Europe

Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself

Irish politicians who led us out of financial crisis are not getting the credit for it Stephen Collins Why is it that former Greek minister for finance Yanis Varoufakis, who was such an abject failure in office, is lionised by the Irish media while his counterparts here… Source: Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself Read More »

Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty

TTIP and CETA trade deals with US and Canada have huge implications yet lack coverage Farrel Corcoran Today, less than nine months after the joint committee of inquiry into the banking crisis published its report – including a section on the… Source: Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty Read More »

Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures

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From abandoned municipal offices to theatres and car parks, informal local movements are reclaiming public space in the Greek capital. With the city’s progressive mayor on board they could reshape politics too Helena Smith in Athens Navarinou Park – part playground, part open-air cinema, part vegetable garden and verdant oasis – was never meant to be. On that, all of its… Source: Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications

Greece’s political asylum commission on Sept. 21 rejected the asylum application of three of the eight coup plotter soldiers who escaped to the country after the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The application of one of the soldiers was rejected on the grounds of evidence that he participated in the coup attempt, while the other two soldiers refused to cooperate with the… Source: Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications – EUROPE Read More »

EU accepts Bosnia’s membership application but long process ahead

The European Union s 28 member states on Sept. 20 accepted Bosnia s membership application, taking a step forward in what is certain to be a long process that Sarajevo hopes will eventually give it a place in the… Source: EU accepts Bosnia’s membership application but long process ahead – EUROPE Read More »

Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’

Kim Kardashian takes out a full-page ad in The New York Times to hit back at people who deny the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians a century ago was genocide. It was in response to the Wall Street Journal publishing an advertisement earlier this year, which supported the denial of the event. The United States and Australia are among the… Source: Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’ – ABC News ... Read More »

Akinci: the reunification of Cyprus hinges on rotating Presidency

No rotating Presidency, no deal warned the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mustafa Akinci on Sunday.“ Red line and compromises Speaking to the Turkish press, the Turkish Cypriot community leader drew a red line. If the Greek Cypriot side says that ‘the rotating presidency will never be a… Source: Akinci: the reunification of Cyprus hinges on rotating Presidency Read More »

Podcast: Why are refugees not making it to Ireland?

This week’s World View podcast also looks at Angela Merkel’s migration policy apology Declan Conlon One year ago, the EU laid out its plan for member states to take their fair share of asylum seekers in response to the refugee crisis. Today it is clear the plan has not worked, and the… Source: Podcast: Why are refugees not making it to Ireland? Read More »

A special gift from UK to Nigeria: promoting human rights or secrecy?

At Lagos Airport, Nigerians deported from Britain are processed out of sight in a ‘reception centre’ given by Britain. LOTTE LEWIS SMITH and ‘MARK UMUNNA’ One July day the British High Commissioner to Nigeria met with the country’s minister of interior to express “delight” at a special gift from one friendly country to another. The gift, hidden away behind a locked fence in the cargo section of Lagos’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport, is a… Source: A special gift from UK to ... Read More »

Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing

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Roadsides are a haven for rare species, but council mowing is a threat. New schemes offer hope Jessica Aldred Orchid-spotters have long-known that the best site in the UK to take in a display of pyramidal orchids is a roadside verge in Warwickshire, yet the… Source: Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery

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Critics claim the new law violates European Union rules on free movement of goods Shehab Khan Independent France has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials. The law, which comes into effect in 2020, is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth – an ambitious plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate… Although some ecologists’ organisations are in favour ... Read More »

Visegrad Group of EU states ‘could veto Brexit deal’

A group of Central European EU members known as the Visegrad Four is ready to veto any Brexit deal that would limit people’s right to work in the UK, Slovakian PM Robert Fico says. In an interview with the Reuters news agency, Mr Fico said Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia would be uncompromising in negotiations. His comments come a… Source: Visegrad Group of EU states ‘could veto Brexit deal’ – BBC News Read More »

Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018

Alex Salmond has predicted that Scotland will see another independence referendum in around two years’ time in an interview marking the second anniversary of the 2014 vote. By TOM PETERKIN The former first minister’s forecast of a 2018 poll will raise the expectations of independence supporters. But it could also prove problematic for… Source: Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018 – The Scotsman Read More »

Greece Needs to Be Honest About the Numbers

Companies — or even countries — that get themselves in trouble tend to have dicey numbers. Michael G. Jacobides If you don’t have the right data, you make the wrong decisions; and when you’ve taken the wrong decisions (out of poor judgment, bad luck, and especially incompetence), you’re often invented to try to make the… Source: Greece Needs to Be Honest About the Numbers Read More »

What can Albania teach us about trust?

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At a time when refugees are being turned away at borders all over the world, it seems that there is a lot to learn from Albania’s penchant for hospitality. BBC News Quinn Hargitai “There were refugee camps set up for the Kosovars all over the country. Albanian families would… What can Albania teach… Read More »

EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’

The Italian foreign minister on what member countries should discuss in Bratislava. By PAOLO GENTILONI ROME — From Syria to Iraq, from Daesh [Islamic State] to Libya, and the flows of migrants and refugees, the unrest in the Mediterranean represents a geopolitical priority for Italy. Repeated attacks by Islamic terrorists throughout… Source: EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’ – POLITICO Read More »