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Huge rally in Kiev in support of EU

Huge rally in Kiev in support of EU | Germany  and Russia Sophie Ferrone | Scoop.it
Some 200,000 people rally in Kiev to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a landmark EU deal, as further talks are put on hold.
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P = Mr Yanukovych didn't sign the association agreement after months of negotiation,  under strong pressure from Russia and will talk to the President of Russia soon

 

S= ,  largest amount of protesters since Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution, is supposed to push Mr Yanukovych to dismiss his government and call elections.

 

E= He has said the EU would need to provide at least 20bn euros (£17bn; $27bn) a year to upgrade Ukraine's economy.

 

NTK= Moscow has already put economic pressure on Ukraine, with customs delays and a ban on Ukrainian chocolates, and there are concerns it could escalate such measures if Kiev drew closer to Brussels. ( i dont understand this at all?) (confusing)

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E = Protesters can be fined all the way up to as much as 9,000 $. The problem with this is that the average income is only 8,500$.

 

S= Three ill behaved girls went to a cathedral (church) and danced infront of an alter and sang uncessesary songs asking the Virgin Mary to get rid of their president (Vladimir Putin). Due to this, they were censed for 2 years in prison and were accused of hooliganism.

 

NTK= what is hooliganism? A: Behavior that is uncecessary, destructive, and aggressive.

 

P-= After this case, this has been another reason for Russia to be an autocratic government. He also signed a thing to impose for heavy fines for organizing or taking part in unsanctioned demonstrations

 

NTK= what are unsanctioned demonstrations? A: Demonstrations that weren't allowed, however people still did them anyways.

 

P= Government made an increase on the idea of controlon the internet for a non profit organization

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A giant step for Europe?

A giant step for Europe? | Germany  and Russia Sophie Ferrone | Scoop.it
European finance ministers are poised to take one of the most controversial and far-reaching steps since the creation of the euro, the BBC's Gavin Hewitt writes.
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P = political

E = economic

S = social

ntk = need to know

 

P/E= taxpayers should never again bail out the banks. Over the main years of the crisis, European governments risked a staggering 1.5tn euros (£1.3tn; $2tn) propping up the banks

S= A lot of other countries believe that the decision to have a failing bank should be taken by a Europe wide institution and that means the Commission. The Germans like the decision because it's being taken by finance ministers

 

NTK= Who will have to pay for this certain financial crisis?

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Ukraine leader set for Moscow talks

Ukraine leader set for Moscow talks | Germany  and Russia Sophie Ferrone | Scoop.it
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is to seek loans during a visit to Russia, reports say, as pro-EU protests continue to grip Kiev.
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E= Kiev also needs to find about $17bn (£10bn) next year to pay its gas bill to Russia.

 

P= Securing badly needed loans and a discount on Russia's gas is what has to be discussed when Mr Yanukovych meets President Vladimir Putin.

 

S= With talks on resuming credit from the International Monetary Fund stalled, Ukraine requires urgent financial assistance in the coming months to keep the economy running

 

NTK=  Russia fears that this deal would damage the country's economy by letting in a big flow of EU products from Ukraine.

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​'To respect and protect right to privacy': UN votes for end to excessive electronic spying

​'To respect and protect right to privacy': UN votes for end to excessive electronic spying | Germany  and Russia Sophie Ferrone | Scoop.it
The UN General Assembly has unanimously called on a curb of supernormal surveillance of communications. The resolution drafted by Brazil and Germany was in response to revelations over the eavesdropping conducted by the US on a global scale.
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P= UN General Assembly called up on an increase in surveillance of communications

NTK= What is the UN General Assembly? 

A: one of the sixth principal organs of the United Nations and the only one where all member nations have equal representation

NTK= what is the UN?

A: an organization of independent states formed in 1945 to promote international peace and security

P= was a response of eavesdropping by the US around certain parts of the world. 

P= say that human rights should be applied for everyone online. They want the legislation to follow human rights laws. They also want an increase of internet freedom and to put a stop to global electronic espionage. 

NTK= What is espionage?

A: Practice of spying (spies) by the government for Political reasons.

P/S= Germany's Chancellor is against this idea. But she then later called Obama to apoligize and to explain herself. 

NTK= What is a Chancellor? 

A: A senior state or legal official

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German press praises cabinet line-up

German press praises cabinet line-up | Germany  and Russia Sophie Ferrone | Scoop.it
German papers broadly applaud the grand coalition's ministerial line-up, which is being seen as a better reflection of society than previous cabinets.
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P = political

E = economic

S = social

ntk = need to know

P= Germany's newspapers clap for the ministerial line-up agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Union (CDU/CSU) and Sigmar Gabriel's Social Democrats (SPD).

 

S= The decision to pick a woman for the post of defence minister wins particular praise (some people like it), but a new digital infrastructure portfolio raises eyebrows( some people disagree with it)

S= The nomination of Christian Democrat Ursula von der Leyen as the new defence minister is generally seen as a big surprise

NTK= 'Alchemist' what is an alchemist?

 E= The front-page headline of the business daily Handelsblatt describes Mr Gabriel as a "political alchemist". "He has turned dirt into gold and an election defeat into a major role in government."

 

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