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Germany reopens the hate speech and weapons law files.
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Germany reopens the hate speech and weapons law files.

Germany faces calls to tighten arms possession laws and intensify efforts to track down sympathizers of the extreme-right after authorities revealed a racist statement released by the suspect in one of the country’s worst indiscriminate shootings since World War Two.
The suspect who killed nine people in two hookah smoking cafes in the southwestern German town of Hanau published the document on the Internet late on Wednesday, expressing his belief in conspiracy theories and embracing extremist racist views.

The 43-year-old suspect, who is believed to have killed himself and his mother after the attack, was a member of an arms club, raising questions about how a man with such racist ideas was able to obtain club membership and then obtain the weapons he used in the attack.

The newspaper Bild, the best-selling German newspaper, published on its front page an article saying, “We need new, more stringent laws to verify the owners of licenses to carry hunting and firearms.”
“We immediately need more (intelligence) elements to monitor right-wing extremists and intervene before it is too late,” it added.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told the newspaper that the government would initiate reforms to intensify the weapons owners’ verification. “It is not just a matter of whether someone has stored their weapon properly or kept ammunition separate from the weapon – it should also be related to very personal matters.”

The ministry said in a statement that it was considering conducting such audits in cases where the weapons owners are eye-catching to the authorities, adding that no psychological tests will be conducted.
Federal Prosecutor Peter Frank said on Friday that the suspect had a license to carry two weapons, and it was not yet clear whether he had contacts with other right-wing sympathizers at home or abroad.

Frank added that the gunman sent a letter to the prosecution office in November complaining about an unknown intelligence agency with powers to control people’s thoughts and actions.

“The letter did not include his racist calls to exterminate certain people,” Frank told a news conference. We did not initiate an investigation based on the message, which again appeared in the racist statement of the armed man. ”
In October, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel banned the sale of weapons to members of extremist groups monitored by the security services and obliged online platforms to report to the police any content that encouraged hatred.

The measures came after the killing of a German pro-immigration politician in June and an attack four months later on a synagogue and a restaurant in the city of Halle by an anti-Semitic militant.

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The European Union is awaiting a new negotiation battle with Britain after Brexit
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The European Union is awaiting a new negotiation battle with Britain after Brexit

By Amina Souafi.

On Monday began, the first phase of a diplomatic battle between Britain and the European Union, following the first formal departure from it, last Friday, after a 47-year membership, to regulate the form of their relationship after Brexit.

It is expected that the negotiations over the “red Tapes” of their future relationship, which is not yet determined, will witness great tension, amid British intransigence towards the conditions of the union.

And the two parties must agree on the new foundations of these relations, especially in the commercial aspect, the solid core of the talks. From the start, the two sides expressed very firm positions.

According to the excerpts of the speech, “There is no need for a free exchange agreement that includes accepting the rules of the European Union in the field of competition, aid, social security, the environment and other subjects.”

On Sunday, the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, imposed two conditions for a trade agreement, “an agreement on common rules” so that London does not turn into a competitor, and a settlement on the issue of ultra-sensitive fishing.

To make matters more difficult, these negotiations will take place at a very rapid pace because Johnson refuses to extend the transition period in which the British will continue to apply European rules, which are supposed to extend for three years.

However, negotiations are supposed to take place during this period, which ends on December 31.

Today, Michel Barnier will unveil the terms of negotiation and define the priorities and redlines of the European Union.

Barnier knows the details of the file because he had previously negotiated the Brexit Agreement on ways to get Britain out of the Union for more than two years.

Member states will endorse their negotiating mission at the end of February, because negotiations will not officially begin until early next March.

The negotiations will mainly deal with economic partnership, especially the free trade agreement, security issues and planned judicial measures to resolve disputes.

For Europeans, access to the European single market, which includes about 440 million consumers, will be conditional on respecting health, environmental, social and tax standards, as well as standards to respect state aid to companies.

And this market is very important for London because the European Union remains its first trading partner.

The Europeans want to conduct negotiations in parallel on all issues in order to reduce the risk of divisions that could benefit the British.

One of the most sensitive issues during the negotiation process will be the fishing file that the two sides promised to reach agreement on before July 1st.

Fishermen from several member countries, such as France and Denmark, depend on British waters, which also account for 30% of the work of French fishermen.

Johnson, for his part, stressed that “regaining control” of this fishing waters is of great importance and promised “a wonderful new national fishing policy.”

Hunting could be a barter currency during these talks, for example for British financial services, which are so essential to London’s financial district, to reach the continent.

Paris warned that France would “be very vigilant” on the issue.

A first outcome of the talks will be published at the end of June, which could allow an assessment of the risks of “failure to reach agreement”, a specter still haunting the talks, raising fears of catastrophic consequences.Read more news from europe.

Libyan Parliament: These are our conditions for participating in the Geneva Dialogue
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Libyan Parliament: These are our conditions for participating in the Geneva Dialogue

By Amina Souafi.

In conjunction with the holding of meetings of the Libyan Dialogue Committee in Geneva under the auspices of the UN envoy, Ghassan Salameh, the Libyan parliament listed a number of conditions that must be met for its participation in the Geneva meeting.

He also stressed that his representatives in the Geneva Dialogue are chosen by him and under the dome of Parliament, stressing the need to clearly define the tasks of the Dialogue Committees, the duration of time and the mechanisms of their work.

In addition, the Libyan parliament demanded that no government will be approved unless approved by it and that the number of its representatives will not be equal to the number of representatives of the advisory council.

This position came hours after the UN envoy announced that “there is a real will to start negotiations” between the two warring parties with their intention to meet for talks in Geneva with the aim of achieving a permanent ceasefire in the country.

Salama also said in a press conference from Geneva today that he asked the Security Council to pass a resolution reaffirming the existing arms embargo and agreeing to measures to ensure adherence to it.

He explained that the talks between the two parties, which did not meet face-to-face in Geneva on Monday, aimed to “bridge gaps in views on how to organize a sustainable, permanent ceasefire on the ground.” He added, “We started yesterday to discuss a long list of points on our agenda, ranging from working to transform the armistice to a more coherent one and reduce the violations of the parties to it, as well as turning that armistice into a real agreement on a permanent ceasefire.”

The Geneva talks include five senior soldiers from the Libyan National Army and five forces allied to the reconciliation government.

It is noteworthy that the fighting on the ground continued recently despite the call for a truce launched by Russia and Turkey starting from January 12 and an international summit on Libya held in Berlin on January 19 with the aim of curbing international intervention. watch more news about Geopolitics news and updates.

The European Union supports Spain against Britain in the case of Gibraltar
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The European Union supports Spain against Britain in the case of Gibraltar

The European Union is expected to support Spain’s claim to Gibraltar, and to give Madrid the authority to exclude “The Rock” from the post-Brexit deal.

The European Union plans to give Spain the ability to “exclude” Britain’s Gibraltar from any deal with the European Union, after the “Brexit”.

According to reports, the European Union is expected to give British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the option to hand the territory over to Spain or exclude it from any trade agreement between the union and Britain.

A senior European diplomat told the British Observer newspaper: “They have asked in principle that the new relationship will not apply to Gibraltar without the explicit consent of Spain, and it will not be granted unless the Gibraltar issue is resolved through bilateral talks between Spain and Britain.”

It is noteworthy that Britain celebrated Friday the start of the process of leaving the European Union, and is scheduled to start the next stage of negotiations between the two sides on March 3rd.

The European Council’s Article 50 guidelines outline that the union cannot reach an agreement with Britain on Gibraltar without the approval of the Spanish government, according to the British newspaper “Sun”.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will also demand the smooth transportation of 10,000 people traveling daily to Gibraltar to work there, with access to the single market.

The British Prime Minister is looking to get his country out of the single market, and he will have to conclude a separate deal to prevent the presence of heavily guarded borders between Spain and Gibraltar.

It is worth noting that in a 2016 referendum, 96 percent of Britons voted in Gibraltar in the hope that easy access to and exit from Spain would be preserved for both workers and goods.

The Gibraltar region, which is subordinate to Britain, is a square peninsula of 4 kilometers long and has been a source of tension between Spain and Britain for centuries, and its population is estimated at about 30,000 people only, but it has great strategic importance as it lies on the entrance between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, and between the two continents of Europe And Africa.

There is a British naval and military base in Gibraltar, one of its aims is to monitor shipping to and from the Mediterranean.

Spain rejects London’s control of the Gibraltar region, according to the Treaty of Utrecht signed in 1713, and has been demanding for years for sovereignty over it. Follow more Geopolitics News and Updates

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