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    Status: 11/26/2021 00:00 The jailed cultural guard has come back for questioning. The Council of Europe is threatening to expel Turkey because of this process. But the way there is complicated and plagued by many interests. By Oliver Meyer-Ruth, ARD-Studio Istanbul Usman Kawala, a human rights and cultural promoter, has been sentenced to four years in prison without trial and is being re-tried in Istanbul today – in a case involving human rights activists, Turkish opposition and EU ambassadors and journalists: the Office of the Attorney General and, in particular, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In accused Gezi of financing the protests and plotting in 2016 – based on the allegations, which were unsubstantiated and structured, by the consensus of independent observers. BR logo Oliver Meyer-Ruth ARD-Studio Istanbul The day of the trial is very exciting because the Council of Europe threatened Turkey with violations in September due to the Kavala operation – the deadline is November 30. The next three-day meeting of the body responsible for such cases in the...
    (CNN)Anyone who has followed the internal politics of the European Union over the past few years will know that the bloc, which relies on unity and mutual appreciation of rules, has struggled to stay on the same page on several important issues. Petty spats between the leaders of the EU's political institutions have led to critics saying that those at the top of the Brussels food chain are prioritizing their own careers and personal power over the lives of European citizens. As the Covid-19 pandemic approaches something resembling its end, and geopolitical challenges -- such as the fallout from the crisis in Afghanistan -- take hold, this open disunity presents the bloc with a series of fundamental problems to which there are no obvious solutions. First things first: The Union itself is not facing extinction. The EU has remarkable staying power and the self-interest of its member states means there is no real chance of it falling apart any time soon. What is in question, however, is the Union's long-term purpose and legitimacy. Read MoreLast week, EU Commission President Ursula...
    The European Union is divided into two blocks. It was with the recovery fund and it is with regard to the distribution of vaccines. The first day of the European Council summit, which took place this Thursday, highlighted the differences on this matter. So much so that the distribution of 10 million doses of Pfizer that the pharmaceutical company has promised to advance to the second quarter of the year, after reaching an agreement with the European Commission. The reason: a group of member states, led by Austria, denounce that there is “an unequal distribution of vaccines” among the 27. The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, was joined by the leaders of the Czech Republic and to a lesser extent Poland measure. They all are very critical of the strategy of the community executive for vaccination. Austria is one of the member states that better vaccination rate It has been at this point in the year, but the Kurz government considers that there are comparative grievances in the deliveries and harshly criticizes the “delays” that are taking place in the...
    By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s border and coast guard agency Frontex, the pride of the 27-nation bloc’s vast effort to keep watch over its frontiers and anyone who might try to enter without authorization, is itself under surveillance — and under fire. Almost literally sometimes: In the Aegean Sea, Turkish fighter jets and ships have buzzed Frontex aircraft or intimidated the agency’s boats monitoring migrant movements in the narrow strip of sea between Turkey and Greece's eastern islands. Turkish troops allegedly fired warning shots in the air at the land border too. And in the European Parliament, calls have come for Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri to resign. Some lawmakers say he’s mishandled allegations that the agency was involved in fundamental violations of migrants' rights. Charity groups and media outlets accuse Frontex of denying people their right to apply for asylum — which is illegal under EU law and refugee treaties. They say it was also complicit in, or failed to prevent, alleged pushbacks at sea by Greece's coastguard, where migrants were returned to Turkish...
    In the current situation, he felt it was necessary to ensure that “all of Europe receives vaccines”. “It is true that mistakes were made when ordering vaccines, both in Brussels and within Member States,” said Timmermans, who wants to take stock of the pandemic. “Then we can see what we did well and what did not.” The European Commission has been severely criticized for its hesitant actions and strategic mistakes when purchasing vaccines. A number of Member States are also unhappy with the distribution of vaccines. Brussels has now ordered at least 1.4 billion doses of vaccines already authorized in the EU. These doses should be more than sufficient for some 450 million Europeans, according to European authorities.
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s border and coast guard agency Frontex, the pride of the 27-nation bloc’s vast effort to keep watch over its frontiers and anyone who might try to enter without authorization, is itself under surveillance — and under fire. Almost literally sometimes: In the Aegean Sea, Turkish fighter jets and ships have buzzed Frontex aircraft or intimidated the agency’s boats monitoring migrant movements in the narrow strip of sea between Turkey and Greece’s eastern islands. Turkish troops allegedly fired warning shots in the air at the land border too. And in the European Parliament, calls have come for Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri to resign. Some lawmakers say he’s mishandled allegations that the agency was involved in fundamental violations of migrants’ rights. Charity groups and media outlets accuse Frontex of denying people their right to apply for asylum — which is illegal under EU law and refugee treaties. They say it was also complicit in, or failed to prevent, alleged pushbacks at sea by Greece’s coastguard, where migrants were returned to Turkish waters. Although the agency was...
    “It is true that mistakes were made when ordering vaccines, both in Brussels and within Member States,” said Timmermans, who wants to take stock of the pandemic. “Then we can see what we did well or not. “ L‘The European Union made mistakes when ordering vaccines against the coronavirus, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said in the columns of German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel on Sunday. In the current situation, he felt it was necessary to ensure that “all of Europe receives vaccines”. “It is true that” It is true that errors were made when ordering vaccines, both in Brussels and within the Member States, “said Mr. Timmermans, who wishes to take stock of the pandemic. “Then we can see what we did well or not. “ , both in Brussels and within the Member States ”, declared Mr. Timmermans, who wishes to take stock of the pandemic. “Then we can see what we did well and what did not. “ The European Commission has been severely criticized for its hesitant actions and strategic mistakes when purchasing vaccines. A...
    On Friday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz accused certain member states of the European Union (EU), without naming them, of having negotiated behind the scenes “contracts” with laboratories, criticizing an unequal distribution of vaccines against the Covid between countries . A senior EU official, who confirmed receipt of the letter from the five, recalled that a summit of 27 EU leaders was scheduled for March 25 and 26 and that “the coordination of the fight against pandemic was the first item on the agenda “. “Before each summit we always receive letters to which we respond”, he said, specifying that the face-to-face holding of this summit remained the goal. Chancellor Kurz and his four counterparts sent this letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and to the President of the Council (which represents the 27 EU member states), Charles Michel. In this letter, they assert that the “deliveries of vaccine doses by pharmaceutical companies to the various EU member states are not carried out fairly”. ...
    On the one hand, the leaders of the 27 and the European Commission insist on the fact that it is important to keep the internal borders of the Union open to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market. “The lessons of the past have been learned”, assured the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, during the press conference which followed the meeting. There was no longer any question of ending up in the chaotic situation of the first wave, when several Member States unilaterally decided to close their borders, which seriously disrupted the movement of goods, but also of essential cross-border workers – a disaster for a country such as Luxembourg, whose economy is very dependent on those who come daily from Belgium, France or Germany to work in the Grand Duchy. On the other hand, added the same Charles Michel, everyone is well aware of the seriousness of the health situation, increased by the spread of new variants of Covid-19. And therefore everyone agrees on the “indispensable nature of restrictive measures which must be maintained, or...
    Womans Obituary Requests People Do Not Vote for Trump in Lieu of Flowers Restaurateur uses pandemic downtime to fly at-risk dogs and cats to safety Benoît Cœuré on Central Bank Digital Currencies and the Future of Monetary Policy (Bloomberg) -- Subscribe to Odd Lots (Spotify)  © Bloomberg Benoit Coeure, executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB), speaks during the central, eastern and south-eastern European economies (CESEE) conference at the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. International Monetary Fund leader Christine Lagarde called on governments to de-escalate current trade disputes and instead work to fix the global system. Subscribe to Odd Lots (Apple Podcasts) Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance, and economics. Central banks around the world are increasingly launching pilot projects to explore the possibility of issuing digital currencies. But how would they work and what would they accomplish? On this episode, we speak with Benoît Cœuré, the head of the BIS Innovation Hub and a former member of the ECB Executive Board. We discuss...
    Breaking News — Strasbourg (France), Jun 29 . .- The European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe found 34 violations of articles of the European Social Charter regarding equal pay for men and women in fourteen countries, according to the decisions made public this Monday. The decisions are the response to the collective claims filed by the international NGO University Women of Europe (UWE) against 15 countries that accept this mechanism of the revised European Social Charter. Spain is not among them, as Parliament has pending the approval of the claims process and the revision of the Charter, which includes, among others, rights related to equality, protection against social exclusion and against sexual harassment. This mechanism allows social agents and NGOs to denounce one or more States for possible breach of the Charter. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic said “the pay gap between men and women is unacceptable” and urged governments “to urgently redouble efforts to ensure equal career opportunities.” The most unfulfilled commitment is the promotion of equal opportunities between women and men...
    European Union member states have not yet agreed on a list of third countries from which non-essential travel could resume towards the continent from July 1, we learned on Wednesday. The diplomatic discussion will continue on Friday. The ambassadors of the 27 to the EU looked into the Commission’s proposal to start from the beginning of July a gradual “reopening” of the Union’s external borders. Since mid-March, the Union (with the exception of Ireland) and the associated Schengen States have maintained travel restrictions at their external borders which, for example, prevent tourists from entering Europe. In the current deconfinement wave, the Commission proposed on June 11 that member states coordinate to gradually lift these restrictions from July 1, by drawing up a list of authorized third countries and then updating it regularly. The criteria to be on this list, those which the Commission in any case proposes, would relate to the epidemiological situation in the country concerned (it must be similar or better than that of the EU), its capacity to enforce precautionary measures , and a certain “reciprocity”....
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