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Identities for sale: Transparency, OCCRP denounce Golden Visa programmes in EU countries

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Money has no odour, but you can get stinking rich and buy yourself a new citizenship. There was a whiff of scandal in Russia last week, when it became known that Oleg Deripaska, the oligarch with ties...

EU court tells Hungary to allow foreign casino operators 

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Hungarian legislation on granting concessions for casinos and related organisations of online games are not compatible with EU law, the EU Court of Justice ruled on February 28, which will effectively bar operators of games of...

The “tango connection”: more arrests made in Argentina and Russia in cocaine through diplomatic...

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Six suspected members of a drug-trafficking ring were arrested in Argentina and Russia as part of a joint police investigation that was launched more than a year ago after almost 400 kg of cocaine were...

Transparency International sees no progress in fighting global corruption as situation in some EU...

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Governments are not doing enough in the global fight against graft, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said on February  21 after presenting its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, The report paints a bleak picture for some European countries -...

EU court adviser tells Poland to stop logging in Białowieska protected forest

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An adviser to the EU’s Court of Justice backed the European Commission Tuesday saying that forestry management decisions made by Poland concerning the Natura 2000 Puszcza Białowieska site violate EU laws. Poland’s decisions to increase logging operations in...

HRW asks FIFA to scrap Chechnya as World Cup training base

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on FIFA to reverse a decision that would allow Egypt to base its national football team in the Chechen capital Grozny for this summer's World Cup in Russia. The watchdog called...

Banned by his own: the fall of South Africa’s Zuma

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South African police minister Fikile Mbalula denied speculation on Wednesday that President Jacob Zuma could be arrested as part of a series of police raids targeting the Guptas, a family of businessmen of Indian origin accused of corrupt...

HRW criticises Germany’s new social media law as ‘dangerous precendent’

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A new German law that compels social media companies to remove hate speech and other illegal content can lead to unaccountable, overbroad censorship and should be promptly reversed, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 1, Germany started enforcing...

Moscow may block Youtube, Instagram due to latest Navalny video

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Russia has threatened to shut down YouTube and Instagram unless they agree to remove a video accusing Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko of corruption. Putin’s arch-foe, opposition leader Alexey Navalny, posted a half-hour video last week purportedly showing...

Pro-Russia AfD delegation in Crimea sparks outrage in Kiev

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Ukraine's prosecutor general has launched a criminal case against a group of far-right German politicians made an illegal visit to Crimea. According to the case filed against them, the delegation of German lawmakers are from Alternative for...

EU Parliament wants to end “free trade” rhetoric to tackle poverty

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Almost one person in four experiences poverty or social exclusion, and one young person in three; more than 118.7 million Europeans, are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, including 26.9 percent of children and...

Trump asks Pentagon to prepare Red Square-style military parade

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US President Donald J. Trump has reportedly asked the Pentagon to prepare a Red Square-style military parade that would be “a celebration where all Americans can show their appreciation (for the country's armed forces,"...

Vatican and China close to deal on ordination of bishops

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The draft of an agreement between the Vatican City and Beijing on the appointment of Chinese bishops is ready and the final text could be signed in a few months. The breakthrough in relations between...

Social networking app Nextdoor launches in France

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Nextdoor, an app similar to Facebook that connects neighbours rather than friends and colleagues launched in France Thursday, according to the app's website. Nextdoor allows users to find a nearby babysitter, be notified when a burglary occurs,...

IKEA founder Kamprad, dead at 91

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Ingvar Kamprad, the 91-year-old founder of iconic Swedish retail furniture chain IKEA, died at his home in Älmhult on Saturday, following a short bout with an undisclosed illness, his company said in a prepared statement. “He...

Theresa May and Trump meet in Davos

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Donald Trump won’t have to wait for a new invitation to travel to London to meet with Theresa May after the two leaders met for a private meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic...

Security high in Davos ahead of Trump visit

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Security is high in Davos ahead of US President Donald Trump's planned visit later this week as anti-capitalist protestors try to disrupt the World Economic Forum, by holding marches across Switzerland. Police estimated that approximately 2,000 demonstrators gathered in...

What you can buy with cryptocurrencies; food, flights and fast cars

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been making headlines recently due to their fluctuation in value. In mid-December, Bitcoin reached a historic high of €14,603 per coin but lost nearly one-third of its value just...

HandsAway: Brussels wants to use bait women to catch harassers

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Nearly nine out of ten women in Brussels have already been confronted with some form of sexual harassment, but Brussels residents will soon be able to report such incidents via a special app. No less...

Swiss president wants a vote to clarify her country’s EU position

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A referendum in Switzerland to clarify the country’s relationship with the European Union would be helpful, Swiss President Doris Leuthard said, after ties between the two sides cooled last week. Talks on securing a new “framework”...

EU Court: Uber is just a common taxi company

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Uber provides a transport service and should be regulated like any taxi company, the European Court of Justice decided today, in a case that will determine the rules Uber has to respect in Europe. Uber has long-considered itself...

EU Parliament awards human rights prize to Venezuelan opposition

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Venezuela’s democratic opposition was handed today in the European Parliament the EU’s human rights award for a peaceful transition to democracy in the troubled country. The prize, named after Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov,...

Passage through scenic Corinth Canal is a chunk of Greece’s history

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LOUTRAKI, Greece – At the Control Tower of the Corinth Canal, the captain of a yacht in the Saronic Gulf contacts the traffic controller over the radio notifying her that his boat is approaching...

EU Court: Transgenders do not have to marry in order to receive state pension

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The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice Michal Bobek released today an opinion in which he states that a requirement in national law for a person who has changed gender to be unmarried in order...

Discovery of a secret chamber inside the Giza pyramid

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A new technology has revealed a hidden 30-meter deep chamber inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, Nature Magazine published on Thursday. The peer-reviewed scientific article suggests the first major discovery in the structure – also...

Brexit: an assault on British identity

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  After a British writer (Kazuo Ishiguro) got the Nobel prize this year, New Europe’s Dan Alexe talked to another great British writer, Jonathan Coe. New Europe: Do you think the digital era changed literature? Did it...

Humour does not know taboos: Interview with Antonio Fischetti, journalist at Charlie Hebdo

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After the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015, when Islamic terrorists killed 12 people (including 9 journalists), many morose commentators discredited themselves morally, criticizing the dead and almost justifying an abominable crime against the...

European Parliament censors exhibition of political cartoons 

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The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (Gauche unitaire européenne, GUE-NGL), a left-wing political group in the European Parliament wrote an open letter to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani protesting against the fact that the EU Parliament's quaestors have attempted to censor an...

EU court: Ryanair loses case on foreign crew rules

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Ryanair cabin crew can choose to be subject to the employment law of the country they are based in, not that of the airline, the European Union top court ruled on Thursday, dealing the...

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania water quality improved, but more funds still needed: EU Auditors

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The quality of drinking water available to consumers in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania has improved in recent years thanks to EU funding, but a significant amount of money still needs to be invested, according to...

EU Court says Eastern states cannot refuse refugees

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The European Union’s highest court dismissed complaints on Wednesday by Slovakia and Hungary about EU migration policy, upholding Brussels’ right to force member states to take in asylum seekers. In the latest twist to a...

French terror attacker still in a critical state after shooting with police

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The man who deliberately rammed his car into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb on Wednesday, injuring six of them, is reported to be still in a critical state. Armed police from elite...

Industrial eggs were contaminated by criminals: German agriculture minister

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Germany's agriculture minister said on Tuesday that the contamination of millions of eggs with a potentially harmful insecticide was caused by criminal activity. "It is criminal, that is very clear," Christian Schmidt told German television...

EU and Italian help for Libyan coast guard risks complicity in abuse: HRW

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Italy’s deployment of Navy ships to assist Libyan authorities intercept migrant boats in Libyan waters could implicate Italy in human rights abuses against migrants subsequently detained in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. Italy began a...

S&P gives Brussels and Belgium an ‘AA’ rating

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The rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has welcomed in its report of July 2017 the "very efficient" financial management of the Brussels Region and gave it an 'AA’ rating, adding that the outlook...

BMW chooses UK over Germany to build new electric car

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In a boost for Great Britain, the German carmaker BMW announced it had chosen its plant in Oxford, England, over similar locations in Germany or Netherlands, as the location to produce an electric Mini from 2019. Mini already...

Burqa ban in Belgium does not violate Convention rights: European Court

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The ban imposed in Belgium on burqas and other full-face Islamic veils has been upheld today by the European Court of Human Rights. Judges said the nationwide prohibition, which came into effect in 2011, does not violate...