Europe

Iran tells EU to implement guarantees before US sanctions return

Remaining signatories of nuclear deal meet in Vienna as France doubts economic package implementation before November. AlJazeera Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has called on European powers to implement economic measures to protect the 2015 nuclear deal before US sanctions against Tehran snap back between… Zarif made the statement on Friday after meeting in Vienna with foreign ministers from countries that are still signatories to the multinational deal following the US’ unilateral withdrawal in May. “Now we need to enter ... Read More »

France has no reason to bar lesbians from IVF, top court advises

PARIS (Reuters) – There are no legal reasons not to give single women and lesbian couples access to medically-assisted reproduction, the top state advisory body on judicial matters will tell the French government, Le Figaro reported on… Reuters Staff President Emmanuel Macron’s government said last year it wanted to change the law which currently restricts to heterosexual couples treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) that are widely available to all women in countries such as Britain, Belgium and… France ... Read More »

Polish Supreme Court’s top judge to defy ’purge’

Poland’s Supreme Court chief justice has vowed to show up at work on Wednesday in defiance of a retirement law pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as… WARSAW – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The European Union on Monday launched legal action against Poland due to the reform, the latest salvo in a bitter battle over sweeping judicial changes introduced by the ruling Law and… According to Amnesty International, judges in Poland are “experiencing political pressure” in connection with the PiS judicial reforms ... Read More »

Patriotic Mobilisation in Russia

The Kremlin is fostering a culture of military-tinged patriotism, partly to rally support for armed interventions abroad. ICG The sentiment springs from pride in Russia’s past as a global power and desire to reclaim that status. Its possible co-optation by far-right nationalists, however, should worry Moscow. What’s new? In recent years, the Kremlin has pursued a policy of patriotic mobilisation – encouraging national pride, commemorating past military victories and promoting a vision of Russia as a reborn global power. While ... Read More »

The Guardian view on regulating elections: democracy needs a tougher defence

The campaign for Brexit now looks dishonest and discredited. Its dodgy legacy casts a shadow over Theresa May’s government Editorial A healthy democracy has many mechanisms to hold politicians to account, but none as mighty as the ballot box. The government that fails to fulfil its promises can be expelled from power. This contract between electorate and elected is one reason why many democrats are suspicious of referendums. The danger is that they elevate a one-off verdict above the normal ... Read More »

‘She’s in BIG trouble’ Ministers warn May – Brexiteers will REJECT EU customs union plan

THERESA MAY has been warned by senior ministers that her latest EU customs plan will be rejected by Brexit-backing Tory MPs. By MACER HALL – EXCLUSIVE Express The Prime Minister is due to brief her top team on a new “third way” compromise proposal for future customs links with Brussels at a crunch Cabinet meeting at her country residence Chequers on Friday. And her officials expressed hope that the blueprint – combining two earlier options that bitterly divided ministers – will be a ... Read More »

Trump tensions peak ahead of NATO summit

Strains in the U.S.-European relationship are peaking just as President Trump prepares to face allies at this month’s critical NATO summit. Rebecca Kheel The Hill Trump has repeatedly complained that members aren’t meeting the alliance’s defense spending goal. But the meeting comes at a difficult time, with the broader U.S.-European relationship already under stress from Trump’s tariffs, his… Those looming issues have raised fears of a replay of last month’s contentious Group of Seven summit. The mood of the… Trump ... Read More »

6 US “Allies” That Are Russia’s Newest Partners

Russia has mastered the art of making new partnerships among nations that in the 20th and much of the 21st century were and in some cases still are traditional American allies. Adam Garrie EurasiaFuture As the long dead realities of the Cold War era become dramatically re-shaped by the age of multipolarity and increased interconnectivity between global regions, it is helpful to look at some of the countries with whom Russia is a close partner or healthy friend in spite ... Read More »

Can the bond between Macron and Merkel keep the rest of the EU united?

Summitry is a staple of international diplomacy and the European Union is no exception. Summits raise expectations: of last-minute, heroic breakthroughs; of meaningful change. Helen Drake The Conversation They exist to punctuate the tensions of international relations with images of harmony and hope that may well be illusory. In the EU, summits are often a last resort to reach agreement. Approaching the EU’s long-awaited summer summit in the final week of June, the stakes were high and expectations already low. ... Read More »

Britain moves big into Brussels

The UK diplomatic footprint in the EU capital is set to be one of the largest globally. Britain is leaving Europe, but it’s hardly leaving Brussels. By TOM MCTAGUE Politico The U.K.’s diplomatic footprint in the European capital — currently hidden behind a congested Brussels roundabout, stretched above a Lloyds pharmacy and a cheap Belgian brasserie — will be bigger than it ever was. Come March 29 of next year, the U.K. Representation to the European Union will be the ... Read More »

Labour is responsible for rise of ‘softcore Holocaust denial’, Dr Deborah Lipstadt says

The Labour Party is responsible for the rise of “softcore Holocaust denial”, Dr Deborah Lipstadt has said. Camilla Turner The Telegraph The American academic won a high-profile legal battle against the British historian David Irving in 2000 after he sued her for libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. She said that anti-Semitism that has become “embedded” in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, adding that it has become more socially acceptable to “make a crack” at a ... Read More »

“Turkish gov’t takes a page from the Gulenist playbook in Washington lobbying” – 3

This is the third piece in a series on Turkish government and Turkish-American lobbying in the United States. Claire Sadar Ahval In the first two pieces, I discussed how both the Turkish government and its former ally turned enemy, the Gulen Movement, are courting the Trump administration, and particularly Vice President Mike Pence, through Trump-connected lobbyists. In 2017, both sides spent considerable sums on lobbying. The Gulen-connected Alliance for Shared Values spent at least $310,500 on three lobbying firms. Unsurprisingly, ... Read More »

Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her… Katrin Bennhold and Melissa Eddy The New York Times It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who has been seen as the standard-bearer of the liberal European order but who has come under intense pressure at home ... Read More »

Germany’s Angela Merkel prevents the breakup of her government with immigration deal

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel avoided the breakup of her government on Monday, emerging from an immigration fight with her coalition intact but fragile. James McAuley and Luisa Beck The Washington Post A clash that lasted weeks ended in an uneasy truce when Merkel and her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), reached a compromise on immigration policy with partner Christian Social Union (CSU). Interior Minister and CSU leader Horst Seehofer backed off his threat to resign and potentially bring down ... Read More »

The EU and NATO and Trump — Oh My!

Donald Trump’s trans-Atlantic policy is a contradiction in terms. Stephen M. Walt FP It is no secret that U.S. President Donald Trump has an instinctive animus against the European Union and NATO. He supported the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, reportedly advised French President Emmanuel Macron that his country should leave the union too, and last week falsely claimed that the EU was created “to take advantage of the United States.” (This last statement raises an… The EU and… Read More »

An Alternative Way to Deal with the Cyprus Co-Op Bank

Socialising the losses and privatising the gains I have written two articles on the subject of “the Deal” sought and negotiated by the Government for privatising the ailing Co-Op Bank in Cyprus. Savvas Savvides StockWatch I continue here with “Socialising the losses and privatising the gains – Part 3” which provides an alternative proposal than the one that the Government arrived at with Hellenic Bank. It makes the argument that the concessions made in desperation to the Hellenic Bank (which ... Read More »