Europe

The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet

The Turkish-Israeli reconciliation – while raising legitimate moral questions – yielded terms very much in Israel’s favor, compared to where things stood recently. Legal threats have been averted, Turkish pressure over the siege of Gaza has been lifted, and the prospects for full Israeli participation in NATO activities are significantly brighter. The rapprochement should have no ill effect on Israel’s relationships with other friends and allies in the Eastern Mediterranean… Source: The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet | Begin-Sadat Center ... Read More »

The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria

The terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on 28 June was by no means an unpredictable development. Indeed, it was the probably inevitable next stage in the deterioration of relations between the government of Turkey and the Islamic State organisation—from collusion, via tolerant indifference, to antagonism and now to full scale confrontation. Source: The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria | The Strategist Read More »

NATO-Russia talks must tackle Ukraine ‘withdrawal’: Poland

Planned NATO talks with Moscow should be focused solely on Russia’s “withdrawal” from Ukrainian soil, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said July 5. The minister was reacting to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg’s announcement July 4 that the transatlantic alliance is set to hold formal talks with Russia shortly after a summit in Warsaw this week. Source: NATO-Russia talks must tackle Ukraine ‘withdrawal’: Poland – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

‘Blair is world’s worst terrorist’: families of Iraq war victims react to Chilcot report

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Relatives of military personnel killed in conflict welcome findings while some say former PM must face consequences.. Tony Blair has been described as “the world’s worst terrorist” by a woman who lost her brother in the Iraq war. Sarah O’Connor broke down in tears as she answered questions on the long-awaited Chilcot report, which concluded that Blair had gone to war before “peaceful options for disarmament” had been exhausted… Source: ‘Blair is world’s worst terrorist’: families of Iraq war victims ... Read More »

‘Credibility of Europe’s trade policy at stake’

Commission dubbed ‘traitors’ for handing over approval of Canada trade deal to national parliaments.. If there was ever such a thing as an easy trade deal for the EU, Canada was supposed to be it. As Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s trade minister, put it last month: “If the EU cannot do a deal with Canada, I think it is legitimate to say: Who the heck can it do a deal with?”… Source: ‘Credibility of Europe’s trade policy at stake’ – POLITICO Read More »

UK’s Brexit vote makes united Ireland suddenly thinkable

Protestant unionists are queuing for Irish passports in Belfast and once quiet Catholic nationalists are openly campaigning for a united Ireland, signaling deep shifts in the United Kingdom’s most troubled province since Britain voted to leave the EU. Eighteen years after a peace deal ended decades of fighting between mainly Catholic nationalists who favor a united Ireland and mainly Protestant unionists who favor remaining part of the United Kingdom, Britain’s Brexit vote is making people on both sides of the ... Read More »

Obama hails Elie Wiesel as ‘conscience of the world’ amid leaders’ tributes

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The Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, who died on Saturday, is praised by world leaders past and present, including the Clintons and Netanyahu.. Barack Obama led tributes to the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, who died on Saturday at the age of 87, saying the author had been “a living memorial” and a clear voice against injustice in the world… Source: Obama hails Elie Wiesel as ‘conscience of the world’ amid leaders’ tributes | US news | The ... Read More »

ECB asks Italian lender to cut bad loans by 40%

Monte dei Paschi may have to raise capital quickly to meet the ECB’s target.. The European Central Bank has asked Italy’s third-largest lender, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, to slash its bad debts by 40 per cent to €14.6 billion over three years, heaping more pressure on Rome and Brussels to stabilise the Italian banking system… Source: ECB asks Italian lender to cut bad loans by 40% Read More »

Brexit: Dual nationality on the table for Britons?

It is more than a week since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and there is still little certainty regarding the future status of EU citizens currently living in the UK, or of British people living elsewhere in the EU. While many British citizens are happy to potentially wave goodbye to freedom of movement within the EU, some Britons would like to hold on to the opportunity to live and work in the other 27 countries that make up ... Read More »

Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’

Ankara’s foreign policy of ‘zero problems with neighbors’ produced ‘zero neighbors without problems.’ It’s now changing tack.. Turkey’s move to restore relations with Russia and Israel this past week marks a notable pivot in its foreign policy with repercussions for the war in Syria, the migration crisis, and the tourism and energy industries in the Mediterranean… Source: Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’ – POLITICO Read More »

Chechnya: The power of public humiliation

Honour, dignity and freedom have lost their significance under Kadyrov’s rule.. Last January I went to Chechnya. When I was in Moscow airport, I got a call: “Marta, I’m sorry, you can’t stay with me in Grozny like I promised. I’ve had to leave Chechnya urgently, my life was in danger.”… Source: Chechnya: The power of public humiliation – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Ukraine’s PM: ‘We will join EU within 10 years’

Volodymyr Groysman: ‘We are going the European way.’.. * By CYNTHIA KROET  Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said on Friday that he is convinced his country will join the European Union within the next decade. Groysman, who took office last April, told German newspapers of the Funke media group that Ukraine sees its future in the West, despite the ongoing conflict in the country’s east… Source: Ukraine’s PM: ‘We will join EU within 10 years’ – POLITICO Read More »

Brexit: Uncertain outlook for EU ‘fish pond’ as sea boundaries are redrawn

Oblivious to Brexit, fish know no boundaries – but fishermen will be held to account, conference told.. Lorna Siggins When Donegal fisherman Cara Rawdon puts to sea from Greencastle on the Inishowen peninsula he doesn’t have to steam too far before he is in British waters… Source: Brexit: Uncertain outlook for EU ‘fish pond’ as sea boundaries are redrawn Read More »

Escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners to escape Nazis found in Lithuania

A tunnel dug with spoons by Jewish prisoners to escape their Nazi captors during World War II has been discovered in a Lithuanian forest. An international team of archaeologists, geophysicists and historians made the discovery in Lithuania’s Ponar forest, known today as Paneriai, outside the country’s capital Vilnius. The site is where an estimated 100,000 people, including 70,000 Jews, were killed and thrown into pits during the Nazi occupation… Source: Escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners to escape Nazis found ... Read More »

Russia agrees to talks with NATO after Warsaw

Moscow has agreed to a Russia-NATO council after the alliance’s summit in Warsaw next month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on June 29, as both sides seek to defuse military tensions exacerbated by the Ukraine crisis. NATO held its first formal meeting with Russia’s envoy to the alliance in almost two years in April, but the talks did little to ease tensions triggered by the Ukraine crisis in 2014… Source: Russia agrees to talks with NATO after Warsaw – ... Read More »

Scottish Labour leadership split over Jeremy Corbyn

A split has emerged at the top of the Labour party in Scotland after Deputy leader Alex Rowley pledged his support for Jeremy Corbyn as UK leader… Source: Scottish Labour leadership split over Jeremy Corbyn – The Scotsman Read More »