FREE News: 22-23 May 2014


* Sarkozy wants to scrap EU border-free agreement

* #EP2014: Why does this election matter for LGBTI rights?

* The curious case of the Court versus Google
* Funds to prevent radicalisation of Danes




Sarkozy wants to scrap EU border-free agreement
Euobserver: “Former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy in an op-ed published in Le Point and Die Welt on Thursday (22 May) recommends putting an end to the border free Schengen agreement.
The conservative politician says a ‘Schengen II’ should replace the EU’s internal open-border system. The new version would be reserved exclusively for member states with like-minded policies on immigration.
“It is necessary to immediately suspend Schengen I and replace it by a Schengen II in which members can only join after having beforehand adopted the same politics on immigration,” he writes.
France, along with Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, were the first to begin the process of removing internal borders in 1985…”


#EP2014: Why does this election matter for LGBTI rights?
The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights: “Starting today, the 8th direct election to the European Parliament will determine the EU’s action over the next five years, including in the field of fundamental rights for LGBTI people.
In the period 2014-2019, the European Parliament will play a central role in shaping EU policy against discrimination; on hate speech and hate crime; on free movement; on the rights of transgender individuals; health; and LGBTI issues in the EU’s foreign policy.
Find out why this election matters for the fundamental rights of LGBTI people…”


The curious case of the Court versus Google
Foj Blogactiv: “In the past decade several hundred newspapers in Europe have ceased publication; indeed there are probably several hundred closing each year. Almost all traditional newspapers maintain archives, while they are still publishing, it is less clear as to what happens to these archives once they cease publication.
The European Court of Justice delivered a curious judgement this week, defining Google as a ‘data collector’ under the 1995 Data Protection directive and requiring Google to remove links to newspaper articles and other web pages that might cause embarrassment. Less than 24 hours later there is now a queue of requests to Google and presumably other websites demanding the new European individual’s ‘right to be forgotten’. This right does not exist in the 1995 directive although it is practiced in a limited way in both France droit à l’oubli and the UK insofar as criminal records can be erased once the sentence has been served, but this does not impact the original archives.
One can easily understand that many of us might want embarrassing photos or posts or other long-past crimes or misdemeanours to be removed from online publications. But it is not realistic to require online aggregators and news sites to delete these on request. As the Advocate General, who has now been over-ruled by the full European Court of Justice, stated “the development of the internet into a comprehensive global stock of information which is universally accessible and searchable was not foreseen by the Community legislator”…”

Funds to prevent radicalisation of Danes
The Copenhagen Post: “An increasing number of young Danish Muslims are going to Syria to fight alongside opposition forces.
The City Council is sufficiently worried to have allocated one million kroner to increasing efforts to both prevent radicalisation among young Danish Muslims and improve deradicalisation programs that rehabilitate those who return from Syria.
Prevention is especially important, because the fighters can’t be prosecuted when they return from war, but according to some, it is not enough.
Naser Khader, a Danish-Syrian former MP for Konservative, has urged the government to make it completely illegal for young people to go to Syria and participate in the Civil War…”

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