Europe

Phil Hogan urges Ireland to keep distance from UK on Brexit

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‘Real risk’ Ireland’s relationship with Europe could be defined by relationship with Britain Stephen Collins The Irish Times This country’s strategic interests in the Brexit negotiations could be seriously damaged by an excessive focus on the relationship with the… Phil Hogan urges… Read More »

Damian Green ‘unconvinced’ by prospect of universal basic income in UK

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Work and pensions secretary Damian Green has dismissed the idea of a universal basic income, saying he is “unconvinced” by such a plan. Jon Vale The Scotsman Mr Green said it would be “fantastically expensive” to guarantee a set level of income, as well as hitting low earners. Universal basic… Damian Green ‘un… Read More »

Turkey caught in a vicious Syrian circle bringing terror and war at home

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The Turkish government, under the iron hand of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, felt obliged to further challenge the Americans in the troubled region of the Middle East this past week. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak and Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin questioned the… Turkey caught in… Read More »

Germany’s terror divide

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The splits within the ruling coalition in Berlin over how best to protect the public from terror attacks. By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG Politico BERLIN — Last month’s truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has exposed a deep divide within the ruling coalition in Germany over how to protect the… Germany’s terror… Read More »

The Observer view on Turkey and Putin’s malign patronage

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames the US for many of his country’s troubles but we must be wary of his closer ties with Russia Observer editorial The Guardian Little noticed amid the uproar over last week’s terrorist attacks in Izmir and Istanbul has been Turkey’s linked escalation of a The Observer view… Read More »

Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis in UK hospitals

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Charity calls on government to make more funds available as it helps NHS cope with increased demand for health services. Al Jazeera The Red Cross has warned of a “humanitarian crisis” in the British National Health Service (NHS) as it struggles to cope with overcrowding and… Red Cross warns… Read More »

Russian treachery is extreme and it is everywhere

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Vladimir Putin’s worldwide influence is pernicious. Nick Cohen The Guardian Dare Theresa May confront it? Nationalism always breaks its… Russian treachery is extreme… Read More »

Turkey’s collapse has been years in the making

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Washington: An exotic country goes up in flames and the world turns elsewhere for an alternate holiday destination. Paul McGeough  The Courier But in researching the chaos of our times, historians likely will keep coming back to Turkey, to pick apart an explosive collision of destructive forces, in… Turkey’s collapse has… Read More »

The Ottoman Empire and Libertarianism

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Every so often libertarians ask, in a speculative mode, whether the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire would not be a formula for peace in the troubled Middle East. Notes On Liberty The question is interesting on several counts, one of which is that the regions affected by the… The Ottoman Empire… Read More »

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

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­ The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. Adrian Campbell The Conversation The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the… Why Russia, Turkey… Read More »

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

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Russia’s military on Jan. 6 said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. Hurriyet MOSCOW – Agence France–Presse “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the… Russia starts scaling… Read More »

Russian subversion of Western democracies is old news

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The media hullabaloo notwithstanding, the alleged “revelations” about the Russian hacking of the US presidential election have revealed precious little that is substantively new. Leon Aron AEI Which is precisely why we should be concerned. The hacking of the DNC was… Russian subversion of… Read More »

Obama, Kissinger and Nuland: Cyprus 1974 – Cyprus 2017

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In July 1974 the US-controlled Athens military junta organized a coup d’état in Cyprus and an assassination attempt against the President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos * Defend Democracy Press Everything was executed in exactly the same way as it had been a year before in Santiago Chile. (Cyprus is an… Obama, Kissinger and… Read More »

Farmer on Trial Defends Smuggling Migrants: ‘I Am a Frenchman.’

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NICE, France — At times it was hard to know who was on trial, the smuggler or the state. By ADAM NOSSITER  The New York Times The defendant, Cédric Herrou, 37, a slightly built olive farmer, did not deny that for months he had illegally spirited dozens of migrants through the remote mountain valley where he lives. He would do… Farmer on Trial… Read More »

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

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Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo Gentiloni the new Prime Minister. Dennis Kefalakakos The European Sting The problems Rome has with the country’s banking system are being exaggerated and used by Berlin to either pave the road leading outside the euro area or turn the country into an impoverished, obedient and second rate euro… Italian banks: It’s Rome’s… Read More »

Dealing with the Cyprus problem: an alternative proposal

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In recent years a consensus has developed on dealing with the division of Cyprus: things will get better only if there is a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the island. Andreas Theophanous Europe’s World But this is not necessarily the case as the solution that will be discussed at talks in Geneva from 9 to 12 January has a… Dealing with the… Read More »