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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 13/12/2013

ECJ criticism of data retention useless

The controversial EU Directive on Data Retention violates EU law, an expert at the European Court of Justice has concluded in a report. The leftist daily taz is nonetheless disappointed with the document, which was published on Thursday in Luxembourg: "According to the EU directive, the data can be stored for no longer than two years. The advocate general however considers one year to be sufficient. For Germany this makes no difference, because data should only be stored for six months there anyway. Also in other respects the report is disappointing. No mention of the fact that storing telephone and Internet data even for six months is disproportional. At no point is this preventive mass surveillance called into question. If the ECJ follows the advice in the report, the politicians responsible for security policy will no doubt be quite happy."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 24/04/2013

Voluntary disclosure for welfare cheats too

According to current media reports, an arrest warrant was issued in March against Uli Hoeneß, president of the German football club Bayern Munich. Hoeneß turned himself in for tax evasion in January so as to avoid punishment. Such a voluntary disclosure policy privileges the rich, the left-leaning daily Taz criticises: "This only exists in tax law: people who admit to a criminal offence years later and make amends for the damages can go unpunished. The instrument is called 'self-indictment to avoid punishment' and is now - rightly - coming under fire again after Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß made use of it. Because it is a unilateral privilege of the rich. ... But rather than abolishing it, the institution of self-indictment should be extended. To correct the current social imbalances, it could also be introduced in cases of social benefit fraud. Why should repentant welfare cheats feel the full weight of the law while the red carpet of exemption is rolled out for self-critical tax evaders?"

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 02/03/2011

Convenient discrimination

Different insurance rates for men and women highlight the ongoing discrimination of women in today's society, the leftist daily die tageszeitung comments and praises the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ): "Classifying risk groups according to gender is only so popular with insurance companies because it's easy for them to identify gender - certainly easier than identifying leisure pastimes or drug consumption. But convenience can't be an argument for justifying discrimination. Surprisingly enough, when it comes to nationality this line of reasoning has long since prevailed. The so-called foreigner premiums for car insurance have been banned since 1994 even though it was statistically proven that non-German citizens caused higher damages in accidents. What does it say about our society that women have been expected to tolerate this discrimination for so much longer? ... In a few years we will realise that the unisex premiums are entirely normal and universally accepted. It doesn't take long for people to get used to a fair situation."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 01/12/2008

Christian Rath on the EU resolution on Holocaust denial

The EU has ruled that denial of the Holocaust and other genocides is to be a punishable offence across Europe. Writing for the left-wing daily die tageszeing Christian Rath argues that this sends the wrong message: "In Germany denial of the Holocaust has been punishable for years. The idea was to protect the dignity of the victims and also public order. In view of Germany's historical guilt this is understandable. But won't our responsibility towards the descendants of the Holocaust victims be relativised if, from the point of view of criminal law, political crimes like the massacre of Srebrenica are given the same treatment as the Holocaust? What was previously considered playing down the Holocaust is now to become law. ... But the EU resolution is also fundamentally flawed, for it encourages the popular idea that the state should simply ban everything that is a source of public disapproval. This, however, is not the purpose of the European Charter of Human Rights, which aims to guarantee free communication as far as possible. ... The revision of the past thrives on discussion - including unpopular discussions. ... Those who advocate the application of penal law here are not projecting strength but rather a lack of democratic self-confidence."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 18/08/2008

A legal secession?

At the request of the Serbian government, the UN General Assembly is to request the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legality of the secession of Kosovo. die tageszeitung newspaper sees hidden political manoeuvring behind the initiative: "The Russians, for example, have always supported Serbia and warned the Kosovo Albanians from a putatively illegal secession. ... Meanwhile the 'territorial integrity of states' is in everyone's mind, at least concerning Georgia. These inconsistencies could lead to there being no majority in the UN General Assembly in favour of an ICJ opinion. Perhaps the Serbian government is even speculating that this will be the case. For Serbia, the key thing is not to give up Serbia's claim to Kosovo without a fight - while avoiding annoying its new partners in the West. ... Certainly it would be better if the UN court was able to present the criteria for a legitimate secession. Although such an opinion would not be binding, it could also not be ignored."

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