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EDITORIAL WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNT FROM THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL - November 9, 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - an event that signaled the end of the Cold War that had split Europe into two camps, and divided Germany into two separate countries. History will remember this event as a triumph over Soviet Russia’s centuries-long practice of determining how the peoples of Central…
WELCOME TO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE The strange death of the INF Treaty - Picture : President Barack Obama signing of documents for a nuclear arms treaty with Russia in 2011©White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) “We can only hope that this history-making agreement will not be an end in itself but the beginning of a working relationship that will enable us to tackle other issues, urgent issues,” said President Ronald Reagan at the…
THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY PRACTICES CYBERSECURITY - A cyber training range has been established at the European Space Security and Education Centre (ESEC), Redu, Belgium. Strong and reliable communication is a key part of the space industry. From the signals that make global satellite navigation work to the data we collect from Earth-monitoring missions, space telescopes, human spaceflight and planetary exploration, everything has to be transferred and…
BY PUSHING A BUTTON PASSENGERS WILL BE ABLE TO AUTOLAND AN AIRCRAFT WITHOUT THE PILOT - A new system developed by Garmin revolutionises the aviation industry with the first Autoland system for general aviation aircraft The new technology enables, in a case of emergency, anyone in the airplane, to press a button that will land the airplane to a full stop whatever the weather condition, the terrain and any other obstacles. As soon as activated, the…
THE VALUE OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS - The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is a supranational or international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights (EHCR). The Court is based in Strasbourg, France. The ECHR provides European nationals, and others, a forum that transcends national court authority for adjudication of issues in instances where they believe their human rights, as guaranteed by the European…
ALBANIA AND FRONTEX LAUNCH THE FIRST EVER JOINT OPERATION OUTSIDE EU - The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex in cooperation with the Albanian authorities, launched the first ever joint operation outside the European Union. This marks a new phase for border cooperation between the EU and Western Balkan partners. The event took place in Tirana, Albania, in the presence of Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Albanian Minister of Interior…
OPERATION POSTBOX - Europe Diplomatic Magazine Juillet.indd OLAF and Belgium customs busting crime perpetrators A ground-breaking European operation led by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Belgian Customs busted online criminals trafficking drugs, counterfeit goods – including medicine – and endangered animal and plant species (CITES). The international operation, code-named Postbox II, took place in March 2019 and involved customs experts from 22…
OVER 1.8 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF PROBATION AGENCIES IN EUROPE, ACCORDING TO COUNCIL OF EUROPE SURVEY - The number of persons in Europe subject to community sanctions and measures (CSM) — usually known as alternatives to imprisonment - under the supervision of probation agencies is increasing, according to the Council of Europe annual SPACE II survey, published today, whilst at the same time the prison population is falling. The survey, which contains data on probationers serving different…
WALLS CAST LONG SHADOWS 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall - The American poet Robert Frost, perhaps best remembered for his evocative poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, also wrote one called “Mending Wall”. Written in 1914, it predates both the world wars of the last century, but it contains the following few lines: "Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or…
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