Europe

EU overfishing to continue until 2034 at current trend

The European Union’s fleets will continue to overfish until 2034, unless states take a wholly different approach to setting annual quotas, according to a new estimate. By Peter Teffer ΕuObserver  EU states agreed that by 2020 all fish stocks – i.e. species in a certain area – should be caught sustainably. That means that only the… EU overfishing to… Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »

The Lennox-Boyd statement of 19 December 1956 and the origins of the proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’ in Cyprus

Introduction In Politics, Aristotle suggests that to obtain the clearest insight into anything, it is necessary to explore its origins. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Agora Dialogue Published in Agora Dialogue on 27 December 2016 With Aristotle in mind, one is obliged to ask a key question at a critical time when the Republic of Cyprus may be on the verge of being transformed into – or succeeded by – a ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’. What are the origins of the proposed ‘federation’ together with ... Read More »

Romanian president rejects nomination of Muslim woman for PM

Klaus Iohannis’s decision to block appointment of Sevil Shhaideh may be linked to her Syrian husband’s background The Guardian Romania’s president has rejected a proposal by the leftist party that won elections this month to appoint the country’s first female and first Muslim prime minister. Klaus Iohannis gave no reasons for… Romanian president rejects… Read More »

Why ISIL fights in Europe

Don’t buy their propaganda of ‘retaliation’ for Western strikes in Syria. Politico Jean-Pierre Filiu The jihadist group has larger ambitions in Germany and France. The so-called Islamic State rushed… Why ISIL fights in… Read More »

The rise of fascism is not inevitable – just look at Bridges Not Walls

‘How can we fight the rise of the far right?’ people say. Try Bridges Not Walls, the movement spawned after Trump’s election to reject hate The Guardian Ellie Mae O’Hagan When your friends and family regard you as The Political One, seismic news events are a bittersweet experience. For every political… The rise of fascism is… Read More »

Alexander Stubb: Europe’s endangered liberal future

Focus on practical solutions, says the former Finnish PM who some believe is the Iron Man who could save Europe. By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN  Politico To some, Alexander Stubb is the Iron Man who could save Europe: a polyglot triathlete, former Finnish prime minister, and, at age 48, part of the… Alexander Stubb: Europe’s… Read More »

Year in review: 2016 in the European Union

The European Union seems to have spent 2016 in a state of constant crisis – or “polycrisis,” as European Commission president Juncker calls it. Our Brussels correspondent Bernd Riegert looks back over the past year. Deutsche Welle Following the… Year in review… Read More »

What went wrong? A withering West

How the West is wobbling under the pressures of its neoliberal and geopolitical overreach. Al Jazeera News Marwan Bishara Twenty-five years ago, the United States emerged victorious at end of the Cold War. The Soviet Union… What went wrong… Read More »

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »