Europe

Rejoining EU could be ‘speedy’ for independent Scotland

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An independent Scotland could enjoy a “relatively speedy” process to join the European Union, a senior MEP has… Katrine Bussey The Scotsman German politician Elmar Brok said there would not be many obstacles to Scotland becoming an EU member because the country already meets the criteria for… His comments come just days after Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso… Rejoining EU could… Read More »

Why you shouldn’t take the kids out of school to go on holidays

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Irish schools unlikely to object too forcefully over kids missing week or… Mark Hilliard The Irish Times Bringing your children to a supermarket to add up prices, examine ingredients and understand the value of money has educational merit but you are unlikely to let them miss… Some parents argue that going on holiday during term time can be… Why you shouldn’t… Read More »

Germany investigating 20 Turks on suspicion of spying: Die Welt

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German authorities are investigating 20 Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a… Berlin, Reuters Hurriyet Die Welt said it received the information in an official government response to a question about the issue filed by Sevim Dağdelen, a German lawmaker with the… Tensions are running high between the two NATO allies ahead of the April 16… Germany investigating 20… Read More »

Britons expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring

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Study finds three-quarters of consumers throw away rather than recycle or donate unwanted… Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent The Guardian A predicted 235m items of Britons’ unwanted clothing are expected to end up in landfill unnecessarily this spring, according to new… Three-quarters of consumers admit to binning their discarded garments, usually because they do not realise that worn-out or… Britons expected to… Read More »

For Serbia’s Vučić, road to EU runs through Balkans

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Newly-elected president tells POLITICO how he intends to balance relations with the West and… BY MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG  Politico BELGRADE — Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić vowed to deepen trade ties within the western Balkans after he takes over as president in June, saying closer economic relations were the… Vučić, in his first interview since winning the presidency on… For Serbia’s Vučić… Read More »

NATO calls on Russia to stop violence in Ukraine

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NATO chief says Russia must end the violence as both sides move heavy artillery close to front… Al Jazeera NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to use its “considerable influence” to end fighting in eastern Ukraine after a renewed surge in violence… Moscow-backed rebels and government forces have traded blame for the… NATO calls on… Read More »

UN calls on major actors in Syria to work for truce

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The United Nations urged the United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran on April 6 to help establish a 72-hour cease-fire in Syria in order to deliver humanitarian aid, two days after a… Geneva Hurriyet “We [told] Russia, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. that we need green lights for the… Noting that only one-third of this request had been approved by the… UN calls on… Read More »

Chinese university to open in Oxford despite ideological crackdown at home

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Peking University buys stately home for nearly £9m and says it will house a campus designed for students from both Europe and… Tom Phillips in Beijing The Guardian One of China’s top universities is preparing to open a campus at the heart of British academic life, just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to… Peking University, an… Chinese university to… Read More »

Sacré Britons! Look who wants to be French now

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Brexit impels rising number of Brits to seek a new passport LONDON — Angered by Brexit, increasing numbers of pro-European Brits are taking drastic action — they’re becoming… CHARLIE COOPER Politico New figures from the French consulate in London reveal a big uptick in applications for French citizenship since last… Officials have seen a 39 percent increase in the number seeking… Sacré Britons! Look… Read More »

Patriot power: How France’s alt-right seeks to sway election

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France, despite its reputation as a beacon of progressive liberalism, has been at the forefront of a burgeoning pan-European far… Henri Astier BBC Marine Le Pen, an anti-immigration Eurosceptic who may well top the first round of France’s presidential election on 23 April, is… Its themes are familiar in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit: concern for… Patriot power: How… Read More »

EU, US come up short on Syria

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Aid agencies expect pledges at a Brussels donors’ conference to be ‘significantly lower’ than last… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN AND JACOPO BARIGAZZI  Politico An EU plea for more than $8 billion in emergency aid for Syria met resistance at an international donors’ conference on Wednesday, in the wake of a suspected chemical attack in Idlib that served as a… The killing of more than 70 people underscored the failure of a… EU, US come… Read More »

Israel appoints its first female Muslim diplomat

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Rasha Atamny, 31, from Baqa al-Gharbiya, will be heading to… DOV LIEBER The Times of Israel The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday appointed Rasha Atamny, 31, to represent the Jewish state in Ankara, Turkey, making her Israel’s… Atamny, who is completing the final months of the ministry’s cadet course, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in the… Israel appoints its… Read More »

Make car makers, not drivers, pay for the diesel crisis, experts say

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German and French governments have already required that manufacturers fix vehicles spewing high levels of toxic pollution but UK is ‘doing… Damian Carrington Environment editor The Guardian The diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis should be solved by making motor companies recall and upgrade the dirty cars they sold, experts said on Wednesday. Make car makers… Read More »

Fear, prejudice and gut reactions: is that the future for our politics?

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Be it antisemitism or Islamophobia, in these times of crisis it seems that historic scars are opening up… Rafael Behr The Guardian A young man wearing a top hat cuts a cigar with a red sickle. His nose is distended into a hook. He is surrounded by images of French politicians Fear, prejudice and… Read More »

Protecting high quality of judiciary crucial to Irish democracy

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No rationale for having a majority of lay people choosing judges has been… Paul McGarry The Irish Times In observing the latest volte-face from the Law Society in relation to judicial appointments, it is difficult to see any motivating factor other than a desire to have more solicitors appointed as… However, the… Protecting high quality… Read More »

5 takeaways from France’s chaotic presidential debate

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The main candidates were joined by a motley collection of other contenders, making for lively… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Eleven candidates for the French presidency faced off in a debate Tuesday that was more lively and more chaotic than previous… Frontrunners Marine Le Pen, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron took… 5 takeaways from… Read More »