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Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency funding of #resist protestors

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 Directorate (DNA), Klaus Iohannis, Dacian Ciolos and the Save Romania Union (USR) political party.Evidence leads to a virtual wallet on the BLOCKCHAIN online platform, funded by the Stefan Batory Foundation in Poland, which itself is funded directly by billionaire George Soros.

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European Parliament Round Table Hosted by Norica Nicolai MEP on the Reform of the Law and Justice System in Romania with Daniel Dragomir

European Parliament Round Table Hosted by Norica Nicolai MEP on the Reform of the Law and Justice System in Romania with Daniel Dragomir

The European Commission has been urged to do more to tackle "very serious" judicial irregularities in Romania, writes Martin Banks.

A hearing in Brussels on Wednesday heard that these include "mass surveillance" of the Romanian population, collusion between the secret services and the judiciary and blackmailing of judges.

The demand comes just ahead of the Commission's latest Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) on Romania.

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE BRUSSELS LOBBYIST

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE BRUSSELS LOBBYIST
The effective expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the controversial human rights NGO the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF), from the Schengen zone may well be the final chapter in a story that has held the attention of the Brussels Press Corps for some time now, writes James Wilson. She was detained at Brussels airport during the late evening ...
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DODIK RECOGNISES THE REALITIES AND CONSTRAINTS OF BUILDING A STABLE BOSNIA

DODIK RECOGNISES THE REALITIES AND CONSTRAINTS OF BUILDING A STABLE BOSNIA
Bosnia-Herzegovina will hold elections on Sunday 7th October to choose the three members of the collective presidency prescribed by the Dayton agreement. Milorad Dodik, the current President of Republika Srpska, the Serbian half of Bosnia-Herzegovina, is campaigning to be re-elected in a closely fought campaign, writes James Wilson. Dodik has been ...
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Environment and Health Concerns over Mineral Wool production spread from the US to Europe

Environment and Health Concerns over Mineral Wool production spread from the US to Europe
As protests grow in the United States over the environmental and health impacts of the production of mineral wool, it seems these concerns are also spreading to Europe.The effects of mineral wool production are increasingly under the spotlight, with a Rockwool plant being built in Romania this year, writes James Wilson. Protests have escalated in t...
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Footage released in Romania reveals protestor violence and pre-meditated provocation

Footage released in Romania reveals protestor violence and pre-meditated provocation
It is rare that Romania makes it onto the news of international television broadcasters and when it does, coverage is usually related to protests.It is difficult not to be stirred by the sight of large numbers of people on the streets.International media coverage of Romanian protests is usually brief and very visual.On 10 August, world attention wa...
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Romania's Long Road to Justice

Romania's Long Road to Justice
As the EU institutions comes back to work after the summer recess, a critical issue on the horizon is that in 4 months' time Romania will preside over the EU, and will be at the helm of the Council when the UK's Brexit is due to take place. But Romania's justice system still has a very long way to go before meeting European standards, writes J...
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Shockwaves in Romania as former judge gets his conviction overturned

Shockwaves in Romania as former judge gets his conviction overturned
I n a turnaround that has caused quite a stir in Romania, a former judge Toni Grebla was acquitted by the High Court of Cassation on 11 May 2018, writes James Wilson Mr Grebla has gone public about his ordeal and has spoken about what he believes was the motivation behind his wrongful imprisonment.He described to Romania's Antena 3 t...
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Kuwait faces criticism over Marsha Lazareva case

Kuwait faces criticism over Marsha Lazareva case
Prominent Russian businesswoman Marsha Lazareva was sentenced this month to ten years hard labour in Kuwait after a conviction for misusing public funds. She denies all of the charges and has confirmed that she will appeal the decision, writes James Wilson. However, concerns are growing as she sits in the notorious Sulaibiya prison in Kuwait, where...
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STIFLING PRESS FREEDOM IN TODAY'S RUSSIA

Russia ranks 148th in the world for press freedom according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The atmosphere for independent journalists is stifling, and under Vladimir Putin independent news outlets have been either driven out of business or brought under state control.  According to the Freedom House 2017 Report on the freedom of the press...
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On The Home Front In Russia's Information War

If you want to understand the roots of Russia's "information war" against the west, the best place to start is in what shows up, routinely, on the TV channels at home.  We've just received a leaked copy of what looks to be a nearly-completed television exposé from one of the state-controlled Russian channels. It makes Breitbart look like PBS N...
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Humanitarian partners stretched by worsening conflict in Donbass

According to the United Nations Organization for the Co-ordination of Human Aid, 3.8 million people in the Donbass region are in need of humanitarian aid. With no end in sight to the military conflict in Ukraine's East, the hopes of thousands of innocent citizens living on both sides of the 'contact line' to return to a normal life are evaporating....
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Ukraine is still facing War

The war in Donbass in the East of Ukraine is in its third year; there is daily fighting, with military and civilian casualties. The war takes away people's homes, their loved ones and their future. In the centre of Europe, in the 21st century. It takes away the lives of children and elderly people, causes them to starve; every day millions of peopl...
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Refugees; Is Europe Full?

Can Europe's ability to integrate refugees into society keep pace with the numbers of immigrants it is currently absorbing?  The refugee crisis and immigration have become big topics of debate for Germans, who go to polls for federal elections on 24 September of this year. Should these be treated as security issues, or rather as economic and h...
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Russian Fake News Poses Threat to EU Business

Competition in free markets centres on issues of product quality, customer service and price. Not in Russia. To protect markets and supply contracts, black PR is a standard weapon in the commercial tool kit used to disseminate false allegations about non-Russian competitors. Looking specifically at the nuclear sector, Russia has significant market ...
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Calling Time On Racism And Bigotry

We have entered a period where racism and bigotry is on the rise across the continent of Europe. This threatens more than Europe's system of rights, values and principles. It puts at risk the security of our communities. Citizens are taking into their own hands vigilante style mob rule spurred on by the hate speech voiced by right wing political le...
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ROMANIA MUST BAN FUR FARMS

An interview with Jennifer Hamerman, Director of the European Campaign for Animal RightsWe met with Jennifer Hamerman in Brussels to learn more about the European Campaign for Animals and their 2016 campaign to ban fur farms in Europe.

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REPORT CALLS FOR BAN ON FUR FARMING IN EUROPE

Speaking today at a meeting of the European Parliament's inter-group for the welfare and conservation of animals, Mark Glover of "Respect for Animals" presented a new report on "The case against fur factory farming", which shows why fur farming should be banned.

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Close the 7200 fur farms that degrade animal rights and European values

It is time for us to end fur farming in Europe.  There are 7200 fur farms in Europe and the EU accounts for 66 percent of global mink production and 70 percent of fox production.  Animals on fur farms live in cramped and dirty wire cages. They are killed using the cheapest and most cruel methods, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison.  This practice is inhumane and has no place anywhere.  Let us end it in our own backyard and send a signal to the rest of the world that fur farming is cruel.

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Macedonian Opposition Leader Caught with his Pants on Fire

While political leaders are notorious for being economical with the truth, it is rare that they are accused outright of lying by their bilateral partners. But this is the embarrassing political situation now facing Zoran Zaev the leader of the opposition in Macedonia. The scandal has not only damaged his own credibility but it threatens to put at risk the international reputation of Macedonia.

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