FT Brussels blog?s chief writer Peter Spiegel has some scoopy tweets after having spoken to a few EU officials ahead of the summit
The Front National made considerable headway in local elections in France on Sunday. The far-right party obtained around five percent of the vote nationwide and has good chances of its candidates becoming mayor in several cities in the run-up vote. Some commentators see the results as a slap in the face for the government. Others warn that FN leader Marine Le Pen’s success in the provinces should not be overrated
EFF.org Updates by Danny O’Brien and Danny O’Brien /
After months of hearing about their own vulnerability at the hands of intelligence agencies like the NSA and GCHQ, next Wednesday, European Parliamentarians and their staff will have an opportunity to learn about defending Internet communicationsusing strong encryption and trusted hardware and software. Unfortunately, unless the Parliament’s own IT department shifts ground, it will be a theoretical discussion, rather than the practical first steps to a secure European Parliament that its organizers had hoped.
open Democracy News Analysis – by Ko?a Pavlovi?
The ruling Serbian Progressive Party of Aleksandar Vu?i? won a resounding victory in the country’s parliamentary elections on March 16. But there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Governments allegedly misused global police force to crack down on political opponents and human rights activists.
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The way influence flows in Crimea
Now that Russia has full military control over Crimea the the implications of taking control are beginning to sink in with President Medvedev claiming that “it’s now our headache”.The most obvious headaches are electricity and water. Medvedev directly raised this issue saying:
6 open Democracy News Analysis – by Janek Lasocki
On Sunday 25 May, President Putin permitting, 36.5 million voters will go to the polls in Ukraine to vote for a successor to President Viktor Yanukovych, ousted after three months of protests, and over 100 dead
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The smooth talker polishing the image of France’s National Front