Europe

Election Hacking: A False Russian Flag in France?

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It isn’t difficult to compile a list of countries whose interests would be served by stoking tensions between Russia and the West. George Beebe The National Interest In the murky world of cyber operations, where there is smoke, there are often mirrors. And in the reports about alleged Russian hacking in the recent French presidential elections, there seems to be an… Election Hacking: A… Read More »

EU ponders invisible Irish border after Brexit

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Nobody wants a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland but avoiding one is easier said than done. MAÏA DE LA BAUME AND SIMON MARKS  Politico WICKLOW, Ireland — When is a border not a border? That is the politically-charged riddle Brexit negotiators will grapple with when they come to discussing Northern Ireland and its frontier with the Republic of Ireland to the… EU ponders invisible… Read More »

NHS services hit in global cyber-attack across 12 countries

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Theresa May confirms ransomware attack is part of wider international incident as IT systems that underpin patient safety are compromised Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping, Ian Sample, Sarah Marsh and Vikram Dodd The Guardian Additional reporting by Sam Jones in Madrid The NHS has been hit as part of a global cyber-attack that threw hospitals and businesses in the UK and around the world into chaos. The unprecedented attack on Friday affected 12 countries and at least 16 NHS trusts in ... Read More »

Pope Francis arrives in Portugal to canonise children at Fátima shrine

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Pontiff hopes message of young shepherds who saw Virgin Mary apparition 100 years ago still resonates with Catholics Associated Press in Rome The Guardian Pope Francis has arrived in the Portuguese town of Fátima to honour two children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic church. Tens of thousands of devotees lined the pontiff’s route and tossed petals as his motorcade drove… Pope Francis arrives… Read More »

Can Macron Govern France Without a Base?

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Macron doesn’t have a political base or a clear agenda, so gaining a majority that he can call his own will not be an easy task. Simon Serfaty The National Interest “France,” it has been said, “is what the French make of it, but the French are what we make of them.” Choosing Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen helped the French preserve the idea they have of their country—democratic, inclusive and… Can Macron Govern… Read More »

Czech finance minister ready to take one for the team

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His offer could resolve a political crisis that threatens to break up the ruling three-party coalition. SIEGFRIED MORTKOWITZ Politico PRAGUE — Embattled Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš has said he is willing to be ejected from his post to resolve a crisis that threatens to break up the ruling three-party coalition and undermine President Miloš Zeman’s authority. In an interview with POLITICO at his office in… Czech finance minister… Read More »

Finland Will Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid of All School Subjects

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The huge changes will involve the removal of school subjects from the curriculum. Jess Murray Enlightened Consciousness  A revolution is coming for schools in Finland in the form of a destruction of all formal school subjects. The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, has announced that he believes that the way children are taught now is based of a style that was a benefit to students in the beginnings of the… Finland Will Become… Read More »

Dutch open world’s largest offshore wind farm

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Dutch officials on Monday opened what is being billed as one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea. FRENCH PRESS AGENCY – AFP THE HAGUE Daily Sabah Over the next 15 years, the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 kilometers (53 miles) off the northern coast of The Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1.5… At full winds the windpark has a… Dutch open world’s… Read More »

Lavrov in Washington: Can America and Russia Work Together?

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The U.S.-Russia relationship is starved for normalcy. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov picked an inauspicious time to visit Washington. Starting with the increasingly crass and distasteful assertions by American comics that President Donald Trump is beholden to Russian president Vladimir… Lavrov in Washington… Read More »

University of Manchester to axe 171 staff amid Brexit concerns

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University points to threats to future income as union chiefs criticise ‘short-term cuts that will cause long-term damage’ Helen Pidd North of England editor The Guardian Britain’s largest university has set out plans to axe 171 jobs, mostly academic positions in the faculties of arts, languages, biology, medicine and business. The University of Manchester blamed new government legislation and the prospect of Brexit as major factors threatening its… University of Manchester… Read More »

Sudanese-Italian economic forum held in Rome

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May 9, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The third Sudanese-Italian economic and investment forum has been held Tuesday in Rome with the participation of 135 Italian companies. In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune, Sudan’s foreign ministry said the chairman of the Italian Federation of Industries Giovanni Otati praised the enormous economic potential enjoyed by the Sudan. Otati, who addressed the… Read More »

Wikipedia appeals to Turkey’s constitutional court over website’s blocking

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Ankara: Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Brisbane Times Reuters Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a… The block on the… Wikipedia appeals to… Read More »

Immigration will remain a toxic issue until Britain faces up to its colonial past

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Emmanuel Macron has condemned France’s behaviour in Algeria. Until Britain is similarly honest about its history, we will still think in terms of “us” and “them” David Wearing The Guardian Both Ukip and Theresa May trumpeted their anti-immigrant credentials yesterday, with fresh and not-so-fresh policies for the election. Hostility to foreigners is now an… Immigration will remain… Read More »

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen ‘to quit politics’

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Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, is to quit politics, French media report. BBC Ms Maréchal-Le Pen, 27, who is an MP for the National Front (FN), had been seen by some as a future leader of the party. She is the granddaughter of FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen. She is one of the… Marion Maréchal-Le… Read More »

The End of Turkey’s Jews?

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Can Jewry in Turkey survive? Much has been written about Turkey’s turn toward Islamism and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s growing autocracy. Michael Rubin Commentary Turkish officials and their proxies argue, however, that Turkey remains both tolerant and democratic. The problem, they say, is limited to the followers of Islamic theologian Fethullah Gülen and… The End of… Read More »

Israel’s Delek group seeks to conduct natural gas exploration in Turkey

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After discovering the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas reserves, the largest ever discovered, Israel’s Delek group hopes to conduct exploration work for Turkey, as the country starts its activities in the Mediterranean. Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency Citing the likely presence of significant oil and natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean, Israeli oil and gas exploration firm Delek Drilling and… The CEO of Delek Group Yossi Abu said that they… Israel’s Delek group… Read More »