Global Issues

Germany and France agree closer eurozone ties without treaty change

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Proposals to be presented at EU summit in June will come as a blow to David Cameron who will table British pre-referendum demands at same meeting The Guardian – Ian Traynor in Brussels and Frances Perraudin in London Germany and France have forged a pact to integrate the eurozone without reopening the EU’s treaties, in a blow to David Cameron’s referendum campaign. ... Read More »

Politicians and media to blame for ‘dumbing down’ news

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As intensified personal ambition has heightened competition among between the parties, unwritten rules that certain subjects were off limits to the political contest have gone by the board. The Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor The obvious example is immigration, Asian immigration in particular, and boat people. For many years, both sides knew there was an ... Read More »

Leaders of Luhansk and Donetsk republics likely to be assassinated in near future

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Political and military leaders of the two breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are likely to be assassinated in the nearest future, a veteran of the Special Operations Group of the KGB, Valery Kiselyov said. According to him, the attack on Alexei Mozgovoi had been meticulously organized. Mozgovoi was killed by high class professionals, he said. “Without a doubt, it ... Read More »

Pascal Lamy urges PM to make positive case for EU

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David Cameron is being urged to make a positive case for Europe if he wants to successfully renegotiate the UK’s terms of membership with fellow EU leaders. BBC - By Mark MardellPresenter, The World This Weekend Pascal Lamy, one of Europe’s most senior politicians, told the BBC other leaders wanted to help Mr Cameron win a referendum but he has to ... Read More »

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strike military deal

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Australia hopes to ink a deal with Japan this year that would smooth the passage of military personnel into one another’s country for joint exercises in a further tightening of strategic bonds amid concern about Chinese ambition in the region. The Age - David Wroe, National security correspondent Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday and ... Read More »

Obama Cares Too Much About Israel

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After President Barack Obama delivered a pre-Sabbath address Friday about his deep admiration for Israel and the Jewish people, I had many questions. But the biggest one was whether Obama knew anything about Israel’s first female prime minister, Golda Meir. Bloomberg View - By Eli Lake She came up in a passage of Obama’s speech devoted to the shared values of Israel and ... Read More »

America’s Greatest President: Abraham Lincoln

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As we prepare to observe Memorial Day, it might be a fitting time to ponder just what constituted Lincoln’s greatness. The National Interest – Robert W. Merry Whenever academics and scholars tickle their fancy by putting forth yet another poll of historians on presidential rankings, there is little doubt about which president will top the list—Abraham Lincoln. In the numerous such ... Read More »

EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to cash-strapped Ukraine

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BBC – The EU has agreed a €1.8bn (£1.3bn; $2bn) loan to Ukraine – described as a landmark deal for a non-EU member. The agreement was signed at an EU summit in Riga, Latvia, between the leaders of the 28-member bloc and six post-Soviet nations. The loan aims to help cash-strapped Ukraine implement economic reforms, as fighting with pro-Russian rebels in ... Read More »

Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

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Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum have declared. DUBLIN – The Associated Press – Hurriyet Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared on May 23 after the world’s first national vote on ... Read More »