EUROPOL European Migrant Smuggling Centre launched

February 24, 2016 4:57 PM

Real sovereignty is a measure of the degree to which we can exercise power, the ability to influence, to get things done, says a leader in the Irish Times. It is a dynamic concept, not a zero-sum equation - paradoxically it is quite possible to reduce legal sovereignty, to submit ourselves to others in part, while actually enhancing our ability to affect events by being part of a larger whole:

A permanent reinstatement of internal border controls would have a dramatic effect on economic growth throughout Europe, causing a noticeable decline in prosperity, according to the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German think tank:

"We can expect a debate on an EU exit in a few years time if Britain left the EU," Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday, according to EUobserver. Leaving the EU would return the Czech Republic into Russia's sphere of influence, in "an absolute negation of the evolution since 1989," he warned:

Today (22 Feb 2016) the European Commission launched its EUROPOL European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) in The Hague, which will proactively support EU Member States in dismantling criminal networks involved in organized migrant smuggling, according to a press release from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group. The centre will focus on areas with high levels of criminal activity, and will build a better capability across the European Union to fight people smuggling networks. See the release via EurActiv here:

The technology and telecoms industries are leading the work on the development and future launch of 5G networks and services. 'For this reason', says ETNO - European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association in a press release, 'we welcome and support the European Commission's efforts and commitment to promoting EU leadership in 5G' See the release via EurActiv here:

The foreign ministers of Germany and France urged Ukraine on Monday (22 February) to quickly resolve its political crisis and recommitted themselves to efforts to resolve the separatist war in the east of the ex-Soviet state, EurActiv reports: