Europe

Why shouldn’t Prince Charles speak out on climate change? The science is clear

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Climate change is not a controversial subject – the facts are established, whatever the Mail says. Tony Juniper The Guardian That’s why Charles helped write a Ladybird book about it Ladybird books will this… Why shouldn’t Prince Charles… Read More »

China Slams Western Democracy as Flawed

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China’s state media used Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president to warn about the perils of democracy, touting the relative stability of the Communist system as President Xi Jinping heads toward a twice-a-decade reshuffle of senior leadership posts. Bloomberg With ministries and senior officials stressing unity as a priority for China, smoothing the path for the party’s congress in the fourth quarter, state media were quick to highlight divisions within America shown by Trump’s… China Slams Western… Read More »

Human rights now face their gravest threat – Trumpism

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With a populist in the White House, only resistance can protect rights the world struggled to enshrine Natalie Nougayrède The Guardian Remember the 1990s? Anyone who cares about… Human rights now face… Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: The new champion of liberalism

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Scotland’s social democrat leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has reinvented herself as a defender of establishment liberalism. Jamie Maxwell Al Jazeera News Not that long ago, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon was the most exciting social democrat in European politics. She took charge of the SNP… Nicola Sturgeon: The new… Read More »

Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

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The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

Will presidential referendum save Turkey’s democracy?

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan poses as he casts his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey November 1, 2015. Turks began voting on Sunday amid worsening security and economic worries in a snap parliamentary election that could profoundly impact the divided country's trajectory and that of President Tayyip Erdogan. The parliamentary poll is the second in five months, after the ruling AK Party founded by Erdogan failed to retain its single-party majority in June.  REUTERS/Murad Sezer   - RTX1U7U8

A package of constitutional amendments that would dramatically expand the powers of Turkey’s president won the support of 339 deputies in the 550-member parliament Jan. 21, surpassing the 60% threshold (330 votes) required to submit the draft to a referendum. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor Backed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its de facto partner, the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), the bill is supposed to be put to a public vote within two months of the president’s ... Read More »

Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’

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Campaigners say UK pursues profits as Erdoğan continues crackdown… Jamie Doward The Guardian Britain has sold almost £50m-worth of arms to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt… Britain ‘putting arms… Read More »

Low fees and top universities: why Irish are studying abroad

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European universities are targeting Irish students with range of courses through… Aine McMahon The Irish Times Thousands of college hopefuls have been scrambling to apply for third-level courses in Ireland in recent… But increasing numbers are looking further afield… Low fees and… Read More »

Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears

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Britain’s departure is an ideal chance for remaining states to rewrite the rules on taxation and… Lodewijk Asscher The Guardian With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper… I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and… Europe needs refashioning… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

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Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

Putin-Trump alliance against ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the way?

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US President Trump’s emphasis on defeating ISIS and Jihadi terrorism finds an echo in the words of Russian President Putin, creating the possibility of an alliance between the two to combat ISIS and… ALEXANDER MERCOURIS The Duran Both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have repeatedly made clear their utter… Putin-Trump alliance… Read More »

Gerry Adams: Brexit will destroy the Good Friday Agreement

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Taking Northern Ireland out of the EU will “destroy” the Good Friday Agreement peace deal, Gerry Adams has… Michael Mchugh Independent  Speaking at a conference in Dublin on achieving a united Ireland, he claimed fundamental human rights enshrined in the 1998 accord to end violence could be… However, the top… Gerry Adams: Brexit… Read More »

Hahn and Kurz praise Serbia and Vucic

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The Western Balkans countries should look up to Serbia which has achieved good economic performance, European Union’s enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said today after meeting prime minister Aleksandar Vucic on the… Milos Mitrovic Independent Balkan News Agency Hahn said that he and Vucic have discussed situation in the… Hahn and Kurz… Read More »

George Soros: Theresa May won’t last and Donald Trump is ‘would-be dictator’

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Billionaire investor delivers bleak Brexit forecast at World Economic Forum and says Donald Trump is ‘gearing up for trade war’ but will… •Donald Trump inauguration live: the world holds its breath •Inauguration day schedule: our guide to the day Graeme Wearden, Larry Elliott in Davos and agencies The Guardian Theresa May will not remain in power long as Brexit cripples her government, while Donald Trump is a… George Soros: Theresa… Read More »

Amid Fistfights, Turkey’s Parliament Backs a New Constitution

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Turkey’s Parliament approved a proposed Constitution that would cede even greater powers to the country’s president if endorsed in a national referendum, but the bitterly contested voting process was marred by screaming matches and… ROD NORDLAND  The New York Times The low point came when supporters of the governing Justice and… Amid Fistfights, Turkey’s… Read More »

Brussels gets ‘House of Cards’ treatment

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Drama weaves together political lobbying, terrorism and the migration crisis. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — Corruption, murder, and betrayal stalk the streets of Brussels — at least in a Dutch television series inspired by the U.S. hit “House of Cards” that premieres Friday. “Brussel” mixes the personal… Brussels gets ‘House of… Read More »