#europe agenda: meet “Captain Europe”… “Map of separatist support in Europe….

Meet the EU’s adorably awkward real-life superhero: Captain Europe The Next Web by Már Másson Maack I know that this doesn’t strictly have anything to do with tech — except for the social media presence — but trust me, you’ll want to know more about this. While scrolling through Twitter, on the prowl for stories on EU … Read more

#Europe agenda: “.cat Domain a Casualty in Catalonian Independence Crackdown….

  .cat Domain a Casualty in Catalonian Independence Crackdown  EFF.org Updates On October 1, a referendum will be held on whether Catalonia, an autonomous region of the northeast of Spain, should declare itself to be an independent country.  The Spanish government has ruled the referendum illegal, and is taking action on a number of fronts to shut it … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Montenegro on the path to Nato membership…”Court blocks Catalan independence bill

Court blocks Catalan independence bill BBC News | Europe | World Edition Spain’s Constitutional Court revokes Catalonia’s parliamentary motion that set in motion a process of unilaterally breaking away from the rest of the country. EU’s new ‘Directive on Terrorism’ aims to criminalise preparatory acts  EurActiv.com The European Commission adopted on Wednesday (2 December) a package of measures … Read more

Erdoğan blackmailing EU: “Act in Syria [that is fight against Asad], or get ready to accept more refugees… Eurosphere agenda…

Erdogan tells EU: Act in Syria, or get ready to accept more refugees EurActiv.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (5 October) urged the EU to train rebels, and to consider a no-fly zone and safe haven area in Syria, during talks to address Europe’s growing migrant crisis. US, NATO condemn Russia’s violations of Turkish airspace  EurActiv.com … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Erdogan in Brussels for migrant talks While bringing Turkish election campaign to Strasbourg, Brussels

Erdogan in Brussels for migrant talks  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to hold key talks with EU officials on how to deal with the migrant crisis. MAIN FOCUS: Erdoğan and EU haggle over refugee policy | 05/10/2015 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with EU representatives in … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Row over Syria policy

MAIN FOCUS: Row over Syria policy | 30/09/2015 euro|topic The presidents of Russia and the United States met to discuss a policy on Syria at the start of the week. Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad remains the main bone of contention between the two leaders. According to some commentators Putin has pushed through his strategy of including … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Separatists win in Catalonia..

VIDEO: Voting under way in Catalonia BBC News | Europe | World Edition Voting is under way in local elections in the Spanish region of Catalonia, seen as a test of support for independence. MAIN FOCUS: Separatists win in Catalonia | 28/09/2015 euro|topics The separatist coalition Junts pel Sí and the far-left party CUP won an absolute … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Clashes before a possible Ukraine truce…

  Iceland’s pagans reach new height with first temple BBC News | Europe | World Edition Iceland’s Asatru movement builds first temple Is there reason to hope for Minsk II? open Democracy News Analysis – by Michael Emerson The last Minsk agreement on eastern Ukraine failed to bring peace. The latest looks similar—but the context has changed. … Read more

Fresh riots in Greece… Government collapse in Sweden… Eurosphere agenda…

Violence erupts at Greece protests  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Protesters in the Greek capital Athens throw rocks and petrol bombs, at a rally marking six years since police killed an unarmed teenager. Juncker says South Stream pipeline can still be built  EurActiv.com European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted the €32 billion South Stream natural … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “The rise of Podemos…”33 European languages in danger of extinction

The centre is falling apart across Europe theguardian.com – Ian Traynor – Nov 15, 4:04 PM – Wednesday morning in Brussels and Beppe Grillo has brought his anti-establishment roadshow to the European parliament. The committee room is packed, standing room only for the former standup act. Once he gets going, Grillo resembles a force of … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Catalonia symbolic poll ‘backs independence’…

Catalonia poll ‘backs independence’  BBC News | Europe | World Edition An informal vote on independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia has shown more than 80% in favour, officials say. Spain’s Catalans set to vote on independence  AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Catalonia vote: first reactions open Democracy News Analysis – by Fernando Betancor Artur Mas was … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Juncker hit by EP…”Commission to reject French budget…

Juncker bitten by the hand that fed him as the European Parliament undermines his Commission  Open Europe blog Juncker and Schulz in happier times… The letter from European Parliament (EP) President Martin Schulz to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has now been published in full and contains an extensive list of questions for the UK’s Lord … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Referendum in Scotland, Change of government in Sweden, Germany anti-euro party makes strides…

‘No’ Votes Gain Ground in Scotland’s Referendum: Latest Poll  Mashable! by Brian Ries A new poll on Scotland’s referendum shows “No” voters — that is, Scottish voters againstindependence — have retaken the lead with less than one week to go. Thousands on streets for campaigns  BBC News | Europe | MAIN FOCUS: Change of government in Sweden | … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Big Privacy Win in the EU

  Data Retention Directive Invalid, says EU’s Highest Court EFF.org Updates by Danny O’Brien and Danny O’Brien Today the European Court of Justice declared the EU’s Data Retention Directive invalid, declaring that the mass collection of Internet data in Europe entailed a “wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: France at war in Mali…

MAIN FOCUS: France’s bold offensive in Mali | 15/01/2013 from euro|topics UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Monday welcomed France’s military intervention in Mali. The French armed forces joined the fight against the Islamist rebels on Friday at the behest of the Malian government. Commentators admire the courage of the French President but note … Read more