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The invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield and the GAFA tax

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The invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield, the GAFA tax and the privacy
protection of European citizens has been the focus of recent cyber
conflicts between Europe and the United States.

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'Belarus is becoming the North Korea of Europe: nontransparent, unpredictable and dangerous’

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Tsikhanouskaya says Belarus is becoming the North Korea of Europe: ‘nontransparent, unpredictable and dangerous’. Tsikhanouskaya, the elected leader of Belarus who is now living in exile was invited to an exchange of views with members of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday (26 May).

The meeting took place following recent events in Belarus, including the unprecedented forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk Belarus and the detention by Belarusian authorities of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega.

Tsikhanouskaya said: “Since the rigged elections of August 2020, the regime has completely lost the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Let us be frank, the previous EU strategy of wait and see towards the Belarusian regime doesn't work.

“The EU approach of gradually elevated pressure on the Lukashenko regime has not managed to change his behavior and has only led to a growing sense of impunity and messy repressions.

“I call on the European Parliament to make sure that the reaction of the international community is not limited to the Ryanair flight incident. The response must address the situation in Belarus in its entirety, or we will all face such situations in the future, Lukashenko is turning my country into the North Korea of Europe: nontransparent, unpredictable and dangerous.”

Tsikhanouskaya highlighted three other recent developments: the elimination of Tutby media; the death of political activist Vitold Ashurak in prison custody; and the decision to delay the next national vote until the end of 2023.

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Video round table: Debate on the proposed new Belgian 5G law

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The Belgian National Security Council has proposed a new law which includes a series of additional security measures regarding the rollout of 5G mobile networks. The capability of 5G is immense and will affect every area of the economy, and every government has a duty to ensure that any deployed 5G technology is safe to use as a communication medium by its citizens and the government.

At an online roundtable debate organized today, (17 December), by EU Reporter, interested experts and commentators debated the issue.

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Ambassador's corner: H.E. Aigul Kuspan of Kazakhstan

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The first in a series of conversations with various countries' ambassadors to the EU.

EU Reporter's Tori Macdonald speaks with Kazakhstan's Chief Representative to Belgium, Luxembourg, the EU and NATO, Aigul Kuspan.

The discussion begins with a reflection how the relations between Kazakhstan and their partners have evolved over the course of this year. Kuspan talks about the progress and many new beginnings that have formed despite the disruptive nature of 2020. The focus then turns towards Kazakhstan and how they have been managing the COVID-19 outbreak nationally as well as their participation in the global collective effort.

Looking towards the future, Kazakh eyes are firmly fixed towards the upcoming parliamentary elections in January 2021. Kuspan sheds some light on the motives of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev regarding key areas such as political reform and climate change. Furthermore, reflecting on the current challenges faced by the country and formulating an action plan to tackle these issues.

Lastly, Kuspan addresses her Brussels' based Embassy's aims for the new year as well as highlighting their diplomatic efforts in the last few months.

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