18 February 2019

Bulgaria urged to stop locking up stateless people by detained heart doctor

"A cardiac specialist, who was locked up in Bulgaria for six weeks because he has no nationality, has called on the government to stop treating stateless people like criminals."

15 February 2019

Are You Syrious? on deaths at sea

"217 people died in the Mediterranean this year. Among those who lost their lives while dreaming about freedom and dignified life, was were four girls - one was 9 years old, the two 16 and one 17 years."

15 February 2019

EU: Meijers Committee: Comments on the proposal for a Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (COM(2018) 640 final)

"...regulating the way platforms deal with online illegal content touches upon the freedom of expression and therefore requires high standards of fundamental rights protections in democratic societies.(...)"

15 February 2019

Italy: Public prosecutor investigating the death of 117 people

"Italy’s public prosecutor is investigating the death of 117 people, who lost their lives on 19th January, after more than 8 hours stranded at sea, because of Libya not responding to Rome’s MRCC calls."

14 February 2019

EU asylum applications fall to below half crisis peak

"The number of people seeking asylum in the European Union fell for a third straight year in 2018 to less than half the peak during the 2015-2016 migration crisis, data released on Wednesday showed."

14 February 2019

UK: Expansion of the national DNA database accelerates

The number of DNA profile records held in the UK's National DNA Database (NDNAD) increased by over 172,000 in the year up to March 2018, the biggest annual increase since over a million records were deleted from the system following the entry into force of the Protection of Freedoms Act.

14 February 2019

EU: Entry/Exit System: progress report outlines "major issues" and "major risks"

A report on the development of the EU's Entry/Exit System (EES), designed to record the border crossings of almost all non-EU nationals entering or leaving the Schengen area, highlights a number of "major issues" and "major risks" including increased complexity due to "additional requirements" introduced by Member States, "possible budget shortcomings due to higher than anticipated costs for development" and the fact that delays encountered in any single Member State "will impact all involved stakeholders."

14 February 2019

SPAIN: Catalan leaders go on trial in Madrid over independence bid

"Twelve Catalan politicians go on trial on Tuesday for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid, putting the spotlight back on Spain’s biggest political crisis in decades which could make it flare once again."

13 February 2019

EU: Migration and asylum: European Court of Auditors to examine "hotspots" in Greece and Italy

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is to conduct an audit of the "hotspots" set up in Greece and Italy, which "will assess whether support for Greece and Italy has achieved its objectives, and whether the asylum, relocation and return procedures have been effective and swift."

13 February 2019

IRELAND: Second fire attack on proposed refugee housing branded ‘unacceptable and worrying’

"A hotel which was earmarked as a possible Direct Provision centre has been subjected to an arson attack for the second time in five weeks."

13 February 2019

EU: Report to the EU Parliament on Frontex cooperation with third countries in 2017

A recent report by Frontex, the EU's border agency, highlights the ongoing expansion of its activities with non-EU states.

13 February 2019

GERMANY: New #NRW state police law used for the first time against climate activists: 3 people imprisoned

"Last Saturday, the first use case of the so-called “Lex Hambi” occurred: after environmental activists had blocked an excavator in the Garzweiler opencast mine, they were arrested for alleged trespassing."

13 February 2019

EU: 'I'll talk, but then I have to call Putin': steakhouse at centre of EU spy alert

"The EU’s diplomatic and foreign wing, the European External Action Service (EEAS), alerted member states’ embassies last week to the presence of about 250 Chinese and 200 Russian spies said to be roaming the embassy-lined streets of the Belgian capital."


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