Eurosphere agenda: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application… “Fancy Bears hackers…

The European Union’s 28 member states yesterday (20 September) accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application and ordered the Commission to prepare an assessment of the Balkan country’s readiness to join the bloc.
BBC Sport looks at some of the key facts surrounding the Fancy Bears hack team’s latest release of medical files stolen from Wada’s database.
A politician in Germany’s Pirate party is found dead in a Berlin flat with the body of another man, in what police believe was a murder-suicide.

Netzpolitik is an amazing German activist/journalist organization; in 2015, they braved a treason investigation by publishing Snowden docs that showed that the German intelligence services were conducting illegal surveillance and illegally collaborating with the NSA; now they’ve done it again, publishing a new leaked oversight report on spying at the Bad Aibling surveillance station.

Debate: Merkel admits mistakes in refugee policy

After electoral defeats for her conservative CDU party in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, German Chancellor Merkel has admitted to making mistakes in her refugee policy in recent years. Merkel has not shown enough contrition, some commentators argue. Others see her as morally victorious – even if she fails politically.
The people of Berlin punished the Socialist-conservative coalition in state elections on Sunday. The SPD was the strongest party but suffered major losses and now needs two partners to continue governing. The national-conservative AfD entered the Berlin parliament with just over 14 percent of the vote. Journalists discuss what the election means for the party landscape – and German democracy.
An Australian Muslim who went to France to show solidarity with French Muslims is forced to leave a beach for wearing a burkini, despite the ban being overturned.

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards.

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn at the TUC Congress,September 2016.Gareth Fuller/Press Association. All rights reserved.As a Scandinavian who has spent more than a decade living in Britain, nothing has made me feel more foreign than observing the current Labour leadership election. From his style to his policies Mr Corbyn would, in Norway, be an unremarkably mainstream, run-of-the-mill social-democrat. His policy-platform places him squarely in the Norwegian Labour Party from which the last leader is such a widely respected establishment figure that upon resignation he became the current Secretary-General of NATO.

Berlin state poll: Losses for Merkel’s CDU, gains for AfD

Germany’s Christian Democrats, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, suffer a historic defeat in state elections in Berlin.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepped up his attacks against other European Union leaders yesterday (18 September) after an EU summit in Bratislava which he said amounted to no more than “a nice cruise on the Danube.”
A year after Volkswagen admitted fiddling its diesel emissions, the European Investment Bank (EIB), whose loans backed the carmaker’s efforts to develop cleaner engines, is still unable to say whether or not public funds were used to rig emissions tests, writes Anna Roggenbuck.
In a few years’ time, people won’t buy a car just to get from A to B. Cars are going to become more like computers. The whole concept of transport will change, predicts Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy.

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