Europe

Nicola Sturgeon: The new champion of liberalism

Scotland’s social democrat leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has reinvented herself as a defender of establishment liberalism. Jamie Maxwell Al Jazeera News Not that long ago, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon was the most exciting social democrat in European politics. She took charge of the SNP… Nicola Sturgeon: The new… Read More »

Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

Will presidential referendum save Turkey’s democracy?

A package of constitutional amendments that would dramatically expand the powers of Turkey’s president won the support of 339 deputies in the 550-member parliament Jan. 21, surpassing the 60% threshold (330 votes) required to submit the draft to a referendum. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor Backed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its de facto partner, the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), the bill is supposed to be put to a public vote within two months of the president’s ... Read More »

Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’

Campaigners say UK pursues profits as Erdoğan continues crackdown… Jamie Doward The Guardian Britain has sold almost £50m-worth of arms to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt… Britain ‘putting arms… Read More »

Low fees and top universities: why Irish are studying abroad

European universities are targeting Irish students with range of courses through… Aine McMahon The Irish Times Thousands of college hopefuls have been scrambling to apply for third-level courses in Ireland in recent… But increasing numbers are looking further afield… Low fees and… Read More »

Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears

Britain’s departure is an ideal chance for remaining states to rewrite the rules on taxation and… Lodewijk Asscher The Guardian With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper… I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and… Europe needs refashioning… Read More »

Putin-Trump alliance against ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the way?

US President Trump’s emphasis on defeating ISIS and Jihadi terrorism finds an echo in the words of Russian President Putin, creating the possibility of an alliance between the two to combat ISIS and… ALEXANDER MERCOURIS The Duran Both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have repeatedly made clear their utter… Putin-Trump alliance… Read More »

Gerry Adams: Brexit will destroy the Good Friday Agreement

Taking Northern Ireland out of the EU will “destroy” the Good Friday Agreement peace deal, Gerry Adams has… Michael Mchugh Independent  Speaking at a conference in Dublin on achieving a united Ireland, he claimed fundamental human rights enshrined in the 1998 accord to end violence could be… However, the top… Gerry Adams: Brexit… Read More »

Hahn and Kurz praise Serbia and Vucic

The Western Balkans countries should look up to Serbia which has achieved good economic performance, European Union’s enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said today after meeting prime minister Aleksandar Vucic on the… Milos Mitrovic Independent Balkan News Agency Hahn said that he and Vucic have discussed situation in the… Hahn and Kurz… Read More »

George Soros: Theresa May won’t last and Donald Trump is ‘would-be dictator’

Billionaire investor delivers bleak Brexit forecast at World Economic Forum and says Donald Trump is ‘gearing up for trade war’ but will… •Donald Trump inauguration live: the world holds its breath •Inauguration day schedule: our guide to the day Graeme Wearden, Larry Elliott in Davos and agencies The Guardian Theresa May will not remain in power long as Brexit cripples her government, while Donald Trump is a… George Soros: Theresa… Read More »

Amid Fistfights, Turkey’s Parliament Backs a New Constitution

Turkey’s Parliament approved a proposed Constitution that would cede even greater powers to the country’s president if endorsed in a national referendum, but the bitterly contested voting process was marred by screaming matches and… ROD NORDLAND  The New York Times The low point came when supporters of the governing Justice and… Amid Fistfights, Turkey’s… Read More »

Brussels gets ‘House of Cards’ treatment

Drama weaves together political lobbying, terrorism and the migration crisis. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — Corruption, murder, and betrayal stalk the streets of Brussels — at least in a Dutch television series inspired by the U.S. hit “House of Cards” that premieres Friday. “Brussel” mixes the personal… Brussels gets ‘House of… Read More »

Turkey Turns Church into Museum; Greece Builds New Mosque

When one walks about Christians in Turkey, one tends to think of them as migrants who moved to the area after Muslims took over, or as if Muslims have always been the majority… Uzay Bulut The Gatestone Institute The truth is, Bilecik and the rest of AsiaMinor, which today has a tiny, dwindling… Turkey Turns Church… Read More »

What it would take to really rethink capitalism

DAVOS, Switzerland — Romina Savoldelli dropped a few Swiss francs into a small wood fire burning on the snow-covered street, near the center of this exclusive mountain resort. Max Ehrenfreund The Washington Post She and roughly two dozen other demonstrators had come to protest against economic inequality at the World Economic Forum, an annual conference where prominent figures in government and business discuss… What it would take to… Read More »

Perfidious Albion and Israel-Palestine

British policy towards Palestine reveals a persistent pro-Israeli bias, from Lord Balfour to Theresa May. Avi Shlaim Al Jazeera News The Palestinians are the victims of the cruel geopolitics of a region in which foreign powers have always played a decisive role. Britain, the pre-eminent Western… Perfidious Albion and… Read More »