Europe

A Toxic Legacy Hangs Over Scotland’s Brexit War

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A child of the Thatcher years, nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon evokes some bitter memories. Rodney Jefferson and Thomas Penny Bloomberg There’s always one politician who can inflame passions in Scotland, even if she does it from the grave. Margaret Thatcher may A Toxic Legacy… Read More »

Golden Dawn are Nazis, plain and simple

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Let’s clear up the ‘patriot’ myth, once and for all… Nikos Fotakis Neos Kosmos One of the things known to anyone with a Facebook account – or rather, with an internet connection, really – is that there’s no point in… Message boards, Facebook groups and the comment sections of media outlets are known to be the battleground for… Golden Dawn are… Read More »

British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money

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Exclusive: Billions of dollars were moved out of Russia in ‘Global Laundromat’ operation, with anonymously owned UK companies playing major… Luke Harding, Nick Hopkins and Caelainn Barr The Guardian Britain’s high street banks processed nearly $740m from a vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB, the… British banks handled… Read More »

The international companies using only english

French food services group Sodexo Chairman of the Board of Directors and founder Pierre Bellon (2nd R), Sodexo's new chairwoman of the board  Sophie Bellon (3rd L) and Sodexo managing director Michel landel (2nd L) attend  the group's general meeting on January 26, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY        (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

A growing number of global firms are using as English their main language – even if they are based in Japan or France. Bryan Borzykowski BBC News Nearly every meeting Keiko Claassen must attend at work is held in English. No big deal… The international companies… Read More »

Utopian thinking: to ‘take back control’ of England, we must find out who owns it

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Secrecy surrounds much of the country’s land ownership. Guy Shrubsole The Guardian It’s time for the Land Registry database to be completed and opened up to all The ownership of… Utopian thinking: to… Read More »

The G20: a necessary evil that can deliver some benefits

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Surprisingly there is one issue on which US President Donald Trump and his many progressive critics around the world could find common ground. Danny Bradlow The Conversation While their reasons will differ, they all question whether the current arrangements for global economic governance remain fit for purpose. For years, politicians… The G20: a… Read More »

NATO logic: British troops in Estonia, good. Russian soldiers in Russia, bad

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Supporters of NATO believe American, British and German soldiers being sent to Russia’s borders is “defensive.” But the Kremlin’s counter moves are aggressive. Bryan MacDonald RT This delusion could be dangerous. George Bernard Shaw… NATO logic: British… Read More »

Spreading racism only helps extremists

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While the majority of people in the world do not know anything about Dutch politicians, parties or general politics, the recent election pitting far-right politician Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration ticket, against… Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Arab News It was no secret that racists were expected to win the election, but they were defeated. In the Arab… Spreading racism only… Read More »

The Other Women’s Movement

Supporters cheer Republican candidate for President Donald Trump as he campaigns at Dorton Arena Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 in Raleigh N.C. It's the final day before Election Day. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)

They voted for Donald Trump. Cathy Young Foreign Policy Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not… The Other Women’s… Read More »

France: The Taboo of Muslim Racism and Anti-Semitism – Part II

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Meklat’s tweets, threatening women, gay celebrities and Jews, were shared by around a million on social networks. Yves Mamou Gatestone Institute Then whole country discovered what the most “integrated” young Muslims had on their minds. The scandal is… France: The Taboo… Read More »

Surrendered to populism, Germany increases anti-Turkey sentiment

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As the German state pursues supporting any anti-Turkish propaganda, the tension between the two countries will continue to escalate Sumeyra Kelles Yerkel Daily Sabah The general elections are approaching in Germany and it is interesting to see how the rhetoric of German politicians has become more and more populist with each passing day. This is observable… Surrendered to populism… Read More »

A city with too much history to handle

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A group of vigilantes has stepped in to restore forgotten historical sites in Naples’ Vergini neighbourhood. Erin Craig BBC News Naples has a history problem: there’s just too much of it. Greek cemeteries, Roman… A city with… Read More »

A Brexit lexicon

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A mighty messy departure — from A to Z. Tunku Varadarajan Politico After months of dithering and unkempt debate, the British government has announced that it will seek to commence formal divorce proceedings later this month, giving effect to the referendum in which a wispy majority of Brits… A Brexit… Read More »

Meritocracy: the great delusion that ingrains inequality

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From Theresa May to Donald Trump, our leaders sell it as a utopian system of fairness – but ‘merit’ has been manipulated to privilege the wealthy Jo Littler The Guardian “We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers!” shouted Donald Trump in his first address to Congress last month, before announcing that tighter immigration controls would take the form of a… Meritocracy: the great… Read More »

Le Pen’s Dutch bummer

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3 takeaways for the French far-right leader from Europe’s first major election of… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — At a rally with European allies in January, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen predicted the Continent would “rise up” in 2017 as the Anglo-Saxon world had done last year by voting for Brexit and… So far, the populist uprising hasn’t gone to… Le Pen’s Dutch… Read More »

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

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In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »