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2020-07-02T13:26:02+00:00
European Parliament: Politicians report theft of technical equipment
European Parliament: Politicians report theft of technical equipment
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Allegedly up to 100 offices of members of the European Parliament have been broken into during the Covid-19 lockdown. Several politicians have reported the theft of computers and valuables within the past 6 weeks. The Germany member of parliament Nico Semsrott stated that dozes and possibly 100 offices could have been broken into.

Internal investigations are currently underway and suspicions of internal perpetrators are obvious.

Thomas Waitz of the Austrian Greens party has stated that "The theft of electronic items is annoying. But the bigger problem is that neither the offices are secure and sensitive data and documents can be easily stored in the office, nor can it be guaranteed that the offices are not bugged. What is needed here is a quick solution and a new security concept from the administration".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-07-01T15:30:02+00:00
Bristol Pub Named After Edward Colston Renamed 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface"
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface" Credit: Facebook: Colston Arms

A Colston Arms Pub in Bristol, named after slave trader Edward Colston with the Royal African Company, has temporarily rebranded as 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'. The pub had previously placed a sign outside its doors that read "We are listening. Black Lives Matter."

"There hasn't been a lot of chatter about our name since the statue came down, but I thought we'd be inundated with suggestions. We thought we'd give the pub a temporary name to kick off some discussion about it and get the ball rolling," Paul Frost, Colston Arms' landlord, told Bristol Live. "Myself and pub owners Admiral Taverns are going to listen carefully to people's suggestions before settling on a new name," he added.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-07-01T05:30:02+00:00
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
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After the riots in Stuttgart, a voice message with racist content by a police officer appeared on social networks. The official describes the events in Stuttgart city center and draws a direct parallel to refugee policy and migrants. The police have confirmed the authenticity and have initiated an internal investigation against a known police officer.

Politics • European
2020-06-30T22:00:01+00:00
Latvia bans Russian television channel RT
Dmitry Kiselyov (touching the screen) with Vladimir Putin
Dmitry Kiselyov (touching the screen) with Vladimir Putin Credit: Пресс-служба Президента России (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council announced it has banned the state-controlled Russian television channel RT. The ban will be valid for as long as Dmitry Kiselyov, network executive, remains on the list of sanctioned persons of the European Union’s.

The Council banned seven distinct channels belonging to the multilingual network operated by RT from being broadcast in the country, accusing RT of attempting to present Latvia as a failed state.

About 30 per cent of the country's population speaks Russian as a first language, with most of them being ethnic Russians.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-30T14:10:01+00:00
City of Leicester sees lockdown tightened as Covid-19 cases rise
Matt Hancock at the House of Commons
Matt Hancock at the House of Commons Credit: YouTube (Reproduction)

The British Government has imposed a tight lockdown on the English city of Leicester after a local increase on the number of Covid-19 cases. The lockdown mandates all non-essential shops to close on Tuesday, and schools will follow closing on Thursday.

On Monday evening, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons the city had "10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week". He also said that "We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester."

Politics • European • France
2020-06-30T06:30:02+00:00
French citizen council decides on climate tax, inland flight ban and other matters
French citizen council decides on climate tax, inland flight ban and other matters
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The citizen council established by the French president Emmanuel Macron has decided on multiple climate change matters. Following their vote dividends from companies over €10 million should provide a 4% fee for climate purposes, inland flights should be banned from 2025 on, and highway speed limited to 100 kilometres per hour among other decisions. The council is composed of 150 randomly selected people with the aim to represent a miniature France through people that come from different parts of the society and are representative for the demographics of the French population. The decisions are non binding but president Macron has announced that he'll hold a referendum on the questions to amend the constitution to include the protection of the environment and the question if the "ecocide" should be made a criminal offence.

Politics • European • France
2020-06-29T21:30:01+00:00
French ex-Prime Minister François Fillon found guilty of embezzling public funds
Former French prime minister François Fillon
Former French prime minister François Fillon Credit: European People's Party (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The former French prime minister François Fillon and his wife, Penelope Fillon, were sentenced to jail for embezzling public funds. The conservative politician was found guilty of paying his wife and two of the couple’s children €1.156 million for work they never did as parliamentary aides.

He was sentenced to five years in prison, three of them suspended, and to pay a €375,000 fine. She was given a three-year suspended term.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-29T13:16:02+00:00
Arson attack on German parliament building
Representative picture of the Reichstag building
Representative picture of the Reichstag building Credit: unsplash.com / Christian Lue

Unknown suspects have tried to light a chipboard on the east side of the German Reichstag on fire. The board had replaced a broken window and the suspects placed flammable fluid on it and lit it up. The fire brigade was dispatched with a contingent of 50 people but the chipboard didn't catch fire and the fire brigade didn't need to intervene. The deployment was over after 30 minutes. At this point it is unclear if the suspects have been filmed by video cameras and the police state security is investigating.

Politics • European
2020-06-29T04:46:01+00:00
Switzerland quarantines 300 after Covid-19 outbreak in nightlcub
Representative picture of a nightclub
Representative picture of a nightclub Credit: unsplash.com / Pim Myten

The health authorities of the Kanton Zürich have announced that 300 people need to go into a mandatory ten day quarantine after a nightclub visit. Multiple guests had later tested positive for Covid-19. The contact tracing team was able to contact the guests thanks to a list with contact details of all the guests.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-28T20:56:02+00:00
Amazon workers in Germany will go on strike Monday over Covid-19 infections
Amazon.de gift card
Amazon.de gift card Credit: Donald Trung Quoc Don (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Under the motto 'Good and healthy work', workers from six Amazon locations in Germany will start a 48-hour strike on Monday, according to Verdi labour union. The affected sites are in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne and Koblenz.

Verdi representative Orhan Akman said on Sunday: "We have information that at least 30 to 40 colleagues were infected,".

Politics • European
2020-06-28T19:04:30+00:00
Exit polls for Presidential Election in Poland - no candidate wins in the first round

According to the exit polls first round of Presidential Election did not result in any of candidates reaching the threshold of over 50% votes required for securing the win.

The exit poll taken by Ipsos shows that following two candidates got majority of votes - Andrzej Duda (41,8%) and Rafał Trzaskowski (30,4%). They will take part in the second round of the Election that will take place in 2 weeks, on 12th of July.

Politics • European
2020-06-27T11:30:02+00:00
Micheál Martin to become Irish Prime Minister after parties back deal
Micheál Martin speaking at the Ceremonial Commemoration of the Centenary of the First Meeting of Dáil Éireann
Micheál Martin speaking at the Ceremonial Commemoration of the Centenary of the First Meeting of Dáil Éireann Credit: Houses of the Oireachtas (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Dáil is meeting this morning, and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is expected to be elected Taoiseach, heading a new coalition government involving his party, Fine Gael and the Green Party.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have their origins in the Irish Civil War almost 100 years ago and have never been in coalition together.

After the deal was endorsed on Friday evening, Mr Martin described it as a "moment of opportunity and hope".

The meeting will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin, rather than at Leinster House to allow for social distancing required during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Politics • European • European Union
2020-06-27T04:16:02+00:00
European Union will bar most travelers from dozens of countries, including U.S. and Russia
European Union will bar most travelers from dozens of countries, including U.S. and Russia
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A European vacation won't be happening for many this summer. On Friday, E.U. officials announced that most travelers from a list of dozens of countries that still haven't contained the coronavirus outbreak wouldn't be allowed into the E.U. as they are considered a risk.

Among those countries are Russia and the United States. Chinese travelers will be allowed to visit but only if E.U. travelers won't be barred from entering China.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-26T20:10:02+00:00
Six people stabbed in Glasgow, attacker shot dead
Six people stabbed in Glasgow, attacker shot dead
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The Police Scotland has stated that after an attack in Glasgow the situation is under control and that there is no danger to the "wider public". A male suspect had previously attacked multiple people with a knife, and six people are receiving treatment in a hospital for their injuries. The called armed police officers shot the suspect inside the Park Inn hotel, where the attack is believed to have happened. One police officer has been injured, and the suspect has been shot dead.

Politics • European
2020-06-26T07:00:02+00:00
Ireland to ease travel restrictions, visitors from the UK "highly likely" to still need to go into quarantine
Ireland to ease travel restrictions, visitors from the UK "highly likely" to still need to go into quarantine
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From next month on Ireland is planning to ease the quarantine restrictions for travelers from other countries that have low infection rates. According to a memo of the Irish Cabinet, a "mandatory restricted movement" will be kept in place for travelers from countries with high levels of Covid-19 infections. It is "highly likely" that this will include the United Kingdom because of its "significantly poorer" response to the pandemic.

Politics • European
2020-06-24T21:30:02+00:00
Poland's president becomes Trumps first foreign visitor during Covid-19 pandemic
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in Warsaw in Poland
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in Warsaw in Poland Credit: Kancelaria Sejmu / Paweł Kula (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Polish President Andrzej Duda has visited the president of the United States. The Polish politician had been tested for Covid-19 previous to the meeting with Trump. One possible motive for the visit, as other country leaders are staying home during the pandemic, could've been the hope for a boost for the upcoming elections as the polish president faces re-election in four days.

Politics • European • European Union
2020-06-24T07:40:01+00:00
EU member states discuss entry restrictions from multiple countries
EU member states discuss entry restrictions from multiple countries
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According to CNN politics, the different member states of the European Union are discussing entry restrictions for travelers from countries "where the virus is circulating most actively" as the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are being eased across Europe while the first Covid-19 wave is still active in various countries around the world. The European Commission is set to make recommendations to the EU member states on which countries to restrict travel from with the criteria being " focused on circulation of the virus".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-23T20:00:02+00:00
England to lift most restrictions on July 4
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, April 2020
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, April 2020 Credit: UK Prime Minister's Office (Open Government Licence v3.0)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would lift most lockdown restrictions by July 4 while speaking to the House of Commons on Tuesday, saying "today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end and life is beginning to return to our streets and our shops."

Pubs, museums, cinemas and restaurants are set to reopen alongside other amenities such as hotels, places of worship and outdoor gyms while still adhering to social distancing rules.

Johnson added that Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland would take their own approach in lifting restrictions.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-24T09:11:00+00:00
Neo-Nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned in Germany
Neo-Nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned in Germany
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The neo-nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned by Horst Seehofer, the German minister of the Interior, Building and Community. This is the third ban of a right-wing extremist group in 2020, following raids of group members in four different federal German states. The ministry has stated that the group had formed plans to create a community of right-wing extremists in rural areas and that they had pledged allegiance to Adolf Hitler.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-22T17:30:02+00:00
German labor minister demands compensation from meat company after 1,300 Covid-19 cases at processing plant
Maximilian Tönnies, Andres Ruff, Clemens Tönnies
Maximilian Tönnies, Andres Ruff, Clemens Tönnies Credit: Tönnies

The German federal minister of labor and social affairs Hubertus Heil has demanded that the meat processing company Tönnies should be held liable and forced to compensation payments due to the Covid-19 outbreak in its meat processing plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Over 1,300 people have tested positive and all of the 6,500 workers are under mandatory quarantine. Due to problems with the documentation inside the company and the number of cases, schools and daycare centers in the region have been closed. Heil stated that "There must be a civil liability of the company" and accused the company of taking "an entire region hostage".

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-22T11:30:01+00:00
German interior minister Horst Seehofer announces that he will file police report over news article
Picture of Horst Seehofer from 2019
Picture of Horst Seehofer from 2019 Credit: Patrick Büttgen, phoenix (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The German minister of the Interior, Building and Community Horst Seehofer has publicly announced that he plans on filing a formal report to the police over an opinion piece that was published by the Berlin newspaper "tageszeitung" (taz). In the German publication "Bild" he stated that (translated) "A disinhibition of words inevitably leads to a disinhibition of deeds and to excesses of violence, just as we have now seen in Stuttgart. We must not accept this any longer". The satirically meant article in question had discussed the topic of abolishing the police and mentioned the option that they instead could be put on a landfill.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-21T23:00:01+00:00
Germany's coronavirus reproduction rate jumps to 2.88
German Covid-19 contact tracing app
German Covid-19 contact tracing app Credit: Mika Baumeister

Germany's coronavirus reproduction rate has jumped to 2.88 on Sunday. The "R" number estimates how many people an infected person passes the virus to, and a value of less than one is needed to control the spread of the disease.

Numbers released by the Robert Koch Institute shown the average four-day reproduction rate jumped from 1.79 on Saturday, to 2.88. The 7-day 'R' value also increased from 1.55 on Saturday to 2.03 on Sunday.

According to the RKI, the increase was mainly due to local outbreaks in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where more than 1,300 workers at a meat-processing plant tested positive to Covid-19.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-20T16:20:02+00:00
Germany: Background check for civil servants in first state

Brandenburg is the first federal state to introduce a background check for state employees. Above all, compliance with the constitution should be checked and extremist infiltration recognized and combated at an early stage. The powers of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution are also to be expanded: Individuals who radicalize independently of membership in a group should be easier to observe.

This was triggered by individual cases in the federal state and a decision by the Interior Ministers' Conference in 2019.

Government officials consider this step to be necessary because in some places private security forces are better checked than state officials.

Politics • European
2020-06-20T14:56:01+00:00
The European Parliament has taken a formal vote that "Black Lives Matter" and supports the cause of the protests
The European Parliament has taken a formal vote that "Black Lives Matter" and supports the cause of the protests
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In a resultion that bears no legal consequences, the European Parliment has denounced racism and white supremacism and declared that "Black Lives Matter". The resolution has been passed with 493 votes in favor and 104 votes against and "strongly condemns the appalling death of George Floyd".

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-19T06:30:02+00:00
German prosecutor accuses Russia of ordering Georgian's murder in Berlin park

Germany top prosecutor have now confirmed that he will seek to prove in court that a Georgian man murdered in Berlin last year was a hit ordered by the Russian government.

On August 23, 2019, a Russian man allegedly murdered a 40-year-old Chechen with Georgian citizenship with three shots in Berlin's Kleiner Tiergarten. The suspect was caught a few hours later, after being seen throwing a wig, a bicycle and a gun into the river Spree.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-18T23:00:01+00:00
New regulations for the security industry in Germany
Horst Seehofer being interviewed on November 2018
Horst Seehofer being interviewed on November 2018 Credit: Olaf Kosinsky / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Horst Seehofen (Minister of the Interior) plans to define new regulations with the change of responsibility for the private security industry.

A change of responsibility from the Federal Ministry of Economics to the Ministry of the Interior had already been agreed in the coalition agreement for the current legislative period and had long been expected by the industry. In particular, training, qualifications and equipment requirements are to be reorganized. The previous point of contention was the "guard register" that the Interior Ministry did not want to take over due to further weaknesses. In the future, the register will be the responsibility of the Federal Statistical Office.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-18T04:00:01+00:00
10,000 families in the United Kingdom will receive free internet access to help pupils with online studies
10,000 families in the United Kingdom will receive free internet access to help pupils with online studies
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To combat inequality and disadvantages within pupils as they are forced to study remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, the telecommunication provider BT has announced that 10,000 families in the United Kingdom will receive vouchers for internet access for half a year. The Department of Education will distribute these vouchers to families as School Standards Minister Nick Gibb stated that the goal is to "make sure no child, whatever their background, falls behind as a result of coronavirus".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-17T02:30:02+00:00
United Kingdom announces "Covid summer food fund" after celebrity campaign
Marcus Rashford, FIFA World Cup 2018
Marcus Rashford, FIFA World Cup 2018 Credit: Oleg Bkhambri (Voltmetro) / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

After a public campaign by Manchester United's player Marcus Rashford, the spokesperson of prime minister Boris Johnson has stated that "the prime minister welcomes Marcus Rashford’s contribution to the debate around poverty, and respects the fact that he has been using his profile as a sportsman to highlight important issues". This came after Boris Johnson had announced that the food program providing free school meals would be extended over the summer at a cost of £120m. The program had previously been extended over the Easter break and every entitled family would receive a voucher at the end of the term over £15 per week that can be spent in supermarkets.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-16T08:38:54+00:00
Germany releases Covid-19 warn app
Campaign image for the Corona-Warn App
Campaign image for the Corona-Warn App Credit: Bundesregierung Deutschland

The German government has released an app for both iOS and Android to help tracing new Covid-19 infections and warn people that have been in contact with others that have been tested positive. The source code for the application is publically available in order to ensure that there are no privacy concerns. According to the FAQ section the users personal data will remain anonymous at all times and for the registration no personal data needs to be provided.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-16T07:30:01+00:00
Germany sets apartment complex in Berlin-Neukölln under quarantine
Germany sets apartment complex in Berlin-Neukölln under quarantine
Credit: Glen Carrie

After two children developed Covid-19 symptoms, an apartment complex in Berlin Neukölln has been set under quarantine. More than 50 of the residents have tested positive for Covid-19 already as the testing is still ongoing. The district health council Falko Liecke has stated that he isn't sure how many people in total live in the complex, as the data on how many people live in a certain flat is not tracked by the government.