Diplomacy

No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister

Turkey’s minister for European Union affairs and its chief negotiator with the bloc, Volkan Bozkır, said if the EU does not grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel, Turkey could stop accepting migrants sent from Greece. “If the EU does not grant visa-free travel [to Turkish citizens] then we can suspend the readmission agreement. This is a bargain. If there is no… Source: No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister – EUROPE Read More »

The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group

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The challengeThe Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group calls on world leaders to take more coordinated, better principled action to address the global refugee crisis. The scale of the tragedy shines the spotlight on just how remiss the international order has been in managing, much less settling, the conflicts that… Source: The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group – International Crisis Group Read More »

If Britain votes to leave the E.U., Germany could be one of the biggest losers

Officials fear an “out” vote could splinter the bloc, an institution central to modern German identity… Source: If Britain votes to leave the E.U., Germany could be one of the biggest losers – The Washington Post Read More »

Barack Obama’s biggest mistake as president? His failure to explain big picture

Washington: Libya? Really, Mr President. Had Obama deflected Fox News’ question on the “worst” mistakes of his presidency, he might have delayed the inevitable end-of-term scrutiny, in which analysts, hacks and opportunists pile on, to identify the failures of the most powerful office in the world. But in focusing attention on just a part of the… Source: Barack Obama’s biggest mistake as president? His failure to explain big picture Read More »

If Britain leaves EU, Germany could be one of the biggest losers

BERLIN – The Germans are not known for emoting, and the country’s famously flinty finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, is no exception… Source: If Britain leaves EU, Germany could be one of the biggest losers – Houston Chronicle Read More »

Brexit makes for EU banking shake-up

If the U.K. opts for the Brexit in June, the European banking system will feel the impact first.. The banking industry is set for big changes if Britons vote to quit the European Union in June… Source: Brexit makes for EU banking shake-up Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

Brexit and the Balance of Power

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Faced with a rising China, a declining but risk-inclined Russia, and the prospect of prolonged turmoil in the Middle East, close transatlantic cooperation will be crucial to maintaining a liberal international order over the long term. By weakening both Europe and Britain, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would threaten such an order… Source: Brexit and the Balance of Power by Joseph S. Nye – Project Syndicate Read More »

Q&A With Christine Lagarde

With so many financial markets driven by the utterings of central bankers, the words of the woman who is in effect the central banker’s central banker matter enormously. Christine Lagarde, 60, who is about to begin her second five-year term as head of the International Monetary Fund, has a remarkable… Source: Q&A With Christine Lagarde Read More »

Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow

Iran has received its first delivery of S-300 air defense systems from Russia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hussein Jaber Ansari said on April 11.. “We announced earlier that this contract, regardless of obstacles in the past, is at the stage of completion and today I announce that the first batch of this equipment has… Source: Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow – MIDEAST Read More »

Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia”

Salon attended the 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia, the first event of its kind to call into question U.S.-Saudi ties… Source: Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia” – Salon.com Read More »

Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them

Imagine driving at 135km/h past Parliament House at 2am on a Tuesday, leading police on a pursuit, failing to provide a valid licence, blaming your behaviour on a lack of antibiotics and getting away with it. That’s exactly what happened to one diplomat at the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia who used… Source: Diplomats gone wild: Saudi staffers run riot on our roads with police powerless to stop them Read More »

New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow

In the next two weeks, the NATO-Russia Council is expected to resume its work, German newspaper Die Welt reported.. Thus, the West would have an opportunity to discuss with Moscow the “new rules of the game,” the newspaper wrote, adding that… Source: New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow Read More »

Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh

See the previous document : “Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh”, Voltaire Network, 18 February 2016.Illegal trafficking in weapons and ammunition to Syrian territory under ISIL controlThe main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence… Source: Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh Read More »

A Promising Start for a High Seas Treaty

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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 9 2016 (IPS) – Delegates from 83 countries came together at the United Nations from March 28 to April 8 for the first in a series of landmark meetings on ocean protection. This Preparatory Committee will help forge an agreement to determine how nations move forward to protect the high seas—the 64 percent of the ocean.. Elizabeth Wilson is the director of international ocean policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts… Source: A Promising Start for a High Seas ... Read More »

Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border

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On both sides of the Syria-Turkey border, the uncompromising strategies of Ankara, Turkey’s insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and its Syria-based affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are propelling a dangerous conflict toward escalation. The lone force able to head it off is the United States, and if it fails, Islamic State is ready to exploit any new disorder… Source: Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border – International Crisis Group Read More »