Europe

Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Brexit is like watching a train crash in slow motion’

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The rebel former finance chief, Yanis Varoufakis, is back in the saddle at London’s Greek power diner Jonathan Heaf GQ If you want to get a Greek man or woman to smash a few plates, all you need do is mention Yanis Varoufakis. On the odd occasion I mentioned I was meeting the famed Greek former minister of finance, it resulted in such a response (from his fellow countrymen and women) that I wondered why I hadn’t brought him up ... Read More »

Wlad’s worlds: Polish Resistance fighter, ‘Slavic space age’ modernist, legendary Australian artist

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The relationship between art and life is tricky to navigate. But in the case of the Polish-born Australian artist Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz (1918-1999) the two seem inseparable. Christine Judith Nicholls The Conversation This is evident in the outstanding commemorative solo exhibition of his artistic career, Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz: 100th Anniversary Exhibition, expertly curated by his son Adam and currently on show at South Australia’s elegant Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. Born in Stara Sol, near Lwow, Wlad (as he became universally known) studied ... Read More »

German Culture Minister Pushes For $353 Million Increase In Arts Funding

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German minister of culture Monika Grütters announced on May 2 that the country plans to increase its arts funding by approximately $353 million, Monopol reports. ArtForum If approved by parliament, the $2 billion budget for culture and media would be increased by 23 percent from the previous year. The proposed budget is representative of Grütters’s pledge to bolster federal support for the arts during the 2017 election year. Grütters also stated that the increased funding is an example of the government’s belief in the ... Read More »

Erdogan: Cyprus Oil Drilling Is A Security Threat To East Mediterranean

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The Eastern Mediterranean will face a security threat should Cyprus continue its unilateral operations of offshore oil and gas exploration in the region, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said in a speech at think tank Chatham… Tsvetana Paraskova OilPrice Turkey, which recognizes the northern Turkish Cypriot government and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with the internationally recognized government of Cyprus, claims that part of the Cyprus offshore area is under the jurisdiction of Turkish… Tensions in the area flared up earlier ... Read More »

Intelligence agencies of Russia, Turkey discuss counterterrorism efforts

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Heads of intelligence agencies of Russia and Turkey discussed in Istanbul cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, head of the press office of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) of Russia Sergei… Trend “On May 13, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation Sergei Naryshkin held a meeting in Istanbul with Director of the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey (MIT) Hakan… The heads of intelligence agencies of the two countries discussed further strengthening cooperation in the fight ... Read More »

Friends in Crisis: Anzacs and Hellenism

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Across numerous conflicts in the first half of the 20th century, Australians and New Zealanders were at the side of Hellenism: World War One, the Asia Minor Campaign (1919-1922), and the relief efforts after the Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian Genocides. Panayiotis Diamadis Beyond their battlefield record, these Anzacs and others from the Antipodes provided substantial practical and moral support for a people going through successive major crises. 2014 marked the Centenary of the outbreak of World War One, and the ... Read More »

Erdogan’s visit to the UK: open letter to Prime Minister May

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Lobby for Cyprus * open letter to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Dear Prime Minister President Erdogan’s visit to the UK will take place against the shadows cast by his destruction of democracy in Turkey, his government’s appalling human rights record, his country’s gunboat diplomacy and the enduring consequences of the two Turkish invasions of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974. Having ethno-religiously cleansed and colonised 36 per cent of the territory (and 57 per cent of the ... Read More »

Tessa Jowell: my friend who never forgot the ‘human-sized picture’

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She declared war on cancer; we must take her death as an injunction to action Matthew dÁncona The Guardian She was my friend. It was one of the great privileges of my life to know Tessa Jowell well, and one I shared with so many. At the dinner table, at the tea party to celebrate her introduction to the House of Lords, at book launches, at Labour conferences, she was always surrounded by friends, making new ones, and bringing together previously unconnected ... Read More »

We’re saved! David Miliband’s back from the USA to rescue the UK from Brexit!

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THE former Foreign Secretary David Miliband will launch his UK political comeback by joining a cross-party bid to try and stop the hard Brexiteers, including Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, claiming they are “holding Britain to ransom”. Laura Mowat Express The new bid will call on MPs to “reject siren calls to completely sever the UK’s deep economic ties with the EU”. Mr Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan – who share the distinction of no longer being frontline politicians ... Read More »

Russia backs off delivery of S-300s to Syria after Israel PM’s Moscow trip

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Kremlin denies that sudden change of heart was related to Netanyahu’s talk with Putin Asia Times A high-profile visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have paid off, as comments from the Kremlin on Friday suggest they will not be delivering an advanced missile defense system to Syria. The change of heart comes after Russia’s defense ministry announced last month it was planning to send S-300 defense systems to Syria. Israel issued a warning in response that ... Read More »

‘EFTA court SUITS Britain!’ Judges bold pitch for UK to cut ties with Franco-German ECJ

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BREXIT BRITAIN should join the EFTA court which suits British values a lot more than the German and French-influenced European Court of Justice, a former EFTA court judge has claimed. Darrent Hunt Express Brexit Britain has been urged to join the European Free Trade Association court by former judge Carl Baudenbacher. Mr Baudenbacher claimed EFTA would be a solution to Brexit for the UK insisting the court shared the same values as Britain and would allow the country to remain sovereign. ... Read More »

Fear of Sinn Fein the root cause of Brexit power grab

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The UK Government has held firm against Nicola Sturgeon’s demands on the Brexit power dispute because of fears they would give Sinn Fein a veto over UK policy. Tom Peterkin The Scotsman Scotland on Sunday understands there are grave reservations across Whitehall about the concessions being sought by the Scottish Government and the potential for them to be exploited by the party formerly led by Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Sturgeon and her Brexit minister, Michael Russell, are objecting to ... Read More »

Missile attacks reflect changing strategic landscape

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Russia has shown its willingness to allow attacks by Israel on the Iranians or Hezbollah Stephen Bryen Asia Times While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marched in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Immortal Regiment in memory of Russian fighters who died in World War II, Israel was getting ready to retaliate for an Iranian rocket attack on Israeli military units in the strategically sensitive Golan. Israel attributed the missile attack to Iran’s al-Quds Force, an elite unit of Iran’s ... Read More »

What to Expect from Putin’s Fourth Term

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And will he begin to groom a successor? Moscow was the scene of two elaborate celebrations this week. Angela Stent The National Interest On May 7, Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in the Kremlin for his fourth term as president, describing Russia as a “country of magnificent victories and accomplishments” and vowing to “do everything to build up Russia’s might, prosperity and glory.” On May 9, Russia commemorated the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War with ... Read More »

Armenia’s Future Hangs in the Balance

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New Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s road to healing the unequal and divided country will be long and difficult. Pietro A. Shakarian The Nation On May 8, 2018, one day before Armenians observed Victory Day, Yerevan once again erupted in jubilation. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan had just been officially elected Armenia’s 15th prime minister by the country’s National Assembly, with 59 votes in favor and 42 votes against. The newly elected PM was confirmed by Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and immediately received warm ... Read More »

What to Expect of President Putin’s Foreign Policy in His New Term

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Many wonder what the world should expect now that Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been re-elected for what is supposed to be his final term. Anna Arutunyan ICG Understanding what motivates the Kremlin could help Western policymakers build an approach toward Russia that combines pressure with opportunities for engagement. A particular solemnity cloaked the opening ceremony of Vladimir Putin’s fourth presidential term on 7 May as central Moscow was cordoned off for his motorcade’s procession to the Kremlin. Silence enveloped not ... Read More »