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EU passes asylum and migration pact after eight years of deadlock ( www.theguardian.com )

Roberta Metsola, the European parliament president, wrote on X: “History made. We have delivered a robust legislative framework on how to deal with migration and asylum in the EU. It has been more than 10 years in the making. But we kept our word. A balance between solidarity and responsibility. This is the European way.”

HowRu68 OP ,

The Panama papers consisted of 11 millions documents, 214 000 offshore companies, 14.000 customers..
And now 27 are charged, and that's it.

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

A basis for the ruling was a breach of art 8 of the Human Rights convention"

"Today, the Strasbourg Court declared that Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights encompasses a right to effective protection by the state “from the serious adverse effects of climate change on lives, health, well-being and quality of life”.

It found that the Swiss Confederation had failed to comply with its duties under the Convention concerning climate change."

HowRu68 OP ,

I just hope this ruling, and future ones, will be used on a wise and right way. I mean one could rule that a certain country hasn't been upholding its own climate targets which sounds fair enough; it seems more or less measurable, accountable and executable.
I imagine that Switzerland will have to adjust its environmental policies to match their climate quotas.

HowRu68 OP , (edited )


Yips, that's the idea.

Here some DW background info of the youth protest, especially by the Portuguese youngsters.

HowRu68 OP ,

Unfortunate turn of events, can't see how a second Orban will benefit the people.

HowRu68 OP ,

This CNN article has a deeper, different take; and gives some context:

"The campaign was marked by concerns over disinformation, with Věra Jourová, the European Commission’s top digital affairs official, saying in advance the vote would be a “test case” of how effective social media companies have been in countering Russian propaganda in Slovakia. "

Seems there were plenty of protests as well.

HowRu68 OP ,

Interesting point. I feel that the role of disinformation as a whole, is being dowplayed in society, if that's what you mean. At the end of the day it is people /civilians whom are being influenced and they vote or elect a government.
Also, the EU is trying to cope with it, but it seems they are one of the few fighting this battle, and they aren't always backed strongly by national governments.

If you ask me, the mainstream culture ( media and bartalk etc) hasn't catched up with current events as they have been unfoldind for the last decade. People still want to believe that" all is well, and maybe we don't need to change too much".

But many, if not most people underestimate the power of propaganda/ disinformation. It is being used because it works. It's hard to fight it , but I 100% agree that more could and should be done.

HowRu68 , (edited )

Update Renew Europe MP:

"We urge you to launch an immediate and transparent investigation, in cooperation with national authorities, to uncover the scale of the influence operation within this house and allegations of potential corruption.

If sitting MEPs or candidates in the upcoming European elections have taken money from or been corrupted by the Russia Government or their proxies, they must be exposed."

Added: most corrupt Mp's name were probably already known across Europe. Usually they were also far right speakers at website "voiceofEurope" , now offline.

According to Moscowtimes :
The payments targeted politicians from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland, Denik N said, citing a Czech foreign ministry source.

In Beijing, Dutch PM raises cyberespionage with China's Xi ( www.reuters.com )

It was the first time the Dutch publicly attributed cyberespionage to China, as national security tensions grow between the two countries. They are also in a confrontation over restrictions of exports of high-tech semiconductor equipment made by Dutch giant ASML to China....

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

prime candidate NATO chief.

Good point

Added: This gives his remarks extra perspectve and weight. Also this might explain that it's his first visit since five (?) years.

Thousands protest against Hungary's Orban after former insider leaks … ( www.reuters.com )

BUDAPEST, March 26 (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested in Budapest near parliament on Tuesday demanding the chief prosecutor and Prime Minister Viktor Orban resign after a former government insider accused a senior aide to Orban of trying interfere in a graft case....

Ukrainian navy says a third of Russian warships in the Black Sea have been destroyed or disabled ( apnews.com )

Pletenchuk said that with the latest attack, a third of all warships that Russian had in the Black Sea before the war have been destroyed or disabled. At the same time, he acknowledged that just two of about a dozen of Russian missile carrying warships have been sunk and pledged that Ukraine will continue the strikes.

Russian ambassador is a no-show after Poland summons him over a missile that entered its airspace ( apnews.com )

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Russian ambassador to Poland did not show up Monday for a meeting at the Polish Foreign Ministry where he had been summoned because of a Russian cruise missile that violated Polish airspace on the weekend, the Polish ministry’s spokesman said.

Understanding how Germany and Europe ended the Cold War ( www.dw.com )

It documents a time when tight borders ran through Germany and separated eastern from western Europe and how millions of people in former East Germany (GDR), Poland, Hungary and other Eastern European countries fought for freedom and democracy in 1989....

HowRu68 OP ,

Some more background from this article :
"Magyar has pitched himself as a centrist, focusing on domestic issues – combating corruption, improving healthcare, modernising the education system and aiming to unite Hungary’s highly polarised society.
Magyar, by contrast, has said he is in favour of a foreign policy that protects Hungary’s sovereignty while maintaining a constructive relationship with the EU and Nato."

HowRu68 OP ,

Yeah I saw that, but it was too bizar for me to accept it somehow.

HowRu68 ,

And the beats go on..( all seeing I YT).

One day we might know what happened, or not. Thing that has me worried is; what will come next?

Democracies under threat around the globe ( www.dw.com )

The hard facts are sobering: According to a new study, the quality of democracy has deteriorated over the past 20 years in 137 countries that are considered developing or emerging economies. According to the Bertelsmann Foundation's "Transformation Index," there are now 63 democracies compared to 74 autocracies. In other words,...

HowRu68 OP ,

"The key to combating authoritarian tendencies remains the civil commitment to free elections, freedom of the press, and the separation of powers. If there is ongoing public support in these areas, it may be possible to ward off autocratic tendencies. The study cites recent elections in Kenya and Zambia, as well as Poland and Moldova in Europe, as examples."

HowRu68 OP ,

FYI check their Liberties site and this Executive summary from their 2024 report:

The Liberties Rule of Law Report 2024 is the fifth annual report on the state of the rule of law in the European Union (EU) published by the Civil Liberties Union for Europe
(Liberties) – the most in-depth reporting exercise to date on the rule of law in the EU by acivil society network. The report, jointly drafted
by Liberties and its national member and partner organisations, is a ‘shadow report’ to the European Commission’s annual audit of the rule of law, aimed at providing the Commission
with reliable information and analysis from the groups to use in its annual audit, as well as offering an independent analysis of the state of
the rule of law in its own right.

HowRu68 OP ,

Good point about the increasing crime rates and mafiastuff ( also hitmen murdering political targets), and the downsizing of the police force.

There seem to be several interprations of civil rights. The general definition ( safety& crime etc) and the political definition. But I'm no expert.

This report is more about civil & political rights, the democratic process & the checks & balances. Like how many laws were passed without consulting the cabinet/ public etc. And there seems to be a direct relationship between far right and infringement of civil/ political rights.

One could wonder whether the downsizing of police and the increasing crime rates, has led to far right (in whatever form) insurgency. One could even wonder that, if this fact was known beforehand, how much of it is happenstance. Because it's a classic scenario right out of certain books. But that's an elaborate more difficult discussion.

HowRu68 , (edited )

I'm not sure about this source. That guy (Dan Cohen) used to work for RT (Russian Television) America. He also worked with Blumenthal "The Grayzone". Both are not very reputable sources.

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

the article is veeery vague as to what "more" means, no actual data.

From the article:

"From October through January, US Border Patrol agents registered about 19,000 illegal Chinese entries. During the same period in 2021, while pandemic restrictions were still in place, only 55 were registered. "

Sounds like more to me

A top EU official calls for a new defense industry strategy with locally made arms at its heart ( apnews.com )

Laying out her vision of the new strategy to members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Von der Leyen said: “At the heart of this must be a simple principle: Europe must spend more, spend better, spend European.”...

Mozilla website pushes serious eIDAS misinformation to political decision makers and public ( groups.google.com )

Note: Since for more than a year I've been reading about the downsides of the eIDAS legislation. Their sources where mostly DOT.com US entities. The same stuff happened when the EU implemented the new GDPR and now similar things happen with the. upcoming eIDAS 2.0 and the the upcoming AI law. Here I outline the EU position to...

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

I just saw my typo and I edited the name from EU ESD to European ESD.

I was looking for more context and information on the matter. Mozilla is a multimillion dollar US company and lobbyist too.

The ESD trilogue is an ( alternate) take on the mozilla concern, and one of the few I could find that isn't from mozilla origin.

Further on, I read mozillas position reflected in your remarks . They have been posted many times aleady on several communities. But, have you found any other new take or source on the ongoing e-iDAS 2.0 issues?

HowRu68 OP ,

Tnx, but I was hoping for a new take. Unfortunately it's an open letter signed byUS companies and institutions, like ICANN and the Internet Architecture Board. Also the letter adresses similar concerns about the same art 45 as Mozilla

It does somewhat validate my ealier point that it seems that the issue is also about the loss of digital power from US companies and institutions.

HowRu68 OP ,

Actually, it seems that eIDAS 2.0 won't do that for webbrowsers, as I recently learned from EU comments on that issue.

But you prefer that a commercial US company issues them likeDigiCert ?

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

when referring to a non-profit is not really convincing

But Mozilla Corporation which is fully owned by Mozilla foundation is a multimillion dollar industry ( wiki info. So there is that.

There are many non-profit foundations, doesn't mean their sponsors don't have an opinion or agenda.

Also, its seems Google is its primary sponsor:
" Most of the revenue of Mozilla Corporation comes from Google (81% in 2022 in exchange of making it the default search engine in Firefox.

Also your post orginated from Mozilla. org. People keep sending mozilla links in their remarks to prove their point; but it is actually validating my concern more and more, and this same observation on the web, was also the reason for my post.

It's unclear to me why you referred to ESD, an industry lobbying group, as a "trilogue" BWT

Very valid point, tnx. I screwed up while copy pasting and shortening titles. No ill intent. I edited the title, again, hopefully it's better now. Not my best day apperantly.

HowRu68 OP ,

" Lawmakers in Europe are expected to adopt digital identity rules that civil society groups say will make the internet less secure and open up citizens to online surveillance."

Also the Register literally quotes mozilla " As Firefox maker Mozilla put it:

This enables the government of any EU member state to issue website certificates for interception and surveillance which can be used against every EU citizen, even those not resident in or connected to the issuing member state. There is no independent check or balance on the decisions made by member states with respect to the keys they authorize and the use they put them to."

Why are you using US sites for EU legislation? Here the current state of affairs. Its an ongoing process.

Revision of the eIDAS Regulation – European Digital Identity (EUid)*

HowRu68 OP ,

I don't know what motivates your crusade against them.

I am not. I just wonder why, mozilla seems to be the major source of most publications against the eIDAS.

I thought my intro was fairly nuanced and contextual. I was looking for other and new viewpoints towards the eIDAS discussion, which are not using or quoting mozilla and art 45. Or sources with a different opinion or take on the matter.

Mozilla is not some sinister conspiracy.

Never said it was. I like privacy that's why I'm concerned and interested.

But the ESD experts did say it was misinformation, and like they claim mozilla is being payed by Google according to wiki and pc magazine

But apperantly you trust mozilla more though they just follow a business model. So maybe its all about trust. I will remain critical and see how it develops.

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