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Digital 12-03-2018

Tackling Fake News: To be continued

Fake news has been blamed for the election of Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of populist parties in Europe. A High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news has been set up by the European Commission to suggest how to address the problem. Žiga Turk, one of the members, shares his comments on their Final Report, released earlier today (March 12).

Hungary’s actions speak louder than words

Civil society is an essential part of any functioning democracy. While Budapest talks of dialogue and free debate, its actions speak of a slide towards authoritarianism, writes Neil Campbell.
Freedom of thought 09-03-2017

‘Eroding civil liberties is recruiting tool for extremists,’ Parliament hears

Curbs on civil liberties, both online and in everyday life, prove to be a “recruiting tool for extremists”, MEPs heard on Wednesday night (8 March), at a debate on combatting violent extremism and restoring citizenship.
Transport 14-04-2016

MEPs approve PNR, strengthen data protection

After a series of delays and setbacks, MEPs today (14 April) adopted the controversial European air passenger data directive, though even its supporters accept it is no silver bullet for the EU’s fight against terrorism.

Any New Year’s resolutions, Mr Orbán?

Old tricks die hard in the European Union’s ‘rogue state’, but the West must acknowledge its hand in fuelling the political decline in Hungary, writes Juan Garcia. 
Armenia 24-03-2015

Armenia’s anti-NGO laws inspired by Moscow

?Moscow’s push for Yerevan to adopt anti-NGO legislation is just the latest sign of its determination to mold Armenia into a loyal vassal that does its bidding with no questions asked, writes Armine Sahakyan.

Neo-Nazi’s EU Parliament appointment ‘ultimate insult’ to Jews

Jewish leaders worldwide have called on the European Union to introduce minimum election thresholds for the European Parliament after a neo-Nazi took a seat on its Civil Liberties Committee.
EU Elections 2014 07-07-2014

Neo-Nazi takes seat on Parliament Civil Liberties Committee, Schulz furious (updated)

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, anti-racism campaigners and Jewish organisations are outraged that a neo-Nazi MEP has taken a seat on the Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

Privacy czar: Civil rights at stake in asylum database proposal

European Commission proposals that would give the police access to a new EU-wide fingerprint database for asylum seekers - Eurodac - is a "serious intrusion" into the rights of a vulnerable group, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says.
Digital 30-06-2011

The Data Retention Directive Is flawed for Europe

The EU's controversial directive on data retention has led to an incoherent set of national legislations and as a result should be repealed, argues MEP Alexander Alvaro.