INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS

ICIJ is a  U.S.-based nonprofit with a global network of reporters and media organizations who work together to investigate the most important stories in the world. Its network encompasses 280 of the best investigative reporters from more than 100 countries and territories. It also partners with more than 100 media organizations, from the world’s most renowned outlets, including the BBC, the New York Times, the Guardian and the Asahi Shimbun, to small regional nonprofit investigative centers.

ENERGY SITUATION IN EU MEMBER STATES

Source: IEA

AUSTRIA

TRUST IN THE MEDIA IN EUROPE

Source: Reuters Institute

Proportion that trusts most news most of the time

BIDEN'S SUMMIT FOR DEMOCRACY

Biden’s Summit for Democracy to be held December 9-10, 2021 aims to bring together the world’s democracies to strengthen democratic institutions, honestly confront nations that are backsliding and force a common agenda. The summit will invite heads of state and key private sector actors, from civil society organizations on the frontlines of the defense of democracy to technology giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google which remain vital for preserving the integrity of modern democratic practices.

U.S. GOVERNMENT RUNNING OUT OF CASH

Current U.S. National debt stands at US $ 28.5 trillion. It could swell to US$ 35 trillion by the end of the year. The gap between government spending and revenue has swelled to more than US$ 2.2 trillion in the 2021 fiscal year.

TRACKING INFLUENCERS IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Acumen Public AffairsBrittney Elzarei is now sustainability account director, while Rodrigo Vaz is a sustainability consultant. Silvia Romeo and Ingeborg Bennink are EU health consultants. Enrica Obizzi is an EU health account manager. And David Malka is the new CFO.

APCO Worldwide: Former Irish Ambassador Declan Kelleher has joined APCO Worldwide as a senior adviser.

CONSOLIDATED GROSS DEBT OF EURO AREA COUNTRIES

% of GDP at current prices- 2021 Forecast

  1. Greece: 200.7
  2. Italy: 159.5
  3. Portugal: 130.3
  4. Spain: 122.0
  5. France: 117.8
  6. Belgium: 117.8
  7. Cyprus: 108.2
  8. Austria: 85.2
  9. Slovenia: 80.2
  10. Finland: 71.8
  11. Germany: 70.1
  12. Ireland: 66.0
  13. Slovakia: 65.7
  14. Netherlands: 63.5
  15. Malta: 60.0
  16. Lithuania: 50.7
  17. Latvia: 45.9
  18. Luxembourg: 27.3
  19. Estonia: 22.5

Euro Area: 102.3

CIVIL SOCIETY, HUMAN RIGHTS, JOURNALISTS, MEDIA AND NGO STAKEHOLDERS

  1. Association of European Journalists
  2. Association of European Journalists - Belgium
  3. Center for Reproductive Rights Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties)
  4. Civil Society Europe Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  5. European Center for Not-For-Profit Law Stichting (ECNL)
  6. European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
  7. European Civic Forum
  8. European Federation of Journalists
  9. European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)
  10. European Youth Forum
  11. FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights)

FRAUD AGAINST EU BUDGET

Cases

  1. Manipulation of public procurement tenders at the national level, particularly in agriculture and structural funds with ths usual suspects of bid riggingn kickback payments and conflicts of interests.
  2. Siphoning humanitarian aid.
  3. Research grants (ERC) obtained through forged documents (inflating cvs of participants, exaggerating project sustainability etc.) put forward by companies in member states.
  4. Counterfeit goods smuggled into the EU
  5. Tobacco smuggling

Fraud within EU institutions

CE QUE PARIS ATTEND DE WASHINGTON

  1. Clarification à la fois des conditions dans lesquelles AUKUS a été décidé et clarification également des conditions d’un réengagement américain dans une relation d'alliés.
  2. Clarification sur le choix américain de tenir un allié européen à l'écart d'échanges structurants sur une coopération dans l'Indopacifique.
  3. Reconnaissance que les échanges et consultations qui auraient dû être conduites ne l'ont pas été et que cela pose une question de confiance dont il appartient aux deux parties désormais de tirer ensemble toutes les conséquences.

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