European communication network: viable reaction to NSA scandal?

LONDON. – Angela Merkel has voiced support for a European communication network that would keep out the US. Germany has been pushing the issue of data protection in Europe ever since the NSA scandal first broke. Following revelations that Merkel’s phone had been under surveillance –among 60 million other German calls the NSA had tapped into […]

European Leaders Respond to “NSA Reform”

Data protection and privacy, rights contained in Article 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, have often triggered differences of opinions and policies between the US and Europe. The recent disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden did little to help. Following months of resulting controversy, President Barack Obama committed to reforming […]

LJP Youth: Hollande’s Love Affair Inspires a Video Game

Maria Makarova is part of a new initiative called LJP Youth. The LJP team has partnered with the Bilingual School of Marcq-en-Baroeul, a high school in Lille, France, to create a space for young, aspiring journalists to comment on the world around them. We hope you enjoy what they have to say.  Everyone has been following the developments […]

France, Germany Demand Non-spying Agreement

This October, the opening of the European Summit in Brussels was marked with a growing sense of distrust. European leaders, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, have called for a non-spying “code of conduct” agreement—a move that comes in the wake of the revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency […]

France Demands Answers, Explanations over NSA Activity

Following an article from Le Monde detailing the NSA’s invasive intelligence activity on French citizens on Monday, October 21, the United States has faced a firestorm of criticism from France. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, the United States recorded data from 70 million phones in France over 30 days, […]

St. Petersburg Summit Sees G-20 Split over Syria

Discord and disunity were the orders of the day in St. Petersburg, as the 2013 G-20 summit came and went, with Syria sharply dividing the economic group’s members. French President François Hollande insisted afterwards that the meeting had been a productive one. But Hollande’s optimism could not conceal the summit’s icy environment—particularly between the United […]

French Prosecutors to Investigate US Surveillance Activities

The Paris prosecutor’s office revealed on Wednesday that it is running a preliminary investigation into complaints of criminal wrongdoing connected to the United States’ PRISM spying program. The inquiry—begun on July 16—is addressing allegations of fraudulent access to data systems, illegal collection of personal data, violation of privacy, and breach of confidentiality of correspondence, according […]

Snowden Case: France Apologizes for Denying Airspace to Bolivian President

Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to land in Austria on Wednesday after his plane was denied entry into France as a result of the growing suspicion that the plane was carrying the United States fugitive, Edward Snowden.  Before leaving Moscow, where he was attending a summit of natural-gas producing countries, Morales declared that he […]

PRISM : View from France of the Intelligence Scandal

At the beginning of June the Guardian and the Washington Post revealed the existence of two secret programs run by the National Security Agency (NSA). The first program has been collecting telephone data from the telecom provider Verizon since 2006. The second, called PRISM, captures social network communications, but only of users located outside the […]