Europe

Russian arms deal sours US-Turkey relations

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That Turkey, a Nato ally, is at odds with the US is something that is more than obvious. Nicos Panayiotides Asia Times The deteriorating relations between Ankara and Washington are manifested by a number of issues, ranging from disagreements about the Kurds’ role in the fight against Islamic State and violations of the domestic rule of law to strategic decisions considered by the Americans to be against their interests. Specifically, Ankara’s strategic decision to buy the S-400 missile system from ... Read More »

Emmanuel Macron and echoes of May 1968

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As France marks the 50th anniversary of the revolts of May 1968, Emmanuel Macron might get more than he bargained for. Instead of celebrating the occasion, the French president appears to be inadvertently recreating it. Elizabeth Benjamin The Conversation He has proposed a controversial higher education reform at a particularly inopportune moment, sparking major protests. May ’68 had a significant impact on French society, politics and culture. Beginning with student protests, civil unrest soon spread and took on a philosophical ... Read More »

Syria, Sarin and Cyprus: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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Syria, Sarin and Cyprus: An Open Letter to the Right Honourable Theresa May MP, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Klearchos A. Kyriakides[1]  Published in Agora Dialogue at http://agora-dialogue.com/ on 9 May 2018 OPEN LETTER[2] Date: 9 May 2018  Dear Prime Minister Re: Syria, Sarin and Cyprus Introduction I refer to your first statement on Syria of 14 April 2018,[3] your second statement on Syria of the same date[4] and your subsequent statement on Syria of 16 April 2018.[5] ... Read More »

Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal Without the U.S.

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President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on 8 May 2018. This unilateral act deals a serious blow to the accord, but Europe and Iran can still work together to salvage it. ICG President Donald J. Trump has unilaterally withdrawn the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and announced the reimposition of sanctions against Iran. Since January, when President Trump declared that he would pull the U.S. out of the nuclear agreement with ... Read More »

VICTORY IN EUROPE VE Day 2018 is TODAY

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– why is Victory in Europe Day marked on May 8 and how is it celebrated? On May 8, 1945, German forces surrendered – but it was not the end of the deadly global conflict Lauren Fruen TheSUN VICTORY in Europe was announced in May 1945 after six years of bloody war which had cost the lives of millions across the world. But what exactly was VE Day and what did it mean for those who had endured years of ... Read More »

Fury in France, Britain over Trump’s gun law speech

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Paris/London: US President Donald Trump caused anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and linking knife crime in London to a handgun ban. Sarah White and David Milliken Reuters The Sydney Morning Herald In a speech to the National Rifle Association on Friday, Trump mimicked the shooting of victims in the Paris rampage and said if civilians had been armed “it would have been a whole different story.” ... Read More »

Turkey’s Dangerous Game of ‘Hostage Diplomacy’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during a meeting of the ruling AK Party in Izmir, Turkey April 28, 2018. Picture taken April 28, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RC12A261D450

How an American pastor became a political pawn for Erdogan On October 7, 2016, Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old American pastor working as a missionary in Turkey, received a call from the police requesting that he come in for a visit. Diego Cupolo The Atlantic Since 1995, Brunson had lived in the city of Izmir in western Turkey, serving as a Presbyterian pastor. When the police got in touch, he had been awaiting the renewal of his residence permit, and figured ... Read More »

‘Absolute determination’: May vows to deliver Brexit without customs union

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PM promises new relationship with EU outside single market but continues to grapple with pro-leave MPs who oppose hybrid ‘customs partnership’ Press Association The Guardian Theresa May has insisted she has the “determination to deliver Brexit” as she comes under pressure from both wings of the Tory party to change course. Eurosceptics have urged the prime minister to drop the proposal for a hybrid “customs partnership” which they fear would tie the UK too closely to Brussels. But pro-EU Tories are ... Read More »

Clock ticking for Cyprus reunification

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Nobel Peace Prize winner F.W. de Klerk says Cypriots need to find a way to reconnect Former South African President F.W. de Klerk is a man who knows how to read the warning signs of history and he urges Cypriot leaders not to miss another opportunity to make peace before it’s too late. Charlie Charalambous Knews “Timing is important, sometimes the time is right for something to happen and if you don’t see the opportunity and use it, the window ... Read More »

Mirror Images: The Standoff between Moscow and Western Capitals

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Russia and the West are mired in mutual mistrust, sinking deeper with each contretemps in the post-Soviet space and every round of sanctions punishing perceived Russian malfeasance. Magdalena Grono ICG A rapprochement appears unlikely soon, so both sides must open channels to avert confrontations where their interests collide. Relations between Russia and the West are at a perilous juncture. The two sides’ narratives on major issues of the day – for instance, the future of Crimea or the wars in ... Read More »

Daily Express: what a difference a new owner has made (especially if you are a migrant)

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Downright offensive and Islamophobic: these words were used to describe the Daily Express – not from the usual left-leaning critic but directly from the mouth of the newspaper’s latest editor. Paul Broster The Conversation Gary Jones pulled no punches when quizzed by MPs over the editorial stance of the right wing mid-market tabloid. “Cumulatively, some of the headlines that have appeared in the past have created an Islamophobic sentiment which I find uncomfortable,” Jones told the home affairs select committee, ... Read More »

Portugal to Modernise Railway System and Increase Spanish Trade Via Upcoming Southern European Rail Line

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This spring, Portugal, Spain and the EU Commissioner of Transport announced plans to construct a new freight line that will link southern Portugal with Spain, upgrading Portugal’s railways and providing long-term economic benefits to the… Katrina Pirner SouthEUSummit Portugal is working in tandem with the EU to build a railway that will bring more logistical ease to companies transporting products to the country’s nieghbour and biggest trading partner, Spain. This is one of many infrastructure projects that highlights how the ... Read More »

The Challenge of Reinstating Sanctions Against Iran

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It’s Not as Simple as Withdrawing From the JCPOA Peter Harrell FP U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be on the brink of withdrawing the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with… He faces a May 12 deadline to renew waivers of key U.S. sanctions on Iran, and despite pressure from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to do so, Trump seems set to deliver on his January ... Read More »

Socialising the losses and privatising the gains

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The case of Cyprus five years after the bail-in of bank deposits As pointed out in a recent IMF report,[1] “private sector indebtedness in Cyprus remains extremely high”. Savvas Savvides StockWatch Politicians and banks, however, continue to present the non-performing loans (NPLs) as being the core problem of the economy. They argue that reducing NPLs is basically the same as providing a cure to the economy’s woes. However, NPLs is only a symptom of the real problem of the economy which, ... Read More »

France aerospace research firm Onera will shutter two locations. But what happens to the wind tunnel?

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PARIS ― Onera, an aerospace research center, said it aims to shut down two sites in pursuit of its broad restructuring plan. Pierre Tran DefenseNews That reorganization is part the “structural outlook” for this year, Onera Chairman and CEO Bruno Sainjon said during a May 3 news conference on the 2017 financial results. This year will see moves to shut down research facilities at Meudon and Chatillon, just outside the capital, and the staff moved to the Palaiseau headquarters on the ... Read More »

EU says protectionism poses threat to economic growth

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BRUSSELS, May 3 (Xinhua) — The European Commission said on Thursday that the eurozone growth was still set to remain strong, but warned an escalation of trade protectionism poses threat to global economic growth. According to the Spring 2018 Economic Forecast, the growth rates for the European Union (EU) and the euro area beat expectations in 2017 to reach a ten-year high at 2.4 percent. Growth in both the EU and the eurozone is set to remain strong in 2018 ... Read More »