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Η διατλαντική σχέση σε δοκιμασία

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Ο σχηματισμός κυβέρνησης στο Βερολίνο και η ωρίμανση του προέδρου Μακρόν στο νέο του ρόλο θα προσδιορίσουν τους όρους για τη σχέση ΗΠΑ – ΕΕ Ανάλυση του ΕΝΑ * Σοφοκλέουςin Ενόψει σημαντικών προκλήσεων θα βρεθεί την επόμενη περίοδο η σχέση Ευρώπης – Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, αφού η Γηραιά Ήπειρος θα κληθεί να αντιμετωπίσει τις συνέπειες φαινομένων αλλαγής που παρατηρούνται στην αμερικανική εξωτερική πολιτική. Η μετατόπιση της Ουάσινγκτον από το «δόγμα Ομπάμα», με κύριο χαρακτηριστικό την επιδίωξη διατήρησης της φιλελεύθερης τάξης πραγμάτων, ... Read More »

Britain and Italy to bolster troop presence in Africa’s Sahel

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Britain is set to send helicopters to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali in a package of measures which are set to be agreed at a summit near London. LONDON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The commitment will come as Prime Minister Theresa May meets French President Emmanuel Macron at an army base near the British capital, with immigration and global aid also on their agenda. In a separate move, Italy’s parliament on Jan. 17 also approved a ramped ... Read More »

FYROM media reports UN mediator’s name proposals

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A website in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Thursday published the five names it claims United Nations negotiator Matthew Nimetz brought to table in talks the previous day between representatives from Athens and Skopje. e kathimerini According to the website www.mkd.mk, Nimetz proposed: Republika Nova Makedonija (Republic of New Macedonia); Republika Severna Makedonija (Republic of Northern Macedonia), Republika Gorna Makedonija (Republic of Upper Macedonia); Republika Vardarska Makedonija (Republic of Vardar Macedonia) and… Skopje raised new… FYROM media ... Read More »

Australia’s human rights record attacked in global report for ‘serious shortcomings’

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Human Rights Watch criticises Indigenous incarceration rate, counter-terrorism laws and detention centre abuse Helen Davidson The Guardian The Australian government must act on the “serious shortcomings” in its human rights record if it wants to be a credible leader on the global stage, Human Rights Watch has said in its annual world report. The Australian chapter of the HRW world review said that despite a strong tradition of protecting civil and political rights, “Australia has serious unresolved human rights problems” ... Read More »

Angela Merkel’s Austrian frenemy

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Sebastian Kurz is the leader many German conservatives wish they had By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG Politico BERLIN — Angela Merkel pursed her lips and smirked. “Many people in your own ranks are excited about the Austrian chancellor, who is young, dynamic, direct, out of the ordinary,” a German journalist said to Merkel Wednesday as she stood next to Austria’s political boy wonder. “Is this the type of politician that’s missing here?” At 63, Merkel is twice as old as Sebastian Kurz, the new ... Read More »

The F-35: How Taiwan Could Really Push Back Against China

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For the first time, an American National Security Strategy (NSS) explicitly mentions Taiwan. Michael Mazza Gary Schmitt The National Interest The NSS includes a commitment to “maintain our strong ties with Taiwan in accordance with our ‘One China’ policy, including our commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide for Taiwan’s legitimate defense needs and deter coercion.” The NSS language on Taiwan parallels Congress’s increased interest in strengthening ties with Taipei. Last summer, Senators Tom Cotton and Corey Gardner introduced ... Read More »

Jeff Flake’s 20 most damning lines about Donald Trump’s assault on the press

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(CNN) – Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake came to the Senate floor Wednesday with a simple message for Donald Trump: Stop attacking the media. Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large The speech, which Flake had previewed over the weekend, was the first of what the Arizona Republican has promised will be a series of addresses over 2018 aimed at noting the abnormalities of the Trump presidency. Critics have cast Flake as something of a sore loser — a Republican whose strong ... Read More »

Opinion: Germany’s anti-Semitism commissioner sad but overdue

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Most parties in Germany’s parliament want an anti-Semitism commissioner The position can’t fix the worsening attitudes toward Jews in the country, but it nevertheless sends an important signal, says DW’s Jens Thurau. Jens Thurau DW Anti-Semitism appears in many forms. It is ancient. It existed in antiquity and the Middle Ages and found its apocalyptic zenith in the Nazi genocide of European Jews in the 1930s and 40s. It was still around in both East and West Germany after the war, ... Read More »

Why some of your old work commitments never seem to go away

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Study finds lingering effects of long-ended obligations EurekAlert! COLUMBUS, Ohio – You can quit work commitments if you want – but some of them never really leave you, new research suggests. In a study of 420 employees representing a wide variety of occupations and work settings at three organizations, researchers found that commitments that workers no longer had were still lingering in their minds. “It was clear to us that past commitments were still affecting employees,” said Howard Klein, lead ... Read More »

Seven Priorities for the African Union in 2018

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In 2018, the African Union (AU) and its new Assembly Chairperson President Paul Kagame of Rwanda have the chance to push ahead with much-needed institutional reforms ICG But the AU must not lose focus on dire conflicts and defusing potential electoral violence. What’s the issue? African Union leaders meet at the end of January for their bi-annual summit. Vital institutional and financial reform will likely be at the top of the AU’s 2018 agenda, but the organisation must ensure that ... Read More »

Explainer: the evidence for the Tasmanian genocide

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At a public meeting in Hobart in the late 1830s, Solicitor-General Alfred Stephen, later Chief Justice of New South Wales, shared with the assembled crowd his solution for dealing with “the Aboriginal problem”. Kristyn Harman The Conversation If the colony could not protect its convict servants from Aboriginal attack “without extermination”, said Stephen, “then I say boldly and broadly exterminate!” Voluminous written and archaeological records and oral histories provide irrefutable proof that colonial wars were fought on Australian soil between ... Read More »

Rex Tillerson signals an open-ended US military presence in Syria

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled for an open-ended US military presence in Syria as part of a broader strategy. Tillerson also called for “patience” on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s removal. David Brunnstrom, Reuters  Business Insider The United States on Wednesday signaled an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader strategy to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, pave the way diplomatically for the eventual departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and curtail Iran’s influence. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a speech at Stanford ... Read More »

Democracy has a future, if we rethink and remake it

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Consider Brexit, the election of US President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s referendum, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy of state-sanctioned murder and Hungary’s drift towards a new authoritarianism. Authors The Conversation “Democracy is dead,” say the disheartened. “It’s time to bury democracy,” pounds one Tunisian pro-Sharia party. “Democracy has fallen, we need a new game in town,” argue Vladimir Putin’s populist and Xi Jinping’s neo-authoritarian allies. These mantras, circulated widely through social media, have ricocheted around the world ... Read More »

Papa Francisco se reúne con víctimas de abusos del clero en Chile

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El portavoz vaticano explicó que las dos palabras de la jornada de este martes fueron paz y perdón. DW El papa Francisco se encontró este martes (16.01.2018) con víctimas de abusos sexuales por parte del clero chileno en la nunciatura de Santiago, en un momento de pausa de su visita a ese país latinoamericano, informó el portavoz vaticano, Greg Burke. El encuentro fue con un pequeño grupo de víctimas y ha tenido lugar en forma privada después del almuerzo y ... Read More »

Money Can’t Buy China Love – but Influence, Apparently

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China under Xi Jinping is deeply concerned with its global status and standing and aims to regain its deserved place on the global stage Falk Hartig Asia Sentinel This has dramatic consequences not only for China but for the rest of the world One of the most important developments with regards to China has been the bold departure from the foreign policy dictum to keep a low profile. While the country, until recently, was mainly concerned with domestic issues and ... Read More »

«Θλίψη και πόνος για τα μνημεία μας στα κατεχόμενα»

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Τη σύληση της πολιτιστικής μας κληρονομιάς και τη βίαιη καταστροφή των εκκλησιών και μνημείων μας στο κατεχόμενο μέρος της Κύπρου, ανέδειξε ο Ευρωβουλευτής Κώστας Μαυρίδης (ΔΗΚΟ, S&D) με παρέμβαση του στη συζήτηση για το «Ευρωπαϊκό Έτος Πολιτιστικής Κληρονομιάς 2018» στην ολομέλεια του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στο Στρασβούργο. Στην παρέμβαση του, ο Κ. Μαυρίδης, απευθυνόμενος προς τον εκπρόσωπο της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, ανέφερε αρχικώς ότι «οι αρχές και αξίες μας ως Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση είναι το απόσταγμα του ευρωπαϊκού μας πολιτισμού. Και ο πολιτισμός ... Read More »