Europe

How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow when protesters carrying images of a yellow rubber duck marched against top-level corruption. Leonid Bershidsky Brisbane Times What he saw was a global ducky conspiracy. “I don’t believe… How the rubber… Read More »

Brexit kick-off: a historic day for the EU anticlockwise

The beginning of the two-year negotiations is about to begin as UK submits today the letter to the EU today informing the latter about the decision of the British people to leave the bloc. Chris Anyfantis European Sting However, it is still too early to say whether a deal will be reached within the timeframe that is set in Article 50 since two years is a very short time when dealing with such a very complex agreement. Financial markets haven’t… ... Read More »

Pro-Erdogan Turkish daily calls on the country to obtain nuclear weapons and hints that it should stop fighting ISIS

The column appeared in the Tayyip Erdogan-supporting Yeni Safak newspaper Ibrahim Karagul, the daily paper’s editor, wrote the article for Monday’s edition In it, he criticizes the western world and reserves special mentions for Germany ‘Global showdown’ is nearing and a weak nation without weapons won’t survive By Gareth Davies For Mailonline Daily Mail Online A pro-government Turkish newspaper has called on the country to obtain nuclear weapons and hinted it should stop fighting ISIS. In is column on March ... Read More »

When Left-Wing Feminists and Conservative Catholics Unite

In Europe, a reproductive rights issue yields an unlikely partnership. Anna Momigliano The Atlantic Conservative Catholics and left-wing feminists often find each other on opposite sides of political debates, especially when it comes to what women should do with their bodies. Yet in Europe… When Left-Wing Feminists… Read More »

The populist drift of the French election campaign

French presidential candidates are using populist distractions to avoid discussing actual policy plans. Remi Piet Al Jazeera News So far, the French electoral season has offered nothing more than a sorry display of politics. Instead of being… The populist drift… Read More »

What do many lone attackers have in common? Domestic violence

Desperate attempts to profile Khalid Masood after the Westminster attacks blame Islam, Kent or even drunk teenagers, but the common thread in terrorism is often misogyny Hadley Freeman The Guardian The reactions to Khalid Masood’s attack last week played out with script-like predictability: rightwing commentators tried desperately to blame the actions of this Kent native on immigration, while the media pored over whatever… What do many… Read More »

Full electro-mobility will be the next giant leap for Europe

We are on the cusp of the age of electro-mobility. Now we need concerted action from policymakers to ensure it really does become a reality, writes Nicolas Erb. Nicolas Erb Euractiv Strides in what is sometimes called “the ascent of man” have often been linked to revolutions in mobility. Sometimes these transport… Full electro-mobility… Read More »

EU to give more power to national antitrust authorities in a bid to secure regulatory fines

Last week, the European Commission has proposed a new set of rules to give national antitrust authorities more power and resources against anti-competitive practices. Carlo Motta European Sting The proposed rules, which followed a public consultation that was launched last year, are intended to make the bloc’s national competition agencies more autonomous but also more reactive against multinational firms over… EU to give… Read More »

Brexit threatens environmental law enforcement

The UK will have to rethink its institutional and judicial system to maintain environmental standards. Kalina Oroschakoff and Marion Solletty Politico Leaving the European Union means there won’t be a bad cop anymore to hold the British government to account on the environment. That role is… Brexit threatens environmental… Read More »

Britain’s messy divorce from Europe isn’t going well

As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening. Chris Patten Asia Times My wife, a retired family lawyer and mediator, thinks May could be correct. After all, the… Britain’s messy divorce… Read More »

EU should apply effective asylum seekers policy!

If the EU fails in passing the difficult test of patience and ability to act promptly in the migrant policy, the current leaders will have to say goodbye to their posts Tomas Zdechovsky Daily Sabah Although the reverberations of last year’s migrant crisis are noticeable even today, a brief look at the print media or news servers gives the impression that the situation is returning back to normal. Yes, considering the… EU should apply… Read More »

Turkey determined to test NATO

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s March 10 meeting in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin, it was reported that Turkey was engaged in negotiations to procure the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Fehim Tastekin Al Monitor Sergei Chemezov, CEO of the Russian state-owned Rostec, said on March 14 that Turkey had asked for credit to buy the system, but that a deal had not yet been reached. “As soon as… Turkey determined to… Read More »

How corruption fuels climate change across the globe

In the widest sense of the word, corruption is the glue that holds the ‘system’ together. The time to fight back has arrived. Soon it will be too late, write Lili Fuhr and Simon Taylor Lili Fuhr and Simon Taylor  Irish Examiner ANTI-CORRUPTION campaigners achieved a number of crucial victories in 2016, not least by ensuring accountability for one of Big Oil’s most crooked deals: the acquisition of Nigerian offshore oil block OPL 245 in… How corruption fuels… Read More »

Chatterbox Rome Declaration cannot save the EU; Germany has to pay more to do that

Last Saturday, the phantom of Wolfgang Schaeuble, the hawkish German minister of Finance, overshadowed the gathering of the 27 EU leaders in the Italian capital, without him having left Berlin. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting The heads of EU states or governments, at the exception of British MP Theresa May, went there to celebrate the 60th anniversary after the signing of the Treaty of Rome. This is the… Chatterbox Rome Declaration… Read More »