Eurosphere agenda: “Tech industry association vs. German privacy watchdogs….

The European tech industry is firing back against German data privacy chiefs, who announced this week that they would suspend data transfers to the United States and suggested businesses operating in Europe store data only in EU member states.

Migrants grieve and wait on Greek island

Migrants face grief and illness on tiny Greek island

Changing the guard in Poland but not much change for Cameron?

The Swedish Migration Agency has decided to keep the locations of refugee housing facilities secret, following 21 being torched since March.

As the European Parliament is voting today on the draft EU’s budget for 2016 in Strasbourg, member states are pushing for cuts to programmes to fight extreme poverty, writes Tamira Gunzburg.

Parliament voted 557 to 75 against a law that took the European Commission years to negotiate, amid deep suspicions about the possible health and safety implications of GMO products.

Take on me. But not my model.Nordic countries generally have a good rep. Whether it’s their pop music or their high level of social and political development, they tend to get looked up at. But just as there’s a Ylvis for every ABBA, so too is there a David Cameron for every Francis Fukuyama.

The French National Front, the Alternative for Germany (AFD) party and Greece’s Golden Dawn, among others, all surged in the polls as a result of the global financial crisis, with many of them achieving significant gains at the last elections.

The heads of government of eight EU states plus Serbia and Macedonia plan to discuss the refugee situation on the so-called Balkan route on Sunday in Brussels. This is a major opportunity for the hardest-hit countries to develop a joint strategy, some commentators point out. Others claim the states agreed on a restrictive asylum policy long ago.

Speaking in parliament ahead of a trip to Iceland where he is expected to make the same point, Cameron said he would “guide very strongly against” seeing Britain’s European future being akin to that of Norway, a successful economy that exists closely with but outside the bloc.

The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have been outspoken in their criticism of her “open doors” policy towards asylum seekers, in part because their home state of Bavaria is the entry point for virtually all of the migrants arriving in Germa

By disregarding the resounding ‘No’ of the recent Greek referendum, Europe clearly violated democracy, said the former Italian premier, Mario Monti.

Ulrich Adam is the Secretary General of the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association CEMA. 

How Londoners Use Twitter To Avoid Commuter Chaos

Somebody once observed of Londoners that whenever some great catastrophe befalls the city, our first reaction is to mentally calculate how we need to reroute our journey through the complex public transport system. A nuclear missile strike on Victoria Station? That’s awful – I’ll have to get a bus to Waterloo!

Twitter has become an incredibly useful tool for the city’s inhabitants to spread word of any potential problems, partly to warn fellow commuters of delays, but mostly because we love complaining.


LONDON — Women and children at the migrant and refugee camp outside Calais known as the “Jungle” are to receive heated tents as temperatures drop, officials have said.

VIDEO: Paris riots remembered, ten years on

Ten years ago, the suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois in Paris was at the centre of violent protests, after the death of two young boys.

Despite landmark court cases, many member states in the EU continue to push forward with overbroad surveillance laws.


The Mozilla Manifesto


Refugee Crisis Was Designed to ‘Strategically Depopulate’ Syria – Assange
Sputnik International

The mass exodus of people from Syria could be part of a strategic plan to weaken the local government by depopulating the country, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said. … “Encouraging [them] to flee Syria by Germany saying they will accept many-many

The European Commission is up to its neck in the VW scandal, but for reasons a little more complex than the press is reporting

The FT wrote yesterday how the European Commissioners Janez Potočnik (then with the Environment portfolio) and Antonio Tajani (then with the Industry portfolio) both knew in 2013 about potential differences between car emissions in real conditions and in lab tests. “There are widespread concerns that performance [of cars] has been tailored tightly to compliance with the test cycle in disregard of the dramatic increase in emissions outside that narrow scope,” Potocnik wrote in a letter the FT has seen.

Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power” screamed Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in The Daily Telegraph on Friday last week. The Telegraph even followed up with a piece about why Portugal’s situation was a threat to everyone else. Everyone from Daniel Hannan to Owen Jones jumped on it, and even some sensible folks like Jamie Bartlett and Glyn Moody tweeted about the Evans-Pritchard piece.

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