National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden answered questions before the European Parliament on Friday, saying that the United States spy agency pressures its allies to take steps towards further enabling widespread and indiscriminate surveillance.
Sanctions against Russia could be bad for the weak economies in the periphery of the eurozone. Many EU states also have strong connections with Russia, while Russia needs EU money to stabilize its budget, German MP Philipp Missfelder told RT.
Germany’s bobsleigh federation has banned former world champ Manuel Machata from racing for a year and fined him 5,000 euro for lending his equipment to Russian athlete Aleksandr Zubkov, who won two gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Games.
EU leaders have threatened Russia with sanctions, which could include visa bans, asset freezes and various economic restrictions unless it engages in direct talks with the coup-appointed Ukrainian government.
The tiny German village of Atterwasch (population: 241) near Poland may soon disappear from the map once and for all. Swedish energy giant Vattenfall is looking to relocate the villagers to strip-mine the ground underneath for brown coal.
Around 11 million homes across Europe are empty or not in use – a number that could house all the EU homeless twice over, British media report. Housing campaigners who lobby for the rights of the poor have called the finding a “shocking waste.”
Deutsche Telekom plans to launch an app for smartphones that encrypts voice and text messages. The move is the latest step taken by the firm to address users’ privacy concerns following NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden’s, mass surveillance revelations.
President Barack Obama said the US “condemns in the strongest terms the violence” in Ukraine, adding that the Ukrainian government must uphold the rights of peaceful protesters. Obama said there would be consequences should “people step over the line.”