Other European voices added to the sense of collective loss. "Notre Dame belonged to the whole of mankind," said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Newspapers such as El Pais in Spain bemoaned the damage done to "a symbol of European culture." Venice's La Fenice theater tweeted, "We were devastated by fire and every time we were reborn. It will happen to you as well, do not fear, friends!" … [Read more...] about Notre Dame isn’t just a cultural landmark. Remember that a church was on fire.
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Illicit Excavation and Export of Cultural Property and the U.S. MarketThe tension between past trade, collector, and museum practices and international efforts to combat the illicit excavation and/or exportation of cultural property (particularly archaeological and ethnographic objects) reached a dramatic flashpoint in the late 1990s and early 2000s, in the aftermath of a raid on two Swiss warehouses used by the antiquities dealers Robert Hecht and Giacomo Medici. The raid and subsequent investigation produced photographs showing recently-excavated antiquities (many still covered in earth) and documents tracing a network of illicit diggers, smugglers, middlemen, and dealers through which the objects were extracted from the countries of origin – in this case, chiefly Italy – and laundered into the mainstream antiquities trade. Ultimately, a number of pieces that had been handled by Hecht and Medici in major private collections, as well as the collections of major U.S. and … [Read more...] about House Passes Bill to Coordinate U.S. Cultural Property Protection
Ideologically, the SPD has effectively dissolved into the CDU and now finds itself standing on the sidelines of a competition between the CDU/CSU and AfD. In France, the Socialist Party is in complete disarray. After the Socialists lost 224 seats in last year's election, Hamon stepped down and took some party activists with him to create a new movement. Another group left to join Macron's government as ministers. The party that used to rule France was so decimated that it had to sell its Paris headquarters due to a loss of state subsidies. … [Read more...] about European voters are increasingly being forced to choose between right and far-right candidates
Discussion on opinion on Permitted uses of works and other subject-matter protected by copyright and related rights for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled and amending Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (COM(2016)596) (2016/0278(COD)) (for JURI) … [Read more...] about Data Privacy, Wholesale Roaming Charges, Brexit, Trade, Agriculture: Week Ahead in European Parliament
Protection against harmful content on video-sharing platforms –VSPs would only be required to implement measures to “protect minors from content which may impair their physical, mental or moral development” and “protect all citizens from content containing incitement to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to sex, race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.” The Proposal lists measures ensuring such protection including, inter alia, (i) defining and applying the concepts of “incitement to violence or hatred” and “harmful to minors” in the terms and conditions of the VSP providers; (ii) creating mechanisms enabling users to report or flag problematic content to VSP providers and enabling providers to explain to users the effect of such action; (iii) creating mechanisms enabling users to rate VSP content; and (iv) creating age verification and … [Read more...] about The European Commission’s Legislative Proposal on Audiovisual Media Services