Diplomacy

Hahn and Kurz praise Serbia and Vucic

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The Western Balkans countries should look up to Serbia which has achieved good economic performance, European Union’s enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said today after meeting prime minister Aleksandar Vucic on the… Milos Mitrovic Independent Balkan News Agency Hahn said that he and Vucic have discussed situation in the… Hahn and Kurz… Read More »

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map

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Beset by relentless hyperinflation, collapsing public services and increasingly dictatorial rule, Venezuela is at risk of becoming a failed… Phil Gunson ICG The best hope for change lies with neighbouring countries, which must sustain pressure to find a… Venezuela Is Falling… Read More »

RT invited to join the United Nations as official In-house broadcaster

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From January 2017, RT will have a permanent home in the United Nations alongside a select group of international media channels chosen to deliver broadcasts inside the UN’s internal communications… PATRICK HENNINGSEN The Duran A number of Russian dignitaries and media professionals gathered in… RT invited to… Read More »

George Soros: Theresa May won’t last and Donald Trump is ‘would-be dictator’

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Billionaire investor delivers bleak Brexit forecast at World Economic Forum and says Donald Trump is ‘gearing up for trade war’ but will… •Donald Trump inauguration live: the world holds its breath •Inauguration day schedule: our guide to the day Graeme Wearden, Larry Elliott in Davos and agencies The Guardian Theresa May will not remain in power long as Brexit cripples her government, while Donald Trump is a… George Soros: Theresa… Read More »

Perfidious Albion and Israel-Palestine

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British policy towards Palestine reveals a persistent pro-Israeli bias, from Lord Balfour to Theresa May. Avi Shlaim Al Jazeera News The Palestinians are the victims of the cruel geopolitics of a region in which foreign powers have always played a decisive role. Britain, the pre-eminent Western… Perfidious Albion and… Read More »

Doing Business With Putin

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A Test For Leaders Who Tried Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov Bloomberg “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” the incoming U.S. president said at a January 11 press conference. But other U.S. and European… Doing Business With… Read More »

Should asylum seekers be allowed to work during their application?

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Should asylum seekers be allowed to work in their host countries? Debating Europe The 1951 UN Convention on Refugees – which all EU members have signed – states that refugees “lawfully staying” in a country should have the right to… But an application for refugee status can take months… Should asylum seekers… Read More »

Why is the West selling out Cyprus?

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The Western powers are pressuring the Republic of Cyprus to agree to an unjust settlement of the Cypriot conflict in order to appease Turkey and draw it away from the Eurasian… ANDREW KORYBKO The Duran The latest round of Cypriot reunification talks have just kicked off, yet most of the locals are far from enthusiastic about… There’s a… Why is the… Read More »

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

Universal human rights and the Responsibility to Protect

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Dr Adam Henry analyses the international political commitment to the principle of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and its inherent problems. Adam Henry Independent Australia THE QUESTION of human rights is often presented by many experts as a vexing one. What can be… Universal human rights and… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

China’s sea militarisation ‘troubling’: Philippine defence chief

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China’s militarisation of the South China Sea is “very troubling” and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines’ defence secretary said on… AFP Daily Mail  President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to improve his nation’s relations with China by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing claims in the strategically… China’s sea militarisation… Read More »

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

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With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

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From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

Europe’s message to Theresa May: Play by the rules — or else

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As British PM prepares to deliver big Brexit speech, Paris, Berlin and Brussels are getting worried. Nicholas Vinocur and Matthew Karnitschnig Politico PARIS — As British Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to unveil her Brexit vision Tuesday, Europe had these words of warning: play by the rules in leaving the EU, and forget about striking any backdoor trade deals. One more thing: No threats about… Europe’s message to Theresa… Read More »