Diplomacy

Burundi: The Army in Crisis

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Two years on, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Political and ethnic polarisation are now tearing apart the integrity of the army, long seen as the primary achievement of the… ICG Executive Summary Two years in, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of… Following the July 2015 re-election of President Nkurunziza, whose April decision to run… Burundi: The Army… Read More »

EU, US come up short on Syria

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Aid agencies expect pledges at a Brussels donors’ conference to be ‘significantly lower’ than last… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN AND JACOPO BARIGAZZI  Politico An EU plea for more than $8 billion in emergency aid for Syria met resistance at an international donors’ conference on Wednesday, in the wake of a suspected chemical attack in Idlib that served as a… The killing of more than 70 people underscored the failure of a… EU, US come… Read More »

Israel appoints its first female Muslim diplomat

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Rasha Atamny, 31, from Baqa al-Gharbiya, will be heading to… DOV LIEBER The Times of Israel The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday appointed Rasha Atamny, 31, to represent the Jewish state in Ankara, Turkey, making her Israel’s… Atamny, who is completing the final months of the ministry’s cadet course, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in the… Israel appoints its… Read More »

Fear, prejudice and gut reactions: is that the future for our politics?

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Be it antisemitism or Islamophobia, in these times of crisis it seems that historic scars are opening up… Rafael Behr The Guardian A young man wearing a top hat cuts a cigar with a red sickle. His nose is distended into a hook. He is surrounded by images of French politicians Fear, prejudice and… Read More »

Let’s do a Brexit deal with the Parthenon marbles

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Britain has the perfect opportunity to return the artefacts to Greece. It’s the right thing to do – and could earn concessions in… Geoffrey Robertson The Guardian Not yet a week since the triggering of article 50, and already hope of cordial negotiations… At the weekend, amid early jostling over the post-Brexit fate of Gibraltar, former Tory leader Michael Howard implied that one way to resolve that situation could be a war with Spain. Let’s do a… Read More »

Sturgeon tells US audience that Scots are ready for independence

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Nicola Sturgeon has told a US audience that Scotland is ready to take its place as an “equal partner” in the global family of nations by… Scott Macnab The Scotsman The First Minister stepped up the pressure on Theresa May to allow a second referendum to be staged during a keynote speech at… Ms Sturgeon argued in… Sturgeon tells US… Read More »

The Presidency debate: Social inclusion

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After years of austerity, confidence in Europe’s capacity to care for the weakest and most disadvantaged has come under close… By Brian Maguire, Evan Lamos and Olivier Billot | EURACTIV.com The Maltese presidency pledges to lead by example advancing Europe social policy in close consultation with social partners, civil society and… The Presidency is a video series by EURACTIV, looking at the… The Presidency debate… Read More »

Egypt Is Trump Country

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But is the American president’s embrace of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as radical as it… Shadi Hamid The Atlantic In one of his first acts in office, President Donald Trump phoned his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al… The symbolism was telling: Sisi wasn’t just another Arab autocrat but one of the region’s most… The Trump-Sisi mutual appreciation society of two… Egypt Is Trump… Read More »

Israel, European States advance plans for world’s longest underwater gas pipeline

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The proposed 2,000 kilometer (subsea pipeline would connect gas fields offshore Israel and Cyprus with Greece and possibly… SHARON UDASIN TheJPost Aiming to transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a regional energy hub, Israeli and European officials signed a joint declaration on Monday to promote construction of the world’s longest subsea natural-gas… Israel, European States… Read More »

Relatives of U.S. prisoners in Egypt chide Trump

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Despite families’ request, president does not mention human rights in remarks about Sisi’s… Josh Meyer Politico President Donald Trump once again dodged any public comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s much-maligned human rights record after their meeting Monday, even as… One of them is 17-year-old Ahmed Hassan of… Relatives of U.S… Read More »

PFLP reiterates call to confront Oslo Accords, criticizes Al-Fatah, Palestinian Authorithy and Hamas

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The Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), reiterated its call for confronting the… Christof Lehmann nsnbc The PFLP is the second-largest Palestinian party organized in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and called repeatedly for the… The PFLP also criticized the policies of Al-Fatah, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and all policies that… PFLP reiterates call… Read More »

Tory grandee raises prospect of war over Gibraltar

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Former Tory leader Michael Howard has hinted Theresa May would be ready to go to war over the sovereignty of Gibraltar as the Prime Minster said she was ‘steadfastly committed’ to defending… The Scotsman Lord Howard steeply ramped up up the rhetoric by comparing the comparing the Rock to the Falkland… He told Sky… Tory grandee raises… Read More »

The Eurocrat’s days are numbered. Now who will the Tories blame?

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EU ‘red tape’ has been the Conservatives’ favourite excuse for 40… Matthew d’Ancona The Guardian Now, after the great repeal bill has done its work, the buck will stop with… You Brexit, you own it. Or to put it another way: once the repatriation of pooled sovereignty from the EU to these shores is… The Eurocrat’s days… Read More »

Iraqi parliament votes against flying KRG flag in Kirkuk

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The Iraqi Parliament on April 1 voted against the decision of Kirkuk Provincial Council to raise the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) alongside the Iraqi flag in the… Hurriyet Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the parliament session and the… “We left the parliament session after tensions erupted over the… Iraqi parliament votes… Read More »

Britain topples from post-war pedestal in Germany

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A tearless Brexit delivery leaves the German leader holding the baby… Derek Scally The Irish Times David Cameron never noticed Angela Merkel’s bemused smile during his inaugural visit to… It was May 2010 and, as would become his wont on such European visits, Mr Cameron was more focused on his Eurosceptic backbenchers back… Britain topples from… Read More »

Oettinger tells EU27 to expect to cough up after Brexit

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European Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger said European countries would have to pitch in at least half of the United Kingdom’s share in the EU budget after… LAURENS CERULUS Politico “I could imagine that we try to economize a part and that the remaining 27 member countries agree upon how to contribute the remaining amount,” he said, according to… Oettinger tells EU27… Read More »