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Datacenter power issues in Ireland may be coming to a head amid reports from customers that Amazon is restricting resources users can spin up in that nation, even directing them to other AWS regions across Europe instead. Energy consumed by datacenters is a growing concern, especially in places such as Ireland where there are clusters of facilities around Dublin that already account for a significant share of the country's energy supply. This may be leading to restrictions on how much infrastructure can be used, given the power requirements.
As has been widely reported this week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the Swiss Government failed to respect the human rights of a group of frail, elderly women in the face of the ‘climate emergency’. The decision requires the Swiss Government to implement more radical policies to meet the country’s commitments to the Paris agreement, including increasing the tax on fossil fuels. But the implications of this new precedent affect every state that‘s a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, including the U.K.

The Swiss People's Party (UDC), which holds the majority in parliament, has stated in a release that it demands the country's withdrawal from the Council of Europe after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Bern was not doing enough to combat climate change.

The U.S. approval for Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands to transfer 65 F-16s and support equipment may come a little too late to save the regime in Kiev.

For it will be some time before the pilots are trained, the support equipment is in place and all the F-16s are transferred. By which time Russia may have taken Odessa and consolidated its air defenses over eastern Ukraine.

The European Union has given the green light to a large number of new science grants for Israel amid the genocidal war on Gaza.

Trawling through an EU funding database, I counted almost 90 projects involving Israeli firms or institutions which the Brussels bureaucracy has approved since 7 October.

Lithuanian leaders hailed a “historic event” as Germany on Monday began deploying troops in the Baltic country — a NATO member — marking the first time since World War II that German forces will be based outside the country on a long-term basis.

About two dozen soldiers arrived in Lithuania, laying the groundwork for a further 150 to join them later this year. The deployment is expected to be up to its full strength of 5,000 by the end of 2027.

The European Union shows all the symptoms of a structure in deep crisis. Like other organizations in the past, the more it tries to convey an image of internal cohesion, the greater the fissures it creates, based on the increasingly rigid demand for compliance with the rules that this appearance of cohesion requires.