The Week in Bloggingportal: Labour, leaks and litigation

Today is Labour Day and it must have been an evil capitalist who decided to put this day on a Sunday this year. Why can’t we call it “Labour Monday” (like Easter Monday) so that it’s definitely a real holiday where we can celebrate workers rights by not working – unless you are a real worker in a job that has to be done every day, even on holidays and Sundays.

The good news is that today, 8 years after the first Eastern enlargement of the Union, all those who joined at the time now enjoy the free right to work wherever they want in the European Union. At least in theory. In this context, it is worth reading The European Citizen’s blog post on the EU Court case Zambrano, a case in which it was kind of made clear that EU citizens’ rights even apply when they don’t make use of their right to free movement.

Speaking of (non-)migration, the EASO Monitor blog has leaked an internal document on the future FRONTEX regulation. You don’t know what FRONTEX is? Well, that the men and women who make sure that all those evil migrating people (no, not the capitalists) stay away from the EU borders, because if they came to us they might enjoy human and social rights which we don’t want to give away. Human rights that the European Parliament is supposed to be defending, as Euro du Village argues in its post on human rights work in the EP.

Staying with human rights, on Taurillon, Astrid reports from an event that shows how much the French criminal law is affected by judgements from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (not the EU Court in Luxembourg!).

But what are human rights without free speech and all the legal means to protect this fundamental freedom without which human rights abuses cannot be reported and demands for change cannot be voiced. This is why Kirsten asks the EU on Netzpolitik.org to learn from the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) and to create an EUMMI that would guarantee effective protection of free speech, including whistleblowing, around the Union. Maybe this would even be helpful to create “European Journalism“, a topic Letters from Europe covers in the English translation of La Com Européenne’s French post on the subject.

Such kind of journalism is definitely needed given that a lot of informal decisions are taken all around the EU, affecting all citizens but remaining unnoticed unless dedicated European journalists or bloggers cover what is going. Grahnlaw for example shows that it is much easier to find out what European employment ministers ate a meeting in Budapest than it is to know what they actually discussed.

Who if not European journalists and bloggers can cover the details of EU budget negotiations, something EU Weekly, a French-English blog, announced to do over the months to come. Greg, we’ll hold you accountable on this announcement! Who if not European journalists and bloggers – in this case the Brussels blog of the Wall Street Journal - would notice that the European Ombudsman has officially complained about misinformation given out by the Commission to EU plane passengers?

Anything else going on this week? Well, the EU/US/NATO whoever continues to bomb Libya, allegedly killing one of the sons of Ghadaffi/Kadaffi/Gadhafi/etc. tonight. In this context I recommend reading European Geostrategy’s article titled “CSDP – The Atlantic Alliance’s saviour?” I think we’ll be still discussing this issue for a while…

That’s it for The Week in Bloggingportal. Happy Labour Day to all of you, especially to all those who can now work all across the Union and in particular to those waiting on our borders to look for work and to find a better life in a European Union that at least promises to respect human rights – a promise that we bloggers and journalists have to remind European politicians over and over again!



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