So far German cities and counties have only spent a fraction of the federal funds set aside for building faster internet. Since 2015, the federal government has set aside €3.5 billion for internet projects, according to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure's response to a query by the Green party. But by the end of May only €26.6 million had been spent - or 0.8 per cent. "Most of the funds are expected to be spent by the end of 2021," the ministry claimed. But the Green party has accused former Transport & Infrastructure Minister Alexander Dobrindt of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) of creating a labyrinthine application process for the funds which has bottle-necked access. "He made the programme so complicated that smaller states and municipalities are understandably overwhelmed with the applications", says Green politician Oliver Krischer. "The grants for broadband internet are stuck at the starting line", added Green MP … [Read more...] about Germany’s slow internet: only fraction of government funding has been spent
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Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.TopspinChicago’s City Council meeting promises to draw a big crowd Wednesday, with the police union calling on members to descend on City Hall to protest and the Barack Obama Presidential Center proposal drawing both backers and opponents.Aldermen also are set to consider using some of the $106 million from the sale of a city maintenance lot near Goose Island to help pay for a new $95 million police academy on the West Side. It’s a plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel and most aldermen support, but activists have repeatedly protested it, saying the money should instead go toward job training or childhood education programs.Also on the agenda will be a measure to require the Council Office of Financial Analysis to do reports on the impact of ordinances that would affect the city’s bottom line, and aldermen are set to … [Read more...] about Morning Spin: Big crowds expected at City Council meeting for police protests, Obama center approval
The European Court of Auditors has estimated that 18 per cent of legal residents in the European Union — over 90 million people — are first- or second-generation migrants. The Court estimated that around 4 per cent of the population — 21 million people — were first-generation legal migrants from outside the EU, with the jump to 18 per cent when second-generation migrants are taken into consideration, highlighting how mass migration continues to transform receiving nations beyond the initial influx. It issued its extraordinary estimates in a briefing paper on “integration”, which conceded the bloc faces the significant “challenges” integrating the many newcomers, and highlighted the alarming increase in the number of migrants arriving via the asylum route claiming to be refugees. However, the briefing paper notes that the plurality of the migrant population living in the EU without EU citizenship — 39 per cent — has … [Read more...] about European Court Estimates Over 90 Million EU Residents Are First- or Second-Generation Migrants
TOMORROW the European Union will be celebrating Europe Day across the globe 68 years on from the first proposal that helped unite it. Delegates will be running events to bring people closer to the EU's cultural heritage - but what does the day actually celebrate? Here's everything we know about the celebration.. What is Europe day? Europe day celebrates peace and unity in Europe each year and is the equivalent of a national day for the European Union. It was established in 1964 to celebrate the Schuman Declaration. The deceleration proposed the pooling of French and West German coal and steal industries, which lead to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community. The day is also known as Schuman Day in some countries in memory of the French Political Robert Schumann who was behind the creation of the treaty. Germany has gone beyond the traditional day celebration to have a Europe Week centred around May 9. Europe Day was formally recognised by the European Parliament in … [Read more...] about When is Europe Day 2018, why is held in memory of Robert Schuman and what happens on May 9?