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Conflict analyst: EU would have ‘second most powerful military on Earth’

Conflict analyst: EU would have ‘second most powerful military on Earth’ | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

The EU would have "the second most powerful military" in the world if its members pooled its resources, insisted the co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflict and Humanitarian Action in an interview with EurActiv Spain.

According to Núñez, the EU has reached a point where it has to decide whether “to remain the eternal adolescent, going cap in hand to its parents, the US within the framework of NATO, at the weekend because it doesn’t want to fly the nest and be responsible for its actions” or finally become “master of its own destiny and focus on European defence”.

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Is Germany after a stronger military role?

Is Germany after a stronger military role? | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
Germany’s new Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, believes a European army is a logical eventual step according to an interview she gave Spiegel magazine. Her comments come just days before this year's Munich Security Summit, which begins on January 31. “There are many interim steps to be taken before getting to that point,” von der Leyen replied when asked whether her goal is to establish a joint European army. “What is clear, however, is that if that happens, European parliaments cannot be rendered powerless. But I believe that joint armed forces would be a logical consequence of an increasingly close military cooperation in Europe,” she added.
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Brussels acts to stem flow of EU's radicalised 'foreign fighters'

Brussels acts to stem flow of EU's radicalised 'foreign fighters' | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
Terrorism acts like the one perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway, or by Mohamed Merah in France, have shocked European societies over the past few years. The EU’s efforts address domestic terrorism of both left- and right-wing ideologies. Since 2011, EU experts and civil society organisations have cooperated in the EU’s €8 million project the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN). So-called ‘first-liners’ - social workers, community policemen and other local workers - gather to share best practices in preventing radicalisation and extremism. EU countries are especially concerned by a growing number of the so-called ‘foreign fighters’, mostly young EU citizens who join al-Qaeda inspired cells in EU countries and head off to foreign countries to join armed fighters in their battle.
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US friends don't like to be spied on

US friends don't like to be spied on | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
People accept that spies spy on terrorists and many would accept that they try to uncover Russia's and China's military secrets. But snooping on friends to find out their negotiating positions?

 

... It will create disquiet among allies who may feel the US has learnt no lessons from the recent past. They may feel the most powerful country in the world always does whatever it wants, sees no boundaries to its behaviour, and is not to be trusted.

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EU-France: Sparks fly

EU-France: Sparks fly | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

... the French political class, right and left, has little enthusiasm for the economic liberalism that remains the credo of most of its neighbours, including Germany. This is the major reason for the disenchantment. The second, more political, could well arise at the European summit on Thursday, or in its backrooms: the reluctance of the Elysee to put France through the reforms requested and meet the budgetary objectives of European governance that François Hollande regularly calls for.

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France sets Google deadline on privacy improvements | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

France sets Google deadline on privacy improvements | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013 | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

Internet giant Google has been told to improve privacy for its clients by France's data protection agency, CNIL, or face fines. The agency says Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain plan similar action.

 

France's data protection watchdog on Thursday gave Google three months to bring its practices into line with French privacy law or risk an initial fine of 150,000 euros ($201,100).

 

CNIL president Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin said by the end of July all of the six countries within the [EU data protection] task force - formed in April - will have begun coercive action against Google.

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Statewatch News Online: EU: Field testing: CLOSEYE project puts drones over the Mediterranean

Statewatch News Online: EU: Field testing: CLOSEYE project puts drones over the Mediterranean | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

CLOSEYE will run for 38 months, after which it is expected that a working system will be in place that can be "homogenised to the entire European Union."


With Frontex in the process of preparing aerial surveillance missions at the Greek-Turkish border, and discussions between the Council and Parliament on the EUROSUR ongoing, plans for fortifying Europe's borders with surveillance and detection technologies are developing fast.

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France's Hollande urges euro zone government, common debt

France's Hollande urges euro zone government, common debt | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

PARIS, May 16 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande called on Thursday for an economic government in the euro zone that would have its own budget, the right to issue debt, a harmonised tax system and a full-time president.

 

Speaking at a news conference marking his first year in office, a day after economic data showed France had slipped back into recession, the Socialist leader said he sought to create a full political European Union within two years.

 

His proposals seemed likely to encounter stiff resistance from Germany, Europe's leading power, which opposes mutualising debt among European states and is reluctant to give the euro zone its own secretariat or create new divisions in the EU, of which 10 countries are not in the 17-nation single currency.

 

It also comes as Britain's government faces growing domestic pressure to hold a referendum on leaving the bloc.

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Family ties: study finds all Europeans are related

Family ties: study finds all Europeans are related | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

Scientists have uncovered what, for some couples, may be an uncomfortable truth: all people of European descent are related.

 

Go back a few generations and even people from opposite ends of the European continent share common ancestors, according to a new study of genome data published today in the journal PLOS Biology.

 

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, conducted what they described as one of the first surveys of recent European genealogical ancestry over the past 3,000 years.

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Germany sees surge in immigration from crisis-hit Europe

Germany sees surge in immigration from crisis-hit Europe | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

FRANKFURT, May 7 (Reuters) - An influx of people from crisis-hit southern European countries like Spain, Italy and Greece has led to the biggest surge in German immigration in nearly 20 years.

 

The Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday that 1.081 million immigrants flocked to Germany last year, up 13 percent from 2011 and the highest number since 1995.

 

Leading the way were arrivals from eastern countries that joined the EU in 2004 or 2007, and those from southern euro zone members struggling with recession and high unemployment as a result of the currency bloc's three-year old debt crisis.

 

The number of immigrants coming from Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy, for example, surged by between 40 and 45 percent compared to the prior year, although the total inflow from these countries remains well below that from Poland and Romania.

 

"The rise in immigration from EU countries hit by the financial and debt crisis is particularly strong," the Statistics Office said.

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Anti-establishment parties defy EU

Anti-establishment parties defy EU | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

Major gains by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in England's local elections appear to be part of a wider revolt against the political establishment in much of Europe.

 

Europe's traditional left-right-centre pattern of parliamentary democracy is being increasingly challenged by alternative parties and protest movements

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In Greece, the once-mighty Socialist party Pasok was thrashed into third place by an anti-bailout coalition of the left, while in Italy the success of a protest movement called Five Star forced left and right into an unlikely coalition.

 

Here BBC News looks at some of the anti-establishment forces making an impact in the EU.

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Britain and EU close to point of no return

Britain and EU close to point of no return | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

There's no knowing how and where it will all end. But it is clear with every week that passes in Europe's biggest crisis that Britain and the rest of the EU are heading in starkly different directions.

 

Minds concentrated by almost three years of euro crisis, Berlin for months has been demanding to reopen the EU treaties to facilitate a big pooling or surrender of – depending on your point of view – national sovereignty to facilitate a federalised eurozone, with what amounts to a core European government of an expanding 17 countries that would take on prerogatives over tax-and-spend powers. Britain is well out of that.

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Spanish unemployment tops 6 million

Spanish unemployment tops 6 million | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

MADRID, April 24 (Reuters) - More than six million Spaniards were out of work in the first quarter of this year, raising the jobless rate in the euro zone's fourth biggest economy to 27.2 percent, the highest since records began in the 1970s.

 

The huge sums poured into the global financial system by major central banks have eased bond market pressure on Spain, but the cuts Madrid has made in spending to regain investors' confidence have left it deep in recession.

 

Unemployment - 6.2 million in the first quarter - has been rising for seven quarters and the latest numbers will fuel a growing debate on whether to ease off on the budget austerity which has dominated Europe's response to the debt crisis.

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Massive crowd sees off world's largest cruise ship in France

Massive crowd sees off world's largest cruise ship in France | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of people turned out Sunday in France to see off the world's biggest-ever cruise ship, the 120,000-tonne Harmony of the Seas, as it set sail for the first time. At 66 metres (217 feet), it is the widest cruise ship ever built, while its 362-metre length makes it 50 metres longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.
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Schäuble advocates separate eurozone parliament

Schäuble advocates separate eurozone parliament | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said yesterday (27 January) he was open to the creation of a separate European parliament for countries using the euro, a step that could deepen divisions within the European Union. ... Schäuble said a separate parliament for the 18 countries in the euro zone would allow the smaller group to integrate more closely.
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Echoes of 1914: are today's conflicts a case of history repeating itself?

Echoes of 1914: are today's conflicts a case of history repeating itself? | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

Historian Christopher Clark on drawing parallels with 1914. ... At the very least, 1914 remains ... a cautionary tale about how very wrong international politics can go, and how fast, and with what terrible consequences.

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The real power behind the throne in Brussels: Catherine Day - Public Service Europe

The real power behind the throne in Brussels: Catherine Day - Public Service Europe | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
Controversy over the resignation a European commissioner has thrown a spotlight on one of the most influential yet unknown figures in the European Union

 

Day is said to be the most influential secretary general of the modern era. While only a civil servant in theory, in reality she has the political clout to drive the agenda dear to her boss. The last five years have been a particularly sensitive time for the commission president, who has seen his role as top dog diminished by the creation of a permanent president of the European Council - a role embodied by Belgian Herman Van Rompuy
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Day was promoted by Barroso because of her liberal economic views and is reported to have spoken out in defence of Ireland's low-tax regime for corporations. Her presence in the upper echelons in Brussels has no doubt helped fend off French-led pressure for more protectionism. If EU-watchers are looking for a sign of change in Brussels policy, they should follow Day's career. Any shift to the left will be accompanied by her quiet, sudden dethroning.

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Automated emergency call for road accidents mandatory in cars from 2015 - The Portugal News

Automated emergency call for road accidents mandatory in cars from 2015 - The Portugal News | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents across the EU, the European Commission has this week adopted two proposals to ensure that, by October 2015, cars will automatically call emergency services in case of a serious crash.
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Poland: A new promised land

Poland: A new promised land | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
The tables have now turned for job seekers in Europe. As austerity and unemployment drives young people from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece in search of work, Poland is rapidly becoming an attractive destination for international job hunters.
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Alliance with waning influence | World | DW.DE | 14.05.2013

Alliance with waning influence | World | DW.DE | 14.05.2013 | Insight Europe | Scoop.it
The US and UK are still counting on talks rather than military action to solve the civil war in Syria. But their talks in Washington highlighted the diminishing influence of the US-British alliance on the global stage.
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The State of Europe (1/2): The Old Continent is still fit, thank you

The State of Europe (1/2): The Old Continent is still fit, thank you | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

Pessimists around the world repeat that the European Union is doomed because of structural weaknesses and the economic crisis. But in many fields, the EU holds its own against world powers like the United States and China.


No. These days, many speak of Europe as if it has already faded into irrelevance. With its anemic growth, ongoing euro crisis, and the complexity of its decision-making, Europe is admittedly a fat target right now. And the stunning rise of countries like Brazil and China in recent years has led many to believe that the Old World is destined for the proverbial ash heap.

 

But the declinists would do well to remember a few stubborn facts. Not only does the European Union remain the largest single economy in the world, but it also has the world's second-highest defense budget after the United States, with more than 66,000 troops deployed around the world and some 57,000 diplomats (India has roughly 600). The EU's GDP per capita in purchasing-power terms is still nearly four times that of China, three times Brazil's, and nearly nine times India's. If this is decline, it sure beats living in a rising power.

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After austerity, what? The backlash against Europe’s austerity is intensifying.

After austerity, what? The backlash against Europe’s austerity is intensifying. | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

LIKE France’s François Hollande a year ago, Italy’s Enrico Letta rushed to Berlin immediately after taking power, and with a similar message: Italy would respect fiscal discipline, but Europe must do more to promote growth. “If Europe stands only for negative news, for austerity, then we’ll see more of these movements against Europe,” he told Angela Merkel. ...


Forecasts by the European Commission, due this week, will be gloomy. On the eve of Labour Day, Eurostat reported that unemployment in the euro zone had risen to 12.1%. In Greece and Spain, three out of five people under 25 are now jobless.

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Germany's Westerwelle says Europe needs more appropriate powers to fight racism

Germany's Westerwelle says Europe needs more appropriate powers to fight racism | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

BUDAPEST, May 6 (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told Jewish leaders on Monday that the European Union needed better legal means to fight racism in member states.

 

Speaking amid growing racism against Jews and Roma in Hungary, he told the World Jewish Congress (WJC) assembly that the EU's legal options to curb violations of democratic norms were either as weak as toothpicks or as strong as bazookas.

 

"Between the toothpick and the big bazooka, there is not an instrument we can (use) if concerning developments start in a government or in a country," he told WJC leaders, who held their assembly in Budapest to highlight rising anti-Semitism here.

 

"Tolerance is wise," he said the four-yearly assembly, but "tolerance in the face of intolerance is historic foolishness".

 

About half a million Hungarian Jews died in the Holocaust, the German mass murder of 6 million Jews during World War Two.

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France-Germany: 'The big chill'

France-Germany: 'The big chill' | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

Tensions between France and Germany rose yet another notch on Friday, after months of clashing over which policies to adopt in order to end the economic crisis. The most recent conflict concerns a leaked draft of an internal document of France’s ruling Socialist Party, intended for discussion at a party conference.

 

The draft document rails against German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "selfish intransigence". Although a more watered down tone features in the final document to be adopted on April 30, this is a far cry from the "friendly quibbles" previously mentioned by French President François Hollande.

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Spain’s population falls for first time since civil war

Spain’s population falls for first time since civil war | Insight Europe | Scoop.it

Spain's population fell last year for the first time since the 1940s as immigrants fled a five-year on-and-off recession that has sent unemployment soaring.

 

The number of residents fell by 206,000 to 47.1 million, the National Statistics Institute said on Monday (22 April), a figure entirely accounted for by the fall in the number of registered foreign residents.

 

It was the first time a population drop had been recorded in official statistics since 1946, in the aftermath of Spain's civil war - although until 1998 figures were published roughly every decade, rather than annually.

 

Spain and the rest of Southern Europe are suffering twin economic and fiscal crises.

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