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    EUROPEAN UNION
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    ~May 2013 Update~


    **Nations: ** 165
    **World Assembly Delegate: ** Occoron


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    **Premier: ** Maleeka Liszckoszi, Os Corelia
    Foreign Affairs: Felipe Gomez, Occoron
    Defence and Peacekeeping: Susan Callaghan, Halsberg
    Economics: Alexander Bass, Gun-Toting Animals
    Internal Affairs: Peter Montfort, Angleter


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    **Chief Justice: ** Antony Scalin, Duxburian Union
    Justice: Concordia Ferro, Pax Aurea
    Justice: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Bakrova
    Justice: Idla Bcassj, Kryuland
    Justice: Gerhardt Garber, Rhine Ruhr


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    **Speaker of the European Council: ** Acwellan Lir Devoy am Harrison, Duxburian Union

    **Socialist Workers Party (SWP): ** Communist, Socialist, Anti-Capitalist
    Party of European Socialists and Democrats (S&D): Social Democrat, Integrationist
    **Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for a Green Europe (ALDGE): ** Social Liberal, Environmentalist
    **European Classical Liberals (ECL): ** Classical Liberal, Pragmatic
    **Union of European Conservatives (UEC): ** Conservative, Christian Democrat
    **European National Party (ENP): ** Fascist, National Socialist



    Commission News

    • Former Commissioner Kligenberg (Inquista/Independent) will be succeeded by Peter Montfort (Angleter/UEC). With 52.9%, he received most support of the three candidates. Marie Rivas (Northern Caesarea/S&D) received 41.2% of the votes, while David Cameron only convinced his own nation and got 5.9%.

    • The newly elected Commissioner immediately started an 'Audit of the Committees'. The Committees include the Committees on the Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established to revise the European Constitution respectively Declaration of Human Rights, the European Arts Collaboration Board that deals with subsidizing collaboration projects between artists of several nations and the European Biological and Chemical Weapons Authority, that deals with violations of the homonymous act. Also the Heritage Site Program will be reviewed. The investigation is still underway.

    • After criticism by the Rhinian newspaper D?sseldorf Times and the Angleteric news show One Last Thing regarding the Commission's visit to Dromund Kaas, Prime Commissioner Liszckoszi asked the leaders of the Coalition of the Willing to meet in Europolis to discuss the ending of the Dromund Kaas War. So far, there has been no response though.

    • Premier Liszckoszi also started the 'Faith Conference', "to talk about how we can progress society for peace and how we can face off extremism". Several European nations have faced terrorist acts, killing hundreds of people, as a result of religious extremism.Council News

    • The amendment of the European Court of Justice Procedure Act, proposed by Speaker Devoy (Duxburian Union/ECL), was unanimously approved by the Council. The Rights of the Accused Act was integrated into the new act, while also the appealing procedure was abolished. "Why would the highest Court in the region reconsider its own verdict? The whole point of taking a case to the ECoJ is for an authoritative outcome that provides closure for a case." was the argument of the Speaker.

    • The Council was less enthusiastic about the Marriage Recognition Act, proposed by Councillor Orcello (Pax Aurea). Although the act only "ensure[d] the recognition of marriages and civil unions formed in one European Union member state in all member states " and explicitly stated that it did not "force member states otherwise alter their laws related to marriage and/or civil unions" and thus not required European nations to recognize same-sex marriage, several Councillors felt that the act went too far. Councillor Walters (Halsberg) worded his concern as follows: "This proposal is clearly an underhanded attempt to pressure governments to legalise same-sex marriages, and that is utterly unacceptable. If the government of Halsberg wants to introduce same-sex marriage, they will. But we will not be bullied into making such a sweeping change by a bill that would, as many have noted, give thousands of Halsbergian couples cause to take up a human rights legal case." He also applauded the ingenuity and cunning of the ALDGE, as "the bill would inevitably lead to nearly every European country being forced into legalising gay marriage". He ended his remark by saying that "If they [the ALDGE] believe in their cause so much, why can't they come out, no pun intended, and propose something a tad more explicit?" Also Councillors Benfield (Inimicus/UEC), Hague (Davishire/UEC), Kosor (Red Croatia/UEC) argued against same-sex marriage, while Councillors Marshall (Rhine Ruhr/ECL) and Roebuck (Gun-Toting Animals/ECL) had several remarks too, although they stated their countries support same-sex marriage. Councillor Elena Dammo (Occoron/ALDGE) responded to Walters' remarks by saying that "I truly believe that making a difference between marriages between a man and a woman and same-sex marriages, is stupid, silly, wrong, narrow-minded, egocentric and unacceptable. I really do. But forcing every European to think like me, is not my intention nor the intention of the bill" while she also explained the aim of the bill, stating that "This bill will make sure that an Occoronian gay-marriage couple is not arrested and sentenced to death during their vacation in Halsberg, because marrying someone of the same sex there is not allowed and you get the death penalty for it". Also Councillors Jesniak (Os Corelia/ALDGE) and Faras (Kryuland/Independent) defended the bill, although they ended up abstaining. Councillors Marshall (Rhine Ruhr/ECL) and Roebuck (Gun-Toting Animals/ECL) voted against. The latter worded the reason for his no-vote as follows: "Our nation will not be involved in this farce which is a complete betrayal of those who pursue equality and dream of the day it will finally be realized. [...] I call for new legislation to be brought forth that would end marriage discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Europe. It is time for everyone to stop beating around the bush and to throw their cards on the table. [...] As long as couples of a certain sexual orientation are afforded rights that other couples are not, discrimination is taking place and we cannot stand for it." An amendment by Speaker Devoy was approved but the final form of the bill was defeated.Other News

    • Pax Aurea and Gun-Toting Animals will serve, together with permanent nations Duxburian Union, Angleter and GroBdeutsches Reich, in the European Nuclear Applications Authority. They got more support than Davishire, Inimicus and Os Corelia. It is the second term of Pax Aurea, Gun-Toting Animals will replace Rhine Ruhr. That nation did not wish to seek re-election, as it wanted to set a precedent: "there are three permanent, non-changing members already".

    • The meeting between the Occoronian President Fernando Mahanga and his Aurean counterpart Gaius Proctus is said to be a fruitful one. Both nations agreed on expanding diplomatic relations, allowing other nations to become part of the Aurean-Occoronian Research Institute for Science and Technology and they also agreed on establishing Europol via a treaty instead of European legislation, as the Europol Act was defeated before. Both leaders also discussed a treaty against the "nuclearization of Europe". The Aurean President Proctus is now on his way to Inimicus.

    • Hugh I, former Inimican Minister of Treasury, will become the next Emperor of Inimicus, after his predecessor, William I, was killed in a terrorist attack. Several European leaders attended the coronation. Inimicus also elected a new European Councillor. Incumbent and favorite Benfield hold his position, receiving 57% of the votes, while the second candidate got 12%. On his way home from his victory party, Benfield was involved in a car accident and transferred to hospital. It is still unclear whether or not he will be able to assume his office and if not, who will replace him.

    • Occoronian Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Carranza met in Europolis with the Prime and Foreign Commissioners of Davishire. The aim of the meeting was to learn more about Davishire, a rather new nation, and to discuss its nuclear ambition.

    • The governing Conservative Party of Davishire has won the elections. The victory is rather unexpected, as the Liberals were leading in the polls in the weeks before the elections. Incumbent Davishire Prime Commissioner Cameron, who also ran for European Commissioner of Internal Affairs, will hold his seat. Although he stated earlier he was resigning, his Conservative successor lost the election in his constituency and Cameron is thus required to remain the leader of Davishire.

    • The elections for a new European Councillor in Kryuland knew a surprising result. Two candidates, Faras (ECL) and Kyenge (ALDGE), received the same amount of votes. In compliance with the constitution of Kryuland, they will share the term of European Councillor and they will remain independent. Faras becomes Councillor for the next 3.5 years, after which Kyenge will succeed him.

    • Os Corelia is having Council elections. The Os Corelius party (ALDGE), now dominating the councils, is expected to lose massively. Their popularity has decreased due to national events, such as the potential nuclear stand off with Davishire. Polls suggest other left-wing parties will fill the gap.

    • Occoron is heading for presidential and parliamentary elections. Incumbent and very popular President Fernando Mahanga (ALDGE) will surprisingly not seek re-election, due to a disagreement with his party about dealing with fraud of several MPs. Vice-President de los Santos (ALDGE) will run for his party, while Prime Minister Barria (S&D) will represent the social-democrats. The two candidates of the governing party compete with the candidate of the joint opposition, MP Victoria Vigo (ECL-UEC), who is currently polling high.

    • The Dusseldorf Conference between Rhine Ruhr and new European member states Iyori, United Planet and New Union is still underway. The discussed topics include expanding the Tokyo Economic Accord between Rhine Ruhr and Iyori. The legislative branches of United Planet and New Union approved the treaty and the respective nations will thus join the Tokyo Accord. Also other economic issues, as well as defense topics are being discussed.

    • The First FIFA World Club Cup between the British Isles and the European Union was won by Gunners FC, the team of the British Isles. The first leg in the British Queen Georgana Stadium resulted in a 2-2 draw, while the second leg in the European Grand Stade de Cassablanca resulted in a 2-3 victory for Gunners FC. The European of course happily congratulate the British Isles on their victory! [i]Read the full match report of the first leg here and of the second leg hereSpecial Remarks

    • TO BRITISH ISLES: The European Union once again congratulates you on your victory and thanks the British Isles Football Association for organizing the Fifa World Club Cup!That's all for now, see you next month!



  • QUOTE (Occoron @ May 30th, 2013 - 10:36)

    Also Councillors Jesniak (Os Corelia/ALDGE) and Faras (Kryuland/UEC) defended the bill, although they ended up voting against it.

    This is rather wrong. Cllr. Jesniak and Cllr. Faras did not vote against the Marriage Recognition Act. They abstained from voting on it!
    I don't think that an abstention counts as a vote against it.
    And Cllr. Faras is according to the Constitution Independent and is just representing the nation smile.gif In the country, though, he's from the ECL.
    Either way I hope my remark helped wink.gif



  • Yes, I forgot to edit that, I'm sorry. Thank you for pointing out my mistake! smile.gif



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    Pax Aurea and Gun-Toting Animals will serve, together with permanent nations Duxburian Union, Angleter and GroBdeutsches Reich, in the European Nuclear Applications Authority. They got more support than Davishire, Inimicus and Os Corelia. It is the second term of Pax Aureu, Gun-Toting Animals will replace Rhine Ruhr. That nation did not wish to seek re-election, as it wanted to set a precedent: "there are three permanent, non-changing members already".

    Error is in red.

    I also really believe that an excerpt from Councillor Roebuck's speech in the Council concerning GTA's vote against the Marriage Recognition Act should be included. It was by far the most powerful and noteworthy argument made in the entire debate. Roebuck was praised by his fellow Councillors which included Marshall, Jelesniak, and Fiume. So many great and passionate arguments were made, and there will not be room for all of them (I understand), but I think leaving out Roebuck's speech is a disservice considering the magnitude of both his words and its impact on the final vote.



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    [*]The Council was less enthusiastic about the Marriage Recognition Act, proposed by Councillor Orcello (Pax Aurea). Although the act only "ensure[d] the recognition of marriages and civil unions formed in one European Union member state in all member states " and explicitly stated that it did not "force member states otherwise alter their laws related to marriage and/or civil unions"? and thus not required European nations to recognize same-sex marriage, several Councillors felt that the act went too far. Councillor Walters (Halsberg) worded his concern as follows: "This proposal is clearly an underhanded attempt to pressure governments to legalise same-sex marriages, and that is utterly unacceptable. If the government of Halsberg wants to introduce same-sex marriage, they will. But we will not be bullied into making such a sweeping change by a bill that would, as many have noted, give thousands of Halsbergian couples cause to take up a human rights legal case." He also applauded the ingenuity and cunning of the ALDGE, as "the bill would inevitably lead to nearly every European country being forced into legalising gay marriage". He ended his remark by saying that "If they [the ALDGE] believe in their cause so much, why can't they come out, no pun intended, and propose something a tad more explicit?" Also Councillors Benfield (Inimicus/UEC), Hague (Davishire/UEC), Kosor (Red Croatia/UEC) argued against same-sex marriage, while Councillors Marshall (Rhine Ruhr/ECL) and Roebuck (Gun-Toting Animals/ECL) had several remarks too, although they stated their countries support same-sex marriage. Councillor Elena Dammo (Occoron/ALDGE) responded to Walters' remarks by saying that "I truly believe that making a difference between marriages between a man and a woman and same-sex marriages, is stupid, silly, wrong, narrow-minded, egocentric and unacceptable. I really do. But forcing every European to think like me, is not my intention nor the intention of the bill" while she also explained the aim of the bill, stating that "This bill will make sure that an Occoronian gay-marriage couple is not arrested and sentenced to death during their vacation in Halsberg, because marrying someone of the same sex there is not allowed and you get the death penalty for it. Also Councillors Jesniak (Os Corelia/ALDGE) and Faras (Kryuland/Independent) defended the bill, although they ended up abstaining.Councillors Marshall (Rhine Ruhr/ECL) and Roebuck (Gun-Toting Animals/ECL) voted against. The latter worded the reason for his no-vote as follows: "Our nation will not be involved in this farce which is a complete betrayal of those who pursue equality and dream of the day it will finally be realized. [...] I call for new legislation to be brought forth that would end marriage discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Europe. It is time for everyone to stop beating around the bush and to throw their cards on the table. [...] As long as couples of a certain sexual orientation are afforded rights that other couples are not, discrimination is taking place and we cannot stand for it." An amendment by Speaker Devoy was approved but the final form of the bill was defeated.

    I edited the error. It would indeed be correct that a part of Councillor Roebuck's speech is included. I edited the part, here is a proposal. It's indeed a rather long part, but the discussion has been rather dominant in the Council, so I don't have a problem with it. Could you agree with this proposal?

    EDIT: I also updated the information about the Councillor elections in Inimicus, adding the final results.



  • I like it.



  • Okay, the part has been added. I also updated the Benfield part with the most recent information about the car accident. You can still post your remarks, until tomorrow, don't hesitate to do so!


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