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A valid alternative to the current regime in Iran

A valid alternative to the current regime in Iran

The national uprising of the last twelve months in Iran has launched a clear and unequivocal political message, leaving no doubt about the real desire of the people for a regime change. In response, regime officials at the highest levels, including supreme leader Ali Khamenei, have shown themselves to be particularly quick in attributing slogans such as “death to the…

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Cambodia’s repression intensifies

Cambodia’s repression intensifies

In the face of growing international pressure aiming to re-establish democracy in Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen has found no better response than to adopt new measures to neutralize the final elements of the opposition and to make restoring democracy even more difficult. This is a real insult to the international community, notably the European Union, which is threatening the…

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House of Commons adopts a “contempt motion”

House of Commons adopts a “contempt motion”

Tuesday 4 December the House of Commons voted in favour of a “contempt motion” for the Government May’s failure to publish the legal advice by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox concerning the EU Withdrawal Agreement. With 311 votes in favor and 293 against, the British MPs approved a motion finding Ministers in contempt and establishing the immediate publication of the full…

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Sam Rainsy: European sanctions as a response to Cambodia’s totalitarian drift

Sam Rainsy: European sanctions as a response to Cambodia’s totalitarian drift

Since 2001 Cambodia has benefited from an exceptional trading advantage, granted by the European Union thanks to an initiative known as “Everything But Arms” (EBA). This provides the possibility of exporting to Europe without quotas or customs duties. The advantage was given to a group of countries in the process of development and transition towards democracy. The intention of the…

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The EU’s Problematic Iran Strategy

The EU’s Problematic Iran Strategy

Earlier this month at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, the European Union announced support for sanctioning measures that had been put in place by the government of France, in response to Iranian terror threats. This is a step in the right direction for European policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran, albeit a tentative one. This decision set…

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Dutch government: public right to know on EU Council decision-making can be improved

Dutch government: public right to know on EU Council decision-making can be improved

Last April, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok, addressed a letter in response to the President of the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) expressing appreciaton for the recommendation of the European Ombudsman on transparency of the legislative process of the Council. Mr Blok wrote: “It is with great interest that I took note of the research and recommendations…

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Selmayrgate: a bureaucratic EU further away from its citizens

Selmayrgate: a bureaucratic EU further away from its citizens

For over three weeks now, the corridors of the buildings in the European capital have been swept by what is now known as the “Selmayrgate”. What is it about? To make it short, it is the appointment of the new Secretary General of the European Commission, the official in charge of over 33,000 European officials, the top job within highest…

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EU Ombudsman: citizens have the right to know

EU Ombudsman: citizens have the right to know

Following an 11-month inquiry, European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, issued on 13 February a recommendation relating to the transparency of the Council legislative process. As Mrs O’Reilly puts it: “EU citizens have a treaty-based right to participate in the democratic life of the Union. Citizens cannot properly exercise this right unless the EU legislative process is sufficiently open to allow citizens to…

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