Frontex chief must be sacked after migrant pushback exposé

A joint-investigation by Lighthouse Reports, Bellingcat, Der Spiegel, ARD and Asahi TV has uncovered damning evidence that Frontex, the EU’s coastal and border guard agency, has been deliberately stopping people from reaching the EU via the Aegean. According to the exposé – released today – Frontex has been complicit in the illegal, violent pushback of migrants and refugees in Greece. Yet, despite clear evidence of human right breaches, including leaked documents, as well as interviews with migrants and Frontex staff, the agency denies any involvement in such pushbacks.

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Rejection of the CAP proposal is a matter of survival for farmers and our planet

MEPs must reject the European Parliament’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) report in its final vote after a Grand Coalition, led by right-wing EPP, undermined critical measures to support struggling local farmers and the environment.  By excluding critical voices during the negotiation process and compromising the voting process to deny alternative amendments from being considered, the biggest groups hijacked the outcome of years of work on the CAP. 

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Grand coalition anti-democratic move to undermine CAP

Dear President Sassoli, Late last night, it has come to our attention that key parts of the crucial vote on the CAP reform package have been moved forward from Wednesday to the voting session of today early afternoon. This decision is based on reasons unknown and inexplicable to us. Additionally, we learned that splits and separates were deemed unacceptable.

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Call for swift EU action on Big Tech intensifies

The French Digital Minister Cedric O and the Dutch Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mona Keijzer have just issued a joint position paper calling for European Union competition authorities to take “swift action” to curb the consolidation of market power by Big Tech corporations like Amazon–including potentially breaking the companies up.

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Covid 19: outlook for the Live Performance sector and measures needed

The pandemic and lockdown have had major consequences in the Live Performance sector, as venues have been forced to fully close down and tours have been cancelled. This has had a huge impact on the economic stability of the sector as a whole, but also on individual workers, many of whom are freelance and self-employed, and on the large number of small and medium sized enterprises that operate in the sector.

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European Labour Leaders Demand EU Action Against Amazon’s Surveillance of Union Activists

European trade union leaders representing over 12 million workers signed a letter today urging the European Commission to “open an investigation into Amazon’s potentially illegal activities against Amazon workers in Europe.” The effort comes on the heels of the tech giant’s recently exposed spying on workers for lawful union activities in Europe.     “Amazon’s plans to ramp up surveillance of workers across Europe and globally are yet another reminder that EU Institutions should closely investigate Amazon’s business and workplace practices throughout the continent, as we suspect them to be in breach of European labour, data and privacy laws…

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