Brussels is seeking to bind the UK to the European court of human rights after Brexit in a move likely to infuriate those in the Conservative party championing a break with the Strasbourg court. A document outlining the European commission’s position on future judicial and police cooperation stipulates there will be a “guillotine clause” on any security deal should the UK leave the remit of the court. The court, which is entirely separate to the EU’s institutions, was established after the second world war as an arbiter of disputes over the European convention of human rights, to which 47 states are signatories. However, it has long been the aim of some Tories for the UK to leave the convention, which they say restricts parliamentary sovereignty. A year before the Brexit referendum in 2016, Theresa May had argued that the UK should “should leave ... regardless of the referendum result”, arguing that it “can bind the hands of parliament, adds … [Read more...] about Brussels seeks to tie UK to European human rights court after Brexit
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The establishment of Denmark’s first constitution on June 5th 1849 is an occasion worth celebrating. But the Scandinavian country must not forget to honour the spirit of democratic and human rights in its constitutional text, writes guest columnist Naqeeb Khan. In the 1830s and 1840s, a complex series of political and diplomatic crises between Denmark and the German Confederation over the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein resulted in King Christian VIII’s realisation that, to ensure the confidence of his people, he must write a constitution for the country over which he reigned. Following the death of Christian VIII on January 20th 1848, his son, Frederik VII became king. Frederik VII adopted the idea of making Denmark a constitutional monarchy and became known for his motto “the people's love, my strength”. On June 5th 1848, the King signed Denmark’s Constitution (Grundlov) to replace the King's Law (Kongeloven) and, in doing so, became the last … [Read more...] about OPINION: Constitution Day is a celebration of political rights for all. Is Denmark neglecting them?
An unrelated file photo of garden allotments. Photo: Sarah Christine Nørgaard/Ritzau Scanpix An association for renters of garden allotments has proposed new applicants should not be accepted unless they speak Danish, citing communication problems. The proposal, which will be voted on at the association’s annual general meeting in August, was first reported by local newspaper Herning Folkeblad earlier this week. Garden allotment associations (kolonihaveforeninger in Danish) are organisations that rent out small plots of land, typically near cities and with cabins that can be inhabited during the summer months. Applications are usually submitted to the owners’ associations by people interested in renting an allotment on the land administered by the association. One such association, Karolinelund in the town of Herning in Jutland, has proposed that its members “must understand written and spoken Danish,” according to reports. The article was added to … [Read more...] about Allotment association proposes members ‘must speak Danish’
The EU is funding "NGOs with ties to terror", Israel has said in a propaganda attack as foreign ministers meet. They flew round the world after they were picked up by top news agencies, such as Reuters, which quoted at length from the Israeli dossier. The study attacked Norwegian NGO Norwegian People's Aid and two Palestinian NGOs, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and Al-Haq. Entitled The Money Trail, like a whodunit, it said these had "known ties to terror groups" Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which the EU and US lists as terrorist entities. It also attacked eight other NGOs - including British, Danish, Irish, and Italian ones - on grounds they and the EU that funded them, to the tune of €5m in 2016, "promote delegitimisation and boycotts" of Israel. The study came out as EU ministers prepared to discuss Gaza at a meeting in Brussels on Monday. The "working lunch" on the Israeli occupation comes after Israeli forces shot … [Read more...] about [Analysis] Israeli propaganda targets EU funds for NGOs
The heavy scent of citrus blossom hung outside the Hilton Park hotel in Nicosia, Cyprus, where about 100 small-business owners, lawyers, accountants, and their partners packed into the ballroom to mark the Chinese New Year. Guests were treated to a fan dance and a performance by drummers clad in red silk costumes.But the symbolism went far beyond celebrating the Year of the Dog’s arrival: This was about cementing a burgeoning relationship between two unlikely partners.One is an increasingly assertive global powerhouse of 1.4 billion people, the other an island nation of 1.2 million that boasts a strategic location and a reputation for a no-questions-asked approach to financial affairs. That makes for a compelling match as China seeks to expand its footprint inside the European Union.“We have investments right across all sectors of the economy,” Christodoulos Angastiniotis, president of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said before joining the other … [Read more...] about Everything Is for Sale in Cyprus, and China’s Buying