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Les ONG lancent un organe de surveillance de la «meilleure législation» - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:40

Inquiètes des effets de la politique de meilleure législation de la Commission européenne, plus de 50 organisations de la société civile ont lancé un réseau de surveillance des actions de Bruxelles dans les domaines des droits des citoyens.

Categories: Union européenne

Andrus Ansip jure que l’UE n’espionne pas les citoyens sur Internet - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:39

Andrus Ansip, vice-président de la Commission chargé du marché unique numérique, a rejeté les rumeurs selon lesquelles l'exécutif européen prévoit de contourner les technologies de cryptage qui garantissent la sécurité des communications sur Internet. 

Categories: Union européenne

OSCE Mission to Skopje supports Workshop to enhance capacity of the Common Contact Centres

OSCE - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:34
Ioanna Lachana, OSCE Mission to Skopje Mirvete Islam, OSCE Mission to Skopje Mihajlo Lahtov, OSCE Mission to Skopje

Police officers from Common Contact Centres will meet at border crossing point with Bulgaria, Deve Bair, on 21 May 2015 to share experiences and enhance capacity on fighting organized crime. 

The workshop is supported by the OSCE Mission to Skopje and aims at becoming a co-ordination tool to provide immediate updated information on crime trend at the border areas, as well as to analyse and share best practice and modus operandi from other countries, including European Union Member States.

In 2013, the Mission supported the establishment of the Common Contact Centre in Tabanovce, at the crossing point with Serbia, to strengthen and sustain the existing cross-border co-operation in order to exchange analytical and operational information to fight transnational organized crime.

In 2014, OSCE Mission to Skopje provided technical equipment as well as ad-hoc training for 16 Police officers, currently employed at the Centre established at Blace border crossing point. 

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Categories: Central Europe

Deux importants chefs jihadistes tués dans le nord du Mali par l'armée française

Jeune Afrique / Politique - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:29
Le minist�re fran�ais de la D�fense a affirm� mercredi dans un communiqu� avoir neutralis� deux importantes figures du jihadisme dans le nord du Mali : Abdelkrim al-Targui et Ibrahim Ag Inawalen. Une attaque a vis� le m�me jour la Minusma pour la premi�re fois � Bamako.
Categories: Afrique

Elindult a Boldogasszony zarándokvonat Csíksomlyóra

FELVIDÉ (Szlovákia/Felvidék) - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:22
A Boldogasszony zarándokvonat május 21-én, csütörtök reggel negyedik alkalommal indult el Erdélybe. A Nyugati pályaudvarról kiinduló 15 kocsiból álló zarándokvonatot Beer Miklós megyéspüspök áldotta meg. A vonat szerelvényein mintegy nyolcszáz zarándok, köztük felvidéki magyar hívők utaznak a csíksomlyói búcsúba.

58/2015 : 21. Mai 2015 - Urteil des Gerichtshofs in der Rechtssache C-352/13

Raum der Freiheit, der Sicherheit und des Rechts
Die durch ein rechtswidriges Kartell Geschädigten können Ersatz ihrer Schäden vor dem Gericht des Ortes verlangen, an dem einer der an der Zuwiderhandlung Beteiligten seinen Sitz hat

Categories: Europäische Union

58/2015 : 21 mai 2015 - Arrêt de la Cour de justice dans l'affaire C-352/13

Cour de Justice de l'UE (Nouvelles) - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:21
Espace de liberté, sécurité et justice
Les victimes d’une entente illicite peuvent demander réparation de leurs dommages devant le tribunal du domicile de l’un des participants à l’infraction

Categories: Union européenne

58/2015 : 2015. május 21. - a Bíróság C-352/13. sz. ügyben hozott ítélete

A szabadságon, a biztonságon és a jog érvényesülésén alapuló térség
Victims of an unlawful cartel may claim compensation for their loss before the courts where one of the participants in the infringement is domiciled

58/2015 : 21 May 2015 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-352/13

European Court of Justice (News) - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:21
Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
Victims of an unlawful cartel may claim compensation for their loss before the courts where one of the participants in the infringement is domiciled

Categories: European Union

Journée du marin 2015

ColBleus - Marine nationale (FR) - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:18
Categories: Défense

Moscou met la neutralité de Belgrade à l'épreuve - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:16

Candidate à l'adhésion à l'UE, la Serbie est toujours déterminée à maintenir des liens étroits avec la Russie, a affirmé le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, Sergei Lavrov, lors d'une visite à Belgrade. Un article d’EurActiv Serbie.

Categories: Union européenne

The Brexit referendum: some underlying dynamics

Ideas on Europe Blog - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:16

On Tuesday I went to one of my alma maters, LSE’s European Institute, to listen to a panel on Britain’s EU policy. As well as storifying it, I’ve also been thinking about the discussion and particularly three of the things mentioned by Simon Hix, one of the panellists.

“Never underestimate the EU’s ability to find a way to muddle through”

As has been discussed on this blog before, crisis is in many ways the dominant mode of the EU and its predecessors: there’s always something that’s a problem and which requires urgent (and improvised) action. If we can accept that, then the British situation is merely another in a long line stretching from the EDC and the Empty Chair crisis, and there will be a way to sort something out.

In this context, that might mean agreements for the UK that are not embodied in treaty reform per se, but instead in some novel form, such as declarations or intergovermental accords, or the like. As was pointed out at the event, some of the key British objectives might be secured through amending directives, a much more manageable (if still tricky) process than opening a new IGC.

Of course, the danger here is that if too many people come to believe that ‘a way will be found’, then that potentially increases the risk that it doesn’t happen, because everyone assumes someone else is doing it (indeed, that’s what I’m doing here too: I’m not offering any creative solutions): it’s a bit of a ‘tragedy of the commons’ situation, only partly mitigated by the presence of one party who have a strong interest in finding a deal: the British. Now that he is locked on this path, Cameron will not want to turn up empty-handed from any renegotiation, if only for his personal reputation and for getting through the next five years with his backbench, which gives him a good reason to find solutions.

“Never underestimate British arrogance”

However, there’s a second problem. As Hix notes, the dominant way that Brits talk about themselves is a great power (think Empire, sun never setting, UNSC permanent chair, beacon of all that is good, etc.): there’s not a great deal of humility going around, certainly not with this government. The German debate of tying oneself into a European system to protect oneself and others simply wouldn’t happen in the UK. And why should it, you ask?


Naturally, such a view is not universal – it’s one of the reasons that recent Tory governments have been rather suspicious of the Foreign Office – but they are deeply resonant. And in the context of a renegotiation, a view that ‘they need us more than we need them’ is likely to make matters more difficult to resolve. Yes, the UK is a big market for other EU member states, but it’s not as big as the EU market is to the UK: miscalculations of strength/influence raise the risk of an impasse.

And it’s not just the negotiators: the British public will have to be convinced that a meaningful and ‘successful’ deal has been struck by Cameron, if he is to benefit from that stage of the process. If we are going for novel, non-treaty based changes (as above) then that becomes easier to challenge.

“The renegotiation deal doesn’t actually matter at all: it’ll all come down to calculations of the benefit of membership”

In Hix’s view, this might not really matter in any case, because hardly anyone will be too bothered about any ‘deal’: they’ll follow broader cues and perceptions about the value of the system. In this, it’ll be 1975 again, where Wilson’s ‘renegotiation’ really didn’t come into matters at all.

I’ve got some sympathy for this view, since it’s clear that most people don’t have a strong (in the sense of being deeply held) view on the EU, but rather pile it into a wider understanding of their situation: limiting migrant worker benefits by a couple of extra years is neither here nor there.

What does become more important is the bigger picture of the EU’s situation: all the panellists agreed that if the Greek situation worsens, then that will badly damage the ‘yes’ campaign: why shackle yourself to a corpse, in the colourful metaphor of some sceptics. That a resolution in this looks to be no closer than before doesn’t bode well.

As this referendum campaign starts to gather pace, not least with next week’s unveiling of a referendum bill in the Queen’s speech, we are likely to see more of these dynamics. Enjoy the ride.

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Categories: European Union

Syrie : l'État islamique s'empare de Palmyre

Jeune Afrique / Politique - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:15
L'organisation �tat islamique (EI) s'est empar�e enti�rement jeudi de la ville antique de Palmyre, dans le d�sert syrien. Selon l'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'homme, le groupe extr�miste contr�le d�sormais la moiti� du territoire du pays.
Categories: Afrique

Russian Space Program Costs Soar 30% Over Sanctions

RIA Novosty / Russia - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:14
Sanctions and the currency rate of the dollar to the ruble forced changes in the Russian space program.

Categories: Russia & CIS

EDA discusses defence cooperation at IDET show

EDA News - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:10

EDA Deputy Chief Executive Rini Goos travelled to Czech Republic this week for a series of meetings with Central and Eastern European defence industry representatives on the margins of the IDET defence show in Brno. There he also chaired a workshop on the balanced European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB).

On the opening day of the IDET show, Rini Goos delivered a speech at the “Security Trends” conference, highlighting the EDA’s role of strengthening the European defence industry. “At EDA, we fully recognize the diversity of the defence industry in Europe”, he stressed during his speech. “Diversity is an asset we need to exploit and this is why we are keen to insist on the notion of a balanced EDTIB”.

During his visit to Czech Republic, Rini Goos also had a series of bilateral meetings with defence industry representatives of Central and Eastern European (CEE) Member States such as Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

On 20 May, the EDA Deputy Chief Executive chaired an EDA-organised workshop dedicated to the Balanced EDTIB. “Europe can no longer afford to ignore the contribution of Central and Eastern European Member States’ defence industries to the European defence industry as a whole”, Rini Goos insisted during the event. “The EDA has just launched a six-month study whose goal is precisely to study the capabilities of the CEE countries and to identify ways to increase capacity building between them”, he added. Two similar workshops were previously held in Brussels in October 2014 and March 2015.

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Tavaly közel ötödével csökkent Németország oroszországi exportja

Orosz Hírek - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:08

Tavaly 18 százalékkal, 29 milliárd euróra csökkent Németország oroszországi exportja - közölte csütörtökön a német szövetségi statisztikai hivatal, a Destatis. Ugyanezen idő alatt a német import Oroszországból 7 százalékkal, 38 milliárd euróra csökkent. Mindez éles kontrasztban áll a két ország közötti kereskedelmi forgalom korábbi alakulásával.

Categories: Oroszország és FÁK

Israël : à droite toute !

Jeune Afrique / Politique - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:03
Benyamin Netanyahou a annonc� sa nouvelle coalition le 6 mai, form�e in extremis apr�s deux mois de tractations. Les nationalistes religieux du Foyer juif d�crochent plusieurs minist�res capitaux.
Categories: Afrique

Antoinette Spaak : Mon père était obsédé par la règle de l’unanimité qui bâillonne l'UE - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:03

Paul-Henri Spaak, l’un des pères fondateurs de l’Union européenne, était obsédé par la règle de l’unanimité qui encore aujourd’hui prend l’Europe en otage, notamment sur l'immigration, explique sa fille Antoinette Spaak dans une interview exclusive avec EurActiv.

Categories: Union européenne