Spycops in Spain; EU asylum plans; AI Convention draft leak; UK govt attacks basic freedoms

Friday, 3 February 2023 — Statewatch

Issue 02/23, 2 February

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Welcome to our latest bulletin, featuring:

  • Special report: Spycops in Spain
  • EU asylum plans: unaccountability and failure
  • First draft of artificial intelligence convention published
  • UK government assault on basic freedoms continues

And: Draft European Council conclusions, Dutch police surveillance case, travel surveillance, and more.
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Europe has enemies within, enemies without

Sunday, 22  January 2023 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMA

France’s President Emmanuel Macron (R) with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as they arrive to attend a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, Sorbonne university’s Grand Amphitheatre, Paris, Jan. 22, 2023

The internal balances of the European Union are significantly transforming as a consequence of the US’ proxy war with Russia in Ukraine. The countries that are close neighbours of the conflict zone — countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States — have a greater sense of involvement in the conflict in comparison with the countries of Old Europe. These New Europeans have had a difficult history that puts them on a pronouncedly ‘anti-Russian’ trajectory.

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Statewatch: Join us in Brussels on 25 January at Privacy Camp 2023

Thursday, 12 January 2023 — Statewatch

Workshop: Policing the crisis, policing as crisis: the problem(s) with Europol

Register for Privacy Camp 2023 here (our workshop is in-person attendance only). For more information on Privacy Camp, see the website.

In June 2022 EU policing agency Europol received substantial new powers. Legal changes mean the agency can now process data on entirely innocent people, more easily receive and transmit personal data from non-EU states, and is responsible for developing algorithms and other new technologies for police forces across the EU.

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Grandson of Charles de Gaulle, an Old CIA Nemesis, Condemns West’s Policy in Ukraine

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 — CoverAction Magazine

By Jeremy Kuzmarov
Pierre de Gaulle [Source: rt.com]

Says the U.S. and NATO triggered the conflict and are making Europeans suffer

Pierre de Gaulle, a grandson of former French President Charles de Gaulle, has said the U.S. is making Europeans suffer by fueling the Ukraine conflict and waging a pre-planned economic war against Russia.

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Ukraine war tolls death knell for NATO

Sunday,25 December 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

President Vladimir Putin addressed an expanded meeting of the Russian Defence Ministry Board, Moscow, Dec. 21, 2022

The defining moment in US President Joe Biden’s press conference at the White House last Wednesday, during President Zelensky’s visit, was his virtual admission that he is constrained in the proxy war in Ukraine, as European allies don’t want a war with Russia.

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EU cracks the whip (gently) on Iran

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (L) with Iran’s Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian, Tehran, July 27, 2022. (File photo)

The European Union has returned to the ritual of sanctioning Iran to leverage its foreign and security policies. The highlight of the EU Foreign Affairs Council ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday was the imposition of sanctions against Iran over a range of issues.

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Demons creep up from Europe’s attic

Saturday, 10 December 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

‘Reichsbürger’ at a rally in Berlin: Neo-Nazi, or just a crackpot?

The visit of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock to New Delhi had an anti-climatic ending. Baerbock waxed eloquently about Germany as a paragon of democratic values and claimed affinity with India. She hoped to persuade Modi government to disengage from strategic partnership with “authoritarian” Russia.

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In the Netherlands, a Discriminatory Algorithm has Impoverished Thousands of Families

Thursday, 1 December 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

By Alexia EYCHENNE

Aided by an algorithm, the Dutch tax office has plunged into distress tens of thousands of families – in particular, foreign-born mothers, in wrongfully demanding from them staggering sums. The state is proving incapable of setting things right.

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Watch: Ukraine, NATO, and the State of the EU w/ MEP Clare Daly!

Friday, 2 December 2022 — Chronicles of Haiphong

Clare Daly is a member of the European Parliament who was elected from the constituency of Dublin, Ireland in 2019. She represents Independents4Change and sits in the Left group. Previously she was a member of the Irish Parliament, a former Airport Shop Steward, and Students Union President.

Is there an Offramp in the Offing?

Friday, 25 November 2022 — The van says…

Von der Leyen and Zelenskiy might see eye to eye, yet with European fortunes looking bleak, other European politicians may be again be viewing ties with Russia.

Preamble

The last six months have presented Western leaders with first the opportunity to wave a big stick at Moscow, then realize that the Russian Bear is a good deal less frightened of the stick than those economies that need Moscow’s materials. This article will look at certain events over the last month that may indicate that at least a few Western leaders are getting cold feet concerning the economic Cold War they were so enthusiastic to start.
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EU Commission Chief Faces Corruption Probe Over Pfizer Contracts

Sunday, 20 November 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The EU can’t have its own puppets swashbuckling the high life and doing their own thing, can they?

Is it possible that the President of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen is not quite as squeaky clean as some might assume? Do such lightweights, who define themselves by how much they fail to achieve, who come from the bowels of political obscurity in Germany rise to such prominence without a little help from powerful elites, masonic links and corrupt corporations?

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New Europol rules massively expand police powers and reduce rights protections

Thursday, 10 November 2022 — Statewatch

The new rules governing Europol, which came into force at the end of June, massively expand the tasks and powers of the EU’s policing agency whilst reducing external scrutiny of its data processing operations and rights protections for individuals, says a report published today by Statewatch.

Given Europol’s role as a ‘hub’ for information processing and exchange between EU member states and other entities, the new rules thus increase the powers of all police forces and other agencies that cooperate with Europol, argues the report, Empowering the police, removing protections.

New tasks granted to Europol include supporting the EU’s network of police “special intervention units” and managing a cooperation platform for coordinating joint police operations, known as EMPACT. However, it is the rules governing the processing and exchange of data that have seen the most significant changes.

Read more here: New Europol rules massively expand police powers and reduce rights protections

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An Excess of Evacuees

Monday, 7 November 2022 — The Van Says…

This has become a familiar picture over the last year, yet is the Ukrainian political establishment now attempting to flood Europe with its populace?

Preamble

The last month has seen Russian forces take the Ukrainian electricity system offline piece by piece, power stations as well as substations being destroyed in a series of devastating strikes. This has prompted the mayor of Kiev to propose evacuating the entire population from the city as well as its environs due to the increasingly untenable situation that the population faces as normal life slowly grinds to a halt and the cold of winter starts to bite. With things being as they are across the whole country today, it can be guaranteed that these displaced people will not stay in-country and will be sent to Europe. This article examines what this may mean for both the Ukraine as a country and those states who would be playing host to as many as four million more Ukrainian people.

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Bullying Belgrade

Wednesday, 2 November 2022 — The van says…

With the exception of Hungary, Serbia has become an island surrounded as a sea of Atlanticists and aspirants attempt to play a western game in Eastern Europe

Preamble

Over the last month, several statements have been made by the EU in Brussels as well as its member states as they attempt to pressure Serbia into acting against Russia as the West moves against the East. This shorter article will look at Serbia, the role it plays in Europe as well as what the future may hold as the West attempts to halt a presently unstoppable Russia. This short article is looking to the current situation rather than looking at affairs over the last few decades.
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Of Gas and Hot Air

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — The van says…

Hot air from the politicians, yet no heat for the people

Preamble

We have seen some pretty scary stories coming out of the UK of late, and the ones regarding its energy situation are even worse than those concerning the political rollercoaster that London has become of late. This shorter article will take a wry look at what it’s all about.
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Statewatch News Issue 18/22: Join our Board; Refugee relocation scheme founders; Who benefits from EU security funding?

Friday, 28 October 2022 — statewatch.org

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Welcome to the latest edition of Statewatch News, featuring:

  • Join our Board of Trustees!
  • Refugee relocation scheme founders as states plan to “intensify police checks” across the EU
  • Who benefits from EU military and security funding?

As well as news on a fresh round of migration control funding from Spain for Morocco (to the tune of €30 million) and our usual roundup of news and reports from across Europe.

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Patrick Lawrence: Europe’s Self Destruction

Friday, 22 October 2022 — Scheerpost

Despite the economically disastrous impact the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage will have on Europe, Western media still holds its tongue about it.

Ceremony of opening of gasoline Nord Stream. Among others Angela Merkel and Dmitry Medvedev, 2011. Kremlin.ru, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By Patrick Lawrence / Original to ScheerPost

Absolutely remarkable, Western media’s determination to ignore the recent Baltic Sea detonations, which knocked out the Nord Stream I and II gas pipelines. A major piece of Europe’s energy infrastructure, the joint property of Germany and Russia, has been destroyed. Any chance that Russian gas transmissions westward will be resumed is off the table. The Continent is now sent on a desperate search for new sources of natural gas, inevitably at higher prices. I cannot think of many stories that are more significant.

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