The busiest illegal border crossings since 2016

The first quarter of this year was the busiest in terms of illegal border crossings at the EU’s external borders since the migratory crisis in 2016. Refugees fleeing Ukraine and entering the EU through border crossing points are not part of the figures of illegal entries detected. Preliminary calculations by Frontex show that more than 40 300* illegal crossings were detected between January and March…

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Gianni Schicchi in underwear

Extraordinary conversation with opera singer Péter Kálmán in Brussels Hungarian bass-baritone Péter Kálmán has enjoyed success after success over an international career spanning almost 30 years. Most recently  we could have met him in Seattle, USA in Rossini’s  Cinderella, or we could have seen him at the Salzburg Festival (if Coved  had permitted it) where he would have delighted us as Don Pasquale. We could…

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Somaliland: a democratizing country struggling for international recognition

By the invitation of Mr. Lars Patrick Berg, MEP an official parliamentary delegation of Somaliland visited the European Parliament. On this occasion Endre Barcs made an exclusive interview with Ali Hamud Jibril, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Somaliland    Q: Somaliland ended its voluntary union with Somalia in May 1991. Somaliland declared independence on 18 May 1991, a declaration that…

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KC-EU launches a move in Europe for release of Kashmiri human rights activists and journalists

Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) has launched a broader campaign for early release of Kashiri human rights activists including Khurram Parvez and Mohammad Ahsan Unto, Journalists Sajjad Gul and Fahad Shah and as well as the political activists detained in the Indian prison. For a first step of the move, members of KC-EU holding pictures of the Khurram Parvez, Mohammad Ahsan Unto, Sajjad Gul and Fahad…

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2022 European Women’s Leadership Award to eight women from around the globe

Three years ago, we had the idea to create an award for extraordinary women: the 2022 European Women’s Leadership Award. We are focusing on women who at a certain moment of their life, have decided to follow their dream, to break with traditional obligations around them, to challenge male- dominated areas, to act in a respectful way in order to give an example to all…

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Towards an alternative European Union. Exclusive interview with Henri Malosse, President of the Jean Monnet Association

Q: Mr. President, Jean Monnet, who we call the “Father of Europe”, was the first President of the European Union modernisation and reconstruction plan in France after the Second World War, aimed at the economic economic recovery. This plan, known as the ‘Monnet Plan’, set France on the road to economic miracles in the 1950s. It was this plan that gave impetus to the proposal…

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President of NSO group Shalev Hulio rejects allegations of misuse of Pegasus& categorically denies phone hacking of French President Macron

Shalev Hulio, co-founder and CEO of Israel’s NSO Group Technologies, says his firm has disconnected Pegasus spyware 7 times over misuse, and denies it was used against Macron, or in Khashoggi murder: “I sleep soundly at night. NSO here to stay,” he says. The CEO and co-founder of NSO Group hit back this weekend over criticism of his embattled cyber tech firm amid mounting allegations its Pegasus…

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Chair of KC-EU Ali Raza Syed condemns arrest of Ahsan Untoo in Occupied Kashmir

Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed condemned arrest of human rights activists Ahsan Untoo in occupied Kashmir. Chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights of Jammu and Kashmir  Muhammad Ahsan Untoo was arrested by police in Srinagar yesterday. In a statement Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed said, Ahsan Untoo who is an intellectual and defender of human rights in occupied…

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Chair of KC-EU Ali Raza Syed expresses condolence on death President of EU parliament

Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed has expressed condolence on death of David Maria Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament. In his statement Ali Raza Syed said, I have deeply saddened to learn about this painful loss. Chair of KC-EU extended his sincere condolence and deepest sympathy to his family, loved ones, friends and colleagues of late David Sassoli on this regrettable…

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UN should implement recommendations Russell Tribunal on Kashmir

Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed has applauded recommendations of the Russell Tribunal on Kashmir in Sarajevo and called UN to implement the recommendations. Russell Tribunal on Kashmir which was jointly initiated by Russell Foundation London and Kashmir Civitas and other civil society organizations in the Bosnian capital from Friday to Sunday, was attended by various experts of region and global affairs, scholars…

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