Europe

Michael Heseltine: ‘Signing article 50 is the worst decision we’ve made’

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Lord Michael Heseltine, 84, the senior politician and businessman, reflects on what he owes his dyslexia, his fears over Brexit and why he has no plans to… Tim Adams The Guardian At my age there is no such thing as a good winter. There is a wonderful day in mid-March when you feel the sun on your back for the first time, and it straightens… I was no good at games and the only time I came top of the ... Read More »

The French Election and Europe’s Future

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BERLIN – A lot can happen between now and the second round of the French presidential election on May 7, so it is still too early to… Joschka Fischer Project Syndicate But, even with the nationalist, populist candidate Marine Le Pen still in the running, many observers are genuinely hopeful that the… With Macron’s victory, Europe would avoid self-destruction yet again. A… The French Election… Read More »

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

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Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. BBC Officials said “an administrative measure” had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following protests or … Turkish authorities block… Read More »

Automakers: UK car industry will stall without Brexit deal

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British carmakers will struggle to absorb costs and face problems over rules of… JAKOB HANKE & JOSHUA POSANER Politico Britain’s car industry has issued a stark warning that it will struggle to compete if Prime Minister Theresa May delivers on a threat to walk away from an… The nightmare scenario for British industry is that the U.K. will crash out of the EU without a trade deal in 2019 and move on to tit… Automakers: UK car… Read More »

The Balkans are heating up again — and Washington is nowhere to be seen

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This month, as I traveled through seven countries in southeastern Europe, I stopped in… John McCain The Washington Post I stood at the foot of the Latin Bridge, on the street corner that changed the world, where an assassin’s bullet killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and triggered a cycle of violence and war that consumed the… It was a stark reminder of the old adage that while history does not repeat itself, it… The Balkans are… Read More »

German army officer disguised himself as refugee to carry out terrorist attack, investigators say

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BERLIN — Police on Wednesday arrested a German army officer suspected of posing as a Syrian refugee to carry out an attack that would be blamed on… Stephanie Kirchner The Washington Post According to the Frankfurt prosecutors in charge of the investigation, the 28-year-old, whose name wasn’t revealed in accordance with local customs, lived an… Austrian authorities had temporarily detained him earlier this year when he… German army officer… Read More »

The government just announced a gamechanger for cycling in England

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The new cycling and walking investment strategy is the first legislation of its kind to legally bind the government to long-term funding for cycling and walking… Sam Jones The Guardian Unless you’re an avid transport campaigner, it’s likely that among the rush of government announcements made last week, you will have missed one very important one: the… The government’s intention to launch a CWIS was first announced in January… The government just… Read More »

Thousands to march in Copenhagen against climate injustice

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Demonstration to protest Trump’s climate policies and the hypocrisy found closer to… CPH Post OnLine On Saturday, Donald Trump will have been in office as US president for 100 days and critics maintain that during his brief stint he has downplayed the… In response, scores of people will hit the streets as part of the ‘People’s Climate March’ in over 300 cities across the… Thousands to march… Read More »

EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks

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The European Union should formally suspend Turkey’s long-stalled talks on membership if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a… BRUSSELS – Reuters Hyrriyet Kati Piri said ahead of a plenary debate on the matter that if President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan implemented the new charter, Turkey would close the… Erdoğan said on April 25 that Turkey would not wait forever to… EU Ankara negotiator… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

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Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »

Brussels punches back at Viktor Orbán

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Budapest faces legal action over its education reforms, but the Hungarian leader called the EU move… RYAN HEATH AND QUENTIN ARIÈS Politico The European Commission attacked Hungary on multiple fronts Wednesday, including the threat of legal action over an education bill that targets the… The Commission’s decision ratcheted up the pressure on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán ahead of his… Brussels punches back… Read More »

‘We’re eating the Mercedes’

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Once among their nation’s elite, former Turkish NATO officers are now refugees seeking political asylum in… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Politico They were once among Turkey’s military elite — fighter pilots, tank commanders and naval officers assigned to prestigious posts abroad at NATO in… Now, they and their families — who had enjoyed comfortable lives abroad, sending their children to… ‘We’re eating the… Read More »

Macron and the French Paradox

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While commentators focused largely on negative aspects, France has seen an unprecedentedly pro-European electoral… François Godement  ecfr.eu Everyone interested in health and good eating has heard of the “French… In  South-west France, people live to a healthy old age on a fairly fatty diet of foie gras and duck… They manage this because they also ingest more fresh fruit and vegetables than anywhere… Macron and the… Read More »

Greek appeals court rules against extradition of three Turkish coup soldiers

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A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed… Hurriyet Three of the servicemen – identified as Süleyman Özkaynakçı, Feridun Çoban, and Abdullah Yetik – appeared at the Athens’ Appeals Council on April 25 upon the… Prosecutor Ourania Stathea said the new evidence presented by Ankara was… Greek appeals court… Read More »

After Its Nuclear Attack, the UK Would be ‘Wiped Off the Face of the Earth’

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British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon recently confirmed that his Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to use nuclear weapons in a… Sputnik Commenting on the remark, Russian parliamentarian Frants Klintsevich warned of the devastating consequences of such an… On Monday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed that his… After Its Nuclear… Read More »

Immigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine – Obama

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The former President said the US immigration system had always been “a little bit… TheJournal.ie  IMMIGRANTS IN THE US are experiencing treatment similar to that endured by the Irish in America in the wake of the Famine, Barack Obama has… The former US President, making a return to the public spotlight, said that America’s immigration system had always been “a little bit… Immigrants being vilified… Read More »