Obama pushes TTIP in Germany as French minister says deal is “fading”

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US President Barack Obama has wrapped up two days in Germany promoting the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) free trade deal amid protests. Obama previously waded into the Brexit debate in the UK, stating that the UK would be "at the back of the queue" for trade deals if it were to leave the European Union. The ability to quickly...

Estonian security report details Russian media threats to Europe

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The Estonian Internal Security Service has published an annual report highlighting the threat posed by Russia to the country and to Europe as a whole. In the report, Director General Arnold Sinisalu warned “the security threat arising from a weakening of the European Union is many times greater than that arising from the refugees settling in Estonia”, but acknowledged that...

European Union promises €700 million refugee aid for Greece

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The European Commission has announced over €700 million in aid to help Greece deal with over 50,000 migrants. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said that Europe "stood by Greece" and that "the refugee crisis is not a Greek crisis. It is a European issue which requires a European solution." 50,000 migrants are currently in Greece, with roughly...

Commission president Juncker warns people are losing faith in EU

Jean-Claude Juncker addresses Council of Europe
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has said that people have lost faith in the European Union, and that the organisation had overstepped its boundaries in their lives. Speaking to the Council of Europe, Juncker warned that the EU had spent too much time in the past on rules and regulations that were too intrusive. He referred to the EU as...

Unemployment in Europe continues to fall

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Eurostat have released figures showing unemployment has continued to fall gradually across Europe. Unemployment across the EU 28 members - that is, all EU countries combined - fell .01% in January to February. Germany and the Czech Republic lead with the lowest rates of unemployment at 4.3% and 4.5%, while Greece and Spain lagged behind with 24% and 20.4% respectively. But Spain...

Russia puts spy behind bars for 13 years

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Russia has jailed Yevgeny Mataitis, a former naval officer to 13 years behind bars in Kalingrad. The Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia stated on April 13 that Mataitis, was apprehended in Kaliningrad last year for allegedly sharing military intelligence with Lithuania. Mataitis holds dual citizenship in Russia and Lithuania, and the verdict comes after a Lithuanian security report described Russian intelligence interference. A court in...

Russian helicopters reportedly violate Polish airspace near Kaliningrad

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Russian helicopters allegedly violated Polish airspace last week, according to a Polish publication. The incident occurred near the exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic sea. According to Gazeta Polska Codziennie, a Polish official saw the helicopters, flying in formation, flew across the border, but returned after several minutes. The Polish government has not yet commented. Read more: Russia puts spy behind bars for 13...

Europe warns Turkey of “serious backsliding on fundamental freedoms”

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MEPs slammed Turkey on human rights progress in a report on Thursday, 14th of May. The resolution, passed by 375 votes, criticised Turkey’s compliance with the Copenhagen Criteria, the set of rules that govern entry into the European Union. The report harshly criticised Turkey for “backsliding on respect for democracy and rule of law” and worried the situation had gotten...

MEPs scold Poland over constitutional crisis

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MEPs have voted on a non-binding resolution criticising the ruling Law and Justice Party for interfering with Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal. The resolution passed 513 to 142, with 30 abstentions. Previously, the EU Commission launched discussions into Poland’s affairs under the Rule of Law Framework. The framework was introduced in 2014 to deal with “with systemic threats to the rule of law.” It...

2016 EU Justice Scorecard shows sharp contrasts in members’ legal systems

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The European Commission has published its fourth Justice Scorecard, which ranks member states’ legal systems. Criteria include efficiency, ease of access, and time need to resolve cases. The report also included Eurobarometer Surveys results that reveal the perceived effectiveness of judicial systems among the public. Almost all EU members have made efforts to improve their legal systems. Changes include updating procedural...