Europe

Could an Irish referendum delay or even derail Brexit?

Ireland - The Irish Times

‘Unavoidable’ that talks on article 50 will trigger a referendum here, seminar hears Ruadhán Mac Cormaic The Irish Times Could Irish voters block a future deal to withdraw Britain from the EU by rejecting it in a referendum? With the clock counting down to… Could an Irish referendum delay… Read More »

Whispers of ‘Grexit’ start again

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With Athens, EU creditors, and the IMF deadlocked on the bailout talks, some fear a renewed crisis. Simon Marks Politico ATHENS — Two years ago, Alexis Tsipras, the then 40-year-old leader of Greece’s Syriza party, swept to victory in snap elections claiming an end to the “vicious cycle of austerity” and years of “humiliation and suffering.” Now a veteran prime minister… Whispers of ‘Grexit’ start… Read More »

How Europe’s elections could be hacked

Elections - CNN

Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election campaign. Alanna Petroff CNN Now they’re turning their attention to Europe. France, Germany and the… How Europe’s elections… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting. I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum applications.. BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or not… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

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Can two power-hungry egomaniacs forge a lasting alliance? Much depends on an extradition request, and whether Trump will continue the alliance with Syria’s… By Anna Lekas Miller The Nation Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake… A Match Made… Read More »

Euro ‘could fail’, says man tipped as US ambassador to EU

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The man tipped to be Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union has told the BBC the single currency “could collapse” in the next 18 months. Kamal Ahmed BBC News Professor Ted Malloch said he would “short the euro” – taking a market position which bets on the value of the currency falling. He also said Britain could… Euro ‘could fail’, says man… Read More »

5 ways Martin Schulz plans to dethrone Angela Merkel

Merkel - Politico

Here’s how he might improve his odds in the election. Florian Eder Politico Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel’s decision not to compete in September’s elections puts Martin Schulz in the hot seat, with the daunting job of trying to stop Angela Merkel from a fourth term as German chancellor. Schulz, whose term as… 5 ways Martin Schulz plans… Read More »

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

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The Gadfly, an English-language book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC News One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer… The Irish novel that… Read More »

Russia blocks Dailymotion over copyright infringement

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Russian authorities have ordered the blocking of video website Dailymotion after a reality TV station complained of copyright infringement, the channel’s owner said Wednesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah A Moscow court “approved the demand by the Piatnitsa channel to block Dailymotion on Russian territory” on December 2, the station’s owner Gazprom Media said in a statement. The site was still accessible… Russia blocks Dailymotion over… Read More »

How Theresa May will surprise Trump at their first summit

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If President Donald Trump hopes he has found a loyal and willing ally from across the pond in Theresa May, who visits him on Friday, he could be in for a big… By Judy Dempsey The Washington Post Yes, its an honor that the British prime minister becomes the first leader to meet Trump since his inauguration on…The symbolism… How Theresa May… Read More »

Brexit is still happening, just not the way May hoped

Brexit - Al Jazeera

The recent British Supreme Court ruling will not stop Brexit but it will change how it is approached. Simon Usherwood Al Jazeera News The British Supreme Court ruling of January 24 was a mixed result for the Prime Minister Theresa May’s government (PDF). On the one hand, they saw… Brexit is still happening, just… Read More »

Direct link between sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them

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There is a direct relation between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them, research by psychologists at the University of Kent has shown. The University of Kent Eurek Alert The study, which looked at youth members of gangs as well as those with no gang affiliation, provides the first evidence of a link between objectification and non-sexual aggression in young people. Dr Eduardo Vasquez and… Direct link between sexual… Read More »

Scapegoating foreign aid

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British foreign aid is not to blame for poverty and failed social services in the UK. Rachel Shabi Al Jazeera News In our Brexity, Trumpist times, you only need to see the words “foreign aid” to understand that such a thing – and also its entire operational philosophy – is in jeopardy. In the midst of a populist… Scapegoating foreign… Read More »

Why shouldn’t Prince Charles speak out on climate change? The science is clear

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Climate change is not a controversial subject – the facts are established, whatever the Mail says. Tony Juniper The Guardian That’s why Charles helped write a Ladybird book about it Ladybird books will this… Why shouldn’t Prince Charles… Read More »

China Slams Western Democracy as Flawed

China - Bloomberg

China’s state media used Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president to warn about the perils of democracy, touting the relative stability of the Communist system as President Xi Jinping heads toward a twice-a-decade reshuffle of senior leadership posts. Bloomberg With ministries and senior officials stressing unity as a priority for China, smoothing the path for the party’s congress in the fourth quarter, state media were quick to highlight divisions within America shown by Trump’s… China Slams Western… Read More »

Human rights now face their gravest threat – Trumpism

Human Rights - The Guardian

With a populist in the White House, only resistance can protect rights the world struggled to enshrine Natalie Nougayrède The Guardian Remember the 1990s? Anyone who cares about… Human rights now face… Read More »