Europe

Now and then, who to blame?

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While history does not repeat itself in full details, it always shows us some patterns that we should always consider. Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Jazeera News It was another “first” for the US president-elect, Donald Trump, before he moves into the White House. Using just 140… Now and then… Read More »

France’s Francois Hollande warns against nationalism in last New Year address

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Paris: French President Francois Hollande has warned against the risks of nationalism in his last New Year address ahead of the election of his successor next spring. Reuters The Age Hollande, who said this month he would not seek a second term in 2017, defended his legacy as president and addressed the… France’s Francois Hollande… Read More »

Czechs launch anti-propaganda unit with close eye on Russia

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Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre Daniel McLaughlin in Prague The Irish Times The Czech Republic has launched a special government unit to counter terrorism and “hybrid” threats such as fake news and… Czechs launch anti… Read More »

The new world order, 2017

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One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as the only true superpower. Pax Americana would… The new world… Read More »

A principled basis for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement in the light of International and European Law

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International Expert Panel Covered By The Committee For A European Solution In Cyprus Preamble 1. The purpose of this Report, prepared by an International Expert Panel, is to seek a just Cyprus settlement providing for the peaceful and prosperous future of all the people of the island. In order to do this, one must apply the key principles drawn from international and European law which apply in the settlement of international disputes, including disputes concerning members of the European Union. ... Read More »

Could Turkey steal nuclear weapons installed in US bases?

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Does Turkey have the military capabilities to attack and take nuclear weapons stored within its own boundaries? * 12 Answers As a retired USAF member, please understand that my comments can NOT confirm nor deny if nuclear weapons are at Incirlik AB. Quora My answer relies on widely sourced material in the media and on the internet. So please understand that I’m couching my answers for this reason. So, could Turkey steal any weapons on the base? Yes, they could. ... Read More »

Intolerant post-Brexit Britain: history shows we can be better than this

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The surge in hate crimes after 23 June stands in stark contrast to the decency shown to black GIs in the UK during the second world war Hugh Muir The Guardian Are we the nation suggested by the 41% spike in hate crimes that followed the Brexit vote? Where non-white Britons are abused in the… Intolerant post-Brexit… Read More »

Policy winners and losers across Europe in 2016

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Sugar, butter and Wolfgang Schäuble came out on top while Uber, Google and Big Tobacco had a tougher 2016. Politico The policy landscape of 2016 is littered with dead ideas and dotted with breakout stars. It was a… Policy winners and… Read More »

The media we need in 2017

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Post-truth is a symptom not the disease, while we need a media that challenges rather than normalises the far-right. Rachel Shabi Al Jazeera News On December 20, in a piece both depressingly necessary and emblematic of the year, Britain’s Channel 4 news released a fact-check. It assessed claims… The media we… Read More »

Is Erdogan trying to wreck US-Turkey relations?

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s frustration over his failed and costly Syria policies ventured into the bizarre when he claimed he had “confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos” of the US providing support for the Islamic State (IS), the… Al-Monitor Is Erdogan trying… Read More »

Why Nationalism?

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The very fabric of Western nations is shifting. Europeans will soon be minorities in their own countries, their languages replaced and their cultures forgotten, with younger generations forced to pay into social systems that are so generous with strangers, they have become unsustainable for themselves. Lauren Southern The Daily Caller National Geographic depicted this future when they featured a Middle-Eastern family on their front cover; above them was emblazoned the words, “The New Europeans.” Right now, in… Why Nationalism… Read More »

Do black lives matter in the UK?

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For many the current position of Britain’s black population is one that is mired between achievement and marginalisation Al Jazeera News Alasdair Soussi Glasgow, United Kingdom – They are one of Britain’s most dynamic and enduring communities whose presence in the UK dates back hundreds of years. From serving Britain with… Do black lives… Read More »

Britain scolds Kerry for comments on Israeli government

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The United Kingdom scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the “most right-wing in Israeli history,” a move that aligns British Prime Minister Theresa May more closely with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Hurriyet In a 70-minute speech just weeks before the… Britain scolds Kerry… Read More »

Italy’s lost decade

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Is Italy the world’s new Greece? Desmond Lachman AEI Judging by the still relatively buoyant Italian sovereign bond market, one could be forgiven for thinking that all is well with the Italian economy. Similarly, one could be excused for believing that Italy poses little threat to the… Italy’s lost decade… Read More »

Pop culture dilemmas for soda makers, sugar producers

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Fizzy drinks are stocked on a shelf in a shop in Glasgows West End on July 23, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. Health campaigners have stepped up calls for the amount of sugar in fizzy drinks to be reduced, following new research that has found sugar levels to be what the group Action on Sugar have called shockingly high and unnecessary.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

From next year, drink makers will be allowed to switch from crystal sugar to cheaper syrup. Politico Jakob Hanke Europe’s fizzy drink makers are plotting a quiet revolution over what goes into your cola and lemonade. New rules next year… Pop culture dilemmas… Read More »

Post-Brexit, Britain will love Europe

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sought to drum up trade deals on Monday for a post-Brexit world, as she came under increasing pressure from all sides to define what that would look like. MPs were set to discuss an online petition calling for a second referendum that has received more than four million signatures. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Without the poison of EU membership and with Donald Trump in the White House, Britain may feel European after all. Politico Tom McTague LONDON — Brexit may finally have turned Britain pro-European. Once divorce proceedings… Post-Brexit, Britain… Read More »