Europe

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 »

Denmark eyeing joint Brexit strategy with the Netherlands and Ireland

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Lars Løkke Rasmussen meeting up with Mark Rutte and Enda Kenny on… CPH Post OnLine The prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, is due to meet with his counterparts from Ireland and the Netherlands at the end of this week in a bid to prepare Denmark for the forthcoming Brexit… The three countries are among the EU states expecting to be the most damaged by the… Denmark eyeing joint… Read More »

Germany needs a strong EU. Why would it allow Britain an easy Brexit?

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Angela Merkel’s government has no interest in indulging the UK during the negotiations – and a general election won’t change… Charles Grant The Guardian Britain has long misread the German attitude to Brexit, with many Tories wrongly assuming that Angela Merkel’s government will be driven by economic self-interest to ensure Britain gets a… The reality is that the German view is strikingly hardline and… Germany needs a… Read More »

United they exit?

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A general election victory would give Theresa May the authority she needs to lead Britain out of the… Vidya Ram The Hindu It’s a testament to the unexpectedness of Theresa May’s call for a snap general election that even in the hour before the announcement, when her office had indicated that the… A general election figured in the speculation, but then… United they… Read More »

‘Cultural step change’ called for over Scottish school meals

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Scotland’s school meals need to be transformed “from a feeding culture to an eating culture”, an obesity charity has… Jane Bradley The Scotsman Obesity Action Scotland said that the school dining experience varies dramatically across the country and called for schools to… This comes after a Scotland on Sunday investigation last year revealed a… ‘Cultural step change… Read More »

G7 ministers call for implementation of Hague ruling on South China Sea

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MANILA, Philippines — The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies reiterated its opposition to the… By Patricia Lourdes Viray The Philippine Star The ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States maintained their commitment to maintaining a… “We consider the July 12, 2016 award rendered by the G7 ministers call… Read More »

Erdoğan’s power grab follows authoritarian script

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The Turkish president broke the country so he could pretend to fix… MELIK KAYLAN Politico NEW YORK — Any media outlet telling you that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan legitimately won the referendum vote is… The free world has refused to get literate in the ways wily despots overpower the state and willingly overlooked the Putin-Chávez-Erdoğan formula now in vogue: a… Erdoğan’s power grab… Read More »

Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy

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  In a bitter Irony, nearly 55 million Turks went to the ballot box on April 16 to exercise their basic democratic right to… Burak Bekdil Middle East Forum The Gatestone Institute But they voted in favour of giving away their democracy. The system for which they voted looks more like the Middle Eastern sultanate than democracy in the… According to unofficial… Turks Vote to… Read More »

In Turkey, the Victims Change but the Regime Remains the Same

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Some 51.4 percent of the more than 58 million Turks who turned out to vote on April 16 said yes to the ruling Justice and… Uzay Bulut PhilosProject With that vote, they decided to shift to an executive presidential… It is debatable if the government would still have won if it had not detained thousands of political dissidents, imposed a… In Turkey, the… Read More »