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draft withdrawal agreement - documentation: The UK government has
published its proposed draft withdrawal agreement for leaving
the draft withdrawal agreement, bookmarked into parts, titles,
chapters and annexes: Draft
Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European
Atomic Energy Community - 14 November 2018 (pdf) See key sections.
EU: ENAAT: (European Network Against
Arms Trade): Joint statement The risks of the new
EU Defence Fund (pdf): signed by 42 NGOs
there could be potential benefits from the pooling together military
research and development, such as savings from reducing duplication.
However, the proposal as it currently stands clearly says it
is not substituting EU for national funding and encourages EU
Member States to continue increasing their own spending.(...)
In this remembrance
period of the First World War, and of the terrible effects of
what were disruptitive technologies at that titime, like chemical
gas and tanks, we urge the media and EU decision-makers alike
to ask whether the establishment of the European Defence Fund
is a good way to achieve peace and security."
Missing an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity: The Council Legal
Service Opinion on the Commissions EU budget-related rule
of law mechanism (verfassungsblog.de, link):
"As illiberal rot
spread throughout the Union, eating away first at one government
and then at another with centralizing autocrats destroying the
rule of law in plain sight, history will show that both the European
Council and the Council of Ministers failed to act and, in the
end, deferred to national autonomy instead of defending the Unions
fundamental values. The EU is facing an existential crisis
because Member governments refuse to recognize that the common
values are the cornerstones of their common project." [emphasis added]
EU: European Commission (13 November
preparedness: European Commission proposes visa-free travel to
the EU for UK nationals in a no deal scenario if the UK
also grants reciprocal visa-free travel to all EU citizens (pdf)
"It would mean that UK
citizens would not need a visa when travelling to the Schengen
area for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
In the scenario where the UK leaves the EU without a deal, this
would apply as of 30 March 2019. (...)
This proposal is entirely
conditional upon the UK also granting reciprocal and non-discriminatory
visafree travel for all EU Member States, in line with the principle
of visa reciprocity."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (6-12.11.18) including:
- analysis of the Greek-German
Administrative Arrangement on Asylum-Seekers;
- Council Presidency calls
for action on "secondary movement" of refugees
spy agencies knew source of false Iraq war intelligence was tortured (Middle East Eye, link):
agencies fed questions to the interrogators of a captured terrorism
suspect whom they knew was being seriously mistreated in the
aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and ministers then relied upon
his answers to help justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq."
of: The Administrative Arrangement between Greece and Germany
on asylum-seekers (RSA, link):
"The Administrative Arrangement
between Ministry of migration Policy of the Hellenic Republic
and the Federal Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Germany
has been implemented already to four known cases. It has been
the product of bilateral negotiations that occurred after German
Chancellor Merkel faced another political crisis at home regarding
the handling of the refugee issue."
in trial related to banned group ETA had justified fears about
judges lack of impartiality at trial
"In todays Chamber
judgment1 in the case of Otegi Mondragon and Others v. Spain
(applications nos. 4184/15 4317/15 4323/15 5028/15 and 5053/15)
the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there
had been: a violation of Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair
trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights."
set to test AI guards to protect external borders (euractiv, link):
"An EU-funded project
is developing an intelligent control system to test
third-country nationals who reach the EUs external borders,
including a sophisticated analysis of their facial gestures.
The Intelligent Portable Border
Control System, iBorderCtrl,
is a series of multiple protocols and computer procedures
which are meant to scan faces and flag suspicious
reactions of travellers who lie about their reasons for entering
the Schengen area."
foresees key role in "the EU travel intelligence architecture"
The EU policing agency Europol
sees itself having a major role in the future "EU travel
intelligence architecture", according to a report on the
October meeting of the EU's 'Informal Working Group on PNR' (Passenger
Statewatch Analyses: New analyses:
Biometric identity cards; Undercover policing; Criminalisation
of solidarity; EU migration policies in Morocco; from GAMM to
Over the last
fortnight Statewatch has published five new analyses looking
at a series of crucial issues in the EU and beyond: proposals
for biometric identity cards across the EU; European networks
for coordinating undercover policing; decriminalising solidarity
movements through the regularisation of migrants; the effects
of EU migration policies on the ground in Morocco; and migration:
from the "carrot and stick" to the "stick"
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& Archive is being launched on Thursday 22 November 2018
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top court clears journalist who kicked refugees (euractiv. link):
Supreme Court in Hungary, a country known for its tough stance
on migration, has cleared of all charges the camerawoman who
kicked refugees live on camera at the Serbia-Hungary border in
closed ports: the new Italian Decree-Law on Immigration and Security
(EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy, link):
"Whilst the number of
arrivals to Italy is at the lowest level registered in the past
few years, the phenomenon of migration has reached the dimension
of an emergency in the internal public debate, with the Decree-Law
on Immigration and Security representing a major downturn in
the architecture of the Italian system of protection."
rules force used on father who died after after Beckton police
stop was proportionate
"An investigation into
the death of Edir Frederico Da Costa, known as Edson, who died
a week after being restrained by police in Beckton found the
use of force by officers was proportionate."
Statewatch Analysis: Decriminalising
solidarity by promoting the regularisation of migrants
(pdf) by Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo (Osservatorio Solidarieta
Carta di Milano):
"The criminalisation of people and organisations that
lend assistance to immigrants in Europe is an expression of the
closure of legal or humanitarian entry routes and the growing
difficulty of residing legally. The distinction between economic
migrants and asylum seekers, the restriction of possibilities
to enter to find employment and of the scope of the European
right to asylum, and finally the agreements with third countries
to externalise collective refoulement practices, produce a proliferation
of cases resulting in illegality."
violent reality of the EU border: police brutality in the Balkans
"As we write this article,
refugees are being beaten, robbed and traumatised by Croatian
police, while they attempt to claim asylum in the EU. Their clandestine
journeys from Bosnia through to Italy, via Croatia and Slovenia,
are referred to by refugees here as the game."
Parliament resolution of 25 October 2018 on the rise of neo-fascist
violence in Europe (pdf)
"1. Strongly condemns
and deplores the terrorist attacks, murders, psychological violence,
violent physical attacks and marches by neo-fascist and neo-Nazi
organisations that have taken place in various EU Member States..."
on interoperable centralised database starts on borders and asylum
for researchers: Statewatch Analyses: 1999-ongoing
Borderline: The EU's New Border Surveillance Initiatives:
Assessing the Costs and Fundamental Rights Implications of EUROSUR
and the "Smart Borders" Proposals (pdf) A study by the
Heinrich Böll Foundation. Written by Dr. Ben Hayes and Mathias
Vermeulen: "Unable to tackle the root of the problem,
the member states are upgrading the Unions external borders.
Such a highly parochial approach taken to a massive scale threatens
some of the EUs fundamental values - under the pretence
that ones own interests are at stake. Such an approach
borders on the inhumane."
How the EU works and justice and home
affairs decision-making (pdf)
20th Anniversary Conference, June 2011: Statewatch
'policy laundering' and the FATF - legalising surveillance, regulating
(pdf) by Ben Hayes
to EU decision-making and justice and home affairs after the
(pdf) by Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex,
with additional material by Tony Bunyan
Neoconopticon: the EU security-industrial
(pdf) by Ben Hayes
The Shape of Things to Come (pdf) by Tony Bunyan
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