Europe

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

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Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

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Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »

Apple’s rotten appeal

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  The Apple logo is displayed on the back of an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Rather than addressing the merits of the case, the tech giant is playing the pity card. Politico Richard A. Epstein On Monday, an angry Apple appealed against an August ruling by the European Commission ordering the company to pay Ireland some €13 billion in back taxes, plus interest. Disappointingly, the Silicon Valley tech giant failed to… Apple’s rotten… Read More »

Turkey blames usual suspects for murder of Russian ambassador

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Off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec. 19. Al Monitor Barın Kayaoğlu Police forces subsequently killed Altintas in a gunfight. What we know so far about… Turkey blames usual… Read More »

Europe’s changing energy markets: Forging a new direction

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27:  Workers paint a hight-voltage pylon on October 27, 2009 in Augsburg, Germany. The new German government wants to reduce power costs by roll-back incentives for consumers to invest in solar equipment made by German companies. The new coalition also wants to reduce the sales tax on energy.  (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

The EU has set itself an ambitious goal: It wants an electricity market that allows power to flow across national borders to where it’s needed, better integrates growing renewable energy as the bloc works to cut carbon emissions to net zero by the end of the century and encourages consumers to manage their own energy needs at all times. Politico To that end, the European Commission came out with a jumbo policy package November 30 that included proposals on how to ... Read More »

CNN Uses Germany Attack To Bash The Right

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CNN’s online coverage of Monday’s deadly terror attack on a German Christmas market focused on the attack’s potential to stoke far-right anger, rather than the threats of Islamic radicalism. The Daily Caller Blake Neff The attack in Berlin killed at least 12 people and injured dozens more, but on CNN’s website, the network’s top story warned about “the fallout of fear” and said that “attacks fuel [the] far right’s assault on democracy.” The headline leads to an article by… CNN ... Read More »

How Italy Became Populism’s Latest Domino

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It’s a shame that old-fashioned politics is the only alternative to rising antidemocratic populism. The National Interest Alvaro Vargas Llosa First it was Brexit, then Donald Trump, followed by French president François Hollande announcing he would not run for reelection (an admission of defeat), and now Italy’s Matteo Renzi resigning as prime minister in the wake of… How Italy Became Populism’s… Read More »

Turkey at the precipice

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Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was shot and killed today while he attended an art exhibit in Ankara. By MICHAEL RUBIN Washington Examiner According to eyewitnesses, the assailant — an Islamist terrorist dressed as a policeman — shouted, “You killed innocent people, Ya… Turkey at the… Read More »

Lech Wałęsa: Throw Poland out of the EU

TOPSHOT - Lech Walesa, former president of Poland, wearing a pin of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa on his lapel,  reacts on January 04, 2016, during an interview in his office in Gdañsk, Poland.  Lech Wa??sa, born 29 September 1943,  is a Polish politician, trade union organizer, philanthropist and human rights activist. A charismatic leader, he co-founded Solidarity (Solidarno??), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995. Behind Walesa, a mirror image of Gdansk'shipyards.  / AFP / PIOTR WITTMAN        (Photo credit should read PIOTR WITTMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s independence hero has one fight left: upending the country’s right-wing government. Politico Jan Cienski GDAŃSK, Poland — Lech Wałęsa sits at his desk, peering at his computer screen and poking at the keyboard, before getting up heavily to settle in a worn armchair, his stomach straining at his shirt. The signature walrus mustache that… Lech Wałęsa: Throw Poland… Read More »

101-year-old paedophile jailed for 13 years

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Ralph Clarke, who committed offences in 1970s and 80s, is believed to be oldest person ever convicted by jury in UK The Guardian A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s. Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had… 101-year-old paedophile jailed… Read More »

“There is no truth to the accusation that Israel is an apartheid state.”

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Irish senators attacked Israel with accusations of apartheid during a parliamentary debate in late November about the closure of the bank account of a BDS group, prompting criticism on Friday from the Jewish state and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. JPost “What has happened with… “There is no… Read More »

German School In Turkey Bans Teachers From Even Mentioning Christmas

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A school in Istanbul financed by the German government has informed teachers that traditional Christmas celebrations have been canceled. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson Management at the elite high school has informed teachers that they can’t even mention the topic of Christmas, according to a leaked email from school management seen by news agency DPA. The move was immediately criticized… German School In Turkey Bans… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

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Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

Shock theory reveals Anne Frank might have been found by chance – and not BETRAYED

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DIARIST Anne Frank could have been discovered in a raid on ration fraudsters instead of being snatched by Nazi’s hunting for Jews, a shocking new study has revealed. Express Vickiie Oliphant The wartime writer was thought to have been removed from her home at 263 Prinsengracht after an anonymous call tipped her and her family off to the Nazis. The Franks, van Pelses and… Shock theory reveals Anne Frank might… Read More »

Turkey’s alliance with the West has expired

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“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” The Hill By Movses Ter-Oganesyan Henry Kissinger’s observation about United States foreign policy can, indeed, be applied to most countries. It comes to no surprise to any, that leaders of every country are expected to do… Turkey’s alliance with… Read More »

Turkey takes another step toward despotism

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SINCE ASSUMING the nominally ceremonial position of president in 2014, Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has aspired to endow it with far-reaching powers, replacing the country’s parliamentary system with something more like what Vladi­mir Putin has established in Russia. The Washington Post By Editorial Board His… Turkey takes another… Read More »