Europe

07.01.2017

Poor Darwin – Robots, Not Nature, Now Make the Selection

Poor Darwin – Robots, Not Nature, Now Make the Selection

By Baher Kamal – Human Wrongs Watch ROME, Jan 5 2017 (IPS) – When British naturalist Charles Darwin published in 1859 his theory of evolution in his work On the Origin of Species, he most likely did not expect that robots, not nature, would someday be in charge of… »

04.01.2017

German state of Brandenburg may not deport far-right victims

German state of Brandenburg may not deport far-right victims

Brandenburg is the first German state to pass a rule forbidding the deportation of asylum seekers who have been victims or witnesses of violent crimes. Authorities hope this could curb the rise in far-right crimes. The German state of Brandenburg will not deport asylum seekers if they have been victimized… »

03.01.2017

First retrospective of the #CivilMarchForAleppo

First retrospective of the #CivilMarchForAleppo

On the 8th day of their March through East Germany heading for Syria, the Civil March for Aleppo reflects: “We’ve had a very difficult and demanding week. Last night was going to be equally challenging: it was supposed to be a very cold night and we were mentally preparing to… »

30.12.2016

2017 Seen as Turning Point for Liberal Democracies

2017 Seen as Turning Point for Liberal Democracies

By Jorge Valero | EurActiv.com* Western democracies will be further challenged next year, as populist parties are expected to make gains in Europe, while China and Russia increasingly set the global agenda, taking advantage of a US withdrawal. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama… »

29.12.2016

Finland to test ‘universal basic income’ for the unemployed

Finland to test ‘universal basic income’ for the unemployed

A group of 2,000 unemployed people in Finland will receive a basic income every month from the state, tax-free and with no strings attached. Proponents hope to prove such schemes boost people’s motivation to find work. Starting in January, 2,000 unemployed people in Finland will begin receiving 560… »

29.12.2016

Civil liberties versus law enforcement – hackers debate in Hamburg

Civil liberties versus law enforcement – hackers debate in Hamburg

Can the state collect the data of its citizens in the name of security? Can citizens encrypt their data to combat such an intrusion? Europe’s largest meeting of hackers debates the issues. It is unusually dark in the Hamburg Congress Center these days. Lighting has been dimmed to… »

25.12.2016

Kazakhstan Offers Astana As Venue Of Syrian Peace Talks

Kazakhstan Offers Astana As Venue Of Syrian Peace Talks

By J Nastranis NEW YORK- IDN  In a major move ahead of joining the UN Security Council as its non-permanent member on January 1, 2017 for two years, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has offered the Kazakh capital of Astana as the venue for peace talks between the… »

21.12.2016

France/UK: Lone Children From Calais Left in Limbo

France/UK: Lone Children From Calais Left in Limbo

The government of the United Kingdom should make full use of all existing laws and regulations to accept transfers of unaccompanied migrant children currently in France, Human Rights Watch said today. The government of France should ensure that unaccompanied migrant children on French territory have full access to asylum… »

19.12.2016

Dijsselscrooge: Greece attacked for paying Christmas bonuses to pensioners

Dijsselscrooge: Greece attacked for paying Christmas bonuses to pensioners

Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s salary as the Netherlands’ Finance Minister is over €170,000 p.a. This is more than 212 times as much as the best off of those Greek pensioners whom he is determined to deprive of their Christmas bonuses.  by Steve McGiffen originally published on Spectrezine, 17/12/2016.   Greece’s… »

18.12.2016

The End of a Cycle ?

The End of a Cycle ?

By Roberto Savio Is the demise of Matteo Renzi really a local affair? There is no doubt that a referendum on a constitutional change can be a matter of confidence in him, having personalized the issue to a point that it became… »

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