Archiv: member states


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 - 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?