Europe

The big lesson from the world’s best school system? Trust your teachers

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Finnish education policies are highly praised, but the real success is the level of responsibility and autonomy given to teachers to do their jobs John Hart The Guardian Finnish education is rarely out of the news, whether it’s outstanding Pisa results, those same results slipping, the dropping of traditional subjects, not dropping subjects, or what makes Finnish teachers special. I worked in England for two years as a teacher before moving to Finland eight years ago. My colleagues in the UK were supportive and the headteacher gave ... Read More »

‘Erdogan is an enemy of Israel’: Knesset speaker

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Turkey-Israel relations have been frayed since Israel’s 2008 conflict against Gaza [AFP] Speaker of Israel’s parliament Yuli-Yoel Edelstein reacted the Turkish president’s comments on occupied Jerusalem yesterday by calling him an enemy of the Zionist state. The New Arab President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “was and will remain” an enemy of Israel, the speaker of the Israeli parliament said on Tuesday. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein anger was sparked by Erdogan’s comments Monday that Muslims should “increase their visitation” to the al-Aqsa Mosque and ... Read More »

Egypt’s Sisi says proud of cooperation with Cyprus

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that his country is proud of constructive cooperation relations with Cyprus. Xinhua In a phone call with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Sisi highlighted the importance of promoting “distinguished relations” between the two countries in all fields, official MENA news agency reported. The Egyptian president also expressed his appreciation for Cyprus’ supportive stances on Egypt’s efforts to establish the pillars of security and stability in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Anastasiades also hailed ... Read More »

Turkey is trying to get an ATOMIC BOMB in secret weapons plan, warns expert

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TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to get hold of an atomic bomb in a plot to build up the nation’s weapons, an expert has claimed. Rebecca Flood Express With tensions threatening to reach breaking point between the US and North Korea it has emerged Turkey could be trying to build up its weaponry as relations with the EU reach a new low.  In a worrying claim, an expert has warned Turkey is the next country looking to expand ... Read More »

Greece goes fishing for oil in Ionian Sea, Crete

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An oilrig off the coast of the Canary Islands, Spain. On August 7, Greece announced two international tenders for granting the right to explore and exploit hydrocarbons in the Ionian Sea and Crete. New Europe Online/KG  Foreign companies asked to submit bids Greece goes fishing for oil in Ionian Sea, Crete <style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> On August 7, Greece’s Energy Ministry announced two international tenders for granting the right to explore and exploit hydrocarbons in the Ionian ... Read More »

How to fight racism, or why we all need to mourn my aunt

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My aunt was buried last Friday, the last of her generation in my family. We were not close but out of respect for her son, my cousin, I went along to the service. Jenna Price Brisbane Times Jewish services for the dead are Spartan yet comforting. There are no endless eulogies, just a brief summary of the facts as we know them. My aunt and her sister were marched to Ravensbruck sometime in 1943. I never knew much of the ... Read More »

Kosovo Roma seek justice for lead-poisoned children

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Kosovo’s Roma minority “are not treated as humans,” laments Florim Masurica, who is seeking justice for his disabled son, one of the children suffering from suspected lead-poisoning contracted at post… MITROVICA – Agence France Presse Hurriyet Kosovo’s pro-independence ethnic Albanian rebels saw Roma people as guilty of cooperation with Serbs during the 1998-1999 conflict – a gratuitous accusation as Roma largely kept out of the fighting. But some of them faced summary executions, while others were forced to flee from ... Read More »

Anti-Semitic Academics: Where is the Outrage Against Turkey?

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In Turkey, academics are currently at the mercy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who demands their compliance and threatens dissenters. A.J. Caschetta Gatestone Institute After last July’s failed coup (for which Erdogan blamed an American scholar), a series of emergency decrees have specifically targeted Turkish academia. One would think this assault would raise ire from the ivory towers, but as Turkey slides deeper into totalitarianism, academia yawns. The failure of many professors to stand up vigorously and publicly for what they ... Read More »

‘Germany in three days and France in one hour’ Shock threat to EU from Erdogan backers

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WARMONGERING rhetoric is being spewed by Turkey towards Europe after a newspaper close to the Turkish regime declared the country could overrun Germany in three… REBECCA FLOOD Express Newspaper Yeni Söz, closely aligned to the government, made the outlandish claim on the front page of its daily newspaper. Carrying the provocative headline “Turkey can occupy Europe within 3 days”, the move is the latest in a political spat between Ankara and Berlin. Turkey has been vying to join the EU for more than a ... Read More »

Exclusive: EU migrants under age of 30 could be given 2-year visas to live and work in UK after Brexit

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EU migrants who are under the age of 30 could be handed two-year visas that give them the right to live and work in the UK after Brexit under plans being considered by a Government-commissioned review. Steven Swinford  The Telegraph The Migration Advisory Committee, an independent body, has been commissioned by ministers to review the economic costs and benefits of EU migration and examine potential border controls. In a call for evidence published yesterday the committee suggested that Britain could ... Read More »

Unemployment in Europe has fallen to its lowest level since 2009

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Unemployment in the Eurozone has now fallen to its lowest level since early 2009, as the single-currency area continues along a road of economic recovery one year after the Brexit vote rattled confidence in the bloc’s future. Robin Bowman World Economic Forum In June this year, euro-area unemployment dropped to 9.1%, down from 9.2% the previous month, and from 10.1% in the same month in 2016. This pattern reflects a trend seen across the EU as a whole, where the ... Read More »

More than Myth: Ancient DNA Reveals Roots of 1st Greek Civilizations

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The Minoans and Mycenaeans were the first advanced, literate civilizations to appear in Europe. They left archaeologists with a wealth of material to pore over: palaces, golden jewelry, wall paintings, writing (some of it still undeciphered) and, of course, burials, in what is today Greece. Megan Gannon LiveScience Now, new research on Bronze Age skeletons could shed light on the origins of the Minoan and Mycenaean people. The study of ancient DNA suggests that there is genetic continuity between the ... Read More »

Imagining Russia post-Putin

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On July 21, Vladimir Putin was asked at an audience with schoolchildren what he will do when he retires. He replied, “I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency.” Peter Rutland The Conversation While everyone is obsessed with following the twists and turns of the ties between Putin and President Trump, it is important to bear in mind that the relationship between the two countries will long outlast these two men. Putin will run again in the March ... Read More »

It’s time to stop kowtowing to Turkey

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Israel’s great relationship with Turkey is over, here’s what’s needed. The break in relations between Israel and Turkey is often identified as happening in May 2010, when the Israel Navy took control of the Mavi Marmara protest ship that was on its way to Gaza. YAIR LAPID JPost Nine protesters were killed during the operation, all Turkish citizens. The response was harsh. Turkey announced it was suspending all joint military exercises with Israel, the families of Israel’s diplomats were returned home. ... Read More »

Can Boris Johnson deliver on his colossal naval expectations?

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Boris Johnson’s ebullient pronouncements last week on a future Royal Navy freedom of navigation ‘operation’ in the Indo-Pacific region have attracted attention, but also criticism. Euan Graham Interpreter At the press conference following the “2+2” meeting of Australian/UK defence and foreign ministers (AUKMIN), on 27 July, Mr Johnson initially said this: ‘One of the first things we will do with the two new colossal aircraft carriers that we have just built is send them on a freedom of navigation operation ... Read More »

Ancient DNA reveals origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans

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The mysterious Minoans descended primarily from local Stone Age farmers, as did their cultural successors, the Mycenaeans — and their descendants still inhabit Greece today. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN HISTORY EurekAlert! The Minoan Civilization and its counterpart on the Greek Mainland, the Mycenaean Civilization, were Europe’s first literate societies and the cultural ancestors of later Classical Greece. However, the question of the origins of the Minoans and their relationship to the Mycenaeans has long puzzled researchers. ... Read More »