13 Feb 2019

EU adds Saudi Arabia, Panama to dirty-money blacklist: 23 countries now included

The European Commission maintains a list of countries that do not meet minimum thresholds for oversight against terrorism financing and money laundering. This list and its accompanying policies require European Banks to carry out additional checks on transactions that involve countries from the list. Being a member of the list

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04 Feb 2019

EU countries recognise Juan Guaidó as interim Venezuelan leader

The UK, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark have officially recognized Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela, pushing the Maduro regime further into diplomatic isolation. The countries promised to recognize the opposition government if the Maduro regime did not call for elections within 8 days. The past few

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28 Jan 2019

Flood of Complaints to EU Countries Since Data Law Adopted

Since the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force on May 25 of last year, EU citizens have filed over 95,000 complaints under the legislation. In response, three fines have been issued to parties that were found to be in violation of the law, the most notable of

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09 Jan 2019

A European spring? Latest Eurobarometer Poll shows EU Optimism is on the rise

In spite of strong nationalist or populist movements in most European countries, more Europeans than ever (68%) consider themselves more a citizen of the EU than of their respective countries, according to the latest Standard Eurobarometer poll. Slightly fewer, 56%, responded as being optimistic about the EU’s future, a 6%

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27 Dec 2018

German army ‘could recruit EU citizens’

“Seven years after Germany scrapped conscription, its defence chief has said employing EU citizens is ‘an option’ to fill expert posts. Army general inspector Eberhard Zorn said the forces had to ‘look in all directions in times of a lack of qualified personnel’, such as doctors and IT specialists. The

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26 Nov 2018

Europe arming itself against Chinese investment, despite denials

“European Union institutions agreed on Tuesday to terms of a planned mechanism to screen foreign direct investment within the bloc. The EU has said several times that the new framework is not aimed at countering China’s acquisition of high-tech European businesses, but its efforts actually seem to go in that

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20 Nov 2018

Germany plans to fast-track deportations of failed asylum-seekers

Years after Germany accepted nearly 900,000 refugees in 2015 alone as part of Merkel’s open-door policy, the country continues to work on the practical aspects of sorting and integrating or expelling asylum-seekers and other immigrants. Most recently, the German Interior Ministry announced plans to accelerate the deportation of failed asylum

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19 Nov 2018

NATO official warns EU force would be ‘unwise’

“A top uniformed NATO official warned Friday the European Union army concept endorsed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be ‘duplicative’ and ‘unwise.’ U.S. President Donald Trump called Macron’s comments ‘very insulting’ in a spate of Twitter posts as the two held a meeting last

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25 Oct 2018

European elections ‘face growing threat of manipulation’

“EU governments cannot treat the next year’s European parliamentary elections as ‘business as usual’ given the growing risk of foreign and corporate manipulation, according to the European commission. The scandal over the misuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and the growing evidence of illegal interference in elections were described

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25 Oct 2018

Italy plans to slash half a billion dollars from defense in 2019

“Italy will cut €450 million (U.S. $512.3 million) from its planned defense spending in 2019 by suspending helicopter and missile purchases and canceling an office move by the defense ministry to help shore up social welfare and tax cuts…Italy’s total outlay on defense in 2019 will be announced in parliament

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