Eurosceptics Set to Paralyse the EU: Forecast to Win 30% of EP Seats in May

A new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations, (ECFR) reveals that anti-European parties are on course to win the third of seats in the European Parliament needed to frustrate activity, undermine the security and defence of Europe, and ultimately sow discord that could destroy the EU over time. Research reveals in forensic detail…

The World’s Riskiest Profession?

The World's Riskiest Profession

Reporters Sans Frontières has published its 2018 report of abusive treatment and deadly violence against journalists around the world. According to the report  a total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, writes James Wilson. Figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and enforced…

German CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

The German Christian Democrats (CDU) are no longer under the thumb of Angela Merkel. During the party congress in Hamburg on December 7 the CDU elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (or simply AKK) as its chairperson. She was Merkel’s candidate of choice. But her election was a close call, as the first round did not produce any…

NATO’s Dual Track Approach To Russia

NATO's Dual Track To Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has admitted that the alliance has a “dual track approach” to Russia, writes Martin Banks. This is based on “strength and openness for dialogue and “on whether Russia will change in near future or not change.” He said, “Even if we see no change in the near future then we still…

“New Europeans” Receives CiDAN/ESDA Prize in Berlin

Europeans Receives CiDAN/ESDA Prize

“New Europeans” has received the CiDAN/ESDA Europe Award for European citizenship and human rights at a ceremony held during the Berlin Security Conference, writes Martin Banks. The award was made in recognition of New Europeans’ leading role in the campaign to safeguard the rights of EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe following the Brexit…

Russian Navy Seizes Ukrainian Ships in Azov Sea

Russian Navy Seizes Ukrainian Ships

RUSSIAN NAVY SEIZES UKRAINIAN SHIPS IN AZOV SEA  In a serious escalation of conflict in the Sea of Azov, ten Russian warships have fired on, disabled and seized 2 Ukrainian gunboats and a tug in the Sea of Azov. The Ukrainian Navy reports that two Ukrainian crew members were injured in the incident. The vessels…

Visions For a New Democratic Republic of Congo

Visions For Democratic Republic of Congo

Francis Mvemba is an opposition presidential candidate for the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 23 December, writes Martin Banks. He launched his campaign among the Congolese diaspora of Belgium and members of the Congolese media at the Brussels Press Club earlier this week. Speaking at the press conference, Mvemba outlined his vision…

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency funding of #resist protestors

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency

The Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Romania is investigating 403 cryptocurrency transactions.  These transactions, valued in total at 14 million US Dollars, were made over a period of three years, writes James Wilson. The funds entered Romania in order to fund #resist groups and other NGOs who support the National Anti-Corruption…

Protecting Freedom of Speech

Protecting Freedom

A permanent independent body should be set up to investigate murders of journalists, it has been claimed, writes Martin Banks The demand comes after the murders of three journalists in Europe so far this year, including Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese reporter who was killed by a car bomb in the course of her investigation into…