European Union-who, what, and the issues

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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Post by pysanky » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:44 pm

Greece has the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Hands up if you knew that?
http://www.gr2014.eu/

http://www.gr2014.eu/news/press-release ... paired-and EU thinks of others needing access to printed material? Think to include websites.
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Post by CielOnTap » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:36 pm

I did not see this recent article reported in Canadian press but did come across it in a Japanese publication. There was a recent boat ramming by smugglers who tried to force illegal migrants into a smaller boat near Malta. Only 10 of the 500 people aboard the boat survive the boat capsizing action.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/0 ... -children/

What I did see was a photo of Angelina Jolie being saluted in Malta while coming off of a boat. Her presence must be connected to her humanitarian work with the UN.

The European Union remains a destination for people travelling through Africa to escape difficult circumstances at home for a better life. Given the turmoil in many places, including Libya, the Europeans concerned with maritime patrols don't have African counterparts who could help control migrant boats from departing for the open sea and Europe. Libya did have an agreement with Italy but that was while Gadhafi was still in power and before he became pursued.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:42 pm

An address for a Romanian governmenatl office is one that has some residents mindful of not wanting to ever having to step inside-the National Anti-Corruption Directorate:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/world ... ovesi.html

Many countries have to wrangle the issue of corruption while being a part of the European Union because national economies in need of financial bailouts tend to have some corruption that helped to create the financial situations.
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Post by fishandchips » Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:51 pm

People leaving Africa for Europe continue to make dangerous boat crossings at the mercy of people paid to arrange the crossings but causing perils at sea. An opinion piece from Spiegel English weighs in on what EU policies are doing to create a destination worth risking lives for:
The mass deaths of refugees at Europe's external borders are no accidents -- they are the direct result of European Union policies. The German constitution and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights promise protection for people seeking flight from war or political persecution. But the EU member states have long been torpedoing this right. Those wishing to seek asylum in Europe must first reach European territory. But Europe's policy of shielding itself off from refugees is making that next to impossible. The EU has erected meters-high fences at its periphery, soldiers have been ordered to the borders and war ships are dispatched in order to keep refugees from reaching Europe.

For those seeking protection, regardless whether they come from Syria or Eritrea, there is no legal and safe way to get to Europe. Refugees are forced to travel into the EU as "illegal" immigrants, using dangerous and even fatal routes. Like the one across the Mediterranean.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/eur ... 29594.html

Something to think about when European countries gain more people by the sea. Of course, where have the previous migrants gone or are most still in detention centres?
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Post by CielOnTap » Tue May 12, 2015 10:49 am

The Economist has the migrant crossing/boat people issue on the cover of the issue ending May 1. The articles mention the EU meetings on April 24 after the loss of several hundred migrants after their boat crashed with a rescuing merchant ship. The Italian officials had ended their Mare Nostrum program last October and the EU's coastal program is less funded and does not have search and rescue as part of operational mandate.

The arguments concerning rescuing (who does it, funding and protocol) and processing asylum seekers cover where the processing should happen. The second part of the argument is how will the migrants be distributed for resettlement throughout the EU, so no one EU country shoulders the burden of settlement as the southernmost countries are usually the first landing sites for migrant crossings.

It has been noticed that the smugglers must be running out of boats and some boats have been recovered after migrants have been rescued. But another issue arises-are smugglers forcing overboarding on boats to maximize their dollar returns on boats and relying on EU coastal rescues to keep migrants on the path to Europe? If no rescues are provided, lives are lost at sea. If EU countries do provide rescue of migrants, smugglers will keep sending people over the water.
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Europe’s policies are also rife with unintended consequences. A new fence between Greece and Turkey stopped migration across the land border, but led to a doubling in—more dangerous—crossings of the Aegean in the first half of 2014. Relying on merchant vessels to answer migrants’ calls for help causes them to switch off their radios, increasing the risk of collisions and the dangers for shipping in distress. Countries shut asylum-seekers inside detention centres for long stretches or prevent them from working in order to make life so miserable that people will seek refuge elsewhere. That wastes money, besides making newcomers harder to integrate.
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Australia's handling of refugee seekers redirects them to two other islands for claims processing. The cost is over $3B Australian.
http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/ ... stop-boats
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:31 pm

Greece is still without a debt deal. And there are two German politicians not seeing the same solution for the situation.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/eur ... 38590.html
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Post by CielOnTap » Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:28 pm

Greece had closed banks and put limits on ATM withdrawals as citizens strived to cash out their money in light of no progress on debt talks to let EU money forth.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33325886
Greece is asking for a new two-year €29.1bn aid deal from a bailout mechanism for eurozone countries.

Eurozone finance ministers will discuss the Greek offer in a teleconference on Tuesday evening.

If it fails to make the IMF payment, Greece could risk leaving the euro.
Another place is about to do the debt dance: Puerto Rico, the US possession in the Caribbean.
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"There's no one in the administration or in D.C. that's contemplating a federal bailout of Puerto Rico," Earnest said. "But we do remain committed to working with Puerto Rico and their leaders as they address the serious financial challenges."

The inability of the U.S. territory to repay its debt, combined with the financial crisis in Greece, would have far-reaching implications for financial markets and unsuspecting American investors. Morningstar, an investment research firm based in Chicago, estimated in 2013 that 180 mutual funds in the United States and elsewhere have at least 5% of their portfolios in Puerto Rican bonds.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:58 am

Morning show headline today stated that 60% of Greeks voted against the EU bailout offer. I'm sure the headline meant to say "60% of Greeks who voted" were against the offer. I'm not sure that the entire Greek populace of voting age went to the referendum polls yesterday. The Greek finance minister has resigned today.

Let's see what the online news sources say:

Last Wednesday, Greek President Tsirpas went to public television to address his nation:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/eur ... 42045.html

Reaction to the referendum outcome: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/ ... EO20150705

Commentary on how German Chancellor Merkel is handling the latest development in the Greek bailout situation:
Merkel is known for not being easily fazed. She has made it this far in part because she has firm control of her emotions. And she remained silent throughout the weekend. But at a Monday meeting of leading members of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), she hinted at the depth of her disappointment in Tsipras. His policies are "hard and ideological," she said, adding that he is steering his country into a brick wall "with his eyes wide open."

Merkel had always described Tsipras as a man who, while leading a crazy organization, was quite open and accommodating in person. She had hoped that Tsipras would ultimately help reason prevail. Now, though, it appears that he has handed Merkel the greatest debacle of her tenure as chancellor.

'Nothing Left to Fear'

In the end, of course, it will primarily be the fault of the radical Greek government if the country is ejected from the euro zone. How should one deal with a prime minister who conducts negotiations using the language of military mobilization? "We have justice on our side. If we can overcome fear, then there is nothing left to fear," Tsipras tweeted on Monday.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/eur ... 42037.html
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Post by CielOnTap » Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:42 am

The asylum seekers and migrants from Africa that take the risks of fleeing their homeland for Europe include people from Eritrea. The reality of life in Eritrea where the president has set up the country to run for him prompts people to find a better reality.

Eritrea in the the 19th century was an Italian colony, so that historical connection could explain why Eritreans head for Italy.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/ ... ssion.html
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:54 pm

Some Balkan neighbours of Greece have some exposure to the Greek banking crisis that continues this week: http://www.thestar.com/business/2015/07 ... ouble.html

Social media is buzzing over the visible English notes on the new Greek finance minister's paper: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/ ... -mean.html
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