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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

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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 »

Take It from a European: NATO Is Obsoletea

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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erase the fact that, as a presidential candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump stated on many occasions that NATO is obsolete.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 »

Zweig: The writer who dreamed of a world without boarders

ERGYHN Stefan Zweig in 1940. Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. 28 November 1881 - 22 February 1942.. Image shot 1940. Exact date unknown.

The exiled author killed himself in despair over Nazism. But before he did, he said Brazil had become what he hoped Europe could be, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC Seventy-five years ago, in February 1942, Europe’s most popular author committed suicide in a bungalow in the Brazilian town of Petrópolis, 10,000 km (6,200 miles) from his birthplace in Vienna. In the year… Zweig: The writer… 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?

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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 »

The hijacking of the Munich Security Conference

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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 »

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 »

Divide and rule tactics could leave UK without deal, say EU politicians

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Britain accused of trying to ‘move the goalposts and do away with the referee’ in Brexit.. Daniel Boffey, Dan Roberts and Jon Henley The Guardian British attempts to “blackmail and divide” EU countries in the run-up to Brexit negotiations will lead to a disastrous “crash-landing” out of the bloc, European politicians have told the… They add that the… Divide and rule… Read More »

Exclusive: Oxford University may break with 700 years of tradition and open a foreign campus – after France offers Brexit sweetener

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Oxford University might break with 700 years of tradition by establishing its first foreign campus in response to Brexit, The Telegraph… Harry Yorke The Telegraph French officials met senior staff at Oxford last week and revealed new proposals that they hope would guarantee future European Union funding for a… Exclusive: Oxford University… Read More »

Can we have too many trees?

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Hunting and mountaineering organisations say that plans to increase forest cover in Scotland will ruin the countryside. I disagree Patrick Barkham The Guardian A couple of summers ago, I strolled through Glen Feshie, wondering why this beautiful corner of the Cairngorms didn’t feel British. Ah, that’s it… Can we have… Read More »

We’re doomed by the identity trap, damned when we try to escape

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It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and gender Nesrine Malik The Guardian Diane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks… We’re doomed by… Read More »

Europe’s last pirate

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Julia Reda came to change Brussels. Chris Spallane Politico Brussels changed her. This is the year… Europe’s last… Read More »

Why it’s safe to ignore Greece (for now)

A man walks past Greek and an EU flags in Athens on February 11, 2017.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on February 11, 2017 warned the International Monetary Fund and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to "stop playing with fire" in the handling of his country's debt.  / AFP / Angelos Tzortzinis        (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

There are more important headaches elsewhere. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — Greece is back. Just not the… Why it’s safe… Read More »

Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers?

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Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate Kenan Malik The Guardian “They Kant be serious!”, spluttered the Daily Mail headline in its most McEnroe-ish tone. “PC students demand white… Are Soas students… Read More »