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“Permanent Structured Cooperation” cements the militarisation of EU foreign and security policy

As a significant precursor to a “European Defence Union”, the EU Treaties provide for an instrument known as Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). This military union enables a group of EU Member States to cooperate more closely in the matter of security and defence policy. In return for this, they enter into binding commitments to, for example, increase their defence spending and integrate their security and defence policy. The German Government is one of the driving forces in seeking to advance a military core Europe through PESCO. At the Foreign Affairs Council on 11 December, Permanent Structured Cooperation is to be formally established through a Council Decision.

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Die „ständige Strukturierte Zusammenarbeit“ zementiert die Militarisierung der EU-Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik

Als wichtige Vorstufe einer „Europäischen Verteidigungsunion“ sehen die EU-Verträge das Instrument der sogenannten „Ständigen Strukturierten Zusammenarbeit“ (SSZ) vor. Diese Militärunion ermöglicht es einer Gruppe von EU-Mitgliedstaaten, in der Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik enger zusammenzuarbeiten. Im Gegenzug gehen sie verbindliche Verpflichtungen etwa zur Erhöhung ihrer Verteidigungsausgaben und zur sicherheits- und verteidigungspolitischen Integration ein. Die Bundesregierung zählt zu den treibenden Kräften, die über die SSZ ein militärisches Kerneuropa voranbringen wollen. Auf der Tagung des RfAB am 11. Dezember soll die „Ständige Strukturierte Zusammenarbeit“ mit einem Ratsbeschluss förmlich begründet werden.

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Police cooperation with Egypt: New security agreement takes effect

Matthias Monroy, Leil-Zahra Mortada

The German Federal Government expresses its concern about the human rights situation and crackdown on civil society in Egypt. Despite this fact, the two countries have begun to implement a new security cooperation agreement, and in August they concluded an agreement regarding cooperation in the area of migration. According to the Federal Foreign Office, these measures help promote the values and principles of the rule of law.

According to Amnesty International, at least 40,000 politically persecuted individuals are imprisoned in Egypt. The majority of them are members of the Muslim Brotherhood and are thus supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown by military general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi three years ago. Civil rights and human rights groups, bloggers, journalists and lawyers are also being specifically persecuted. Now the Egyptian authorities are targeting the queer scene in Cairo. Since 22 September, the police have arrested dozens of LGBTQI activists – as well as people they perceive to be LGBTQI activists. The wave of arrests began after rainbow flags were waved in the audience at a concert by the Lebanese band Mashrou‘ Leila in Cairo.

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How Europol is coordinating cross-border undercover investigations and surveillance

While the European Union has agencies for police and border police cooperation, it does not have own police powers of attorney. The same also applies to undercover observation and surveillance measures. The police agency Europol has played a most active role in this area nevertheless and has worked for years to interconnect relevant units and working groups from the member states.

Europol first organised an experts’ conference on undercover surveillance in 2008, holding a second conference in 2011. Prominent attendees included the European Cross-Border Surveillance Working Group (CSW), an alliance of a number of mobile task forces and comparable units from the member states, which was formed in 2005. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the CSW is investigating “the scope for deploying technical equipment in efforts to combat crime”. It is also addressing the question as to how “criminal activities and technical means to identify police measures” can be prevented.

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»Tagesgeschäft aller Dienste auf der Welt«

Russische Hacker sollen Wahlkampf angegriffen haben. Das ist zwar Quatsch, aber die Falschmeldung ist im Umlauf. Ein Gespräch der Tageszeitung junge Welt mit Andrej Hunko, europapolitischer Sprecher der Linksfraktion im Bundestag.

Vor der Bundestagswahl wurde die Behauptung hochgekocht, Russland wolle die Bundestagswahl manipulieren, etwa durch Cyberangriffe. Das Bundesinnenministerium musste in einer Antwort auf eine Anfrage von Ihnen zugeben, dass nichts dergleichen geschehen ist. Haben Sie das so eindeutig erwartet?

Wir haben das erwartet, natürlich. Denn es war durchsichtig, dass die Warnung vor russischen Cyberangriffen auf die Bundestagswahl viel eher eine Propagandakampagne war als eine reale Gefahr. Die Mär vom russischen »Cy-Bären« haben Gerhard Schindler, damals Chef des Bundesnachrichtendienstes, und der Verfassungsschutzpräsident Hans-Georg Maaßen im April 2016 im Focus-Doppelinterview in die Welt gesetzt. Keine Woche verging seitdem, in der nicht vor russischen Geheimdienstoperationen gegen Deutschland und Westeuropa gewarnt wurde. Nun stellen sich diese Meldungen als Desinformation heraus.

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Disappointing results for predictive policing

The Max Planck Institute in Freiburg does not see any proof of effectiveness for predictive policing in preventing home burglaries. Another study is expected next year from Hamburg.

So far, there has been no proof in Germany that so-called "predictive policing" leads to crime rates being lowered in a particular area. Two investigations aim to shed light on this: one "study of new technologies for predicting home burglaries and their consequences for policing practice" is currently underway at Hamburg University, however the project does not end until December 2018. In the meantime, evaluation of a predictive policing project in Baden-Württemberg by the Freiburg Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law has been completed.

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Der „Cybersecurity Act“ der EU-Kommission ist scheinheilig

Die Europäische Kommission legt heute ihren angekündigten „Cybersecurity Act“ vorg. Im Rahmen dieses Maßnahmenpaketes zur Cybersicherheit soll unter anderem die bereits existierende Agentur für Netz- und Informationssicherheit (ENISA) zu einer Cybersicherheitsbehörde ausgebaut werden. Hierzu kommentiert der europapolitische Sprecher der Linksfraktion im Bundestag, Andrej Hunko:

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The West attempts hybrid resistance

The EU and NATO are training for their joint rapid response in the event of a crisis with three coordinated exercises. The simulated threat comes from Russia, hackers, the caliphate, immigrants and globalisation critics

By Matthias Monroy

On 1 September the European Union and NATO will start their shared "EU Parallel and Coordinated Exercise 2017" (EU PACE17). This is according to a Council Document published online by the British civil rights organisation Statewatch. The two alliances will test their crisis management structures over six weeks.

NATO is responsible for leading the exercise, the section organised by it is referred to as "NATO CMX17". The NATO is also responsible for escalating hypothetical scenarios with daily "injections". This also incorporates the "EU CYBRID 2017" short cyber exercise, which will see EU defence ministers test the political reaction to cyber-attacks on 7 September in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Neuer Kalter Krieg? Russland und der Westen


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Die Beziehungen des Westens mit der Sowjetunion und Russland war in den letzten Jahrzehnten wechselhaft. Spätestens mit der NATO-Osterweiterung gaben die USA und ihre Verbündeten eine neue Marschrichtung vor. Zwischenzeitlich hatte der russische Präsident Putin mehrmals Entspannung signalisiert, etwa bei seiner Rede im Bundestag 2001 und bei der Vermittlung zur Vernichtung der syrischen Atomwaffen. Trotzdem hat die NATO ihre militärische Präsenz an der Ostgrenze zu Russland massiv ausgebaut. Wer bedrängt hier eigentlich wen?

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Database on “European extremists”: how is the plan pursued since 2001 supposed to function?

After each major summit protest, there are calls for a European “troublemakers” database to be established. Centralised data storage at EU level or decentralised networking of national systems would be conceivable options. For a number of reasons, it has not been possible to set up a database of this kind since the turn of the millennium. The governing coalition in Germany has now announced a new initiative to this end following the G20 Summit in Hamburg.

By Matthias Monroy

Cooperation on summit events between European security authorities has been running like clockwork for more than 20 years. Police and intelligence services have exchanged information on threats and “individuals who pose a terrorist threat”, have assisted each another with personnel and equipment and seconded liaison officers. Shortly before such summits, the Schengen Agreement is partially suspended and border controls reintroduced while travel bans are imposed on undesirable protesters.

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Andrej Hunko, MdB 2017