Surging in popularity, what is the Iceland Pirate Party?

Icelandic Pirate Party
After the Panama Papers revelations, Icelandic prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson became embroiled in a scandal that quickly led to him stepping down. The massive leak, it seems, has claimed its first victim. At the same time, the Icelandic Pirate Party (Píratar) has seen surging popularity, with a current poll suggesting the party would receive 43% of the vote if...

EU Commission mulls European asylum reform

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Against the backdrop of the refugee influx into Europe, the EU Commission has offered several options for reforming the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Speaking on the CEAS, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: "The refugee crisis has shown the weaknesses in our Common European Asylum System. Let there be no doubt: those who need protection must continue to receive it,...

Report: Europe’s €24 billion drugs habit

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A report from the the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has provided insight into the European drug market, finding Europeans spend over €24 billion a year on illicit substances. Based on data from 2013, the EMCDDA said cannabis accounts for around 38% the market, with an estimated worth of €9.3 billion annually and around 22 million...

IMF fears Greece “disaster” in leaked meeting transcript

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Wikileaks has published an meeting transcript from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) between two top officials over the state of Greece, causing the Greek government to demand an explanation. The transcript of an exchange between Poul Thomsen, the head of the IMF's European Department, and Delia Velkouleskou, the IMF Mission Chief for Greece, suggests that organisation wants to consider debt relief for...

Panama Papers: Iceland PM implicated in massive tax avoidance scheme

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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has been called to resign as his links to a tax avoidance scheme have been revealed in the Panama Papers leak. German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung has obtained more than 2.4 terabytes of data concerning the activity of Panama firm Mossack Fonseca from an unnamed source, including emails and documents that implicate many high-ranking officials and celebrities across the globe in tax...

Lithuania intelligence: Russia and Belarus may be interfering with armed forces

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Lithuania Intelligence Agency VSD (Valstybes Saugumo Departamentas) has published a report accusing Russia and Belarus of infiltrating the nation’s armed forces. In the annual report, it warned of an “aggressive Russian foreign policy”, and that Russian intelligence was highly active among Lithuanian society. According to the report, both Russia and Belarus may be attempting to plant informants among Lithuanian armed forces and those...

U.S. Military announces increase in troops for Eastern Europe

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The U.S. Military will step up patrols in Eastern Europe to counter “an aggressive Russia”, The U.S. Department of Defense has said. The increase comes after years of Russia pressure on Ukraine, and worries amongst Eastern Europe’s NATO members, in particular the Baltic states over Russia’s intentions. "This is a big step in enhancing the Army's rotational presence and increasing their...

Nicky Morgan UK Education Secretary: Brexit will lead to “lost generation”

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UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has emphasised the benefits of EU membership, and warned of a possible “lost generation” in the UK should it choose to leave the union. Speaking at The Fashion Retail Academy in London, Morgan said that EU membership gives young British people a global perspective, helping refine and improve skills and that the EU allows more...

Mediterranean refugee crossings halve in March, figures show

Mediterranean refugee crossings
Refugees arrivals from across the Mediterranean halved in March compared to the previous month, according to newly released UNHCR figures. The UN agency reported that just over 30,000 refugees made arrived in March, compared to over 61,000 in February. The news comes as the European Union begins implementing plans to deport migrants from across the continent to Turkey. Turkey will be receiving...

Former CIA Director criticises EU institutions in fight on terror

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden has criticised EU policy in dealing with terrorism, in an interview with MSNBC. The retired four-star U.S. Air Force General and former Principal Director of National Intelligence claimed that European authorities had "..been very ineffective, hamstrung by law... shorted on resources, and now they're digging out of a big hole to recover." Hayden did commend British,...