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March 13 2015

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A controversial trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States risks an unacceptable “race to the bottom” on environmental standards, MPs have warned.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could weaken European and UK regulation in areas including genetically modified crops, chemicals in cosmetics and meat treated with growth hormones, as a result of efforts to align standards between the US, where rules are laxer, and the EU.

A report by the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee also suggested it could make it harder to strengthen rules on issues such as animal welfare or climate change – particularly if the deal allows US companies to sue governments for bringing in new regulations that harm their business.

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France has blamed a communication "failure" after EurActiv revealed the existence of a letter instructing French MEPs how to vote on the controversial question of ISDS. Paris tried to rectify the error by sending another confidential letter to MEPs on 4 March. EurActiv France reports.

On 26 February, EurActiv France published the contents of a letter advising French MEPs on the official French position on the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.

The letter, from the French Secretariat General for European Affairs (SGAE), was relaxed about the question of international arbitration tribunals, contrary to the harder line previously adopted by the government.

February 21 2014

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October 04 2013

surveyork
15:48

The Council of Europe has told its 47 member states (including the UK) that medically unnecessary circumcision is a violation of boys’ human rights.

In a groundbreaking move the council’s Parliamentary Assembly has declared that it is “particularly worried about a category of violation of the physical integrity of children” which includes “the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons”.

The Assembly has strongly recommended that its member states, which include the UK, take the following action:

1. Get clear on the extent of medically unnecessary circumcision in their country (around half a million boys in the UK are thought to be at risk but there is not official figure available)

2. Clearly define the medical, sanitary and other conditions that all male circumcisions should meet (this would include defining whether or not circumcision without anaesthetic or consent, by non-medical staff in non-medical settings should continue to be tolerated in the UK).

3. Promote greater awareness of how medically unnecessary male circumcision is performed and what the risks are.

4. To introduce legislation and policies to improve the protection of boys from the risks of medically unnecessary male circumcision.

5. To raise awareness of the alternatives to medically unnecessary male circumcision.

6. To actively initiate public debate, including intercultural and interreligious dialogue, aimed at reaching consensus on striking the balance between boys’ human rights and the rights and religious freedoms of parents and families.

7. To raise awareness about the need for boys to participate in decisions concerning their physical integrity and to consider introducing an age of consent preventing boys from being circumcised until they are old enough to choose.

September 16 2013

surveyork
04:27

Germans give their vote to people from other countries – join the Electoral Rebellion!

In our globalised world, politics don’t stop at the border. But democracy does. When does our political system adapt to the facts of politics? To challenge this, a group of activists called Egality started an electoral rebellion for the upcoming German elections to protest against the lack of democracy in international and global politics and call for more real democracy – because German politics decide on peoples lives all around the world without giving them a voice. Because global politics must be democratised.

In “Electoral Rebellion”, Germans give their vote to people from other countries as an act of solidarity and to call for more real democracy. You can become part of this movement for global democracy by giving your vote, if you are German, or by getting a vote, if you are from any other country.

Join the rebellion on facebook now: www.facebook.com/ElectoralRebellion... Post your statement on the wall, get a real vote from someone from Germany and participate in the German elections!

The aims of the campaign The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the fact that German policies affect people in other countries – people who have no say in the formulation of these policies. Beyond that, the major goal of „Electoral Rebellion“ is to promote the idea of Global Democracy. Egality is a small group of German and international activists who want to spark a debate about democracy beyond the nation state, and on how to improve the world´s current political order. Find out more about about Egality and global democracy on www.facebook.com/EgalityBerlin

“Electoral Rebellion” - Citizens For Europe

December 28 2012

surveyork
22:08
30 km/h (20 mph) limits are an inexpensive and popular way to improve safety, cut pollution and encourage smarter travel choices. They lead to improved traffic flow and less congestion. People can move without fear.

November 01 2012

surveyork
03:32
In an interview with viEUws, the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, affirms that Europe wants to close the Canadian-European Trade Agreement (CETA) by the end of this year—which would have been today, since the European calendar year ends on October 31.1 CETA is a trade agreement designed to strengthen economic ties between Canada and the EU through “free” trade and increased investment. However, hidden within this treaty are intellectual property provisions that were essentially taken word-for-word from ACTA. And just like its close cousins, ACTA, KORUS, and TPP—and other trade agreements that are applauded by the entertainment industry for carrying expansive intellectual property provisions—CETA is being negotiated in secret.

July 12 2012

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12:23

The European Commission, European Parliament and Member States:

As citizens concerned about the wave of banking crises that are affecting our economies and our livelihoods, we call on you to take action to ensure that bankers are held responsible. This can only be done by introducing strong legislation against market abuse, including criminal sanctions for bankers who ride roughshod over regulations or break our laws.

June 04 2012

surveyork
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Today, the European Parliament’s last advisory committee had its say on ACTA – the Development Committee, overseeing third world development and world health issues. It joined its previous committees in recommending that the European Parliament rejects ACTA.
Development Committee in European Parliament Also Rejects ACTA - Falkvinge on Infopolicy

May 31 2012

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Three key EU committees have voted against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).
BBC News - Acta: Piracy treaty dealt critical blows in EU votes

May 05 2012

surveyork
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Austria has a new religion law. It establishes religious “boards” with representatives from recognized congregations, who can then make decisions about doctrine for all members of that particular faith . . . with or without individual congregations’ consent.

This is the antithesis of religious liberty.

Austrian law shows why church-state separation is so important | Secular News Daily
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May 02 2012

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Bright sunshine greeted members of Pirate Parties from 29 countries across Europe and the world to Prague for the Pirate Party International conference. The good weather reflected the optimistic mood among the more than 200 attendees, buoyed by recent electoral success in Germany. Recent polls suggest the Pirates are now the third largest party in Germany, and look set to capture more seats in regional elections in May. With the Austrian Pirates now polling at 7% ahead of national elections there, and membership numbers increasing in the US, the Maghreb and Europe, the Pirates arrived in Prague on the crest of a wave.

April 10 2012

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Make no mistake; these European Masters of the Universe hate democracy and protest like the plague. For them, Spaniards on strike are the equivalent of terrorists. The usual, shady, anonymous sources of the European banking lobby in Frankfurt will keep stressing, not so subtly, that national sovereignty is garbage; what matters is their diktat.

So the concept of "democracy", in Europe, is now a travesty; what matters is to install bankers as heads of state - as in Rome and Athens; impose a reactionary social and labour counter-revolution; and intervene at will to service the Lord, also known as "the market".  

And it gets worse; it won't work. As in Western corporate media spinning the same scratchy CD - "the new austerity plan hasn't won investors' confidence".

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