#Karadzic gets 40 years of jail, yet another happy moment due to justice found abroad…

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been sentenced to 40 years in jail by U.N. judges who found him found guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, as well as on nine other war crimes charges
Belgium’s interior and justice ministers offered to resign on Thursday (24 March) over the failure to track an Islamic State militant expelled by Turkey last year who blew himself up at Brussels airport on Tuesday.
Some thoughts on the psycho-geography of Europe’s free movement

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Eastern European migration takes place in a very different context than it once did. What drives people to leave, and what drives them back again?

After the Brussels attacks the EU’s interior ministers have convened for a special meeting to discuss how to respond to the terrorist threat. The exchange of information among European countries must be improved, some commentators urge. Others fear that the data could then end up in the wrong hands.
As Brussels reels from an attack by Islamic State jihadists, analysts warn of a ripple effect that could further whip up populist sentiment on the continent and in the United States and push the British to vote to leave the EU.

Germany’s election result is a warning to Merkel – not a far-right triumph | Mary Dejevsky

With no mainstream outlet for discontent over migration, the real problem facing the chancellor is not AfD gains but the future effects of her deal with TurkeyHow bad is bad? As the results of Germany’s three regional elections came in, thelosses suffered by the chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU were described as “dramatic”. In a vote widely seen as tantamount to a referendum on the welcome Merkel had extended to Syrian refugees, the verdict was interpreted as an unequivocal thumbs-down, with electoral momentum passing – almost unthinkable in Germany – to the xenophobic far right. The CDU was being punished for an unpopular policy devised and articulated, with uncharacteristic audacity, by its leader.

Brexit deal on EU migrants inspires Switzerland

A February deal allowing Britain to limit the free movement of workers coming from the European Union is giving ideas to the Swiss, who would like similar exceptions applied to their own relations with the 28 member bloc.

The struggle for sans-papiers human rights

Protecting the rights of refugees and migrants requires a response based in hospitality not hostility. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on thefuture of refugee protection.


The Vienna Insurrection: the conclusions

On Wednesday, Vienna hosted nine countries – and 18 ministers – to discuss the migration crisis in the western Balkans. Despite the size of the diplomatic shindig, a few names were left off the list.


Transversal cultural spheres and the future of Europe

The pulse of cultural productivity no longer rings louder in the centre, but is dispersed around the peripheries, and paradoxically this location is often adjacent to those who feel stuck.

In the context of growing frustration over the techno-financial determinism in the European political landscape that has cast veil upon veil over executive functions and facilitated the normalization of neo-liberal regimes, a new cosmopolitical movement was launched in Berlin – DiEM 25.

x 2016-02-24 at 11.02.58 AMBritain is to hold a referendum on leaving the European Union, and the “Brexit” group—largely represented by the country’s nativist UKIP party—have a fabulous music video to promote their cause.


The mechanics of leaving the EU – explaining Article 50


Five Comments on Britain’s EU Settlement

The UK’s renegotiation of its EU membership concluded on Friday at the European Council in Brussels. The text of the settlement is contained in the Council conclusions. We also now know that the EU referendum will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016. Some comments on the renegotiation and referendum:

Five Comments on Britain’s EU Settlement

EU agricultural emissions: On the table

The winners and losers in EU’s great privatisation fire sale

Selling state assets such as ports and airports in order to meet bailout requirements is not a realistic solution to the financial crisis.


Border controls continue to be tightened across the EU as member states scramble to react to a refugee crisis that continues to escalate.
The Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez has also fallen short of the majority he needed to become prime minister in the second ballot. Will the acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy now try to form a government or are new elections inevitable?
The clearing of the southern part of the “Jungle of Calais” demanded by the departmental authorities has been delayed. Camp inhabitants and relief organisations are protesting against the eviction plan, and now the Administrative Court of Lille will rule on the case. Calais is yet another example of Europe’s failure to manage the refugee crisis, commentators observe.


Photo by Marianna Karakoulaki.

The castle where a Central European bloc was born

The castle where a new European bloc was born
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has criticised the tax authorities for demanding that a news channel belonging to imprisoned media mogul Dan Voiculescu vacate its premises. Disappointed that Iohannis is opposing a 2014 court ruling with his stance thousands of his Facebook fans, as well as the press, have turned against him.
An online video shows how an angry mob of roughly 100 demonstrators surrounded a bus filled with refugees arriving in the German town of Clausnitz and shouted abuse at them. The refugees were so afraid that they didn’t dare leave the bus. Another video shows a police officer forcefully dragging a minor out of the bus. For the German press this is proof of how brutal society has already become.

“Here Is Why Brexiters Are Completely Wrong On Trade” by Henning Meyer


Henning Meyer

The fight for the UK to remain a member of the European Union is now fully on. The country will have a momentous decision to make on 23rd June this year. I unfortunately won’t have a vote on my future as a German living in the UK, the country I have lived and paid my taxes in for the last 15 years. But I will take the opportunity to debunk as many dangerous myths of the Brexiters as I can and I will start today with the economic argument about trade.

You often hear that “the rest of Europe sells us more stuff th

The British are set to vote on whether to stay in the EU or not on June 23. The UK and its EU partners have agreed on compromises regarding London’s reform demands but the deal will only bolster those who want a Brexit, some commentators write. Others say that even if Britain doesn’t leave Cameron has already done irreversible damage to the EU.

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