Justice - Security

Polish court orders official to apologize to judges for calling them ‘thieves’

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A Polish court has convicted a pro-government official for violating the good name of the country’s judges by calling them “ordinary thieves”. The court has ordered the convicted prosecutor, Stanislaw Piotrowicz, to publicly apologize to...

Turkey announces plan to send troops to Libya

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Turkey may need to draft a bill that will allow the country’s military presence in Libya, after the two sides last month signed a military deal. "We will present the motion to send troops ...

Turkey cannot handle new refugee wave from Syria, Erdogan warns Europe

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Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned the European Union for an incoming refugee wave from Syria’s Idlib province, as tens of thousands civilians flee prompted by Russia's latest offensive. Russian-backed Syrian forces have stepped up...

Poland’s parliament approves controversial judges law despite warnings

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Poland approved the controversial law to tighten controls over judges, despite warnings that it would probably lead to “an intervention by institutions of the European Union for infringement of EU treaties”. The legislation passed in...

ECJ opinion says EU data transfer tools are legal in Facebook privacy case

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According to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU Commission’s standard contractual clauses used for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries are...

Finland to repatriate Islamic State children from Syria

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Finland's prime minister Sanna Marin announced on 16 December that the country will repatriate children of Finnish mothers who traveled to Syria to join ISIS. The announcement comes as more than 30 children born to...

“We will not let technology turn against the people”, Jourová pledges

"Technology should serve the people, not the other way around", said Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission, during a Summit organised by the Financial Times and European Telecommunications Network Operations...

Illegal drug sales on the rise across the EU

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At least €11.6 billion were spent by Europeans on illegal cannabis purchases in 2017, placing the marijuana market first on the EU drug market list, the bloc’s anti-drugs agency revealed on its annual report.  The...

Vietnam jails Facebook user for ‘anti-government’ propaganda

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A Facebook user was sentenced to six years in prison after a court in Vietnam convicted him for posts he made that the Vietnam's Communist government said were ‘‘anti-government’’. According to the statement of the...

Kuciak trial begins December 19

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The much-anticipated trial of the Slovak businessman Marian Kocner begins in December concerning the assassination of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova. Kocner is accused of hiring three men for the hit...

German police raid Hawala shadow banking network

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German police raided an international hawala shadow-banking network suspected of illegally transferring millions of euros to Turkey on Tuesday. The raid is controversial because Hawala practices are not illegal across the EU. Following a yearlong...

Scottish court orders release of detained former Catalan minister

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A Scottish court ordered the release of former Catalan education minister Clara Ponsatí on Thursday, without travel restrictions, as she not considered a flight risk. Earlier that day, the former Catalan minister and current University of...

Turkish Jihadi deportations to Germany continue

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Germany is bracing for the return of tens of suspected German citizens and Islamic State supporters that are deported from Turkey and repatriated. A family of seven German-Iraqi Islamists was expected to arrive in Berlin on...

Airbnb vows to verify the security of all listings

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Airbnb’s C.E.O Brian Chesky has vowed that the platform will conduct a comprehensive review of every property listed to improve trust. At the DealBook Conference on Wednesday, Chesky promised Airbnb guests “peace of mind,” after...

ECJ rules Polish 2017 Judicial review was unlawful

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Poland broke European Union law with its 2017 judicial overhaul the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday. The ECJ said Poland failed in its judicial reform efforts by establishing a different retirement age for...

Turkey determined to repatriate European IS fighters

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Turkey is committed to the repatriation of EU citizens who fought for the Islamic State and their families. Following the capture of northeast Syria from Kurdish forces, a pressing question has been who will take...

Sweden authorises the use of facial recognition technology by the police

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Sweden’s data protection authority has approved the use of facial recognition technology by the police, to help identify criminal suspects. The decision is controversial following successive bans of this technology in US cities. The technology...

A week of protests in Barcelona

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The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, entered the seventh day of protests on Sunday. Spain’s acting prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, is expected in Barcelona on Monday to visit police officers injured. Clashes between protesters and police...

Catalan separatists sentenced by Spanish court

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Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine pro-independence Catalan leaders for sedition and misuse of public funds, handing out sentences ranging between 9 and 13 years in jail. Three more defendants were issued with fines. Those issued...

Tsipras’ alternate justice minister faces pre-trial committee for abuse of power

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Greece's former Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos has been referred to the Parliament’s Pre-Trial Committee following a decision on 8 October in the Greek parliament plenary. Papangelopoulos may not be well known outside Greece's...

UK launches “Get Ready for Brexit” campaign

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The British government has launched a public information campaign called "get ready for Brexit" on Sunday. The £100 million campaign was launched on the website  gov.uk/brexit. The website begins with a survey, leading to recommended actions...

When Leninists overreach

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Ongoing street protests in Hong Kong and Moscow have no doubt spooked the authoritarian duo of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Moscow protests, the largest in many years, must...

Czech PM pushes for Jourova to remain as EU Commissioner

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During a meeting between Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and future EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the former continued to push for Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality,...

German prosecutors investigate Eritrean accused of murdering child and mother

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German prosecutors are investigating an Eritrean man who pushed an 8-year-old boy and his mother into a train while the two were waiting at a railway platform in Frankfurt. Federal Police President Dieter Romann said...

Ukraine’s new president must stop the cover-up of journalist’s murder

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Three years after the murder of Belarusian-Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet, time is up for Ukrainian law enforcers. It’s hard to imagine a more utter failure: not a single person has been charged for the killing...

Greece and Spain referred to EU Court for failing to enact Personal Data Protection...

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The European Commission on Thursday announced that it will refer Greece and Spain to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to enforce the bloc's Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive. According to a decision granted by the Council and the...

Brussels to further scrutinise China’s intelligence law on 5G

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The European Union must take China's national intelligence law into account when deciding on the construction of 5G networks in Europe, said EU Commissioner for Security, Julian King, on Friday. The EU is currently working...

In an EPPO stalemate, the alternative for Kovesi to tackle corruption from within the...

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There is no question that momentum is coming back into favour for the Candidate for European Chief Prosecutor,  Laura Codruta Kovesi. Kovesi, who comes from Romania, and is the former chief prosecutor of the National...

Bohnert remains in EPPO race despite reports confirming Kövesi as the sole candidate

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Assurances that France's Jean-François Bohnert remains in contention to become Europe's chief prosecutor was given further weight after he said had not withdrawn his candidacy, which would have left Romania's former chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kövesi, as the lone candidate...

Europe can help Georgia’s protestors preserve the country’s hard-won freedom

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There are not a lot of things in this world that we agree on. Left or Right. For or against immigration. Netflix or the big screen. Still, there are a few that we do...

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

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Since the recent presidential elections ended in a landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky some signs of a possible political and economic revival have been noticed in Ukraine. The very electoral victory of the Zelensky...

Sweden decides on whether to extradite Chinese official

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Sweden’s supreme court will rule on the Chinese extradition request for Qiao Jingjun, whom the Chinese Communist Party holds responsible for a multi-million-dollar embezzlement case during his terms as director of a grain storehouse...

Enlargement, going back to square one

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North Macedonia and Albania are inexorably tied by the delay in their long course to join Europe, yet for different reasons. Albania has the perpetual problem of narcotics production that cannot be overcome unless Tirana...

German intelligence wants access to domestic smart appliances

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Germany plans to allow its police and security forces to access “smart home devices” in anything from fridges to Amazon’s Alexa. The plan announced by the interior ministry would see Germany's BND intelligence services gain...

Zelensky restores Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship

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Just over a week after being inaugurated as Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky issued an executive order on Tuesday that overturned a July 2017 decree by his successor, Petro Poroshenko, that illegally stripped Georgia’s ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili...

The challenge of being an ambassador to Ukraine

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Among the biggest challenges for foreign diplomats is an election year in Ukraine. The unpredictability that never wanes, even after the results are in, offers very fertile ground for developing professional skills of the...

Albania and European border agency begin first joint operations

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Teams of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, which was formerly known as Frontex, are joining forces with Albania's police to patrol the Balkan nation's land and sea borders in the agency's first-ever joint...