Justice - Security

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...

Sweden reopens rape case against Assange

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Swedish prosecutors will reopen an inquiry into rape allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that stem from a 2010 case when two women accused the controversial WikiLeaks founder of rape and sexual assault. Assange was on...

EU Parliament backs additional protection for whistleblowers

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A new EU-wide standard for protecting whistleblowers was approved by the European Parliament on 18 April, a move that will see the bloc extend high levels of protection via so-called "safe channels" to report breaches...

Armed neo-Nazi group issues death threat to Guy Verhofstadt

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Last Thursday, the neo-Nazi group Feuerkrieg Division (FKD), inspired by James Mason’s Siege and the Atomwaffen Division, posted propaganda on their Gab account calling for acts of violence against Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt. In addition...

NATO’s Stoltenberg says Georgia is still on track to eventually join the alliance

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At a time when relations between certain NATO allies appears to be strained, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was in the small South Caucasus nation of Georgia to reassure the country’s military establishment that...

Ukraine’s embattled chief prosecutor causes row with US after unsubstantiated claim

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Yuri Lutsenko, the much-maligned Ukrainian prosecutor-general, infuriated the US State Department after making unfounded claim that the US Ambassador to Kyiv, Marie Yovanovitch, gave him "a list of people whom we should not prosecute"...

Name Dispute: Important issues progressing while public attention fades

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While the Name Dispute between Greece and the newly-renamed Republic of North Macedonia has fallen out of the headlines, several notable developments occurred in the past week, generally off the radar except for the...

Georgia is an investor’s graveyard masquerading as a business utopia

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For over four years, we, the American investors of Iconia Capital LLC, have had our construction business halted by powerful extra-legal and corrupt influences in the Republic of Georgia. Since starting our first project...

EPPO heading for crash

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The European Chief Prosecutor, who will head the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), will be jointly appointed by common accord, by the European Parliament and the Council. New Europe sources in the COREPER have...

European Parliament leaders back Kövesi for chief prosecutor job

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European Parliament leaders threw their weight behind the candidacy of Romania's former anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruța Kövesi to be the first-ever EU chief prosecutor. The European Parliament's Conference of Presidents, including Antonio Tajani and the leaders of...

Brussels wants Ukraine to follow through on its promised reforms

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Speaking at the Brussels UkraineLab, the Director General of DG NEAR at the European Commission Christian Danielsson said that Brussels expects Ukraine to be both better and more effective at implementing the dozens of...

EPPO showdown between Bohnert and Kovesi for Chief Prosecutor heats up

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The EU's lawmakers have begun to finalise this assessment of the three shortlisted candidates for the position of the EU’s first chief prosecutor, the person that will lead the new European Public Prosecutor's Office...