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UKRINDFORM | European Parliament recommends giving Ukraine status of candidate for EU membership, 8 June
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for EU membership.

Some 438 MEPs voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against the document and 94 abstaining, Ukrinform reports, citing Deutsche Welle.

>Європарламент рекомендував Раді ЄС погодитися, що "Версальська декларація визнає європейські прагнення України та її заявку на членство у ЄС, а також надати їй статус кандидата до ЄС, як чіткий політичний сигнал солідарності з народом України". Ідеться про декларацію неформального саміту ЄС у Версалі, яка, щоправда, була дуже обережною у формулюваннях і визнала лише європейські прагнення України та додавала, що країна належить до європейської родини.
Європарламент просить зброю для України
Крім того, Європарламент рекомендував "без зволікань надати зброю у відповідності до потреб, висловлених українською владою, зокрема використовуючи Європейський інструмент підтримки миру та координаційний центр, а також за двосторонніми угодами між державами ЄС і Україною". За цим інструментом Євросоюз уже виділив два мільярди євро на закупівлю зброї для Києва.
euractive | Give Ukraine green light and overhaul EU defence policy, says liberal group, 8 June
The European Commission is expected to issue its opinion on whether Ukraine should be awarded EU candidate status in the coming weeks, followed by a decision by the European Council.

Speaking at the Congress of the Alliance of Liberal and Democrat parties for Europe (ALDE), Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Luxembourg's Xavier Bettel gave their strong backing for Ukraine to be given candidate status in June.

Martin pointed to the rapid economic development made by Ireland since it joined the EU in 1972 as an example of what EU membership could bring.
"Ukraine is obviously the main topic because it touches everything, starting with the question: what can we do to help, and to the question of EU expansion, and the European elections in 2024," Kira Rudik, the leader of the Golos party, told EURACTIV.

euronews | Chaos erupts at the European Parliament as three key climate laws are postponed, 8 June feat. 00:03:27 A/V noises
Metsola opened the floor for the final vote and revealed the ETS proposal had been surprisingly rejected by 340 votes against and 265 votes in favour, with 34 abstentions.[...] "The reality is that Greens and Socialists voted with the far-right against the proposal of the majority in this parliament. Don't change history, that's not fair," [Philippe Lamberts] added.
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 03:29:36 AM EST
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Hundreds of civilians ["]sheltering["] in Sievierodonetsk factory, says lawyer, 8 June with "highly explosive chemicals"
"These 800 civilians include around 200 out of the plant's 3,000 employees and approximately 600 inhabitants of the city of Sievierodonetsk," [Mr Lanny Davis!, the American lawyer] added.

The workers had remained at the factory in an attempt to "secure" the remaining part of "the plant's highly explosive chemicals", the statement said.

Contacted by AFP, the Ukrainian presidency had not confirmed the information by the end of the afternoon.

archived Wed Aug 22nd, 2018
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 04:05:29 AM EST
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"It's a bad day for the European Parliament," said Pieter Liese, an EPP lawmaker who acted as rapporteur of the ETS reform.

Liese was immediately cut off by jeers, forcing Metsola to intervene and demand silence.

No Pete, it's a bad day for the EPP. It's a normal day in a normal parliament.

"I think it's a shame that the far-right and the Socialist and the Greens have voted together," Liese said. "Democracy means to respect the Parliament and to have a reduction of the damage, to give it a second try. All those who voted against today can think twice. Please don't kill the ETS."

Drape yourself in virtue, Pete! The EPP watered down the climate goals, so the Socialist and Greens killed the bill.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 08:27:00 AM EST
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All power to the Councils has enter der Raum.
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 11:00:02 PM EST
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euractiv | More voices join call for EU grants instead of loans for Ukraine, 27 Mar FKA "macro-financial assisstance"
Some EU countries, including Germany, are also reportedly in favour of grants instead of loans. According to EU sources, the matter is likely to come up at the upcoming EU summit early next week, where EU heads of state [WHO DAT?] will discuss the situation in Ukraine. Calls for grants instead of loans are also coming from the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction LOL! and Development (EBRD) Odile Renaud-Basso.
The former Ukrainian economy minister Tymofiy Mylovanov also expressed concerns about the impact of loans on Ukraine's economy and its ability to repay the debt.

"This will come from the [Ukrainian] budget and hence it will crowd out < wipes tears > other spending, like education," he told EURACTIV, adding that "this will weaken the government economically and politically."

archived Ukraine GDP 1987-2022, book value
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 11:46:17 PM EST
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of EU "embargo", "import", "export," "sanction," double-entry accounting and prepositions, possibly rentier algebra FKA properties of real numbers

DE | Germany sees massive dip in Russia exports, uptick in China imports, 13 June

Germany's exports to Russia have taken a nosedive since the invasion of Ukraine, the Federal Stastical Office, or Destatis, reported on Monday. At the the same time, however, imports into Germany from Russia were booming.
"The import surplus in foreign trade with Russia in April was €2.9 billion euros. In March, it had amounted to €3.4 billion," Destatis wrote. The German term "import surplus" is often called a "trade deficit" in English.
Regarding the sharp increase in Chinese imports into [?!] Germany, this was largely due to the import of chemical products worth €4.4 billion, a six-fold increase on the previous year. Surging demand for raw materials used in pharmaceutical production, data processing equipment, and other electrical equipment also drove the rise in [GERMANY] imports.
archived supply chain discipline excluding CHINA
by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 03:26:04 PM EST
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Firm behind popular US dollar stablecoin to launch Euro Coin, 17 June APsplainin

May 10: Unstable Stablecoin: How Crypto's Crash Broke The Buck

archived pirate guideline UPDATE!

by Cat on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 08:36:08 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Germany unveils new measures to cut usage of natural gas, 20 June
Germany will notably use less gas for producing electricity, replacing it with energy produced by coal plants. "That means, to be honest, more coal-fired power plants for a transitional period. That's bitter, but it's almost necessary in this situation to reduce gas consumption," Habeck, from the Greens, noted. Existing coal plants will be upgraded to temporarily compensate the decline of energy production from gas-fired plants.
Reuters | Nord Stream gas capacity constrained as sanctions delay equipment, 14 June
"Due to the delayed return of gas compressor units from repair by Siemens ... and technical engines' malfunctions, only three gas compressor units can currently be used at the Portovaya compression station," Gazprom said.

Siemens Energy, which was spun off from former parent Siemens (SIEGn.DE) in 2020, said in a statement that it supplied so-called aeroderivative gas turbines for a compressor station for Nord Stream 1 in 2009. These were manufactured in Canada and needed to be regularly sent back for maintenance, Siemens Energy said, adding one of the turbines was currently being overhauled in Montreal.

"Due to the sanctions imposed by Canada, it is currently impossible for Siemens Energy to deliver overhauled gas turbines to the customer. Against this background we have informed the Canadian and German governments and are working on a viable solution," the company said.

archived Pressrelease #233 from 8 June 2022, Siemens to wind down Russian operations, Robert Habeck and Nord Stream 2
by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 11:32:57 PM EST
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euractiv | G7 to discuss gas turbine needed by Germany, blocked in Canada by sanctions, 23 June allegedly
The leaders of G7 industrialized countries, which include Canada and Germany, are meeting in Bavaria from Sunday through Tuesday [26-28 June].
G7: FR, DE, IT, EU(27), JP, UK, US, CA
Russia's state-controlled Gazprom has cut the capacity along the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to just 40% of usual levels in recent days, citing the delayed return of equipment being serviced by Germany's Siemens Energy [GmbH] in Canada.
Siemens Energy [AG], which was spun off from former parent Siemens (SIEGn.DE) in 2020, supplied so-called aeroderivative gas turbines for a compressor station for Nord Stream 1 in 2009 [13 years ago]... These [turbines] were manufactured in Canada and needed to be regularly sent back [to Canada] for maintenance, Siemens Energy said, adding one of the turbines was currently being overhauled in Montreal.
Canada, alongside its Western allies, has issued sweeping sanctions on Russia since it invaded Ukraine in February.
Nord Stream I shareholders: PJSC Gazprom (RF) = 51%; Wintershall Dea AG (DE), PEG Infrastruktur AG (DE), N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (NL), ENGI (FR) = combined 49%
European leaders such as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have questioned whether the cut in flows EU Russian "embargo" is politically motivated rather than a technical issue mechanical repair .

[Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jonathan] Wilkinson said he did not know for sure if the turbines were the reason for the current reduction in gas supplies, but said ["]the issue["] should be resolved anyway. "The reason why these turbines are refurbished here is that they do need to be refurbished [in Canada]. And so at some point, it will have an impact," he said.

by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 06:20:03 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | No Deal 2035, 28 June
"key members of the government publicly brawled while EU ministers"
by Cat on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 04:42:52 PM EST
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DEsplainin | Germany signals support for 2035 fossil fuel car phaseout, with conditions
"CO2 neutral fuels" + IT, PT, SK, BG, RO phaseout calculus
by Cat on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 04:53:32 PM EST
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Ukraine draft, 7 June 2022 Rada
In Ukraine, the mobilization of women is being prepared for the purpose of "uninterrupted replenishment of the losses of personnel" of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. First of all, until June 15, the mobilization of women who are already liable for military service will start, and until June 31 Ukrainian women from 18 to 60 will be registered for military service.
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 04:16:50 PM EST
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Logistics #ammunition 4 🇺🇦

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 05:37:46 PM EST
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CFR | Russia's War in Ukraine: How Does it End?. 31 May ZOOM transcript
feat. Host Richard Haass, Stephen J. Hadley [!], Charles A. WHO?, Alina WHO? (pres, CEO Center for European Policy Analysis, and Twitty (former Cmdr EUCOM), Ken Roth ("Human Rights" Watch)
TWITTY: Well, as I take a look at this, you know, Secretary Austin came out that we're going to weaken Russia. We have not really defined what weaken means, because if you take a look at the Ukrainians right now, I take a strong belief in Colin Powell's doctrine--you overwhelm a particular enemy with force. And right now, when you take a look at Ukraine and you take a look at Russia, they're about one to one. The only difference is Russia has a heck of a lot of combat power than the Ukrainians.

And so there's no way that the Ukrainians will ever destroy or defeat the Russians, and so we got to really figure out what does weaken mean in the end state here. And I will also tell you, Richard, there's no way that the Ukrainians will ever have enough combat power to kick the Russians out of Ukraine as well, and so what does that look like in the end game.

European Council to EP: "If we want to be a geopolitical power, we must act as a geopolitical power. This means taking care of ourselves but also taking care of others. By being together, we can use that power to become more sovereign and more prosperous, more influential."
POLYAKOVA: ...This war is still very young in terms of wars, and we just need more time to give the Ukrainians a fighting chance. Right now, the problem I see is, really, again, with the--all the issues that Europeans have kind of shoved under the rug for many years is now coming back to bite them and that's why we're seeing all those divisions.

So I know that wasn't as succinct answer as you may have wanted, Richard. But I think there's a lot more we can do still--gas, oil, all of that--to get the Russians--

A new approach to the Prisoner's Dilemma
HAASS:  ...And we can argue whether it ought to be done through NATO. It's hard to imagine anything these days being done through the U.N., given Russia's veto. It just seems to me something that we seem to have accepted rather than challenged. What am I missing here?
France24 | Shipping movement continues in the Black Sea despite Ukraine war, sanctions
TWITTY: No, I think you're right, Richard, and, as you know, Russia has a blockade [!] there along the southern coastline that's preventing wheat and grain and everything else [!] from flowing out of there and it's crippling the Ukrainian economy.
Habeck seeks energy partnership in the Middle East - US Congress proposes DEFEND Act
HADLEY: I guess there's a question about whether the Turks would allow in U.S. naval warships or European naval warships in order to try to dispute Russian control of the Black Sea and provide escort, and I don't know the answer to that question....
low-brow  recorded A/V excerpt, annotated
by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 12:12:46 AM EST
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linguocide will enter the room 28 June.
by Cat on Mon Jun 27th, 2022 at 09:51:37 PM EST
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Newsweek | Ukraine to Call Up Women Over 20 for Armed Forces "to join the fight against" Minsk I-II
Ukrainian finance minister Natalya Yaresko estimated the war is costing Ukraine $10 million dollars a day, earlier today. European finance ministers agreed to loan Ukraine €1.5 billion in addition to the €15 billion loan programme agreed by the EU and Ukraine last March, as the Ministry of Finance has estimated that the war has shrunk the country's economy by 20%.

However, Kiev is unwilling to scale back its military in response to its economic problems as it is now prepared to extend the bracket for the nation-wide call to military service towards female citizens in a bid to reinforce its national security services and deliver on its plans to mobilise and enlist 200,000 Ukrainians in its arm forces by the end of 2015.

by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 06:40:18 PM EST
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Ukrainian finance minister Natalya Yaresko

I think she is still a U.S. citizen....

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 06:49:34 PM EST
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She's made a few lateral moves for her employer since 2015, as is the custom
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 10:25:52 PM EST
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South Front | Ukranian women [protest] sexual exploitation in Europe, 28 June
In a interview published on Monday, June 27, Reuters' senior human rights advisor Heather Fischer, who is investigating the case, said: "European women, Eastern European woman, Ukrainian women, are already at risk, and often are lured and groomed and recruited into sex trafficking (...) So you put crisis on top of that, and now you have a recipe for increased spikes of demand for human trafficking (...) This might seem innocuous at first to the outside observer, but these trends can actually provide sort of an impetus for traffickers to capitalize the demand
In an investigation conducted by The Times in April, it was possible to observe several sexual predators offering shelter and Ukrainian refugees in Facebook groups. Some openly demanded sexual favors while others spoke more moderately but using suggestive vocabulary.

However, although investigations about this type of exploratory activity have been taking place since February, nothing has been done to protect these women so far. State authorities have blamed sexual predation on digital platforms that are unable to control such criminals' access to refugee assistance networks.

Pravda-com.ua | From facebook to interrogations. Why the ombudsman Denisova lost her position, 27 June
by Cat on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 05:33:01 PM EST
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Ambassadors' conference - Speech by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, post-colonial hijinks, G7 BREXIT-era edition
We experience this world all together and you know that better than I, but the international order is being disrupted in an unprecedented way, with massive upheaval, probably for the first time in our history, in almost all areas and on a historic scale. Above all, a transformation, a geopolitical and strategic reconfiguration. We are probably in the process of experiencing the end of Western hegemony over the world. We were used to an international order that had been based on Western hegemony since the 18th century - probably French hegemony in the 18th century, inspired by the Enlightenment; probably British hegemony in the 19th century thanks to the Industrial Revolution, and American hegemony in the 20th century thanks to two major conflicts and the economic and political domination of that power. Things change. And they have been deeply affected by the mistakes made by Westerners in certain crises, by American decisions over the last several years which did not start with this administration, but have led us to re-examine certain involvements in conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere, and to rethink fundamental diplomatic and military strategy and on occasion elements of solidarity which we thought were forever inalienable even though we had developed them together during periods of geopolitical significance, which have however now changed. And it is also the emergence of new powers whose impact we have probably underestimated for far too long. ...
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 04:50:57 PM EST
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NRK | Derfor blir Ukraina neppe EU-medlem no: - Eit ekstremt skakkøyrd land, 8 June
• Utbreitt korrupsjon
• Uferdig rettsstat og demokrati
• Rikingar kontrollerer økonomi og politikk
• Fattigdom, krig og nasjonalisme
• Urettferdig å gi ein snarveg inn
Politico.eu.com | Von der Leyen pops up in Kyiv to discuss Ukraine's EU bid, 11 June
"'The discussions today will enable us to finalize our assessment by the end of next week,' Von der Leyen said in a statement, while stressing that the process 'is a merit-based path forward.'"
YLE | Finland denies Turkish demands to extradite alleged terrorists, 11 June
"Among others, Turkey has demanded that Finland extradite one of the men convicted of a firebomb attack on its embassy in Helsinki."
euractiv | Albanian government favours Sweden and Finland in NATO, 27 May
"'We formally agreed on the expansion of the Alliance and the inclusion of these two countries,' Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka said during a press conference."
Fria Tider | Arab "talent reserve" will be imported into the EU
"Enligt kommissionen innebär invandring från arabvärlden 'högt kvalificerad arbetskraft', såsom till exempel lastbilsförare, som kan användas i EU-länderna och berika deras ekonomier."

under the radar
Fria Tider | Swedes can vote for foreign politicians in the EU election, 4 May

With 323 votes against 262, the European Parliament has voted through its proposal for new election rules for the EU elections in 2024. Each voter shall receive two votes instead of one. In addition to a domestic member, you must also be able to vote for a member from a list of common candidates from all countries.

Swedish parties, whose party leaders would have less power if the proposal passes, are opposed to the idea.

archived Draghi calls for EU treaties change amid 'ideal' and 'pragmatic' federalism
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 09:02:19 PM EST
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Focus Washington | Sauli Niinistö: Finland Won't Join NATO Without Sweden, 13 June

not that old "Gold Coast", the NEW! one

YLE | Gold Coast Debates 2022, 12 June A/V, mostly EN (ironically), episodes 1- 5, in which FI President Sauli Niinistö and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ruminate courses of mutual national security in the event Türkiye (FKA Turkey) vetoes either SE or FI application to enroll in NATO.

by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 02:57:28 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 05:15:32 PM EST
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DW | 7 countries that changed their names -- and why, 2 June post-colonial,
FYROM palimpsest edition
Sometimes it's politics, other times a break from history or even marketing

archived east asia and the pacific Sec. 7043. (a) Burma.-- (*-Eng.)

by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 01:50:51 PM EST
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What a hoot! Constituents of the EU seek ECJ jurisdiction enlargement to encompass a "third country" civil litigants that are not party to either the TEU or the TFEU.

Not to be confused with either war-time "media" censorship enforced by unilateral EC directive, information service provider "content" labeling and censure d/b/a "demonitization", UN Declaration of Human Rights, UNGA, UNSC, ICC, ICJ jurisdiction and orders, or normatively legit US Foreign Agents Registration Act (1938, et seq.), because Reasons®:

Court finds Russian 'foreign agents' law violates human rights convention

The European Court of Human Rights sided with 73 Russian organizations impacted by the regulation, finding the law impedes the work of civil society groups and violates freedom of expression.
The controversial bill, which passed the Russian Parliament in the summer of 2012 with overwhelming support, is widely seen as a response to protests following Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency the same year. Initially, the bill applied to nongovernmental organizations that engaged in political activity and received financial support from abroad. Its reach has since been expanded to media outlets as well. The law requires such groups to declare in all of their communications and publications that they are "foreign agents," a Soviet-era term referring to Western spies. ...
file in Mental disorder is a communicable disease/red scares/

supra a geopolitical power
archived HUAC (1938-1956) et seq., aesopian language, LQD: US Federal Law Eats World, vomits, Free Speech

by Cat on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 02:35:43 PM EST
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The European Court of Human Rights isn't a body of the EU, unlike the European Court of Justice.

The European Court of Human Rights is a body of the Council of Europe where Russia was a member until the war in Ukraine. So the judgement is untimely and unlikely to have any effect.

by fjallstrom on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 08:44:43 AM EST
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Readovka | Putin signed laws on non-execution of ECHR judgments in the Russian Federation from March 15, 2022 because ...
until January 1, 2023, aplicants may be paid monetary compensation by the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia in accordance with the decisions of the ECHR, which were issued before March 16.

Recall that on March 15, Moscow officially announced with a note that it was withdrawing from the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights. A statement was made that the Russian Federation will not comply with the decisions of the ECHR, if they do not comply with the Russian Constitution. On the same day, [Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe] PACE adopted a resolution indicating to the Committee of Ministers that Moscow cannot be a member of the Council. On March 16, the Committee of Ministers decided that the Russian Federation ceased to be a member of the organization.

by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 11:46:01 PM EST
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Ukrainians who have suffered from russian aggression can apply to the European Court of Human Rights online, 22 June
Every citizen who has become a victim of the russian aggression can receive compensation from EUR 5,000 to 30,000. For this purpose, you must have time to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) within four months of the violation of their rights, but no later than January 16, 2023. From today, you can apply to the ECHR online through the appropriate electronic system: espl.com.ua

The system contains a list of situations that give the right to apply to the ECHR: the death of a relative, destroyed housing, injuries, unlawful deprivation of liberty, torture, rape or enforced disappearance, etc.

by Cat on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 11:44:25 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Hotel California
EU launches legal action over UK's Northern Ireland Brexit bill

Two days after the U.K. presented controversial legislation allowing ministers to effectively ignore parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, the European Commission took aim at Britain's "illegal" proposal. Brussels' move -- described as "disappointing" by London -- could eventually see the two sides face each other in court.

The Commission is launching two new lawsuits against the U.K., accusing it of failing to meet two obligations under the [NI] protocol, a crucial and long-negotiated part of the BREXIT divorce deal [EU Withdrawal Agreement as opposed to UK Withdrawal Bill]

US, UK do. not. do. international law. Who knew?
"Let it be no doubt: There is no legal nor political justification whatsoever for unilaterally changing an international agreement," [EC VP Maroš Šefčovič] said. "Opening the door to unilaterally changing an international agreement is a breach of international law as well. So let's call a spade a spade. This is illegal."
slide "rules-based" EU Withdrawal "transition period"
The EU executive will also resume an infringement process [?!] launched against the U.K. last year [2021?!], which had been put on hold to create room for talks with London on how to make the operation of the protocol less burdensome on businesses and citizens in Northern Ireland.
archived this new political union
by Cat on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 02:50:35 PM EST
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DW | European Commission recommends Ukraine be granted EU candidate status
"Ukraine has clearly demonstrated its aspiration and determination to live up to European values and standards," President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said.
archived European Court of Auditors | Special Report 23: Reducing grand corruption in Ukraine, 2021, May 2022 european aspiration
The Commission on Friday also proposed making Moldova an EU membership candidate. The EU's executive said that this was premised on the understanding that the country would carry out reforms.

Von der Leyen said that Moldova  "is on a real pro-reform, anti-corruption and European path," adding, "It still has a long way to go. But we believe it has the potential to live up to the criteria."

The country shares a long stretch of border with Ukraine.

archived Moldova officially applies for EU membership, 3 Mar 2022
by Cat on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 12:47:38 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Commission will urge EU candidate status for war-ravaged Ukraine, 13 June
Final decision rests with European Council.
landssakes! It's not even part of the EU!
Recognizing Ukraine as a candidate country ultimately requires the unanimous approval of the 27 heads of state and government on the European Council, who are expected to take up the question at a summit meeting in Brussels next week. Officials and diplomats said that at least three countries were still opposed.
cliff hanger ...
France currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU and, as such, has a key role in preparing the European Council debate.
archived Report by President Charles Michel to the European Parliament plenary session, 8 June
If we want to be a geopolitical power, we must act as a geopolitical power. This means taking care of ourselves but also taking care of others. By being together, we can use that power to become more sovereign and more prosperous, more influential.

We are united and committed to back Ukraine and to build our common future.

by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 12:19:45 AM EST
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euractiv | Ukraine, energy security top priorities for the Czech [Council of the EU] Presidency, 15 June congratulations, Czech PM Petr Fiala
"What we must do to end the war is clear. Put pressure on Russia, maintain European unity, continue to support Ukraine and try to ensure that Vladimir Putin's aggressive plans do not succeed."

Fiala also emphasised the need for solidarity across the bloc to deal with the influx of Ukrainian refugees, of which the Czech Republic has received over 350,000. In cooperation with the European Commission, the presidency will focus on the allocation of sufficient funding to the relevant member states, organisations and civil society actors who tackling the crisis.

Moreover, the Czech Presidency hopes to organise an EU-Ukraine summit in October 2022, personally attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, depending on the security situation in the country at the time.
Prague has confirmed its full support of the EU's Fit for 55 and REPowerEU legislative packages, including all measures needed to end Europe's dependency on Russian energy imports by 2027.

"Last but not least, the Czech Presidency will focus on the role of nuclear energy in ensuring EU energy security and meeting the EU's climate goals," the official document, presented on 15 June, writes.

by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 01:03:39 AM EST
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Germany, France, Italy back EU candidate status for Ukraine, 16 June
The European Commission is expected to publish its opinion on Ukraine's candidate status on Friday (17 June), which leaves EU leaders roughly a week to study the document before they are to decide on the matter at a crucial EU summit on 23-24 June.
Macron also stressed the EU would need to prepare for these upcoming enlargements "by modernising its structures and procedures."
< wipes tears >
"[President] Zelenskyy knows that it is a way forward, not just a step," said  Italy's [Grandpa] Draghi.

It was not immediately clear, however, what conditions would be attached to Ukraine's EU candidacy bid, but it is likely that the bloc might request strict requirements on rule of law, institutional reforms, as well as the fight against corruption, before agreeing to formally launch accession talks.

by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 05:06:09 PM EST
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EC | Opinion on the EU membership application by Ukraine, 17 June
The aspiration to belong to the European Union has for many years been an important priority for Ukraine, its governments and citizens. It has been an underlying motive for democratic changes over the past decade and a driver of a number of key reforms founded on European values. The decision in late 2013, of the then-President not to sign, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which symbolised for many Ukrainians a path towards the European Union, led to large-scale protests against the authorities.
something something ...
Subsequently < wipes tears> , the Russian Federation moved against Ukraine, not accepting the independent choice of the Ukrainian people. While losing control over part of its territory and suffering human and economic losses because of the conflict in the eastern part of the country, Ukraine continued throughout the years as a resilient democracy moving closer to the European Union and gradually aligning with the acquis. ...
Mental disorcer is a communicable disease, A/V (EN)
by Cat on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 01:18:54 PM EST
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DW | [European Council] grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status, 23 June unaninmity
by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 08:29:21 PM EST
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