Justice - Security

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Bohnert remains in contention to become Europe's chief prosecutor was given further weight after he said had not withdrawn his candidacy, which would have left Romania's former chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kövesi, as the lone candidate...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

Four Green MEPs arrested after breaking into Belgian military base to stage protest

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Four Green MEPs were arrested on February 20 after breaking into a Belgian military airbase to protest against the presence of US nuclear weapons on European soil. Three of the MEPs, Molly Scott Cato, Michèle...

Kovesi: The Romanian EU chief prosecutor favourite caught between a rock and a hard...

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The latest phase of Romania justice’s drama is being played out in the European public sphere: Laura Codruta Kovesi, the frontrunner for the position of chief prosecutor of the newly-established European Public Prosecutor’s Office,...

Commission lists ‘third countries’ vulnerable to money laundering

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STRASBOURG - The European Union is open for business but cannot be naïve and needs to protect the EU financial system, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Věra Jourová said in Strasbourg on February...

Athens clears path for North Macedonia’s NATO admission

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NATO’s 29 members and the soon-to-be-renamed Republic of North Macedonia signed the country’s NATO Accession Protocol in Brussels on February 6. Since the Name Dispute with neighbouring Greece is largely resolved at least until...

MEPs want to prohibit trade with countries that still have death penalty

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Speaking at the opening of seventh World Congress Against the Death Penalty on February 5, a number of European Parliamentarians took the opportunity to demand that the EU prohibit trade with countries who still...

The future of Georgia’s energy policy

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In 2014, Georgia signed an Association Agreement with the EU to implement the bloc’s policies for sustainable energy development. By signing the Agreement and joining the Energy Community, Georgia took on the obligation to...

Brussels supports social media platforms’ anti-hate speech initiatives

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For the better part of a year,  the European Commission has been in an ongoing war of words with several of the world's main social media platforms due to several companies - including Facebook, Google, and...

Court of Auditors evaluates food safety regulations on chemicals

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The European Court of Auditors' report that calls for the EU Commission to make changes to the bloc's food safety regulations to better protect consumers from chemical hazards found that while the food safety model provides...

EU’s new divorce settlement regulation for international couples comes into force

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The EU has introduced new rules that are designed to settle property disputes between what Brussels calls "international married couples and registered partners", part of an initiative by the European Union to help streamline the...

Welcome North Macedonia!

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As most readers will know, the contentious Greek ratification procedure for the Prespes Agreement ended with its passage in a vote January 25, with a margin of just three votes (153/300).  That deal, signed...

EU issues ultimatum to Venezuela’s Maduro as crisis intensifies

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A week after mass protests broke out in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, which called for the ouster of the country's embattled authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro, the European Union has given the radical leftist the option...

Legal proceedings against Hungarian government accelerated by EU

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The European Commission has ratcheted up its infringement procedures against Hungary over the country's asylum legislation, which the stridently anti-democratic government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has dubbed the "Stop Soros" campaign. Orban’s government will now...