Justice - Security

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...

EU reiterates support but offers little else to Georgia’s new president

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In an effort to reinforce Georgian government’s claim that it wants to continue with plans to integrate further with the West, the small South Caucasus nation’s president, Salome Zurabishvili, made her first official visit...

Commission wants EU members to crackdown on golden visas

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The European Commission plans to crack down on EU members whose government's hand out so-called "golden visas" to wealthy third-party nationals, many of whom are from former Soviet republics, including Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. Justice Commissioner...

Cohesion as a common European value to dominate Romanian presidency

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The permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union, Luminiţa Odobescu, presented the priorities of her country's turn in the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, saying the Romanian presidency will focus...

UK defence secretary concerned about Huawei’s role in 5G networks upgrade

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British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has expressed "deep concerns" about digital Chinese giant Huawei’s involvement in updating the UK’s mobile network after Alex Younger, the head of Britain's MI6 intelligence services, said the country had recently faxed...

Inauguration of Georgia’s first woman president is not a sign of progress, but a...

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Despite critical assessments of Georgia’s November 28 runoff presidential election from much of the international community – observers expressed alarm about political violence, intimidation, vote-buying on an “unprecedented” scale, and outright electoral fraud – the victory of...

Europe in disarray

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It was not all that long ago – just a few years, as hard as that it is to believe – that Europe appeared to be the part of the world most closely resembling...

October marks 2018 peak for migrant asylum applications in EU

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The fourth quarter of 2018 saw the number of asylum applications in the EU peak in October, according to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), which saw mostly Syrian, Afghan, and Iraqi request to legally...

Finnish intel says Russia and China continue to actively deploy assets

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Finnish security chief Antti Pelttari released a declassified report on December 10 which shed light on the extent of foreign intelligence operations in Finland which pointed to increased activities of "several dozens” employees of intelligence agencies from Russia and...

Opinion: Ukraine can only win its war with Russia if Poroshenko is voted out

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In George Orwell’s 1984, "the party" is constantly re-writing history. Depending on who Oceania is currently fighting, the party claims that either “Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia” or “Oceania has always...

European markets crater following arrest of Huawei CFO

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The arrest Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada on December 1 has triggered the wrath of the Chinese government that has sent shockwaves to international markets as Beijing's foreign ministry has demanded a clarification...

ECJ to rule on Brexit before House of Commons vote 

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is expected to formally rule on whether the unilateral withdrawal of Article 50 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU is possible ahead of when British MPs...

The world George H.W. Bush made

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I have worked for four US presidents, Democrats and Republicans alike, and perhaps the most important thing I have learned along the way is that little of what we call history is inevitable. What...

NATO’s “Bucharest Spell”

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NATO erred in not immediately granting Georgia and Ukraine a Membership Action Plan in April 2008, according to the former head of the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. This failure sent the wrong signal to Russian...

Romania’s “Secret Protocols” cast a deep shadow over its upcoming EU Presidency

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As the January 1 inauguration of Romania’s European Council Presidency approaches, concerns have been raised from many quarters about the country’s readiness to handle the challenges ahead.  A major contributing factor to the sense...

Georgia’s fragile democracy teetering on the brink

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Free and fair elections are the benchmark for any country that aspires to be a fully-fledged member of the community of free and democratic nations of the world. This concept is none more true that...

EU Court of Human Rights throws out Berlusconi’s case

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A half-decade after being tossed out of the Italian government for tax fraud, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on November 27 ruled that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had no grounds to argue...