Europe

Will submarine deal sink Netanyahu’s ship?

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An Oct. 31 Al-Monitor article revealed that a deal was underway for Israel to purchase three submarines from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a German ship-building giant. Ben Caspit This past week, the deal turned into a political and media scandal leading to public demands that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit investigate for criminal facets of the… Will submarine deal… Read More »

Flynn shifted stance on Turkey, torture

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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyer: No charitable funds will pay for Trump University settlementTrump urged UK leader to oppose wind farm near his golf course: reportBET founder: Trump ‘committed to reaching out’ to black AmericansMORE’s chosen national security adviser has previously criticized aggressive counterterrorism methods that he now appears open to and also seemed to change his tune on the government in Turkey after his consulting firm received a lucrative contract. By Julian Hattem While using torture once seemed to ... Read More »

Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism is a worrisome sign of what’s to come: Editorial

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Turkey’s sad slide away from freedom is not just a tragedy for that country. Editorial  It’s a warning that democracy is fragile and can be quickly undermined if a society loses the will to fight for it. Authoritarianism is on the march in many parts of the… Turkey’s slide into… Read More »

France’s Sarkozy loses primary with hard-line on immigration

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PARIS — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his populist, hard-line stand on Muslims and immigration went down in defeat Sunday in France’s conservative primary for president. Boston Herald Associated Press Two ex-prime ministers will instead meet in a runoff next week for the nomination. The race was seen as an early measure of how the… France’s Sarkozy loses… Read More »

Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all

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Parliament adopts amendment that declares country’s abundant clean supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’ Agence France-Presse in Ljubljana Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised. With 64 votes in favour and… Slovenia adds water to… Read More »

How the House of Commons will fight Brexit

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Theresa May’s Brexit headaches are only just beginning. By TOM MCTAGUE LONDON — If you thought Brexit was chaotic now, just wait until divorce proceedings actually start. Within the… How the House of… Read More »

In post-coup Turkey, Jews plan their future abroad

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Of the 4,500 Sephardic Jews who have applied recently for Spanish citizenship, at least 2,600 are Turks. ISTANBUL — At a chic café overlooking the Bosphorus, two Turkish Jewish women are discussing their plans to emigrate when the call to Friday prayers blasts from the loudspeakers of a nearby mosque. Unable to talk over the… In post-coup… Read More »

Fishing study reveals who catches what in UK waters

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Danish, Dutch, Irish and French fishing vessels caught more than half the total catch netted by foreign boats in UK coastal waters between 2012 and 2014, a new report says. by KEITH FINDLAY The latest study by the NAFC Marine Centre in Shetland provides further detail on research findings published in October, when it… Fishing study reveals… Read More »

Amazon TV ad features imam and vicar exchanging gifts

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Online retailer says campaign in US, UK and Germany is about ‘selflessness and thinking of other people’ Mark Sweney Amazon is launching a TV ad in which an imam and a vicar exchange gifts, before the Black Friday shopping bonanza during which consumers will spend billions with the… Amazon TV ad… Read More »

Can the European Project be Re-boosted?

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The European project is at a critical juncture. According to the most recent Eurobarometer,[1] 36% of Europeans are opposed “to an economic and… Louka T. Katseli Progressive Economy Brexit is the most dramatic manifestation of a growing lack of trust in European institutions and their capacity to deliver observable benefits to the… The rise of extreme political parties in… Can the European… Διδάγματα από την Ελληνική κρίση – Εκδήλωση του ΔΟΒΕ προς τιμή του Γεράσιμου Αρσένη Lessons from the Greek Crisis “Policies, ... Read More »

I’m a rabbi, and I’m applying for a German passport. Here’s why

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My parents’ homeland has dealt with its Nazi past. After the Brexit vote, I want to embrace my continental European origins Julia Neuberger As a child I had German au pairs, and my refugee mother spoke German to her parents, as their English was not entirely fluent. But I was aware that… I’m a rabbi, and… Read More »

Why Erdogan-Trump honeymoon may be short-lived

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Donald Trump’s election as president may have sent shock waves across the world, leaving many countries deeply concerned, but it has had the opposite effect in Turkey. Semih Idiz President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are pleased with this turn of… Why Erdogan-Trump… Read More »

Google commits to £1bn UK investment plan

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Google is to open a new headquarters building in London which could see 3,000 new jobs created by 2020. Kamal Ahmed BBC The news comes as a major boost to Britain’s technology sector. Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, told the BBC that the… Google commits to… Read More »

Germany’s Budget Committee Approves Five New Corvettes

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The Budget Committee of the German Parliament rubber-stamped on Friday the procurement of five new corvettes for the German Navy, worth about €1.5 billion, sources familiar with the deal confirmed. By: Lars Hoffmann, The decision is a sure sign that German MoD prefers a direct procurement of a second batch of K130 corvettes instead of a… Germany’s Budget Committee… Read More »

Paris refugee shelter opens to take migrants off street

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A refugee shelter with beds for 400 single men opened in Paris on Nov. 10, part of an ongoing drive to take asylum-seekers off French streets after the demolition of the Calais “Jungle” camp. PARIS – Agence France-Presse The center in a disused railway yard near Gare du Nord station will take in 50-80 people a day – the estimated number of migrants who… Paris refugee shelter… Read More »

Virgin Trains to recruit from prisons

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West Coast Mainline operator Virgin Trains says it has doubled the number of ex-offenders it employs. The train operator, which runs services between Scotland and London, ran a recruitment fair at Addiewell Prison, West Lothian, this week. More will be held in prisons across the… Virgin Trains to… Read More »