Europe

The Round-up: Counter-Extremism Bill – Counter-Productive?

In the News In a new report on the much-delayed Counter-Extremism Bill, the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has concluded that the proposed legislation is confusing, unnecessary, and likely to be counter-productive. Though first announced by the Government in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015, the Bill itself has yet to appear. The JCHR report is a result of what was in effect a pre-legislative scrutiny Source: The Round-up: Counter-Extremism Bill – Counter-Productive? – UK Human Rights Blog Read More »

Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts?

The attempted military coup in Turkey ended in total failure. Within 24 hours, the AKP government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained control. Within hours it initiated a purge against the organizers. But the government’s crackdown was not limited to the ranks of the military, a faction of which were the instigators of the coup. Source: Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts? Read More »

Number 10 Drab Street

The time for frivolousness is over as the grown-ups take over Downing Street.. By QUENTIN LETTS  LONDON — So many flowers have been arriving at 10 Downing Street that the official residence of the British prime minister must, inside, resemble a funeral parlor. Well-wishers have been sending bouquets to Theresa May to congratulate her on being appointed successor to David Cameron… Source: Number 10 Drab Street – POLITICO Read More »

Sturgeon: independence may be best for Scotland amid Brexit upheaval

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Barriers to protecting Scotland ‘substantial’, first minister says as she argues separation may offer greatest stability.. Independence may offer Scotland the greatest stability while the rest of the UK faces upheaval after last month’s vote to leave the EU, Nicola Sturgeon has said… Source: Sturgeon: independence may be best for Scotland amid Brexit upheaval | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says women cannot be treated as equal to men, and accuses feminists of rejecting motherhood.. “You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,” he told a meeting in Istanbul. “It is against nature.” Source: Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men – BBC News Read More »

EU reduced to weak regional player unable to defend itself – Hungary’s Orban

The deadly shooting rampage in Europe’s leading nation, Germany, is a sign that Britain’s exit from the EU has reduced the bloc to a weak regional player unable to achieve any goals or protect its citizens, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said.. “Never before in my whole life I was as discouraged as after as the attack in Munich,” in which a lone gunman killed 9 people and injured 27 others on Friday, Orban said, according to Agerpres news agency… ... Read More »

No return to ‘hard’ Border after Brexit, Taoiseach says

Common Travel Area between Ireland and the United Kingdom will survive, Kenny insists.. The Common Travel Area between Ireland and the United Kingdom will survive Brexit and there will be no return to a hard Border on the island of Ireland, the Taoiseach has said… Source: No return to ‘hard’ Border after Brexit, Taoiseach says Read More »

‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’

New diplomatic face of the Gulf Kingdom promises gradual change, extends olive branch to Russia and lashes out at Iran.. By BARBARA SURK   The Saudis put on a diplomatic charm offensive in the EU capital this week designed to highlight looming changes in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom… Source: ‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’ – POLITICO Read More »

Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images

Local authorities in Nice refuse a request by French anti-terror police to destroy CCTV images of last week’s lorry attack.. The Paris prosecutor’s office said the request had been made to avoid the “uncontrolled dissemination” of images… Source: Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images – BBC News Read More »

Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage of a witch hunt’

After the coup attempt that failed to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the government has gone on the offensive against what it says is a vast network of plotters, which it calls a “parallel state” run by exiled cleric and Erdogan enemy Fethullah Gülen.. By Alberto Riva and Asli Pelit Some of the targets of the purge are pretty obvious, with thousands of military officers… Source: Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage ... Read More »

Merkel accepts Britain’s decision to delay triggering Brexit

Germany and Britain agreed on July 20 that Prime Minister Theresa May needed time to prepare for talks to leave the EU, after London took the first step towards Brexit by giving up its presidency of the European Union.. On her first foreign trip since taking office in the wake of Britain’s seismic referendum, May told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that her government would not ask to leave the European Union before the end of 2016 in order to plan ... Read More »

The Eurasian Economic Union: Power, Politics and Trade

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Since its creation in 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has kept only a few of its promises. Its limited economic success cannot mask the many tensions between Russia and its neighbours. Much of the EEU’s future success will depend on its members’ will to shift away from geopolitics and focus on international cooperation, governance, social welfare and migration… Source: The Eurasian Economic Union: Power, Politics and Trade – International Crisis Group Read More »

How India and China view Brexit

While Indian businessmen think Brexit could harm their investment in Britain, China expects solid manufacturing opportunities in the long run under its global Belt and Road connectivity program. Brexit also provides geostrategic benefits to China. Since the mood in Europe is turning inward after the historic vote, France may drop its demand to send EU patrols to defend ‘freedom of navigation’ in the South China Sea. Brexit was a seismic event that evoked divergent responses in India and China… Source: How ... Read More »

Why is the World Bank backing coal power in Europe’s youngest country?

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The World Bank is poised to support a new coal plant that would modernise Kosovo’s creaking energy infrastructure, but also lock the young nation into a future powered by a regressive fossil fuel.. In the early days of December 2015, as the Paris climate talks veered off course and off schedule, the US secretary of state John Kerry left his team of negotiators and flew to Kosovo to voice his support for a proposed US-built, World Bank-sponsored coal power station… ... Read More »

The U.S. tried to kill Erdogan, says editor in chief of Turkish daily

“The U.S. is the one who planned and applied this coup attempt.”… Source: The U.S. tried to kill Erdogan, says editor in chief of Turkish daily – The Washington Post Read More »

Links between Nice attacker and ISIL not yet established, says minister

Links between the Nice truck attacker and “terrorist networks,” including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which has claimed the killings, “have not yet been established by the investigation,” French interior minister said July 18.. “We cannot exclude that an unbalanced and very violent individual” has been “through a rapid radicalization, committed to this absolutely despicable crime,” which killed 84 people, Bernard Cazeneuve told France’s RTL radio… Source: Links between Nice attacker and ISIL not yet established, ... Read More »