The French National Assembly on Thursday voted to prolong the state of emergency in the country for a period of three months. This step allows the authorities to impose curfews and carry out searches without a warrant, among other measures. France has sacrificed its civil rights in the interests of counter-terrorism, some commentators criticise. Others call for security laws to be tightened across Europe.



One week after gunmen carried out a coordinated attack in central Paris, investigators are still working to unravel the plot behind the assault

Cybersecurity in the European Union and Beyond

The study seeks to better understand cybersecurity threats and existing cybersecurity capabilities in the European Union and the United States, examining in tandem transnational cooperation and perceptions of the effectiveness of the EU response.

France to ‘intensify Syria operations,’ says President Hollande

France is to ‘intensify Syria operations’ after the Paris attacks, said French President François Hollande, while police raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across France overnight arresting 23 people, as French fighter aircrafts have bombed ISIL targets in Syria’s Raqqa city late Nov. 15
World Forum for Democracy Day 3, storified

Twitter coverage of the WFD 2015 on “Freedom vs Control: For a Democratic Response”, Strasbourg, 18-20 November 2015. See Day 1Day 2.

Since the attacks in Paris, France has intensified its airstrikes against IS positions in Syria, in cooperation with Russia. But bombing alone will hardly ensure a victory over the terrorist organisation, some commentators write. Others enjoin the Western powers not to let themselves be drawn into a ground war.

Paris called for military support from the EU states and invoked the Treaty of Lisbon on Tuesday evening to counter the terrorist threat. New methods are needed in the war against the IS terrorist organisation, write some commentators. Others point to the risks associated with activating the mutual defence clause.

Twenty-nine journalists have filed 27 complaints with the European Court of Justice against the European Parliament, which allegedly refused to give information on how MEPs spend their allowances

How Popular Perceptions of Climate Change Have Changed Since the Copenhagen Talks

Since the Copenhagen negotiations, the global population has passed 7 billion people. Photo by Flickr user James Cridland. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Since the Copenhagen negotiations, the global population has passed 7 billion people. Photo by Flickr user James Cridland. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Paris talks beginning November 30 will mark the most important negotiations on climate change since the 15th gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen in 2009 (COP 15). The world has changed markedly since then. Part one of this postexamined key developments in science and emission trends. Part two below takes a look at how politics and attitudes have shifted in the last six years.  

PARIS—I got home to my apartment in the 19th arrondissement two hours late Friday night, well after midnight, having made my way from the Gare de Lyon by bicycle through the neighborhoods of Paris around the Bataclan. A large segment of the 10th and 11th arrondissements had been cordoned off as a security zone, as the police planned to raid that concert venue and put an end to a rapidly worsening hostage crisis.

The Australian PM went to the G20 at ease among the world’s great powers and confident in his trade and economic agenda. Then Paris changed everything

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