EU: Democracy is more than elections

13 November 2020 — Global Justice Now

The image of Donald Trump on a golf course refusing to concede election defeat got me thinking. It served as a blunt reminder of just how much power certain leaders hold on to. Admittedly the US is not the only place where abuse of power has gotten out of control in recent times. When I think of Europe in the last weeks, a far less publicised image comes to mind.

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In Blow to Online Privacy EU Seizes on Vienna Attack to Enact Long-Desired Ban on Encryption

9 November 2020 — Mint Press

The end of end to end encryption

If the EU is successful, users will no longer enjoy protection from the prying eyes of government and criminals on popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal.

By Alan Macleod

The European Union is rushing through new legislation to get rid of end to end digital encryption. This would mean the end of privacy for users of popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal.

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Statewatch News 6 November 2020

6 November 2020 — Statewatch

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Webinar: Deportation Union: databases for expulsions

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Watch: The Moment for Change Is Now. Medical Doctors Speak Out

22 October, 2020 — Global Research

By ACU Kai Stuht Creative Caravan

On October 10, 2020, ACU2020.org announced the world doctors’ alliance in Berlin, Germany.

It is an alliance of medical doctors, scientists and peace activists who together claim that this COVID-19 affair is just not true.

And as medical doctors, it is their duty to speak out the truth.

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If no-one watches the watchers, we can’t defend our civil liberties

13 October 2020 — Statewatch

As governments seek ever-greater surveillance powers, we need to keep them under control.

For almost three decades, Statewatch has reported on, analysed and fought against attempts by the EU and national governments to snoop further and further into our private lives – from the surveillance and retention of telecommunications data; to the profiling of travellers, tourists and migrants; and plans to create vast, centralised databases of sensitive biometric data. Continue reading

Statewatch News – 18 September 2020 (11/20)

18 September 2020 — Statewatch

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Event: 28 September, 13:30 BST/14:30 CET

Webinar: Deportation Union: revamped return policies and reckless forced removals

Join Statewatch and TNI on 28 September for the first webinar of a three-part series accompanying the publication of the report ‘Deportation Union: Rights, accountability and the EU’s push to increased forced removals’.
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The West Killed and Displaced Muslim Multitudes, Becomes So Worried with the Plight of the Uighurs

17 September 2020 — Asia Times

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A Beijing-Brussels-Berlin special: that was quite the video-summit

From Beijing, we had President Xi Jinping. From Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel. And from Brussels, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The Chinese billed it as the first summit “of its kind in history”.

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Statewatch News Online 24 August 2020 (10/20)

24 August 2020 — Statewatch

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Press release: EU’s planned ‘deportation machine’: expensive, dangerous and lacking in transparency and accountability measures

Plans to increase the number of deportations from the EU will cost hundreds of millions of euros, create giant, opaque and unaccountable agencies and further undermine claims that the EU occupies the moral high ground in its treatment of migrants, argues a new report by the civil liberties organisation Statewatch 

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Deportation Union: Rights, accountability and the EU’s push to increase forced removals

21 August 2020 — Statewatch

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Deportation Union provides a critical examination of recently-introduced and forthcoming EU measures designed to increase the number of deportations carried out by national authorities and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex. It focuses on three key areas: attempts to reduce or eliminate rights and protections in the law governing deportations; the expansion and interconnection of EU databases and information systems; and the increased budget, powers and personnel awarded to Frontex.

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