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News digest: 11 March 2013
CZECH REPUBLIC: Zeman
pledges to fight mafia, neo-Nazis and some media (Prague
Daily Monitor): "Milos Zeman said he wants to fight "Godfathers'
mafias," neo-Nazis and a substantial of part of the media
that focuses on "brainwashing," in his presidential
inauguration speech in the Vladislav Hall of Prague Castle Friday"
criticises Denmark for letting former Guantanamo detainee "return
(The Copenhagen Post): "Slimane
Hadj Abderrahmane, who recently died in action in Syria, was
released from Guantanamo on the condition that Denmark ensured
he didn't return to fighting"
body will investigate use of pseudonymisation to reduce businesses'
data protection responsibilities (Out-Law.com): "A
working party of officials from justice departments across the
EU has been asked to explore to what extent the pseudonymisation
of personal data can be used to "calibrate" businesses'
obligations to data protection"
keeps Romanians, Bulgarians out of Schengen (Deutsche
Welle): " Germany remains opposed to Romania and Bulgaria
joining the European open-border Schengen area. Critics say it
is an attempt to stop Roma from those countries from making their
way to the West." See also: Romania,
Bulgaria rebuffed from Schengen zone (Balkan Insight)
Ambassador links Romanian Schengen accession to EC's justice
reports (Romania Insider)
Britain, Germany, Austria join forces to fight 'welfare tourism'
(Dutch News): "EU citizens who have never worked in the
Netherlands should not be allowed to claim welfare benefits (bijstand),
junior justice minister Fred Teeven said on Thursday."
See also: Berlin
wants EU action against welfare abuse (Deutsche Welle)
issues on the agenda of a European-Algerian meeting (EU
NEighbourhood Info Centre): "The European Counter-terrorism
coordinator, Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, paid an official visit to
Algiers last week. During his visit, Mr. de Kerchove discussed
security issues with his Algerian counterparts"
and Greek protest against austerity measures (New Europe):
" Spaniards took to the streets on Sunday in more than
60 cities across the country. The nation's trade union confederations,
CCOO and UGT, and many other organisations and NGOs called for
the demonstrations to protest against a series of government
austerity measures." See also: Tens
of thousands march throughout Spain (euronews)
hurt in clash with French workers over Goodyear tyre plant closure
(The Independent): "Nineteen police officers were
injured when redundancy-threatened workers bombarded them with
burning tyres and paintballs outside the French headquarters
of the American tyre company, Goodyear"
in France face multiple evictions (European Roma Rights
Centre): "Roma from Aubervilliers have faced multiple
evictions, with disproportionate use of police force, after their
settlement was burned down last month. The European Roma Rights
Centre and Médecins du Monde sent a letter to French authorities
asking them to provide assistance for the families"
jitters over cyber attacks (Deutsche Welle): "
Alarmed by the pervasiveness of cyber hacking, the German business
community and the government have been spurred into action. But
the threats evolve constantly and hackers are becoming increasingly
criticizes Merkel for arms sales to Arab states (Press
TV): "The German opposition parties have harshly criticized
Chancellor Angela Merkels government over lifting longtime
restrictions of arms exports to the Middle East, as sales to
the Persian Gulf soared last year"
fragility of trust: Neo-Nazi victims seek peace with Germany
(Spiegel Online): "Semiya Simsek's family was torn
apart 13 years ago when her father was murdered in Nuremberg
by a neo-Nazi terror cell. Even worse, German authorities for
years suspected the family had been involved. Now, as one of
the killing spree's perpetrators is set to go on trial, the Simseks
are trying to find peace with Germany"
war, Syrians face new misery in Greece (Ekathimerini):
"Syrian shopkeeper Osama fled the fighting in Aleppo
convinced he would be welcomed in Europe. Five months later,
he is stuck in near-bankrupt Greece, where money and sympathy
mine protesters clash with police again (Greek Reporter):
"Just weeks after arsonists set fire to equipment at
a gold mine project in northern Greece which led the pro-development
government to swiftly give approval for the work to proceed
protesters who say it will harm the environment and tourism battled
with riot police again." See also: Skouries
mine dispute intensifies as riot police move in on nearby village
return to Syntagma Square, riot police respond with tear gas
(Ekathimerini): "An estimated 1,000 so-called Indignants
gathered in Syntagma Square on Sunday to protest the governments
law reform sparks protest, criticism (EUobserver): "
Hungarian lawmakers are set to vote in 14 pages of constitutional
amendments on Monday (11 March) which critics say may undermine
rule of law." See also: Hungary
erupts in protest after PM Viktor Orbán is accused of
assault on democracy (The Independent); Ex-president
Sólyom urges successor to veto constitutional changes;
slams Fidesz use of basic law for daily political
demonstrate against new constitutional amendments in Budapest;
redux: Will there be blood in Budapest? (Politics.hu)
riot police thwart violent protest (Balkan Insight):
"Police stopped around 200 stone-throwing Albanian protesters
reaching the government building amid a new outbreak of ethnically-charged
violence in Skopje"
anger after police enforce media blackout (Times of Malta):
"Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizias arrest on Friday
night for breaching the pre-election media blackout prompted
social media users to openly defy the law yesterday at the risk
of a maximum six-month jail term." See also: Police
silent over day of reflection enforcement
plan to combat islands fear of black people
(Times of Malta): "Since his arrival in Malta Abdulahi
Hassan has wanted to do something about the fear of black
people on the island, so when two local NGOs launched intercultural
workshops with students, he seized the opportunity"
in five police officers fails new fitness test, half fail to
take it at all (Dutch News): "Some 20% of Dutch
police officers did not pass their compulsory fitness test last
year, RTL news reported at the weekend"
and search rules need an overhaul to allow selection, says mayor
(Dutch News): "The current stop and search legislation
needs to be changed so police can select who to search, Utrecht
mayor Aleid Wolfson says in an interview with the Telegraaf"
NORTHERN IRELAND: Question
marks over integrity of forensic exhibits in Massereene murder
trial (The Detail): "The trial of a Co Derry
man accused of assisting the killers of two British army soldiers
at Massereene has heard police experts concede that crucial evidence
may have been contaminated by a failure to properly ensure its
spies targeting Norway (Barents Observer): "Attacks
on Norwegian industry and Norwegian interests in the High North
have increased significantly during the last few years"
cornered over its secret prisons (Inter Press Service):
"A Polish official investigation into the existence of
a secret CIA prison on its territory is being stalled, according
to official sources, while pressure on the country to tell the
Walesa criticises minorities (New Poland Express): "Solidarity
legend and former president Lech Walesa found himself at the
centre of controversy this week with comments about homosexuals
and civil partnerships that were reported worldwide and provoked
some to call for the Nobel Peace Prize winner to return his award."
anti-government protests go off peacefully (The Portugal
News): "The song Grândola, Vila Morena,
one of the symbols of Portugals April 1974 revolution,
was sung throughout the country on Saturday in demonstrations
against the governments austerity policies, organised by
the Screw the troika movement"
MPs immunity under debate (SETimes.com): "Romania's
parliament is drafting a new law that covers the immunity of
the country's MPs after the Constitutional court struck down
the assembly's previous attempt as unconstitutional"
pledges special prosecutors for sports thugs (Balkan
Insight): "As violence at sports events continues in
Serbia, the authorities say they will introduce special courts
and prosecutors to help root out hooliganism"
will not amend 'wife import' rules (The Local): "Equality
Minister Maria Arnholm wants Sweden to keep the right to deport
women whose relationships with Swedish spouses end within two
years of their arrival in Sweden"
discrimination 'too common' in Sweden (The Local): "Swedish
Muslims have slammed the government for failing to combat discrimination,
submitting a report to the UN with a list of proposed measures,
such as setting up an inquiry into the abuse of Somali migrants
in the tiny town of Forserum."
police end 'racial profiling' push (The Local): "Swedish
police announced on Friday that officers would no longer be asking
public transport users for identification, after their past efforts
to deport undocumented migrants were branded as racial profiling"
minister: UK might quit European rights court (EUobserver):
"Interior minister Theresa May has said the UK should
consider leaving the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in
Strasbourg for the sake of national security and British sovereignty"
talk about stop & search (The Justice Gap): "Since
the riots of Summer 2011, stop and search and poor relations
between young people and the police in Tottenham have been prominent
in the news, write Sophie Hostick-Boakye and Catherine Russell.
However, too often young peoples voices are missing from
these debates, finding themselves spoken about, rather than to."
report (The Young Foundation, pdf)
out of 10 oppose criminal tendering plan (The Law Society
Gazette): "Nearly 90% of solicitors are opposed to price-competitive
tendering (PCT) for criminal defence work, a Law Society survey
has revealed, after the government announced accelerated plans
for its introduction"
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