Random News, February 2, 2017

Good Morning, today is Thursday, February 2, and here are the stories that interest me.

Today, the EU has announced a deal to end roaming fees on the Continent. The deal made last night between the different arms of the EU will cap wholesale mobile prices for the entire continent, slowly reducing the amount until it hits a limit in 2020. This completes one of the big pledges the EU made to the populace during the last election.

Romania is seeing some of the largest protests since the fall of Communism this weekend as the Government pushes through measures to decriminalise Political Corruption and release thousands of criminals. The Government is facing pressure in two ways. First, its prison system is overcrowded and leading to Human rights issues, but it also has a large corruption issue with thousands of abuse of office cases still in the pipeline to be prosecuted. The Government passed an emergency measure decriminalising official abuse of up to 200,000 lei ($48,000) in an effort to squash the prosecutions. It also passed a bill to automatically release all prisoners who has less than 5 years left on their sentence, regardless of crime committed.  Thousands have protested for the last two weeks, and it seems to be growing. Keep an eye on this one.

The Canadian Government has stepped away from Electoral Reform, breaking a key campaign promise of Prime Minister Trudeau. Despite holding talks and forming a committee to look into Proportional Representation, leading to a recommendation of a Referendum to change seat allocations, the Government says that since there is no broad consensus from Canadian voters, they will not pursue the electoral reform until one is made. Critics are slamming the PM for lying and cynical politics.

And Finally, Ban Ki-Moon, the former Governor General of the UN has announced that he is not running for President of South Korea, who is facing a new election amidst current President Park’s Impeachment proceedings. Ban Ki Moon was seen as a likely candidate of the Conservative Saenuri Party or an emerging new Conservative Party, but as falling popularity for the man increased since his return to South Korea, and a few political missteps, this now leaves the field wide open going into the next election, slated to take place later this year.

And those are the stories that interest me.

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