Europe

The slave trade made Scotland rich. Now we must pay our blood-soaked debts

The Caribbean countries that our forefathers so ruthlessly exploited are asking for financial reparations. Let’s not deepen our shame by refusing them The Guardian At the turn of the year, after the giving, receiving and splurging are over, eyes turn wearily to outstanding bills, upcoming liabilities and the settling of accounts. This year, thanks to… The slave trade made… Read More »

Trump officials might be expecting E.U. to fall apart this year, U.S. envoy says

BRUSSELS — President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team may be expecting the European Union to fall apart this year, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the 28-nation bloc said Friday, saying that the incoming U.S. administration may add to the burdens of an… Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post Trump officials risk “lunacy” if they choose to support the… Trump officials might… Read More »

Tim Barrow, invisible ambassador

Britain’s new envoy to the European Union kept a low profile as ambassador to Russia. Marc Bennetts Politico MOSCOW — “Tim who?” That was the reaction of… Tim Barrow, invisible… Read More »

To stage a comeback, Renzi returns to his roots

The former Italian prime minister says he has ‘no parachute,’ but is starting again from the bottom. David Allegranti Politico PONTASSIEVE, Italy — Matteo Renzi’s reappearance in Pontassieve, the town just east of Florence where his family lives, has caused a stir among residents akin to a Martian sighting. Locals snapped shots of the… To stage a comeback, Renzi… Read More »

Trump’s man Tillerson stays blunt as hearing turns tasty

Washington: – Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson called U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the presidential election “troubling” on Wednesday but said he has not yet seen classified information about allegations that Russia intended to… Ed O’Keefe and Anne Gearan The Age The Washington Post Tillerson, the former top executive at ExxonMobil, also declined to… Trump’s man Tillerson… Read More »

Like it or not, State must help UK get good deal on Brexit

Empathy with our largest trading partner does not mean antipathy to the EU John McGrane The Irish Times Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan rightly points out that Brexit may present Ireland with the chance to seize the next phase in our development and maturity as a… Like it or… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… Read More »

How Donald Trump Could Save EU Foreign Policy

Rather than fall into despondency, Europeans should see the presidency of Donald Trump as a salutary… Stefan Lehne,  Heather Grabbe Carnegie Europe Finally there is real urgency for Europe to get its act… The EU should take Donald Trump’s arrival as U.S. president as a major wake-up call to upgrade its foreign and… How Donald Trump… Read More »

U.S. Russia Relations: How Did We Get Here?

If only we had followed Reagan’s approach to Russia, just imagine how different the world would be today. Curt Weldon The National Interest Ronald Reagan was my role model and my inspiration as I proudly served in the US Congress during the last two years of his tenure. I took Reagan’s words… U.S. Russia Relations… Read More »

Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in British politics

Anti-Zionism is deliberately conflated with anti-Semitism to suppress legitimate criticisms of Israeli policies. Avi Shlaim Al Jazeera There is no denying that from time to time anti-Semitism raises its ugly head in the UK, as it does in many other countries. What is striking… Anti-Zionism and anti… Read More »