Europe

EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’

The Italian foreign minister on what member countries should discuss in Bratislava. By PAOLO GENTILONI ROME — From Syria to Iraq, from Daesh [Islamic State] to Libya, and the flows of migrants and refugees, the unrest in the Mediterranean represents a geopolitical priority for Italy. Repeated attacks by Islamic terrorists throughout… Source: EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’ – POLITICO Read More »

‘Greece must nationalize banking system’

Rasmus believes Greece should nationalize its banking system in order to have some leverage in negotiations with the European Commission but Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza Party have never played that card. “So you would have to nationalize the banking system because that is how ECB (European Central Bank) and the Germans and the… Source: PressTV-‘Greece must nationalize banking system’ Read More »

Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal

The government has approved a new £18bn nuclear power station in the UK after imposing “significant new safeguards” to protect national security. The new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is being financed by the French and Chinese governments. However, the… Source: Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal – BBC News Read More »

What Europe can learn from Spain

Outrage over Spain’s political gridlock could push the Continent to overcome its own static politics. By RICHARD YOUNGS The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy is in a desperately precarious position. By the time a likely third election is held in December, Spain will have been without a… Source: What Europe can learn from Spain – POLITICO Read More »

Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S

Today, yet again, a Parliamentary committee will hear how commercial landlords are failing asylum seeker tenants. And then what? JOHN GRAYSON A few days ago I was chatting with Jean, the mother of three small children, in the back yard of her Sheffield home. Jean pointed to rat poison boxes, the… Source: Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S | openDemocracy Read More »

Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse

After the Greek economic crisis struck in 2010, public sector funding was aggressively slashed and unemployment reached 30%. A new study suggests that—to cope with the stress—Greeks may have been turning to both legal and illegal drugs, Chemical and Engineering News reports. Researchers analyzed wastewater in Athens between 2010 and… Source: Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse | Science | AAAS Read More »

A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left

Labour is an increasingly uneasy alliance between a parliamentary party and its membership base. Who can claim to represent the ‘real’ Labour party? JEREMY GILBERT Is Corbynism a hijack of the party or a mutiny of its members? What is Labour for? Labour is facing the… Source: A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left | openDemocracy Read More »

The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage

This is a crucial time for the UK to prove its credentials as a positive player in international relations. BEN DONALDSON In the wake of Brexit, there is a perception that the UK is set on a course of nationalism and reduced international cooperation. Whether true or not, it is… Source: The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage | openDemocracy Read More »

Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end

Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet Altan, were taken away in a dawn raid on Saturday. We call for his release and for freedom of expression to be respected. Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee,Elena Ferrante and others We the undersigned call upon democrats throughout the world, as well as those who care about the future of Turkey and the… Source: Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Cash crisis puts future of Prince Charles project in doubt

The waiver of a loan has exposed the gulf between Charles’ vision of a model community and the reality of Knockroon, writes Martyn McLaughlin Prince Charles’s flagship charitable foundation is facing questions from a government watchdog over its decision to waive a seven-figure loan towards a beleaguered eco-village billed as “a model community for Scotland”, following a… Source: Cash crisis puts future of Prince Charles project in doubt – The Scotsman Read More »

U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for truce from Monday

By David Brunnstrom and Tom Miles | GENEVA The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria’s peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday, improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of banned Islamist groups. “Today, Sergei Lavrov and I, on behalf of our presidents and our countries, call on every Syrian stakeholder to support the plan that the… Source: U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for ... Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post

Norway’s largest newspaper published a front-page letter to the Facebook CEO lambasting the company’s decision to censor a photograph of the Vietnam war Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a… Source: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post | Technology | The Guardian Read More »

Vote Leave veterans to launch Brexit pressure group

Change Britain group aims to put pressure on Theresa May to get the best deal possible for the UK. By FRANCESCO GUERRERA AND TOM MCTAGUE LONDON — A new U.K. pressure group backed by a number of high profile Euroskeptic politicians will be launched this weekend to ensure the… Source: Vote Leave veterans to launch Brexit pressure group – POLITICO Read More »

Analysis: VHI warns cost of claims could rise by 80%

Ageing population and surge people with chronic illness poses problem for insurers Martin Wall As with the pensions industry, an ageing and longer-living population will pose significant challenges for the private health insurance market in the… Source: Analysis: VHI warns cost of claims could rise by 80% Read More »

The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Ankara has sent evidence to Washington allegedly proving that Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania, orchestrated the recent failed coup in Turkey. The US is understandably hesitant to agree to his demand for Gülen’s extradition, given Erdoğan’s post-coup purge to consolidate power and unapologetic silencing of his critics, as well as his tyrannical behavior in… Source: The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry | Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Read More »