France’s new surveillance law creates a police state

Jeremie from La Quadrature du Net writes, “France just turned into a surveillance state, adopting a sneaky surveillance framework in article 13 of its Defense Bill (Loi de programmation militaire).

MAIN FOCUS: Final spurt towards banking union | 12/12/2013

 

The project of a banking union is taking shape. The EU finance ministers agreed on Tuesday night on a plan for closing down insolvent banks. A single resolution fund is to gradually replace national provisions over the next ten years. Berlin has once again got its way with this “banking union light”, some commentators grumble. Others express relief that one of the major problems of the crisis has been solved.

EU bank bailout fight: more leaked documents

Sweden’s Borg, centre, during last night’s meeting, where he sparred with his Dutch counterpart

It?s become something of a routine in the EU?s ongoing effort to build a ?banking union? that finance ministers try to come to a deal at their normal Brussels meetings ? only to fail and call a special emergency session at the 11thhour before a crucial summit.

 

Slovenia dodges bailout as it swallows cost of bank overhaul alone

The Slovenian Central Bank this morning released the long anticipated results of the stress test of Slovenian banks. The full results can be found here, while the press release is available here and a reader-friendly Q&A here.

 

US, EU chide Ukraine after police action against protesters

 

The United States and the European Union continued to increase diplomatic pressure on Ukraine over harsh police treatment against protesters

 

Energy bills: Who pays the most in Europe?

Who has the highest energy bills in Europe?

 

The ECB?s Bridge Too Far

Is Europe?s economic crisis mutating once again? If debt fears are now being superseded by the danger of deflation, as recent data suggest, the European Central Bank has its work cut out for it ? and there is nothing to suggest that it is up to the task.

EU ministries caught in China cyber attack

 

Cybersecurity group alleges state-backed Chinese groups accessed EU foreign ministries before G20 amid struggle for global dominance in cyber intelligence

Q&A: EU banking union

 

Brussels closer to agreeing new system to avoid repetition of the eurozone crisis, seen as biggest shift in sovereignty since the creation of the euro

 

MAIN FOCUS: Situation escalates in Kiev | 10/12/2013

 

Security forces stormed the headquarters of Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party in Kievon Monday. At the same time President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition politician Vitali Klitschko have signalled their willingness to commence a dialogue. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is due to arrive in the country on Tuesday to act as mediator. Commentators fear that the situation will nonetheless escalate and warn against putting too much hope in boxing champion Klitschko.

 

Auditors slam EU for paying Gaza officials who don’t work

The European Union should stop funding Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip because money is going to officials who do not work, European auditors said on Wednesday (11 December).

As the biggest aid donor to the Palestinian territories, EU taxpayers pay a fifth of the salaries of teachers, doctors and bureaucrats in the small coastal territory, which has been governed by the Islamist group Hamas since 2007.

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