International Organizations and Clubs
Madrid is a world-class cosmopolitan capital. No wonder important international organizations and clubs make it a point to be quartered here. See what they’re up to! Some of these organizations have addresses elsewhere in Spain. We cover them just as eagerly, knowing you’d love to be informed.
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Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: "This kind of horror is terrorism. It is an act of war. Europe fully supports Israel's right to defend itself. Our humanitarian support to the Palestinian people is not in question. Yet it is important that we carefully review our financial assistance for Palestine so that it does not go to Hamas. We will have to work to contain the War's destabilising effects, including on the ongoing rapprochement between Israel and its Arab neighbours. We will also monitor closely Iran's posture, given its long-standing support to Hamas.
The concept of the European Capital of Culture puts culture at the heart of European cities. It highlights the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe and celebrates the cultural features that Europeans share. To date, more than 60 cities across the EU and beyond have been designated European Capital of Culture four of which were Spanish cities.
The historical milestones in European integration occurring during Spain's presidencies: the Economic and Monetary Union; the euro; Schengen; the Cohesion Funds, the Lisbon Treaty that gives the EU full legal personality vis-à-vis the world outside; the Treaty of Amsterdam that takes the EU further into supranationalism; the European Arrest Warrant, a face-off with transantional terrorism. . .
On 23 June 2022, the European Parliament called for immediately granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership. The European Council granted Ukraine the status of a candidate for accession to the EU that same day. Today, with Ukraine’ s entry into the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme, the beleaguered country is that much closer to integration into the Single Market.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warns that America "will not flinch in the face of bullying or coercion.” Per a VOA News, "Perhaps the most vexing of the issues involving China is the issue of Taiwan, a self-governing island that China claims as its own and that it wants to bring under its rule. China has become increasingly aggressive with its moves against Taiwan, setting up a situation that could resemble Russia’s invasion of Ukraine."
At the G7 summit, the US President has made his support of Ukraine manifest; confirmed the US will begin training Ukraine pilots on the F-16 jets which could prove a major factor in gaining air supremacy over Russia; has pledged a further $375 million dollars in military aid. He has called on Putin to stop the conflict which has cost some 200,000 casualties on the Russian side alone.
On 9-10 June, thousands of people aged 16 to 30 from across the EU will take over the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the European Youth Event (EYE) to discuss and share ideas on how to shape the future of Europe. Shoot your best picture and win a trip to the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT'S EYE2023!
Rahmbo paying tribute to Seve Ballesteros on the former's win at Masters: "Spaniards like winning on Easter Sunday and Seve's birthday!"
The EU, the U.S. and other countries are banning TikTok from devices they have supplied their staffers. The reason: cybersecurity. TikTok user data are believed to be shared with Beijing. TikTok employees are cited as saying that "everything is seen in China."