Europe

Trump’s Russophiles under investigation, Europe remains ‘en garde’

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Last Friday U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the ongoing FBI probe of the case of the Russian interference in the US Presidential elections favoring Donald Trump. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting He said “I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign.” Last September, the… Trump’s Russophiles under… Read More »

Leaving the EU is the start of a liberal insurgency

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Brexit isn’t like Trump’s election. It’s Britain’s safety valve against angry, radical populism Douglas Carswell The Guardian What is Nigel Farage so cross about? We won the… Leaving the EU… Read More »

TURKEY: Reverse Regime Change, Replacing Secularism with Sultanism

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Since 2002, the Republic of Turkey has been ruled by the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), founded Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and… Dr Can Erimtan 21st Century Wire At first, Erdoğan and his henchmen appeared to respect the rule of law and the political traditions established by Mustafa Kemal… The economic boom of the early AKP years and the… TURKEY: Reverse Regime… Read More »

Brexit is Theresa May’s Falklands war: a weapon of mass distraction

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Behind a smokescreen of bogus patriotism, ideologically driven cuts to the NHS and all our public services are unpicking the bonds of nationhood Zoe Williams The Guardian On Saturday there was a demonstration against funding cuts to the NHS. A quarter of… Brexit is Theresa… Read More »

Russia, Turkey and the Black Sea A2/AD Arms Race

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Will Turkey build its A2/AD capabilities to counter Russia’s growing A2/AD assets in the Black Sea and Syria? Bleda Kurtdarcan, Barın Kayaoğlu  The National Interest While the Chinese A2/AD “bubble” in the South China Sea gives headaches to the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, further to the north, the newest Russian “bubble” is about to… Russia, Turkey and… Read More »

EU citizens ‘should have guarantees after Brexit’

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MPs have heaped pressure on ministers to guarantee the right of EU citizens in Britain to remain after Brexit ahead of a crucial vote this… Paris Gourtsoyiannis The Scotsman A report from the Commons Exiting the EU select committee has condemned Home Office processes for considering permanent residence applications as “not fit for purpose” after it… EU citizens ‘should… Read More »

Google si Directing the French Election Campaign

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Since February 28, 2017, Google News Lab and the European Journalism Center (EJC) have coordinated French and foreign companies for the duration of the French presidential election campaign. Voltaire Both organizations rely on the experience of ProPublica, which directed the media against Donald Trump during the US election campaign. They not only… Google si Directing… Read More »

Hindu nationalist violence attributed to Italian ideologue

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Hindu nationalism, the ideology of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its intellectual mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteers Association or RSS), is unleashing increased violence through the storm troopers of the RSS’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), in universities across the country. Kadayam Subramanian Asia Times It would seem that India’s ruling ideological formation, the hydra-headed Sangh Parivar (or “Sangh family”), is playing the nationalist card to reassure its core constituency among the Hindu electorate ... Read More »

Updating Cyprus’ money-laundering record

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Just over two weeks ago, Transparency International published a report called “Top Secret Countries Keep Financial Crime Fighting Data to… Fiona Mullen in.cyprus Transparency and good preventive practices are important because money-laundering cases are difficult to… The Magnitksy case, for example, has been open in… Updating Cyprus’ money… Read More »

Britain will not contribute £50bn to EU budget if no Brexit deal is reached, says Lords report

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‘The UK appears to have a strong legal position in respect of the EU budget post-Brexit and this provides important context to the… Ashley Cowburn The Independent Britain will not be legally obliged to contribute towards the European Union’s budget if no exit deal is reached, according to a… The report from the Lords also claims that calculations of the… Britain will not… Read More »

The US, Turkey and the Kurds

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Ankara is challenging Washington’s approach to the Kurds. Eric Czuleger GPF Washington and Ankara appear to be reaching a resolution on their long-standing conflict over the Syrian Kurds. The tension between their conflicting views of the Kurds came to a head on March 2 when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt… The US, Turkey… Read More »

A New Era In Pakistan-Turkey Relationship

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On November 17, 2016, there was pin drop silence in Pakistan’s Parliament as the country’s most respectable guest rose to deliver a… Kaswar Klasra ValueWork He was none other than Turkish President Recep Tayyip… “Honorable National Assembly Speaker, Honorable Chairman of the Senate, esteemed Members of the… A New Era… Read More »

Doctors vs. Industry 4.0: who will win?

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Change happens all the time, but we tend to realize its full scale only once it concerns our personal lives. Alexander Brezina European Sting In the so called “4th Industrial Revolution”, meaning the ever increasing automatization of complex processes. Hence ,a lot of people might lose their jobs, be it taxi drivers to self-driving cars or waiters to sophisticated robots. As medical students… Doctors vs. Industry… Read More »

Don’t worry about Nexit (well, maybe just a bit)

epa05810972 Dutch PVV-leader Geert Wilders (C-back to camera) speaks to the media as he arrives at the Senate in The Hague, The Netherlands, 23 February 2017. The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders and his populist Freedom party have suspended all public campaigning for next month's parliamentary elections following an alleged security leak. Wilders announced the move after an employee of the government agency responsible for his security was arrested for leaking information.  EPA/BART MAAT

The Brits are leaving the EU, but will the Dutch be next? Cynthia Kroet Politico When the Dutch go to the polls on March 15, Europhiles will be watching the results with bated breath: After Brexit, will Nexit be next? With less than… Don’t worry about… Read More »

Where is Britain’s version of Roots? David Olusoga

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The series that shook America in the 1970s has just been remade. David Olusoga The Guardian The tale of the British empire’s slave history should be told too For more than… Where is Britain’s… Read More »

What Europe can learn from Italy

NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 17:  Students and the unemployed take part in a protest against austerity cuts and lack of jobs on November 17, 2011 in Naples, Italy. Thousands of students took to the streets of Naples to protest against the lack of opportunity for future employment and impending austerity cuts by Italy's new PM Mario Monti and his new cabinet.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Italian case proves that economic policies, whereby the rich subsidize the poor, won’t fix Europe’s problems. Alberto Mingardi Politico MILAN — Can turning the European Union into a “transfer union” — whereby its wealthier members subsidize the worse-off — help alleviate the bloc’s many ailments? Or will doing… What Europe can… Read More »