June 24, 2019

25th anniversary of Soviet withdrawal from Brandenburg

Saturday, 25 June 2019, Wünsdorf, Brandenburg, Germany: A quarter of a century after the withdrawal of then Soviet Armed Forces from Wünsdorf, Premier Dr. Dietmar Woidke highlighted the special relationship between Russia and Brandenburg. As per government statement: “It is a strong signal that Russians and Germans are coming together here today to promote a trusting relationship and a peaceful future,” he said at an commemoration event in Wünsdorf’s Bürgerhaus. Wünsdorf, the city of books and bunkers, together with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Germany, H.E. Mr.  Sergei Netschajew, and Premier Dr. Dietmar Woidke, invited to the event to commemorate the…

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On the demise of Michel Serres

Michel Serres – Picture by Ji Elle through Wikipedia in French Sunday, 2 June 2019, North Rhine-Westphalia: The German Plenipotentiary for Cultural Affairs in the framework of the Franco-German cooperation, Premier of NRW Armin Laschet, issued a statement concerning the passing of French philosopher Michel Serres.  “His contributions to the public debate, which have been curious about the future, and passionately rooted in French tradition, have recently once again shown him to be an intellectual companion of the younger generation. The ambivalent nature of Hermes as a symbolic figure of the age of communication plays a central role in his œuvre. Ultimately, he himself was…

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75th Government in Finland

Thursday, 6 June 2019, Helsinki, Republic of Finland: The leader of the Social Democratic Party Antti Rinne was sworn in as prime minister by President Sauli Niinistö. Rinne shall lead a merely 18-minister cabinet with a female majority, a first for Finland. The five-party coalition has a comfortable 117-seat majority in the 200-seat Parliament yet could face political cohesion challenges. Foreign Minister is veteran Green politician Peeka Haavisto.  For further information:Government of Finland: https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/frontpage Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/rinne/minister-for-foreign-affairs ————————— Prime Minister Antti Rinne – Picture by Teemu Rajala through Wikipedia Commons.

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Al Quds march condemned jointly by Israel and the US

Richard Grenell – Picture by State Department. Saturday, 1 June 2019, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany:  Israel’s Ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, spoke before approximately 400 people at a demonstration against the Al-Quds march held in Berlin, deemed to be virulent towards the existential right of his homeland. He wrote on Twitter: “Speaking in Berlin against the Al Quds Day and its Iranian sponsors. This blatantly anti-Semitic and hateful event should be banned. Iran as the leading sponsor of terror, a serial abuser of human rights that seeks to undermine any chance for ME peace has no place in Berlin.” His US colleague, Ambassador Richard Grenell, likewise attended…

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Latin America and Caribbean Initiative held at Berlin

Ambassadors Florencia Vilanova (El Salvador), José Francisco Cali Tzay (Guatemala), Elmer Schialer (Peru), Gabriel Bellón Marrapodi (Uruguay) – Picture by Peruvian Embassy to Germany. Tuesday, 28 May 2019, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany: The German Foreign Ministry under the protection of responsible Minister Dr. Heiko Maas welcomed a total of twenty two Foreign Affairs ministers of the Latin America and Caribbean region for the summit titled “Latin America and Caribbean Initiative”.  The summit provided an opportunity for the Latin America and Caribbean region to present their regimes, democratic achievements and their countries as  investment and tourist destinations during the various panels organised. More than five…

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OPCW Director-General Visits Slovakia

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands – 11 June 2019 – The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, spoke at a conference on global security and visited a specialised Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) training centre during a trip to Slovakia, from 6-7 June. The Director-General addressed the audience of the 2019 Bratislava Forum, the annual conference of GLOBSEC, a think tank committed to enhancing global security, prosperity and sustainability throughout the world. The event brought together experts, academics and policy-makers to generate new ideas and solutions to pressing security problems. Speaking at…

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Eurojust supports 18 measures against tax fraud

 The Hague, 12 June 2019 Eurojust helped the Italian national authorities to crack down on an organised crime group involved in large-scale tax fraud and other financial crimes. 17 people were placed under restrictive measures in Italy and 1 was arrested in the UK through the exeution of a European Arrest Warrant. The estimated damage, caused by tax evasion and other criminal activities, amounts to over €80 million. Today’s successful operation was the result of a highly complex and lengthy cross-border investigation, which would have not been possible without Eurojust’s close cooperation. The Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) and Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza)…

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Elections update, Kazakhs prepared for historical change

The Republic of Kazakhstan just witnessed yesterday Sunday, June 9th the first national elections ever where President Nursultan Nazarbayev was not in the ballot. The candidate of Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan Party, Mr Kassim-Jomart Tokayev (66), former Minister of Foreign Affairs and current president ad-interim, won the presidential elections by a large marge of 77.06% of ballots.  Delegations of international observers witnessed the election process closely. The civil society of Kazakhstan organised in associations such as Amanat, a social media platform regrouping alone 800 organization members from medium to small entrepreneurs companies and students associations also participated in the elections as surveyors. …

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Catalan Foreign Secretary in the Committee of Regions

Monday, 13 May 2019, Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium: Catalan Foreign and European Union Affairs Secretary Dr Mireia Borrel i Porta is the newest member in the EU Committee of Regions (CoR).  Dr Borrel hails from the Balearic Islands, and holds a PhD in European Economic Policy from the European Institute of London School of Economics (LSE). Previously she held the role of Director General of Foreign Affairs at the Catalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency currently headed by Government Counsellor Alfred Bosch.  The European Union’s Committee of Regions is the assembly of local and regional representatives that provides sub-national authorities (i.e. regions, counties,…

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Goznym malware: cybercriminal network dismantled in international operation

An unprecedented, international law enforcement operation has dismantled a complex, globally operating and organised cybercrime network. The criminal network used GozNym malware in an attempt to steal an estimated $100 million from more than 41 000 victims, primarily businesses and their financial institutions. A criminal Indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, USA charges ten members of the GozNym criminal network with conspiracy to commit the following: infecting victims’ computers with GozNym malware designed to capture victims’ online banking login credentials; using the captured login credentials to fraudulently gain unauthorised access to victims’ online bank accounts; stealing money…

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