Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:03:36 PM EST
by Cat on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 06:23:20 PM EST
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"¡¡EEUU está gobernada por comunistas, Dios mío!!" thread

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 11:58:41 PM EST
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Chinese university plan causes ["]security concerns["] in Hungary
"Eastern Opening" plan tied to $2B loan from China's Exim Bank, "piles of garbage" and "spy hub"

EU-China investment deal put on ice over sanctions
sanctions and counter-sanctions ditch deal finally closed Dec 2020

by Cat on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 10:41:53 PM EST
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Not this Exim, the other one
"initially developed at the University of Cambridge in 1995"
by Cat on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 05:37:39 PM EST
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China's third way on data governance
Beijing presented the draft Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), a set of privacy rules experts say are inspired by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the landmark EU privacy law.

The second draft of the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) was published at the end of April for public consultation.

national security objections
Article 27 of the PIPL in fact provides the legal basis for collecting images and data for reasons of public security, without the person concerned being informed. This provision might lead to abuses if there is no independent control over the work of the public authorities.
Cloud Acts
Asked about the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), Herrero said `no agreement has been reached on cross-border services. This means that the issue of data localisation remains and that European investors will find it difficult to compete with local cloud giants with no guarantees on data transfer and storage.'
by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 10:48:37 PM EST
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John Podesta has appointed Neera Tanden special advisor
on healthcare issues, preparing for "different contingencies that could arise from the Supreme Court's consideration of Republican lawsuits seeking to undo the Affordable Care Act," the White House said in a statement.

She will also review the , in charge of making the U.S. government accessible to Americans online, it said.

by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 12:19:56 PM EST
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Brexit: UK gives EU ambassador full diplomatic status
The UK government has agreed to give the European Union ambassador in London full diplomatic status.

The Foreign Office had resisted the idea, arguing the EU should not be treated like an independent nation.

But in a joint statement, the UK and EU announced ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida, would get "a status consistent with heads of missions of states".

He will now be immune from detention, prosecution or taxation during his time in London.

These are among the privileges given to diplomats in the states where they are stationed, as sanctioned by the Vienna Convention.

In more than 100 other countries, the EU's ambassadors have the same status as those representing sovereign nations.

Note that, pre-Brexit, the EU ambassador to the UK had "full diplomatic status." Since the UK didn't want at first to grant that status to recently nominated Vale de Almeida, Charles Michel declined to receive the UK ambassador to the EU in Brussels, who has yet to officially present his credentials; should happen soon, now.

by Bernard on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 07:52:47 PM EST
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Let's hope the tabloids don't notice has caved in to the tyrannical Brussels bureaucrats.

I'm sure they showed their approval at his initial refusal.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 10:22:04 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 06:27:25 PM EST
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Germany rejects US push to waive COVID vaccine patents
As if to trivialize intractable barriers to extruding brand generic licenses after patent expiry, "Two further factors could also be key, namely the rather narrow proposal put forth by the Biden administration -- which covers vaccines only -- and the fact that India and South Africa have also said they would be submitting a revised proposal of their original request."
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 12:55:51 AM EST
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Five EU countries say focus should be on vaccine production, not patents
BE, SE [LOL!], FR, DK, ES to world: "waivers could take years to negotiate"!
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 07:21:10 PM EST
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From your link ...

While Biden's backing adds political impetus to get a deal done, Germany, home to Pfizer's (PFE.N) vaccine partner BioNTech SE , on Thursday rejected the waiver proposal.

I believe Rutte and NL are opposed .. most countries are participating in the Covid-19 vaccine production.

by Oui on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:02:28 PM EST
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Yves Smith basically predicted this a few days ago.
In fact, cynically I wonder if the US hasn't already counted noses at the WTO, knows the votes aren't there, and will quietly reassure big drugmakers privately that this was all a gesture that the Administration knew was destined to fail.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:27:33 PM EST
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If that were true, why did EC brow beat "BionTech-Pfizer" for 4 months then turn around to sue AstraZeneca?
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:56:44 PM EST
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EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
The European Commission currently has a portfolio of 2.6 billion doses from half a dozen companies. Pfizer-BioNTech had an initial contract of 600 million doses with the EU.
The size of the contract - 1.8 billion doses for a bloc of 450 million residents - will provide for a lot of options, von der Leyen said.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 06:39:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 05:06:58 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 02:34:02 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 05:53:15 PM EST
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Agent Orange: French court rejects claim against Bayer
The court in the Paris suburb of Evry said it did not have the jurisdiction to judge a case involving the wartime actions of the US government, the ruling said.

The case was brought forward by Tran To Nga, a ["]French["] woman of Vietnamese origin. The defendants included US agrochemical firm Monsanto, now owned by German giant Bayer.

Military veterans from the US, Australia and Korea previously won compensation for the after-effects of Agent Orange. But a verdict in favor of a ["]Vietnamese["] victim would have set a precedent.

by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 10:29:50 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 12:04:08 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 08:21:22 PM EST
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EU states and NATO in uproar ... Belarusian Raman Pratasevich must be a crucial NATO asset ... when was the last plane hijacking to arrest a Most Wanted person? This was more common in the 70s  and in MENA countries ... sometimes States threatened to shoot down a passenger plane to kill the guy.

Belarus Launches Probes Into Two Administrators Of Popular Telegram Channel | RFERL - Nov. 5, 2020 |

Abduction of Turkish national, Abdullah Öcalan in 1999

Famous abduction of Israeli nuclear technician and peace activist Mordechai Vanunu in Rome in 1986.

The US under Reagan wanted to eliminate "Mad Dog" Gaddafi and planned to shoot down a passenger plane if it was confirmed the Libyan leader was on it.

by Oui on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 10:24:27 PM EST
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As I already pointed out, the last time was in 2013.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 11:40:34 PM EST
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Also, in 1956, during the Algeria Independence war, the French authorities diverted a plane carrying several FLN leaders, including the future Algerian president, Ahmed Ben Bella, to Algiers; they remained in jail until the Algerian independence in March 1962.
by Bernard on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 05:42:42 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 06:37:14 PM EST
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Nothing has changed in Israel policy ... same arrogance ... in 1956 the Suez crisis ...

The Lavon affair ("Esek Habish" - the shameful affair) was one of the most bizarre chapters in Israeli history.  In 1954, the Israeli secret service set up a spy ring in Egypt, with the purpose of blowing up US and British targets. The operation was code-named "Susanah."

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:31:25 PM EST
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In a majority of EU states, activist Protasevich would be arrested and likely receive jail time ... from BBC News

Belarus election: How Nexta channel bypassed news blackout

by Oui on Mon May 24th, 2021 at 02:36:01 PM EST
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Unprecedented? Not by a long shot ...

SBU's secret plan was to intercept the Turkish plane while in Ukrainian airspace, force it to land and arrest the "terrorists".

The 'Russian Coup' Plot In Belarus Was Faked By Ukraine | Aug. 2020 |

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 10:30:46 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 06:08:20 PM EST
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This time PM Rutte and fake opposition leader Tikhanovskaya.

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 06:11:25 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Jun 5th, 2021 at 07:07:07 PM EST
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Sofia Sapega, detained journalist Protasevich's girlfriend, 'confesses' in video
"I am also editor of Telegram channel Chernaya Kniga which publishes private information about internal affairs officers."
by Cat on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 02:01:50 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 05:45:05 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:16:53 PM EST
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Open Door Policy to Criminal Actors

Favorite entry for Russians and Arabs into the European Union ... any takers after the fiasco of Brexit for NI and Scotsman


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by Oui on Mon May 24th, 2021 at 09:17:57 PM EST
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GCHQ Breached Human Rights by Bulk Interception of Communications, European Court Rules
confusingly the judgement said: "The court considered that, owing to the multitude of threats states face in modern society, operating a bulk interception regime did not in and of itself violate the Convention."
by Cat on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 06:41:09 PM EST
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Swiss scupper draft EU treaty in break with biggest trade partner | Reuters |

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 11:00:52 PM EST
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by Bernard on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 08:38:15 PM EST
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Germany officially recognizes colonial-era Namibia genocide
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said in a statement that as a "gesture of recognition of the immeasurable suffering" Germany caused, it would set up a fund amounting to €1.1 billion (US $ 1.34 billion).

Affected communities would play a key role in deciding what the funds were used for, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, while legal claims for compensation would not be deducted from it.

The aim of the negotiations that lasted more than half a decade was "to find a common path to genuine reconciliation in memory of the victims," Maas explained.

This includes naming the events of the German colonial period in what is now Namibia and in particular the atrocities in the period from 1904 to 1908 "without sparing or glossing over."

"We will now, also in an official capacity, call these events what they were from today's perspective -- a genocide," Maas said.

The German Empire was the colonial power in what was then called German South West Africa from 1884 to 1915.

During that time, its military forces brutally put down several rebellions, killing tens of thousands of people.

German General Lothar von Trotha, who was sent to quell a Herero uprising in 1904, was particularly known for his extreme ruthlessness.

Historians generally accept that up to 65,000 of roughly 80,000 Herero people living in the area at the time, and at least 10,000 of the roughly 20,000 Nama people, were killed.

in perpetuity

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
"The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish."
Status of membership

by Cat on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 10:03:46 AM EST
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EU Green Week 2021 puts the spotlight on zero pollution
registration for free video conferences 31 May - 2 June
by Cat on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 09:23:17 PM EST
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