Europe

High court orders UK government to explain clean air plan delay

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Critics say air pollution issue is public health and not political issue and ministers must defend delay in high… Matthew Taylor The Guardian The government has been ordered back to the high court to explain its last-minute bid to delay publication of the UK’s clean air… Politicians and environmental groups had complained that ministers were “hiding behind the election” after they said they could not publish the proposals because of… High court orders… Read More »

What Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen think about Brexit

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LONDON — The next president of France will either be centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right leader Marine Le… Adam Payne Business Insider The pair made it through the first round of voting over the weekend and will battle it out until Sunday, May 7 when French voters will elect one of them to… The result of the first round of voting dealt a major blow to France’s long-standing political establishment, with the… What Emmanuel Macron… Read More »

Open Letter to the prime minister of Greece

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To Mr Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece Οn April 23, 2017, the Cyprus daily Phileleftheros reported that Greek foreign minister Nicos Kotzias has sent a ‘complaint-letter’ to UN Secretary-General Antonio… Christos P Panayiotides CyprusMail The newspaper then stated that, “according to its sources”, the letter underlined the fact that the named official of the United Nations is promoting Turkish demands and… Open Letter to… Read More »

Tale of the jihadist widow

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From aspiring stylist to living under IS: a woman’s Syria story Global Times AFP Twenty-three-year-old Islam Maytat from Morocco poses for a photo with her children Maria (left) and Abdullah in the Kurdish-majority city of… Islam Maytat thought marrying an Afghan-British businessman was her ticket to a new life as a fashionista in… Instead, she became a… Tale of the… Read More »

Humor, sarcasm at Hungarian anti-govt protest in Budapest

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BUDAPEST — Thousands of Hungarians are attending a “peace march for the government, for Russia and against everything else” organized by the… PhilStarGlobal Associated Press Υesterday’s protest is a sarcastic take on current events in Hungary, like the government’s close ties to Russia and its campaign against the pro-migration policies of… The government’s battle with Soros has resulted in legislation that could shut down the Soros-founded Central… Humor, sarcasm at… Read More »

‘Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide’ Uncovers Lost Evidence

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For more than a century, Turkey has denied any role in organizing the killing of Armenians in what historians have long accepted as a genocide that started in 1915, as… TIM ARANGO  The New York Times The Turkish narrative of denial has hinged on the argument that the original documents from postwar military tribunals that convicted the genocide’s planners were nowhere to… Now, Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in… ‘Sherlock Holmes of… Read More »

Germany AfD: Protesters and police clash as right-wingers meet

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There have been violent scenes in Cologne, Germany as left-wing protesters demonstrated against the Alternative for Germany (AfD)… BBC The populist and anti-Islam AfD is holding a conference in the city as they seek to choose a new co-leader ahead of general elections this… Some 4,000 officers were dispatched to hold back protesters from the hotel where the meeting is taking… Germany AfD: Protesters… Read More »

UK sees first full day without coal-fired electricity

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Britain was on course yesterday to see its first full day without generating any electricity from coal since the Industrial Revolution, the… EMILY BEAMENT The Scotsman If the grid runs the whole day without coal power, it would be the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the… National Grid’s electricity control room tweeted: “It looks likely that today will be the… UK sees first… Read More »

Property feeds the roots of inequality in Britain. Inheritance will entrench it

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The homes passed on from this fortunate generation to the next will determine who is rich and who is poor in years to… Ian Jack The Guardian What did our grandparents leave us? That will depend on who they were and what they possessed, but in my case, not untypical of my generation, it wasn’t very… From my father’s side the treasures included: a stuffed canary; a tiny stuffed crocodile (a… Property feeds the… Read More »

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off the coast of Mexico

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Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international… Al Jazeera A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico‘s west coast, according to the organisation which… The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on… Dutch ‘abortion boat… Read More »

Pipelines and Pipedreams: How the EU can support a regional gas hub in the Eastern Mediterranean

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There has been a great deal of excitement over the past few years around newly-discovered gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, and… Tareq Baconi  ecfr.eu With confirmed recent reserves reaching close to 2,000 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas, and the possibility of more discoveries to come, the… The diversification of Europe’s gas supply has long been a priority for the… Pipelines and Pipedreams… Read More »

Anti-EU ministers show ‘invincible ignorance’ over European Court, says top ex-judge

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Exclusive: As part of our Road to Brexit series, former European Court of Justice judge Sir David Edward warns that withdrawal from the… Lucy Pasha-Robinson Independent A former judge at the European Court of Justice has slammed the “invincible ignorance” of Brexit-backing ministers who believe they can free the… Professor Sir David Edward told The Independent he was “astonished” at what he… Anti-EU ministers… Read More »

French Muslims brace for Le Pen presidency

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With no viable candidate on the left, France’s Muslim voters are… CLAIRE SERGENT AND KATY LEE Politico LE BOURGET, France — “Inshallah, it won’t be Marine Le Pen,” said Nassim with an anxious smile. “But if it is, we’ll have to accept our… Handing out fliers at last weekend’s Annual Meeting of French Muslims just north of Paris, the baby-faced 25-year-old said he’d happily vote for any… French Muslims brace… Read More »

Ansip and Oettinger — the odd couple

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Facebook status: It’s complicated. When the bright and powerful gather this week at Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s “mini-Davos” for two days of skiing, schmoozing and… JOANNA PLUCINSKA Politico The yearly confab in the idyllic Austrian ski town of Lech will include lobbyists, EU heavyweights and industry… With the conference in its sixth year, invitations are more… Ansip and Oettinger… Read More »

Independence ‘reckless’ amid new UK-dependent jobs figures

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The prospect of a second independence referendum has been branded “reckless” after new figures revealed that more than half a… SCOTT MACNAB The Scotsman The move came as Nicola Sturgeon again confirmed she wants an independent Scotland to join the EU – which is far less important to… The figures were seized on as evidence of the benefits of the Union as campaigning swung into top gear ahead of the 8 June,,, Independence ‘reckless’ amid… Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘we’ll scrap rigged system helping the rich’

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Jeremy Corbyn has promised to put wealth “in the hands of the people of Britain” as he turned his fire on big business and the rich in his first major speech of the… ANDREW WOODCOCK AND ARJ SINGH The Scotsman The Labour leader cast the 8 June poll as a battle of “the Establishment versus the people”, as he promised to overturn a “rigged system” which allowed the… A “morally bankrupt” Conservative Party was intent on preserving the… Jeremy Corbyn: ... Read More »