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Watch. EU chief Frans Timmermans tries to trash talk Nigel Farage and, well, doesn’t quite succeed

  • By: Timon Dias
  • Frans, true friends tell each other the truth, so here goes. Just stick to orating crowds halfway into a coma with talks of the absolute necessity to impose a political union and single currency on the incompatible fiscal cultures of Southern and Northern Europe. That’s what you do best and it’s what landed you the second highest unelected office in the EU.
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    Juncker’s “ruthless” right hand Martin Selmayr just bent the rules in a power grab securing position as EU’s highest civil servant

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • It’s not legally allowed to directly promote from cabinet chief of staff to Secretary-General to the Secretariat-General of the European Commission. So what did they do? They first promoted Selmayr to deputy Secretary-General, after which the then sitting Dutch Secretary-General Alexander Italianer announced his retirement. After that, Selmayr simply stepped out of his deputy chair to replace him as the real deal.
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    Frontex Risk Analysis 2018: Despite 60% drop in arrivals, pressure on external borders still “relatively high”

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Its most eye-catching finding is the fact that the number of illegal border crossings detected in 2017 represents a 60% drop compared to 2016. However, Frontex is upfront about this representing a change of pattern, perhaps a return to a more ‘normal’ situation, but still: “The overall pressure on Europe’s external borders remained relatively high, and the Western Mediterranean route saw the highest number of irregular migrants since Frontex began systematically collecting data in 2009.”
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    Cringy stuff. EP’s chief Brexit negotiator Verhofstadt’s rant in an empty European Parliament

  • By: Timon Dias
  • It’s always funny to hear him use his home country of Belgium as an example in his emotional pleads for a federal Europe. Because Belgium is not actually a country and it’s nearly impossible to run it at all. Just watch the video below, and ask yourself if you want Europe, which, like Belgium, is a multilingual landmass with various differing fiscal cultures, to be more or less like Verhofstadt’s federation.
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    EU claims to protect women from Female Genital Mutilation, but shields the culture underlying it

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • But should elements of Islamic culture have anything to say about female private parts? On 7 February 2018, European Parliament issued a press release, called Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation. The statement came hard on the heels of the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on 6 February. It’s not hard to see why.
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    EU task force to clamp down on ‘fake news’, but can’t define it. Calls EU control stamp for news “an option” 

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “A topic where we need to balance: balance rights, balance the freedom of information on the one hand, but on the other hand the right to receive transparent fact-checked and pluralistic information. (…) We really need to be pro-active here and not wait until things really are going wrong. Thank you for all the trust you’ve put in us and we will really do our utmost to take it to some next steps.”
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