Press Review

Maria Moroniak

Cameron cross-examined

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at his press conference during the 37th G8 summit in Deauville, France. (Source: Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY)

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at his press conference during the 37th G8 summit in Deauville, France. (Photo by Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY)

Since the very beginning of so called Brexit talks the situation in Britain has been tense. The official Leave and Remain camps seem to be wrestling to convince the British society to take over their point of view. The struggle is real due to nearing date of the Referendum which had been set on July 23. British Prime Minister David Cameron is accused of unwisely spending £9 million of public money on brochures promoting his government’s faith in value of staying in the EU, while only allowed to spend £7 million on the whole Brexit campaign. To know more about the leaflets affair read more

source: BBC

Several flights reinstated

The Brussels Airport was officially closed after bombing on March 22 due to both damages the attack caused and safety of potential passengers. Twelve days later, on Sunday April 3, the Airport was officially reopened for a handful of flights. Of course, the security is extremely strengthened; baggage is being carefully screened and the police is controlling every passenger. The airport admits that only 20% of capacity of the place is going to be used by checking in just about 800 persons per hour. Read more.

Source: CNN

Offshore investments disclosure

Chat between a journalist Süddeutsche Zeitung and a whistleblower (Source: http://panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de/articles/56febff0a1bb8d3c3495adf4/_intro_imageUrl.jpg)

Chat between a journalist Süddeutsche Zeitung and a whistleblower (Source: http://panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de)

The news about Panamanian company Mossack Fonseca leaks went around the world and caused commotion followed by serious political moves. A lot of figures of European political arena such as Dominique Strauss-Khan (former Head of International Monetary Fund and Minister of Finance of France), Marine Le Pen (the president of French National Front), Micheal Grahammer (The chief executive of Austrian bank Hypo Landesbank Vorarlberg), Silvio Berlusconi (former Prime Minister of Italy), Vladimir Putin (The President of Russia), David Cameron (British Prime Minister) or Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson (Icelandic Prime Minister) are said to be involved in money laundering in tax heavens. The whole data from the documents of Mossack Fonesca are to be revealed at the beginning of May 2016. Read more herehere  or here.

Source: CNBC, The Parliament Magazine

The Greece-Turkey deal comes true

On April 4 in the morning two ferries went out to the sea with 202 migrants on board deporting them from Greek islands Chios and Lesbos to north-western Turkey. Greece officials claim, that only these who have not applied for the asylum are going to be sent to Turkey due to new policy “one in, one out” stated in the deal struck between the EU and Turkey on March 18. Turkish authorities have declared accepting up to 500 persons per day. To read more about the deal read our article . More about migrant deportations here.

Source: CNN

No more siestas

 Siesta is common tradition in many Mediterranean countries (Siesta by Hector Garcia from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Siesta is common tradition in many Mediterranean countries (Siesta by Hector Garcia from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, under CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants to remove the world-famous Spanish so called nap time from the workers’ timetables. The midday break is to be suspended in favour of shortening the working day by two hours. The cut is supposed to improve productivity and punctuality of companies, which, for instance, are used to limit hours of business meetings due to siestas. Moreover, Rajoy also wants to return Spain back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), as the current system of time was settled in 1942 by General Francisco Franco as a gesture of solidarity with the Third Reich. Read more here  or here.

Source: NBC, Independent

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Maria Moroniak

Dutch Presidency

PM of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte (source: European Council/Flickr)

PM of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte (source: European Council/Flickr)

The Netherlands will be holding Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2016. What does it mean that the leader wants to put a spotlight at essentials, quality, labour market, growth, and improvement of communication between Brussels headquarters and ordinary people? Check it out here: http://www.euwatcher.eu/blog/looking-ahead-the-dutch-eu-presidency-in-2016/

source: EU Watcher

Schengen zone to be suspended?

Due to massive migration there appeared voices saying European borderless union interferes in common security. Despite the internal unrest in Europe there is no approval for limiting European freedom. For more information watch the brief interview with Ben Homan, the mayor of the town of Schengen: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/01/27/schengen-intv-amanpour-ben-homan.cnn/video/playlists/amanpour/

source: CNN

Fighting for the better future

On 12th of December a historical move towards healthier environment was made. 195 countries, including European Union member states representatives, signed a climate agreement which is supposed to limit global warming below 2 Celsius degrees. Various steps are going to be made to fulfill the commitment. Read more: europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6308_en.htm

source: European Commission

Cameron’s remedy dismissed

David Cameron and Martin Schulz (source: i.guim.co.uk/Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

David Cameron and Martin Schulz (source: i.guim.co.uk/Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s idea of coping with wave of immigrants got a cool reception during the talks in Brussels. He wants Great Britain to reward legally employed immigrants with income supplements to prevent rewarding them for nothing with social benefits. What’s more, he refused coming to a compromise after being offered a plan of possible “emergency break”. Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35434125

source: BBC

Royal affair

This is a landmark in modern Spain history. Its princess, the sister of King Felipe VI, was put on trial since she has been made official suspect of silent collaboration of her husband’s corruption cases. Despite the evidence, she claims of not being involved in the money laundering. To read more visit: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26047722 or http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35255536

source: BBC

Beware of the boss

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg announced that employers have right to read their employees’ private messages sent within working hours. The Court took care of the case when Bogdan Barbulescu, Romanian worker, sued its employer for disturbing his correspondence confidence when discovered that he uses his Yahoo Messenger for both private and business contacts. The man claims that it was made contrary to his right to respect for his private life and to his correspondence. Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35301148

source: BBC

Je suis no longer Charlie

On 7th of January president François Hollande led a ceremony commemorating 17 victims of terrorist attack on French satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo from January 2015. Due to the current situation and threat of terrorism in everyday life, thousands of people were expected to come and show their disapproval for violence in Europe. In spite of the fact there were 1,5 million people marching through streets and squares in Paris shortly after the attack in 2015, very few have shown up on the brief celebration in 2016. Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/12091810/Charlie-Hebdo-anniversary-Subdued-ceremony-draws-smaller-crowd-than-expected.html

source: The Telegraph

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Source: UN

Source: UN

Every year 27th of January is worldwide celebrated as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day to pay tribute to all who lost their lives in this genocide. The choice of this date was not accidental. In 1945, on 27th January Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army. To get familiar with the meaning of the Remembrance Day and to listen to the testimonies of the survivors visit this site: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/commemoration-in-memory-of-the-victims-of-the-holocaust-2016/

source: UNESCO

Press Review #2

Emil Wojtaluk

We invite our readers to see the second Press Review after holiday break. This time I will focus mainly on recent weeks. Having in mind constantly changing situation in Ukraine I focused only on some of the aspects. Since the last press review a lot has happened, including MH17 crash and as follows EU and US sanctions targeted on Russia. The time will show what will happen next. More extended opinion on it from us will appear soon. These are few things that dominated EU political agenda last days and weeks…

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Lithuanian FM: Ukraine will not attack Russian convoy ( EUobserver):

Linas Linkevicius has visited Ukraine where he met with President Poroshenko and Pavlo Klimkin( Ukrainian FM). As he stated: despite “illegal” and “provocative” nature of the Russian convoy Ukraine is not interested to complicate this situation any further and won’t attack the “aid” convoy. Linkevisius thinks that there is no real chance for any diplomatic solution, he also named Russian actions as a breach of international law. He is very much in favor of clear condemnation of Russian actions by the UN Security Council immediately. See it here: http://euobserver.com/foreign/125325

Poland demands WTO challenge over Russia food ban (EUobserver):

Another article, this time it’s connected with the results of reverse sanctions from Russia imposed on EU. The issue concerns a ban on food and vegetables. Poland has made an official request that the EU should take actions against Russia before the World Trade Organization to overturn the sanctions. A written request has been sent on Tuesday, August 19. According to the presented data the value of Poland’s trade with Russia last year was 1 billion €. Poland will be for sure one of the countries hit hardest by the ban, if not the most. The only measure that WTO has is to impose fines for breaches of trade rules. For more info check it here: http://euobserver.com/news/125295

Sanctions Will Hurt Russia’s Rearmament Plans (Independent.mk):

The article presents detailed data on why Russia’s rearmament plans may not be realized in time, the deadline is 2020. Check it here how the sanctions imposed by USA, EU, Australia and Japan will affect Russian defense industry:

http://www.independent.mk/articles/8238/Sanctions+Will+Hurt+Russia%27s+Rearmament+Plans

Sikorski Candidate for EU Foreign Policy Chief (Independent.mk):

On 31st of July Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk has announced the official candidature of Polish FM, Radosław Sikorski for the position of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. For some member states politicians he is too “strong” towards Russa, for some too soft. Do you think he has a real chance to take this office? It will be decided on 30th of August, last EU summit didn’t bring any solution due to strong opposition toward Italian FM. This is how Independence.mk sees this:

http://www.independent.mk/articles/7896/Sikorski+Candidate+for+EU+Foreign+Policy+Chief

NATO’s Second-Class Members (New York Times):

An article from opinion writer, Sławomir Sierakowski on the importance of Baltic States for the NATO alliance. In his opinion those countries without any NATO bases are second-class members who, in case of aggression would wait for any moves from their allies for weeks or months. He strongly believe, the presence of such bases in Poland and Baltic States is necessary. You can read this interesting article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/23/opinion/slawomir-sierakowski-natos-second-class-members.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

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