News Digest: Round-up of news stories from across the EU (5 items, 1.12.15)

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FRANCE: Security major issue in French regional election campaigns after Paris attacks (RFI, link): "The 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris have put the issue of security into the campaign for the upcoming regional elections, even though regions technically have no control over security. Even before the attacks, the election was being seen as a national referendum on President Francois Hollande and the Socialist government, and a test for the rising popularity of the far-right Front National. Security issues have boosted the FN even more."

ROMANIA: A New Revolution? The Recent Governmental Crisis in Romania (Verfassungsblog, link): "As of November 2015, Romania faces its most important social, political and constitutional crisis in the last quarter-century. If the 1989 Revolution signified a break with a totalitarian communist regime, the widespread street protests of 2015, which led to the fall of the Government, gave a new message: global dissatisfaction towards the whole political class and institutions marked by serious inefficiency and corruption."

UK: Cabinet approves Syria airstrikes motion (The Guardian, link): "Twelve-point plan put forward by David Cameron is approved unanimously by cabinet at weekly meeting devoted entirely to Syria"

UK: Court documents reveal oversight body struggling to control GCHQ domestic hacking (Privacy International, link): "Documents released today confirm GCHQ, the UK intelligence agency, is hacking computers in the United Kingdom without individual warrants. The documents contain previously unknown details and defenses of GCHQ's use of "thematic warrants" to hack. The legal challenge in which these documents are being disclosed was brought by Privacy International and seven internet and communications service providers from around the world in response to disclosures made by Edward Snowden."

UK: New report finds Latin American migrants hard hit by low pay and 'practical exclusion' (Migrants' Rights Network, link): "A new report has been published on the situation of people from Latin America who have migrated on to the UK after a period of living in another EU country has found evidence of vulnerability in employment and ‘practical exclusion’ for information services provided by local authorities."

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