28 November 2019

Enforcement of EU Values and the Tyranny of National Identity – Polish Examples and Excuses

"Professor A. von Bogdandy in his recent piece published at Verfassungsblog analyzes difficulties regarding enforcement of the EU values. He argues that the application of Treaty provisions relating to EU fundamental values should be cautious in order to avoid controversy or pressure."

28 November 2019

Women human rights defenders under attack: Amnesty

"Activists continue to be sexually assaulted, threatened, intimidated, criminalized and even killed, the rights watchdog has said. Women human rights defenders even face hostility from members of their own family."

28 November 2019

Over 1000 cases set to be dropped against Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested during October’s International Rebellion

"The Metropolitan Police has admitted to the unlawful use of Section 14 of the Public Order Act during the first week of the October protests, following a threat of further legal action by Extinction Rebellion’s lawyers"

28 November 2019

Refugees being 'starved out' of UN facility in Tripoli

"Aid worker claims refugees are being denied food to motivate them to leave."

27 November 2019

European leaders: Stop punishing asylum seekers on the Greek islands

"Dear European leaders I have just come back from the Greek islands, and I was shocked by what I saw and by the accounts I heard from my colleagues on the ground.(...)"

27 November 2019

UN refugees chief urges Greece to improve 'miserable' camp conditions

"plans to shut overcrowded refugee camps and replace them with detention centres to be used both as an ante-room for deporting failed asylum seekers and as a reception and processing centre for new arrivals. (...)"

27 November 2019

Four dead, 10 missing from migrant boat found adrift near Melilla

"Rescue services took 55 survivors to the Spanish exclave city, where the holding center is over capacity."

27 November 2019

Hungary: The legacy of the Orbán era: anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia

"At just about the same time that Hungarians witnessed an anti-Semitic assault by Fidesz journalists on “alien-hearted” Jews who are unable or maybe even unwilling to “melt” into the majority, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) concluded a global survey of 18 countries on the state of anti-Semitism in today’s world."

27 November 2019

UK: Netpol launches ‘Restricting the Rebellion’ report

"New Netpol report says the Metropolitan Police were far more interested in preventing October’s Extinction Rebellion protests than in facilitating it."

27 November 2019

General Court Rules on Frontex: Less Transparency at EU Borders

"The first lawsuit against Frontex by a civil society organisation was not successful: the European Court in Luxembourg, following a joint lawsuit by freedom of information activists Luisa Izuzquiza and Arne Semsrott, decided that the European Border Police do not have to disclose any information about their ships in connection with operations at the EU's external borders."

27 November 2019

EU: Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

"New Commission approved by 461 votes to 157 against, with 89 abstentions"

27 November 2019

Home Office reverses attempt to deport Jamaican man 'to Iraq'

"The Home Office has made a U-turn in the case of a man caring for his terminally ill partner who was told he was going to be deported to Jamaica because officials had concluded that he “failed to demonstrate that his life would be at risk in Iraq”."

27 November 2019

European Data Protection Supervisor: Report on the inspection of Europol's compliance with Article 4 of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme

"Overall Europol manages well the verifications of the US DoT requests. The different actors complement each other and pay close attention to details."

27 November 2019

MEPs choose Wiewiórowski to be the EU’s data protection watchdog

"Mr Wojciech Wiewiórowski was selected by the Civil Liberties Committee as their top choice to become the next European Data Protection Supervisor."

26 November 2019

Berlin and Paris outline plan for EU makeover - Two-page document aims to show Franco-German partnership overcoming recent tensions

"Germany and France have drawn up a blueprint for a two-year "Conference on the Future of Europe" aimed at overhauling nearly all aspects of how the EU functions, including possible treaty changes if need be, with a goal of making the bloc "more united and sovereign," according to a document seen by POLITICO."

25 November 2019

GREECE: History repeating itself: Winter warnings for Europe’s largest refugee camp

"With winter approaching, aid workers and refugee advocates on Lesvos are worried: there doesn’t appear to be a plan in place to prepare Moria – Europe’s largest refugee camp – for the rain, cold weather, and potential snow that winter will bring."

25 November 2019

Frontex expands operations in EU neighbouring countries

"After Albania and Montenegro, the EU Commission has concluded a Frontex status agreement with Serbia, to be followed by Northern Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. A first deployment of the EU border troops has meanwhile been increased."

25 November 2019

Aid groups condemn Greece over 'prison' camps for migrants

"Greece is poised to create “prison” island camps, say aid groups amid growing criticism of government plans to overhaul refugee reception centres on Aegean outposts facing Turkey."

25 November 2019

Greece makes course change in its approach to the refugee crisis

"When Alkiviadis Stefanis was appointed as Deputy Defence Minister of Defence in the cabinet of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis some months ago it went relatively unnoticed. Stefanis, a 60-year-old ex-Chief of the Greek Army was not elected, but was placed in the Ministry of Defence as a “technocrat” due to the fact that he had good knowledge of military conduct. (...)"


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