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Ex-Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt was a victim of Chinese hacking – POLITICO

Ex-Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt was a victim of Chinese hacking – POLITICO

Verhofstadt is the fifth Belgian official to have been targeted by the Chinese hacker group APT31 for his work on China through IPAC. Other targeted Belgian officials include Samuel Cogolati, a Green MP; Els Van Hoof, the chair of Belgium’s Foreign Affairs Committee; Hilde Vautmans, a liberal MEP; and Georges Dallemagne, a federal deputy. Last week, Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib summoned the Chinese ambassador over the allegations. Cogolati told POLITICO that he was targeted in 2021, the same year Beijing sanctioned him, alongside other EU lawmakers. The cyberattacks were brought to Cogolati’s attention only in February 2023 via an email from the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium. According to a U.S. FBI letter sent to Cigolati dated April 5, the 2021 hacking campaign targeted the .gov-style accounts of EU legislators who were members of IPAC. The perpetrators registered and used 10 accounts to send over 1,000 emails to more than 400 individuals associated with IPAC. In Van Hoof’s case, the spies targeted her laptop via an email that looked like it came from an international …

European Parliament in review — MEP unAwards 2024 – POLITICO

European Parliament in review — MEP unAwards 2024 – POLITICO

Since the 2019 election this European Parliament has had to deal with various challenges, from Brexit and Covid-19 to the war in Ukraine and scandals such as Qatargate. At the same time it has managed to legislate on key issues such as climate change, AI and migration. In this episode we look back at the highs and lows of the EU legislature’s last five years. Host Sarah Wheaton is joined by a roundtable of POLITICO colleagues: data reporter Hanne Cokelaere; sustainability reporter Louise Guillot; editor at large Nicholas Vinocur; policy editor Joanna Roberts; and European Parliament correspondent Eddy Wax. They share their experiences from covering the Parliament and weigh in on which of the bloc’s 705 MEPs deserve POLITICO’s 2024 unAWARDs.    Further reading: “The MEP unAwards 2024,” by Politico staff “MEPs to watch in the next EU Parliament (if they get elected),” by Politico staff “The European Parliament by the numbers,” by Hanne Cokelaere Source link

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs Amichai Chikli, from the hard-right governing Likud party, compared what he described as the tyrannical woke agenda as another kind of totalitarianism, sitting alongside jihadist terror. “They are hiding behind so-called liberal values but the nature of this movement is anti-liberal,” he told POLITICO.  Captive audience Over two days, the conference buzzed with phrases such as “nihilistic atheism,” the “globalist socialist agenda,” “gender ideology,” “Bolshewokeism,” and “activist judges in Strasbourg,” which flew from the stage around the cramped space. Farage, closely tailed by a security detail, raged against the U.K.’s new smoking ban, performed a few Donald Trump impressions, and on Wednesday stood in the wings chuckling along admiringly as Orbán explained why Central Europe is historically suspicious of supranational political structures.  “Mr. Orbán got a new subject for his campaign: Freedom. The city here was very stupid,” Attila K. Molnar, the director of the National University of Public Service in Budapest, said. On social media, Farage also blasted the mayor on Wednesday afternoon.  Source link

EU Parliament calls to strip Hungary of voting rights in rule-of-law clash – POLITICO

EU Parliament calls to strip Hungary of voting rights in rule-of-law clash – POLITICO

STRASBOURG — MEPs demanded the EU Council explore the possibility of stripping Hungary of its EU voting rights in a clash with Budapest over the rule of law. In a vote Thursday at the European Parliament, a majority of MEPs backed a nonbinding resolution calling on the other 26 EU countries’ governments to use a sub-clause in the EU treaties “to take action and to determine whether Hungary has committed serious and persistent breaches of EU values.” It’s the latest salvo in a yearslong standoff between the Parliament — which successfully triggered a similar and still ongoing procedure in 2018 — and Hungary’s self-styled “illiberal” leader Viktor Orbán who is accused of riding roughshod over democratic values and the independence of the judicial system, and who has held up fresh EU funding for war-hit Ukraine. Hungarian liberal lawmaker Katalin Cseh said in a statement: “This House shows that we are serious when it comes to defending the rule of law in our Union and that we are not afraid of Prime Minister Orbán’s blackmailing attempts. The Commission …

Guy Verhofstadt mocks UK over Erasmus replacement | Politics | News

Guy Verhofstadt mocks UK over Erasmus replacement | Politics | News

Guy Verhofstadt has stirred up social media once again with fresh calls for Britain to rejoin the European Union. The former Belgian Prime Minister, now an MEP, is a persistent critic of the UK’s decision to quit the bloc and addresses the subject frequently on X, previously Twitter. On the latest occasion, he highlighted a report suggesting British university students have been forced to abandon plans to study or work abroad due to a Government scheme’s “problematic” funding timeline. The analysis, published by IFF Research, claimed disadvantaged young people may have been deterred from participating in the Turing Scheme – the UK Government’s post-Brexit replacement for the Erasmus+ exchange programme – amid uncertainty around funding. Mr Verhofstadt declared: “Yet another post-Brexit ‘alternative’ turns out suboptimal… “There is one alternative… especially for young Britons: Undo Brexit and #Rejoin!” His remarks echoed those of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, who recently suggested Britain could return to the fold. Speaking in November, she said: “I keep telling my children: ‘You have to fix it. …

EU heads tell Brussels to find ‘more cash’ as bloc’s finances bleed | World | News

EU heads tell Brussels to find ‘more cash’ as bloc’s finances bleed | World | News

As the European Union contends with crises such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the persistent global pandemic, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo is pushing for a significant overhaul of the EU’s financial framework. De Croo’s proposal, which addresses the limitations of national contributions, found resonance in the words of Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who emphasised the necessity to finance the EU differently through new democratically decided own resources. Verhofstadt sees the current juncture, marked by the Belgian presidency and the upcoming EU election campaign, as an ideal time to kickstart a debate on reforms via a Convention. He wrote on X: “Indeed, need to finance EU totally differently: new own resources democratically decided instead of contributions by [member states] and vetoes! “The Belgian presidency plus the EU election campaign: the moment to finally start debate on such a reform…through a Convention.” Reacting to his words, former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney breathed a sigh of relief for the UK. He said: “Thank god we’re out! We’d be bled dry to fund wars that …