cruise missiles strike Belgrade again

(April 4, 1999)

At about 4:35 a.m. Sunday Belgrade time (9:35 p.m. EST) Belgrade was rocked by a large explosion.

CNN reporters saw a fireball and an orange glow which lit up the sky.

13.05.2020 - 16:44 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

From the Archives, 1999: NATO launches air strikes against Yugoslavia

First published The Age on March 25, 1999

(…)

NATO chief Javier Solana ordered attacks against Yugoslavia after President Milosevic rebuffed a last-ditch peace offer and revved up his war machine by declaring a state of emergency — the first since World War II.

„We must stop an authoritarian regime from repressing its people In Europe at the end of the 20th century. We have a moral duty to do so. The responsibility is on our shoulders and we will fulfil it,“ Mr Solana said in Brussels.

13.05.2020 - 14:26 [ MediaMonitors.net ]

Sorting Through the Lies of the Racak Massacre and other Myths of Kosovo

(February 15, 2001)

There was the ethnic cleansing. The atrocities. The refugees chased out of Kosovo by the Serb army. The mass graves. The heaps of bodies tossed into vats of sulphuric acid at the Trepca mines.

NATO spokesman Jamie Shea said there were 100,000 Kosovars unaccounted for.

Remember?

If you’re like most people, you have at least a vague recollection of something that seemed to approach a modern-day Holocaust.

Problem is, none of it happened.

13.05.2020 - 14:20 [ WSWS.org ]

What really has happened in Kosovo

(14 May 1999)

In the US-NATO assault on Yugoslavia, accusations of genocide in Kosovo play the same role in the propaganda war as cruise missiles and cluster bombs in the air war. The claims that Serbian troops and paramilitary forces are slaughtering thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Kosovar Albanians, the comparisons of Slobodan Milosevic to Adolf Hitler, the invocation of the Holocaust–all these serve as weapons, if not to convince, at least to intimidate public opinion.

The purpose of this propaganda, whose tone has been set by the White House, is to block any critical thought or even serious reflection on the part of the American people about the mushrooming conflict in the Balkans.

09.05.2020 - 14:25 [ CaspianNews.com ]

Iran Urges Europe To Prevent Israel From Attacking Syria, Lebanon

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Europe to prevent Israel from attacking Syria and Lebanon, and support efforts to end US-imposed sanctions on Iran amid the global pandemic.

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.

27.04.2020 - 22:05 [ NBC News ]

Trump tells advisers U.S. should pull troops as Afghanistan COVID-19 outbreak looms

„There is concern from a variety of places that we could leave Afghanistan,“ one senior U.S. official said, pointing to concerns voiced by U.S. allies, members of Congress and U.S. military officials.

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.

23.04.2020 - 17:04 [ Noel Dolan / Twitter ]

Just watched Angela Merkel’s speech to the Bundestag. She said to have debt sharing we’ll need to make changes to EU treaties and give more control of our national budgets to Europe and give more taxpayer’s money to Europe. She’s also going to try connect any deal to immigration.

23.04.2020 - 16:46 [ theGuardian.com ]

Clashes predicted over trillion-euro Covid-19 aid as EU meets online

European Union leaders are expected to clash over the size and scope of a coronavirus recovery fund as they stand on the precipice of an economic slump unparalleled since the 1930’s Great Depression.

14.04.2020 - 08:44 [ Express.co.uk ]

Italian MEP sheds light on Germany’s ‚diabolical EU plan‘ to push its interests forward

(12.04.2020)

„It has been like this for years.“

The Italian politician added: „What Germany is doing is disgusting and I believe that the EU will look very different when this virus is over.

„The UK could have not made a better decision in leaving this bloc.“

14.04.2020 - 08:20 [ Ansa.it ]

We’ll keep fighting for Eurobonds-Conte: Premier accuses opposition of lying about ESM

He also accused the opposition centre-right of „lying by saying that we will use the ESM“ adding „they weaken Italy in Europe“.
„We won’t activate the ESM and I won’t sign up to any proposal that is not ambitious,“ he said.

13.04.2020 - 10:50 [ Ansa.it ]

Coronavirus: Italy activates satellite to monitor nation amid lockdown

The announcement was made by European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic.
The civil protection will use Copernicus to make sure people are not gathering outside.

08.04.2020 - 08:41 [ Ansa.it ]

Swift EU deal needed or ‚we all collapse‘ says Di Maio An

The Eurogroup is trying to find a compromise between Italy, France and Spain, on the one hand, who want ‚coronabonds‘, and northern deficit hawks like the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland who advocate the use of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), rejecting any mutualizing of debt.

07.04.2020 - 12:06 [ EU Council Press / Twitter ]

TODAY The presser following the #Eurogroup video conference will be online.

EU accredited journalists will be able to ask questions remotely, register using the link that you can find here with all the instructions https://europa.eu/!hM37Wf

Deadline: today at 15.00

07.04.2020 - 10:53 [ Bruno Maçães, Author of “The Dawn of Eurasia” (2018) / Twitter ]

Germany has thousands of ICU beds with ventilators lying idle. In the meantime people, many people, had to be disconnected from ventilators in Spain and Italy. People who would have lived. How is this not a greater scandal?

06.04.2020 - 16:05 [ The European Post / Twitter ]

Ahead of the #Eurogroup, Italian Minister of EU Affairs @amendolaenzo repeats Italy’s NO to the ESM.

06.04.2020 - 15:58 [ Ansa.it ]

Italy irked after EU rejects coronabonds: ‚They want us to get in debt so they can punish us‘ – Patuanelli

(27.03.2020)

Italy was irked after an EU summit rejected the idea of ‚coronabonds‘ to fund measures to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus

06.04.2020 - 15:52 [ Auswärtiges Amt ]

„A response to the corona crisis in Europe based on solidarity“

Article by Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance, on the corona crisis in Europe. Published April 6th, 2020, in different language versions in Les Echos (France), La Stampa (Italy), El País (Spain), Público (Portugal) and Ta Nea (Greece).

03.04.2020 - 20:08 [ Yahoo.com ]

Dutch PM prefers a ‚gift‘ to a loan for European coronavirus support

He said he would also prefer setting up a new support fund rather than having countries use the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

„If you do (support) from the ESM, then it’s a loan and a loan must be paid back,“ he said. „If you do it as a gift, then it’s: ‚Listen, you guys have been hit hard, but together with a number of wealthier countries, we’re prepared to bear the direct costs of the coronavirus crisis‘.“

02.04.2020 - 17:08 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Dutch propose EU corona medical fund, will contribute up to €1bn

The Netherlands has proposed establishing an EU emergency fund to cover the immediate health costs associated with the coronavirus outbreak and, according to Trouw, is prepared to contribute around €1bn.

The fund, prime minister Mark Rutte said during Wednesday’s debate in parliament, would be filled by contributions by member states and would be a ‘gift to those in need’ rather than a loan or a guarantee.

02.04.2020 - 11:21 [ Regierung der Niederlande - Government.nl ]

Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the crisis. We are however deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures.

Emergency measures should be limited to what is strictly necessary, should be proportionate and temporary in nature, subject to regular scrutiny, and respect the aforementioned principles and international law obligations. They should not restrict the freedom of expression or the freedom of the press.

02.04.2020 - 11:19 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Dutch sign veiled statement condemning Hungary, sidestep outright criticism

The Netherlands is one of 13 EU member states which have signed a joint statement criticising Viktor Orban’s power grab in Hungary but which does not mention the country by name.

In the statement, EU foreign ministers say they are ‘deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures.’

02.04.2020 - 10:38 [ EDRI.org ]

Open letter: Civil society urges Member States to respect the principles of the law in Terrorist Content Online Regulation

On 27 March 2020, European Digital Rights (EDRi) and 12 of its member organisations sent an open letter to representatives of Member States in the Council of the EU. In the letter, we voice our deep concern over the proposed legislation on the regulation of terrorist content online and what we view as serious potential threats to fundamental rights of privacy, freedom of expression, etc.

27.03.2020 - 09:33 [ Ansa.it ]

Conte, 8 EU leaders call for ‚Coronabonds‘

The letter was signed by Spain, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy, the Italian premier’s office at Palazzo Chigi said.

27.03.2020 - 09:27 [ Kathimerini ]

EU leaders fail to agree on coronavirus economic rescue

European Union leaders failed to agree on Thursday on the scale of support for their economies battered by the coronavirus, but gave themselves two more weeks to work out details in a dispute between the ailing south and the fiscally conservative north.

Highlighting how the pandemic is testing the bloc’s cohesion, Germany and the Netherlands blocked a call from Italy, Spain and France to issue joint debt to help finance a recovery.

17.03.2020 - 22:46 [ CGTN / Twitter ]

China sends first batch of medical aid to #Serbia; 1,000 #COVID2019 rapid test kits arrived in Belgrade on Sunday. Serbian President @avucic Aleksandar Vucic’s video on „China was the only country that would help“ went viral and received a big thumbs up from Chinese netizens.

07.03.2020 - 13:18 [ Yahoo ]

EU TO HOST SYRIA DONOR CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS ON JUNE 29-30, WILL ALSO INVITE GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN CONFLICT – BORRELL

EU TO HOST SYRIA DONOR CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS ON JUNE 29-30, WILL ALSO INVITE GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN CONFLICT – BORRELL

07.03.2020 - 13:06 [ Tamer Yazar / Twitter ]

The #EuropeanUnion said Friday that it would host an international donors conference in June for #migrants & #refugees from #Syria and surrounding countries, even as the bloc criticized #Turkey for using #AsylumSeekers as #political pawns.

#Ankara #Greece #Idlib #Erdogan #Europe

22.02.2020 - 19:12 [ theIntercept.com ]

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

According to leaked internal European Union documents, the EU could soon be creating a network of national police facial recognition databases. A report drawn up by the national police forces of 10 EU member states, led by Austria, calls for the introduction of EU legislation to introduce and interconnect such databases in every member state. The report, which The Intercept obtained from a European official who is concerned about the network’s development, was circulated among EU and national officials in November 2019. If previous data-sharing arrangements are a guide, the new facial recognition network will likely be connected to similar databases in the U.S., creating what privacy researchers are calling a massive transatlantic consolidation of biometric data.

31.01.2020 - 14:09 [ Jochen Bittner ]

Britain Is Leaving. Europe Has to Change.

Yet there is also an enormous danger in doing nothing. Imagine if Brexit does not reduce Britain to misery but instead leaves the country relatively unscathed. In that case, the very idea of Europe — that the combined power of many states results in more power for the individual state — could suffer another major blow.

And this time, it could be terminal.

29.11.2019 - 20:21 [ North Atlantic Treaty Organization ]

NATO Secretary General announces increased defence spending by Allies

Ahead of the meeting of NATO Leaders in London to mark the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday (29 November 2019) gave details of large increases in Allied defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg announced that in 2019 defence spending across European Allies and Canada increased in real terms by 4.6 %, making this the fifth consecutive year of growth. He also revealed that by the end of 2020, those Allies will have invested $130 billion more since 2016.

27.11.2019 - 10:48 [ theGuardian.com ]

Germany is damaging the European economy. The answer? Raise German wages

Increasing wages increases consumption. Because 22% of consumption is imported in Germany – and because increasing wages doesn’t increase exports: if anything, the opposite – Germans having more money in their pockets will lead to them buying more foreign goods, reducing the current account surplus.

This won’t be easy to execute. There is a deep bipartisan consensus in Germany to maintain the status quo.

24.11.2019 - 17:07 [ Bloomberg ]

EU Plans $3.9 Billion Fund for Startups in ‘Valley of Death’

The fund will seek to close that investment gap by providing equity and grant funding to early stage firms in so-called deep tech, such as manufacturing, biotechnology, health-tech and artificial intelligence, he said. It’s set to formally launch in 2021 and will be run by the European Innovation Council, though the final size could change depending on the outcome of budget talks with the bloc’s member states.

01.09.2019 - 09:09 [ newsroom.consilium.europa.eu ]

Arrival and doorstep by Heiko MAAS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, at the Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich), taking place on 29 August 2019, in Helsinki.

(video)

01.09.2019 - 09:05 [ Times of Israel ]

European leaders vow to step up efforts to get US and Iran talking

(29.08.2019)

The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany — the three European parties to the deal — were joined by EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini for talks on the sidelines of an EU meeting in Helsinki.

Germany’s Heiko Maas said the trio wanted to build on momentum from last weekend’s G7 summit, where Trump indicated willingness to talk to Iran.

29.08.2019 - 19:01 [ Sabrina Bellosi, Deputy head of Strategic Communication at EEAS and adviser to EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini / Twitter ]

#MaritimeSecurity @FedericaMog Growing demand for #EU role as a security provider. Discussion on a EU Coordinated Maritime Presences in areas of strategic interest, to share informations & analysis, & promote international cooperation at sea. First test could be in Gulf of Guinea

29.08.2019 - 18:58 [ EUObserver.com ]

EU to test new naval coordination in Africa

A pilot project will take place targeting piracy in the Gulf of Guinea area in Africa, EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini said after the talks in Helsinki Thursday.

25.08.2019 - 09:30 [ Foreigner.fi ]

EU ministers will meet in Helsinki to discuss Middle East and hybrid threats

The meeting will start on Thursday 29 August with a discussion held jointly with the EU defence ministers. Countering hybrid and cyber threats is one of the priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

26.07.2019 - 18:34 [ Bloomberg ]

Draghi Shouts Louder at Germany as ECB Prepares Stimulus

(25.07.2019)

Yet Germany, which has a budget surplus and which can borrow money at sub-zero rates, doesn’t see the problem even as its own manufacturing sector contracts. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, minutes before Draghi’s press conference, that he has no plans to loosen the country’s purse strings because it’s not “necessary or wise to act as if we were in a crisis.”

17.06.2019 - 19:51 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Gulf of Oman: Unconvinced EU foreign ministers call for independent investigation after US claim Iran is behind tanker attack

There was strong support among EU countries for an independent UN investigation and calls for more evidence – with the UK relatively isolated in its support the Trump administration’s line.

One foreign minister invoked the spectre of US misuse of intelligence over Iraq as a reason for scepticism, as representatives of the 28 countries arrived at the council meeting.

08.06.2019 - 10:13 [ Matthias Monroy ‏/ Twitter ]

EU surveillance state: This week the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers debated increasing the surveillance in their Member States. US authorities could soon also wiretap legally in Europe. #5G #DataRetention #eEvidence #cloudACT

06.06.2019 - 19:22 [ europa.eu ]

Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

Today, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United States and for the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe “Budapest” Convention on Cybercrime.

26.05.2019 - 13:59 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

The European Union Is an Antidemocratic Disgrace

The European Parliament elections start today. But the body itself is an insult against democracy that exists only to rubber-stamp neoliberal rule.

26.05.2019 - 13:12 [ Mehreen, Brussels correspondent @ft / Twitter ]

Klaus Regling is doing his best to play down the fact that the ESM is becoming the paramilitary wing of the Hanseatic League with new powers over budget surveillance and debt restructuring #Eurogroup

(19.11.2018)

26.05.2019 - 13:08 [ Economist.com ]

Gang of eight: Northern member states unite on euro-zone reform

(08.12.2012)

Composed of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden, the group, dubbed the New Hanseatic League, is starting to have some influence.

26.05.2019 - 09:40 [ Thomas Fazi ‏/ Twitter ]

14/ “Since [a European demos does not exist], the EU and its institutions can have neither the authority nor the legitimacy of a demos-cratic state. On this view, a parliament without a demos is conceptually impossible, practically despotic”.

09.05.2019 - 11:10 [ Kathimerini ]

EU presidents issue joint call on citizens to vote in May elections

Twenty one EU heads of state, including Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, called on EU citizens to exercise their right to vote at the European Parliament elections on May 26, in a joint appeal released on Thursday, May 9, which coincides with Europe Day and the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II.

05.05.2019 - 17:24 [ theLocal.at ]

Austria’s Kurz wants renegotiation of EU’s Lisbon treaty

He said that „much had changed“ since the 2007 Lisbon Treaty, pointing to the eurozone and migration crises and Brexit.

A treaty renegotiation would require unanimous consent from all EU member states. In the same interview, Kurz expressed scepticism over any cooperation between the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) — to which the OeVP belongs — and parties further to the right in the European Parliament.

10.04.2019 - 18:12 [ Dan El Rojo / Twitter ]

No country has ever become more equal, more socialist and more democratic since joining the EU. Not one.

10.04.2019 - 17:58 [ Bloomberg Brexit / Twitter ]

Britain is heading for a long extension after no member state argued to veto a Brexit delay, sources say.

A small number of EU member states argued for an extension to June 30, but most argued for much longer: to December 2019, or even March 2020

10.04.2019 - 12:14 [ Peter Schijven ‏/ Twitter ]

Indeed, the 27 other Member States have to agree upon a possible extension UNANIMOUSLY. Otherwise the article 50 status just ends as per 12 April, which implies the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

07.04.2019 - 12:10 [ Middle East Monitor ]

France commends the Libyan National Army’s ‘great progress’ in the south

(20.3.2019)

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian lauded the “great progress” made in southern Libya by Libya’s National Army Chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar, pointing out at the same time that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis.

Le Drian said during a visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli that “significant progress has been made in the south of the country in countering terrorist groups, organised crime groups and foreign armed groups, which have heightened instability in the region for a long time,” according to AFP.

07.04.2019 - 11:30 [ Libya Observer ]

EU ambassadors meet Haftar in Benghazi, voice concern about human rights, intl. law violations

(26.3.2019)

The EU delegation in Libya issued a statement saying the ambassadors and representatives of the European Union, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden met with Haftar to reaffirm the EU’s support to the efforts of UN SRSG Ghassan Salame towards ending the transitional phase which Libyans have been living through since the February revolution, and to urge all parties to rally behind these efforts to ensure the success of the National Conference which will convene in Ghadames next month.

27.03.2019 - 03:56 [ Express.co.uk ]

Europeans furious at EU’s Brexit handling: Shock poll shows citizens turn back on Brussels

An average of just 38 percent of those asked by Pew Research Center approve of how the EU has dealt with Britain’s departure from the bloc. The Netherlands and Germany had the highest approval ratings but they were still only at 52 percent and 51 percent respectively. Italy and Hungary had the joint lowest at 31 percent, with Greece close behind at 32 percent in the poll published yesterday.

22.03.2019 - 14:46 [ BBC ]

Brexit: What just happened?

– A shorter delay until 12 April if they reject it. By that time the UK must set out its next steps – either another extension or leaving without a deal

But the EU says a further extension beyond 12 April is only possible if the UK agrees to hold European elections on 23 May.

22.03.2019 - 05:24 [ Donald Mackinnon / Twitter ]

According to European Commission President Juncker, with European Council President Tusk at his side, „all options remain on the table … the UK government will still have a chance of a deal, no deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50“. Or of course a People’s Vote!

22.03.2019 - 05:20 [ Hugh Bennett, News Editor @guidofawkes / Twitter ]

EU summit conclusions: – Strasbourg formally adopted – Extension to 22 May IF withdrawal agreement passes – If not, very short extension til 12 April and the whole carnival repeats again…

(Twitter time 3:47 PM – 21 Mar 2019)

22.03.2019 - 05:19 [ Donald Tusk, President of the European Council ‏/ Twitter ]

EU27 unanimously agrees on its response to UK’s requests. I will now meet PM @theresa_may. #brexit #euco

(Twitter time 3:20 PM – 21 Mar 2019)

22.03.2019 - 05:17 [ Jayne McCormack ‏/ Twitter ]

By next week I should make clear… see below DRAFT conclusions (h/t @adamfleming)

(Twitter time 9:58 AM – 21 Mar 2019)

22.03.2019 - 05:11 [ Adam Fleming ‏/ Twitter ]

EU agrees to agree #Brexit extension until 22 May by 29th March according to draft EUCO conclusions

(Twitter time 9:52 AM – 21 Mar 2019)

EU agrees to agree #Brexit extension until 22 May by 29th March according to draft EUCO conclusions

20.03.2019 - 17:28 [ Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. Managed by the media team. / Twitter ]

LIVE NOW – my remarks on #Brexit following the letter of Prime Minister @theresa_may

20.03.2019 - 17:18 [ Sky News ]

LIVE: EU’s Donald Tusk says short Brexit delay ‚will be possible‘

The latest updates from Westminster and Brussels following Theresa May’s request to extend Article 50 for three months.

20.03.2019 - 06:58 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Eurosceptic Tories use covert talks to call on EU countries to veto Brexit extension

Backbench Eurosceptic Tory MPs have made a behind-the-scenes bid to persuade European Union leaders to veto any delay to Brexit at this week’s Brussels summit.

The undercover diplomatic initiative has been led by Tory MPs Daniel Kawczynski, Craig Mackinlay and former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson.

19.03.2019 - 13:46 [ consilium.europa.eu ]

General Affairs Council – March 2019: Arrival and doorstep DE (Roth) – Part 2

Arrival and doorstep by Michael ROTH, Minister of State for Europe of Germany, at the General Affairs Council, taking place on 19 March 2019 in Brussels.

19.03.2019 - 13:38 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: EU countries ‚really exhausted‘ by UK and could block Theresa May’s delay, Germany warns

“For my Government it’s the key priority to prevent a no-deal Brexit. I don’t have any appetite for substance-less, very abstract discussions and negotiations on Brexit. Please deliver, dear friends in London please deliver. The clock is ticking.”

15.03.2019 - 18:29 [ Euractiv.com ]

Farage to lobby EU countries in search of Brexit extension veto

(14.3.2019) Indeed, an extension of Article 50 can only be taken with unanimity, and the veto of one country is enough to block it.

15.03.2019 - 18:28 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Will EU leaders agree to an extension?

EU leaders‘ silence after Thursday’s vote by the House of Commons to delay Brexit may also have been because they realise – whatever their individual opinions on an extension – that they are obliged by law to come to a unanimous decision.

12.03.2019 - 14:56 [ Daniel Hannan, Sunday Telegraph and Washington Examiner columnist ‏/ Twitter ]

The odd thing is that the customs union is not only unacceptable to EFTA countries; it is unpopular with almost all EU countries. Why are we even thinking about it?