Europe

Will Turkey abandon the refugee deal and risk losing a bonanza of money?

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Last week Turkey threatened Europe to reinstate capital punishment and to drop the EU-Turkey pact which was signed one year ago. Chris Anyfantis European Sting The desperate need of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to gain more power has forced Turkish officials to release accusations to Europe and especially to the Netherlands, Germany and Brussels in view of the upcoming… Will Turkey abandon… Read More »

Russian Stalinist who invented Europe

History - Politico

Alexandre Kojève was one of the architects of what is now the EU — and may have been a spy for the Kremlin. Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Alexandre Kojève was a Russian aristocrat, a philosophy professor, a high-ranking French civil servant, possibly a spy — and one of the more unlikely early architects of the European Union. He inspired a… Russian Stalinist who… Read More »

European dream collapses as far-right poisons democracy

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The disgraceful treatment shown toward the Turkish minister in Rotterdam has laid bare the ugly truth that European values have been poisoned with the venom of the far right Fatma Genc Unay Daily Sabah The issue of European xenophobia and extremism against Muslims has again started to occupy headlines this week with many European governments and local politicians such as Moroccan-Dutch Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmet… European dream collapses… Read More »

How Germany’s Merkel Can Lead the West

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Donald Trump’s presidential election was a shot heard around the world. Dictators cheered the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and democracies—in particular American allies—grew gravely concerned. Jeffrey Stacey The National Interest The entire liberal international order now appears to be at risk, with nativism and populism still on the march. Although conventional wisdom suggests the East is rising and the West is fading, now with more pivotal elections… How Germany’s Merkel… Read More »

Once The Eurozone Collapses, Will The EU Return to a “Normal Trading Union”

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Make no mistake, the currency of the Eurozone will not make it in medium term, let alone the long-term. That is, according to the experts. Graham Vanbergen Global Research Peter Navarro, the head of President Trump’s National Trade Council, said in a recent interview in the Financial Times that the euro is “like an implicit Deutsche Mark” that gives Germany an advantage when it… Once The Eurozone… Read More »

The Europe we want: Fair, sustainable, democratic and inclusive

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The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is a huge opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe, write a number of European organisations. Luca Visentini, Petros Fassoulas, Genevieve Pons et al. Euractiv It is an opportunity that we call on the leaders of Europe to seize with both hands. We call on… The Europe we… Read More »

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

A woman reacts as she attends the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTSLJVF

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »

German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone’s Happy

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The German city of Trier has never been particularly fond of its most famous son, Karl Marx, who helped turn communism into an ideology that changed the course of history. npr Conservative and Catholic, the picturesque city on the French border took an ambivalent view of the radical revolutionary, born into a Jewish family in 1818. But now, as… German City Accepts… Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

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Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

Bioenergy policy being driven by ‘alternative facts’

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Today is the International Day of Forests: 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods; they are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial life; and they’re a crucial bulwark against climate change, writes Linde Zuidema. Linde Zuidema Euractiv Setting a day aside to celebrate forests is laudable. Yet this year… Bioenergy policy being… Read More »

The case against Turkey

Co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Figen Yuksekdag (C) arrives at the Cumhuriyet Daily headquarters, on November 27,2015 in Istanbul, during a demonstration after the arrest of the Editor in Chief. A court in Istanbul charged two journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying after they alleged Turkey's secret services had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, Turkish media reported. Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and "divulging state secrets". Both men were placed in pre-trial detention. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

A European parliamentarian’s visit to Ankara yielded no reasons to reconsider freezing accession talks. Kati Piri Politico As I landed in Ankara earlier this month, I knew it would not be an easy trip. The Turkish government… The case against… Read More »

Brexit is happening now but the UK hasn’t really assessed the impact of a “no-deal” divorce

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The last few days, amid the political storm that the Dutch elections have generated, the Brexit question has seen important events as well. Carlo Motta European Sting Last week the Queen has given her assent to the Brexit bill, and have formally cleared the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union. PM May has… Brexit is happening… Read More »

EU income inequality and the Great Recession

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EU-wide income inequality declined notably prior to 2008, driven by a strong process of income convergence between European… Eurofound The Great Recession broke this… After 2008, income convergence has been sluggish, while inequality within many countries has increased… Despite the implicit… EU income inequality… Read More »

Comment: The return of the banality of evil

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Anti-Semitism has never really gone away. Na’ama Carlin SBS But not since the dark days of the Holocaust have anti-Semites and racists been so emboldened, says Na’ama Carlin. It seemed a… Comment: The return… Read More »

Press freedom undermined by European hypocrisy

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We would like to have believed that the forced deportation of Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, along with the police violence against Turkish citizens and journalists on the night of March 11 in… The Editorial Board Daily Sabah Many who followed the incident from Turkey could not believe what they were seeing, expecting senior European officials to issue statements condemning what had happened or at least explain how such a thing could happen in… Press freedom ... Read More »

How Erasmus+ could benefit refugees

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The European Commission’s Erasmus+ mid-term review must consider how to harness the potential of the scheme in addressing Europe’s shifting realities. Michael Gaebel Euractiv Providing grants to refugee students and academics is one way to start, writes Michael Gaebel. Michael Gaebel is… How Erasmus+ could… Read More »