• RE: Central Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) World News

    RUSH EU COUNCIL ELECTIONS INITIATED


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    Europolis, May 28 2020 UTC+2 | Coun. Friedrich van Allen announced in a video-call with the CBC News team that he was kicked off of the EU Council in a proceeding this noon. According to him, Spk. Edward Firoux ordered him to be kicked off of the EU Council because he wasn't democratically elected. And so by this he announced that the EU Council Elections in Reitzmag is initiated in a rush form with candidates no longer going to a debate and will not exceed 4 days.

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  • RE: ACT TO ESTABLISH THE EUROPEAN CORPS

    Councillor van Allen, if you want to go and "fix" internal situations, go ahead, nobody is stopping you. Please go ahead and do it. I'm not sure why legislating on external security or "unified security" is such a preposterous thing. Both things can be done at the same time. Both are important.

    Commissioner Reynels already very politely explained that the volunteer forces aren't being held hostage by the Eurocorps Commander. They can of course be withdrawn.

    If the volunteer forces don't have equipment, then they obviously shouldn't join the Eurocorps in the first place, because they're simply not equipped enough to fight, and they're also actually endangering the Eurocorps itself by becoming an unnecessary burden. There's a reason why we wouldn't, say, be asking farmers to join the Eurocorps. I doubt the Eurocorps would want them in the first place. This is such a silly argument. If a member state doesn't have properly armed and equipped forces to contribute, then they simply shouldn't contribute. The Eurocrops is fully voluntary for a reason. However, as I mentioned earlier, I support the idea of supplying the Eurocorps with enough money so that they can procure equipment for themselves, so this wouldn't even be an issue.

    To your second last point, Councillor van Allen, the legislation states that each unit will be headed by a national of their member state of origin - it almost certainly has to be someone chosen by their state's government, otherwise who else would they be volunteering in the first place - that is of a certain military rank that is deemed acceptable by the Eurocorps Commander.

    As for your last point, it is not up to us to decide how to structure the Eurocorps, that is for them to decide. We seriously don't need to be carving into legislation the roles and responsibilities of each member, which would result in absolute chaos, as the Eurocorps Commander couldn't delegate anything new nor be flexible in their management during a time of chaos and conflict, and they would need to go through an at least a 6-day legislative process of amending this act every single time they amend or create new roles. What a horrific nightmare that would be, and what an absolute detriment that would be to the Eurocorps and its effectiveness.

    Also, it's funny how you mentioned something being undemocratic. In order to be part of the European Council, you need to be an democratically elected member. Since Mr. Hufton passed away after the Elected and Accountable Council Act was enacted, and you came to power through legal succession and not a national election, you are not even a valid Council member. So, security, please take this man to the public gallery. You will be barred from this discussion. You can can join future Council proceedings once you have been elected in a way that satisfies the Elected and Accountable Council Act.

    Edward Firoux
    Council Speaker and Councillor of Inquista

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  • RE: Request for access to neutrality status with the Council

    Thank you all for your confidence in our little nation. Thanks to the protection conferred by article VI, the main goal of our army will be entirely redirected towards humanitarian aid. From now on, she will go to the field with drugs instead of weapons. Our planes will no longer unleash terror but money to rebuild countries affected by war or natural disasters. All this will be done without distinction, without discrimination. Because everyone has the right to live in good conditions. On the diplomatic level, we will not accept any alliance, but any nation to our friendship, as long as it does not betray our confidence. In this case, we believe that a peaceful solution can be found. In a short time, we will officially declare our neutrality.
    Our Republic thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for the help you bring us. We owe you. We hope that our decision is the right one and that it will only bring good to the UE.
    "A better world is built together" Siredor's motto


    The National and Democratic Assembly of Siredor
    And from the ruling party, the Siredor Fraternels

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  • RE: UEFA - News and Inscriptions

    Country: People's Republic of Marnoua
    President of the Football Association: Joan Ferrun
    Kits & Crest: [Below]
    Does your Football Association have a designated stadium?: Yes (Astadia Nasxiunàla Miquèl Garangou [In the link below])
    Are you interested on taking part in Football Associations competitions such as Eurocup or the Nations League?: Yes
    Does your Football Association have a Women's brunch?: Yes
    If yes, are you interested on them taking part in International Competitions?: Yes

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  • RE: Banning of Conversion Therapy Act

    These are great amendments. They've remedied my nit-picky concerns and they will have my full support. I thank the Councillor for writing them.

    Furthermore, as the Speaker of the European Council, I also want to offer my belated congratulations to Councillor Evergreen on his election as Councillor. I want to commend the Councillor's eagerness to legislate and his willingness to immediately become active member of our Council, and I commend him for legislating on such an important issue.

    Edward Firoux
    Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista

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  • RE: UEFA - News and Inscriptions

    Marnoua's Football Association is accepted. (OCC: They've confirmed through Discord)

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  • RE: Banning of Conversion Therapy Act

    Based on the constructive criticism of Mr Firoux, I am proposing the following amendments:

    SECTION II - ENSURING PROTECTION

    I. It is the duty of member states and their governments to protect people from conversion therapies and other practices based around conversion therapies. The member state and their government shall uphold this duty by ensuring that these practices are not performed.

    SECTION III - IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT

    IV. All member states of the European Union are required to adjust their national law(s) with this Act in 6 months from immediately after its approval by the European Council.

    Kent Evergreen
    European Councillor of The Malboryan Republic

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  • RE: ACT TO ESTABLISH THE EUROPEAN CORPS

    Councilor van Allen then stood up to speak

    "My dear fellow legislators in this European Council, we have been disrupted by uprisings, coups, and revolutions in the past few months. And we have not yet fixed these internal situations. But now, we're focusing more on our external affairs and unified security!"

    "My friends, we must understand that the Eurocorps will not be effective if Europe is currently divided. We have to fix our situations first internally before we focus on this kind of matter. Another problem we face is that how we would mobilize our forces from foreign missions in case of an emergency within our region. And not all nations have enough budget for very much equipment."

    "I also agree to Coun. Plessis that we will not be able to take command on our volunteer forces in case of need because the commander doesn't want. This would be much undemocratic and a serious threat to each of our national sovereignty."

    "One more thing is that the procurement of equipment would be hard as to which some nations don't have enough funds to maintain their volunteer forces as well as their equipment. Even though, I have received calls yesterday from RAE Systems and other defense companies in Reitzmag that they are willing to provide substantial equipment for both land, sea, and air travel and combat."

    "Finally, the words on Section 1 Paragraph 4 is also undemocratic and that I suggest that the appointment of unit commanders shall be delegated to the governments of each member-state. This would help devolve some responsibilities of the Eurocorps Commander and lessen his/her burden."

    "Over all, I want to raise the fact that this act must be amended accordingly with a more detailed composition and proper specification of the structure as well as the roles and responsibilities of each member."

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  • RE: Fremetian Elections 2020

    Political Parties: The Pillars

    There are countless registered political parties in Fremet, however, only four hold seats in addition to Fremet's three major parties in the Staatsrat. A summation of each is below..


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    The Rødt - The Red Party

    The Rødt was formed in 1923 as a splinter group from Fremet's dominant communist party, the Parti Communiste. Members of the Rødt left the old communist party in opposition to their collaboration in the Nicoleizian occupation of Fremet. Dominated by Fremet's French-speaking minority, the Parti Communist led the Fremetian Socialist Republic, and with many of its leaders jailed, its members barred from public service, and the party outlawed after the occupation, the Rødt, being the only surviving far left party in 1930, quickly garnered the reputation of harboring FSV officials. The party fell into such a steep decline that, by the formation of the Fifth Kingdom in 1935, the party was headed towards dissolution. Change would come though. In 1946, a new leader emerged in the floundering party, Walter Schmidt. Schmidt expelled many of the old Parti Communist and old guard from the days of the occupation and repositioned the Rødt as the left-wing alternative to the Fremetian Labour Party. By the 1950s, Schmidt managed to increase the Rødt's seats in the Staatsrat from zero in 1946 to 12 in 1957. A series of coalitions with the Labour Party in the 1960s and 1970s allowed the party to establish themselves as a legitimate and stable participant in Fremetian politics.

    Today, the Rødt are still very much a far-left communist party. Focusing more on left unity than one single ideology, the Rødt has demonstrated an impressive ability to consistently balance the countless variations leftist thought and emphasise strong, consistent, and steady reform to create the societal, political, and economic conditions necessary for evolving Fremetian society into a post-capitalistic society. The Rødt's chief goal is best stated by Walter Schmidt in 1963, "We set forth on the path of reform. Only through manipulating the evolution of human society can we truly find our utopia. We must grow to fulfill our ideals as they are too enlightened and too generous for the selfish and careless society we live in and are conditioned to." Most of the criticism of the Rødt is that it seeks to please all corners of the left and that it compromises itself too much in seeking to distance itself from the Occupation. While it seems to have its execution well-planned, the Rødt does not seem to have a clear goal in mind.

    Jermias Corbychov, the Rødt's current leader, while from the syndicalist branch of the party, was chosen in convention largely to address concerns over a lack of direction. Corbychov has outlined a multi-phased plan to introduce increasingly potent reforms to snuff out capitalism in Fremet. He is also known to be a long-time friend of Erik Johannsen, former leader of the Fremetian Socialist Party. Rumours of a possible coalition government between the Rødt and Socialists continue to grow, especially news that Solberg will not seek to renew the Socialist-Lib Dem "Golden Coalition."


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    Venstre - The Liberal Party

    The Venstre are Fremet's first and oldest political party. Formed at the foundation of Fremetian democracy in 1735, the Venstre have managed to remain relevant in Fremetian politics for nearly three centuries. The Venstre are largely responsible for nearly every social, economic, and political reform in Fremet throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, even leading the government in exile during the occupation. It was Venstre politicians that spearheaded the rebellion that ultimately toppled the communist puppet state and expelled the Nicoleizian occupiers. The Venstre have not been without controversy however, opposition to the new 1935 constitution and subsequent formation of the Fifth Kingdom did a fatal blow to the party, leading it to lose over half of its seats to the newly-formed Liberal Democrats in the 1936 elections. The Venstre would never hold a majority again. The Venstre had a tough time rebuilding throughout the 20th century. Kept on life support by stubborn members and opportunistic coalitions with the Liberal Democrats and even Høyre, the Venstre managed to limp through into the new millenium.

    Since then, the Venstre seem to have found their place in Fremetian politics as fitting in the narrow gap between the centrist umbrella Lib Dems and left-leaning Socialist Party. Recently, with Liberal Democrat politicians calling for a slowing to the pace of reform and a respect of the status quo, the Venstre have been able to carve out a new niche for themselves as members jump ship from the Lib Dems. The Venstre are running on an agenda emphasising "common sense" reform, calling for continued government regulation and social service efforts, but stopping short of the Socialist Party's push to pursue nationalising key industries.

    The Venstre seem to be on the uptick, and are polling at their highest levels in nearly 50 years. It is likely that the Venstre will manage to swipe some seats away from both the Lib Dems and the socialists in the constituency elections.


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    Grønne - The Green Party

    • Environmental Activism
    • Leader: Anita Bastholm

    The Grønne are Fremet's environmentalist activist party, formed in 1986. The main focus of the party is environmental protection and ecological sustainability. The party seeks to introduce a tax on wasteful consumption and to reorganise the food industry. The Greens have also pledged support for a reform in the agrarian industry, increasing the production of organic crops and strengthening the eco-friendly agricultural sector.

    Though the Grønne are near laser-focused on environmental issues, they are largely progressive in the field of Fremetian politics and typically vote closely with the Liberal Democrats and Socialists on legislation.

    The Grønne have a small but reliable constituency in Fremet and gave been gaining traction across the country as environmental issues continue to garner increased focus by Fremetians.


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    Fortschrittspartei - The Progress Party

    • Libertarian Right-Wing
    • Leader: Markus Hartmann

    The Fortschrittspartei are Fremet's leading right wing party, often accusing Høyre of compromising conservative values for votes. The party seeks a more restrictive immigration policy and greater independence from the European Union. Formed in 1962 in response to sweeping economic reforms introduced by subsequent Labour and Lib Dem governments, the Fortschrittspartei continues to oppose expanding the government bureaucracy and supports downsizing the ever-growing public sector in Fremet.

    Seen mostly as a reactionary party by many Fremetians, the Fortschrittspartei has managed to garner a decently-sized voting base of those discontent with the reforms enacted by Fremet's larger parties. Interestingly, the Fortschrittspartei now stops short of proposing cuts to social programmes, instead opting to focus on economic policy. The Fortschrittspartei, until 1999, was the only political party with seats in the Staatsrat that advocated cuts to social welfare programmes. In 1999, in response to strong political forces in Fremet and an economic recession, the party reversed their position on social welfare, calling it a "necessary measure to ensure the physical, financial, social, and mental health, safety, and stability of all Fremetians."

    The Fortschrittspartei has been in rapid decline since the start of the 2010s, losing many of its seats to Høyre as the right in Fremet continues to shrink. It is expected that the Fortschrittspartei will lose a significant amount of their small proportion of seats in the coming election.

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  • RE: ACT TO ESTABLISH THE EUROPEAN CORPS

    Speaker Firoux nodded and gestured for Commissioner Antoni Reynels to speak.

    "You raise valid concerns, Councillor Plessis, especially in regard to your second question, which would be worth discussing in-depth.

    As for the first question, there is nothing in this legislation which states or prevents member states from withdrawing their voluntary forces from the Eurocorps. It merely states that the operations and administration of the Eurocorps shall be overseen by the Eurocorps Commander. If member states withdraw their voluntary forces from the Eurocorps, then, well, they're just simply no longer part of the Eurocorps. It's also worth noting that while the Eurocorps operations are overseen by the Eurocorps Commander, each Eurocorps unit is individually commanded by a national of their member state of origin.

    As for your second question, this is probably something that requires addressing and robust Council discussion. Typically, as is the case with the European Relief Force and with most peacekeeping norms, it is expected that forces supply themselves. So, yes, the member state would need to provide transportation. To be clear, the legislation states that volunteer units need to be contributed by the member states, and they're presumably functioning, already put-together military units. By volunteers, it is not meant that individual people are independently and voluntarily signing up to join the organization. They're functioning military units volunteered by a state. If the member state cannot provide vessels or planes for the transportation of these units, then they're simply not prepared nor have much business being part of the Eurocorps anyway, but that's something for the Eurocrops Commander to decide.

    However, it's probably worth mentioning and clarifying in the legislation how the organization ought to be equipped. It might also be worth having the European Union fund the Eurocorps generously enough so that member states won't have to equip the units themselves, and that the Eurocorps has enough funding on its own to procure equipment. It would be beneficial for the Eurocorps to not only have standardized quipment, but also high quality equipment. This will be costly, but it is something for the Council to decide, not me."

    Commissioner Reynels seated himself as Speaker Firoux rose to address the council.

    "Having a well-equipped Eurocorps would be costly, and would likely take up quite a large proportion of the European budget, but if there's one bill that is actually worth footing, then it will be this one. Inquista is the largest contributor of the European budget, and we believe it is in our best interest to see the Eurocorps well-funded. Having the Eurocorps equip itself would hopefully remedy some of the concerns that
    Councillor Plessis rightfully brought up. I will propose an amendment on that matter, but I would like to first hear what my fellow colleagues have to say about this."

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