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While Europe burns, Brussels scribbles

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker answers questions during an interview with AFP on August 4, 2015 in Brussels. EU governments have a duty to help the flood of migrants arriving in Europe and must not cave in to populist demands to turn them back, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on August 5.  AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Commission responds to doubts over EU’s future by papering over the cracks, literally. Florian Eder and Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Europe may be in a bit of an existential funk these days with Brexit and an EU-hostile new president in the White House, but the talk of the town in Brussels is a “White Paper” being prepared, out of view, for the EU’s 60th… While Europe burns… Read More »

The man who invented Trumpism

Nederland, Den Haag, 19-05-16. Foto Roger Dohmen
Geert Wilders (Venlo, 6 september 1963) is een Nederlands politicus. Hij is partijleider van de Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) en namens deze partij fractieleider in de Tweede Kamer. Gefotografeerd in het gebouw van de 2e Kamer.
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Long before Donald Trump upended the American political landscape, Geert Wilders was rewriting the electoral playbook in the Netherlands, stomping ruthlessly over convention and being rewarded with votes. Naomi O’Leary Politico Not only are the two men alike in their peculiar blond hairdos; they share a talent for using controversy to dominate the news cycle and a tendency to forgo a hefty party apparatus in favor of a skeleton team of campaign loyalists and… The man who… Read More »

Why We Need Edmund Burke Now More Than Ever

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Edmund Burke advocated for a political version of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper.’ Take the old, and revive it. Fix what’s broken—don’t just start over. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist My husband is currently gutting and remodeling our kitchen. We live in an… Why We Need… Read More »

Take It from a European: NATO Is Obsoletea

NATO - The National interest

The alliance’s members no longer share common goals or interests. Tom Sauer The National Interest The recent visit by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to NATO allies does not erase the fact that, as a presidential candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump stated on many occasions that NATO is obsolete. It is a bigger… Take It from… Read More »

Time to tackle ISIL’s millions of sympathisers?

ISIL - Al Jazeera

It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News Significant international concern that thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and their leaders will soon disperse to many countries – once Raqqa and Mosul are liberated – has focused on possible terror… Time to tackle… Read More »

Bavaria pushes ahead with burka ban as German elections loom

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Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on… Reuters The Telegraph The move comes seven months before a federal election where immigration will be a prominent issue and the Bavarian conservatives that govern the… Bavaria pushes ahead… Read More »

Ireland’s Brexit meltdown

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Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs Brexit visit Northern Ireland Border.
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Pic shows Eugene Reavey brother of the 3  Reavey brothers,Catholics murdered on the 4th January 1976 by Loyalist Terrorists at the scene of the killings outside Whitecross South Armagh .The Kingsmills road saw over 35 murders during the troubles.
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There’s doom and gloom on the other side of the Irish Sea. Charlie Cooper Politico DUBLIN — Forget about the Brexit upside. Just weeks before… Ireland’s Brexit… Read More »

German elections: Is Merkel losing ground or Shultz is winning?

GER - European Sting

Martin Schulz’s candidacy for Chancellor has changed the balance in the German elections as polls show that Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats (CDU) are left in the second place after the Social Democrats (SPD). Chris Anyfantis European Sting The polls which are conducted by the Emnid institute and by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen for broadcaster ZDF reveal a clear lead of the SPD party and Martin Schulz as the next Chancellor. These results must… German elections: Is… Read More »

How America Can Avoid a War with China

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A blueprint for American policymakers to improve the U.S.-Chinese relationship. Joe Renouard The National Interest Sino-American relations seem to be at a crossroads, though exactly where the relationship is headed is anyone’s guess. President Trump’s scattershot… How America Can… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

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To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

Our miserable 21st century

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On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. Nicholas Eberstadt ΑΕΙ To most privileged and well-educated Americans, especially those living in its bicoastal bastions, the election of Donald Trump had been a thing almost impossible even to imagine. What sort of… Our miserable 21st… Read More »

The hijacking of the Munich Security Conference

EU - Voltaire

History teaches us this – every time a System collapses, its leaders do not realise the truth until they are swept away by the storm. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire So the political representatives of the European Union, meeting just like every year in Munich for their Security Conference, were shocked to hear Sergey Lavrov speak of a post-Western world order. And yet the… The hijacking of… Read More »

Trump and the cycle of dehumanisation

Dehumanisation - The Conversation

People rarely respond well to being demeaned and humiliated. Nick Haslam The Conversation When they believe others see them as lesser beings, they react with anger, revenge and distrust. In doing so… Trump and the… Read More »

The Brazilian hangover: When the party ends

Brazil - Al Jazeera

It is unlikely that Brazil will be able to pursue a prominent role in the international arena before 2019. Ramon Blanco Al Jazeera News In a world inevitably multilateral such as ours, regional powers are supposed to have their share of responsibilities in order to build more plural paths towards a fairer and more peaceful international political environment. Therefore, Brazil is… The Brazilian hangover… Read More »

The Fightback: Trumpism Gives Rise To The New Dissidents

Trumpism - New Matilda

The upside of a Donald Trump White House is the millions world-wide who are now organising in protest, writes Dr Richard Hil. Dr Richard Hil New Matilda The high point of post-truth, populist conservatism is ushering in some ghastly new forms of repression. The roundup of… The Fightback: Trumpism… Read More »

Referendum process in the EU

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Tukey is going to have a crucial referendum on April 16 that is likely to be a revolutionary step. Ozan Ceyhun Daily Sabah It has a chance to adopt a new Constitution as a result of this referendum by getting rid of the current one that was penned by the junta regime after the 1980 coup d’etat. The new Constitution… Referendum process in… Read More »