Europe

Hoard of coins from 1,400-year-old Byzantine site tells story of Persian invasion

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As Jewish and Sassanid troops marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christian residents of village on main pilgrimage route hid their valuables; now, nine copper coins hidden in a niche have been… ILAN BEN ZION The Times of Israel As a Persian army supported by a horde of Jewish rebels marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christians inhabiting a town on the main route inland to the… Hoard of coins… Read More »

Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed

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Hopes that post-Brexit Britain can boost Commonwealth trade is ill-founded Those countries have moved on… David Olusoga The Guardian When Lord North, prime minister at the time of the American revolution, received the news that British forces had lost the war, and with it the… Empire 2.0 is… Read More »

Europe is happy gambling with its politics

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(CNN) – Politics, like life, is Darwinian: A failure to evolve leads to extinction. Nic Robertson CNN The Dutch elections put that process in a petri dish and under a microscope. The results give… Europe is happy… Read More »

Reunited Cyprus’ property compensation bill

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His vast legal experience in displaced persons’ property cases before Strasbourg-based EU courts have prompted Nicosia lawyer… Annie Charalambous in-cyprus “Because, at the end of the day, one has to think for himself and decide whether he/she is part of the solution or part of the problem… “I am not an economist, but I adopted a model on an X and… Reunited Cyprus’ property… Read More »

Sturgeon issues ‘come to Scotland’ invitation to rest of UK

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Nicola Sturgeon has issued an open invitation to UK residents “appalled” at the behaviour of the Westminster Government to move to Scotland and be part of an “outward-looking, compassionate… The Scotsman A stand-off is growing between the First Minister and… The SNP leader used her… Sturgeon issues ‘come… Read More »

SNP accused of ‘not respecting DEMOCRACY and trying to scupper Brexit’

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THE SNP has been accused of “not respecting democracy” after its deputy leader signalled that the push for another independence referendum in Scotland is… DAVID MADDOX Express Angus Robertson, who has been a leading Remoaner in Westminster, told the SNP conference in Aberdeen that Theresa May is afraid of a Scottish referendum because the… SNP accused of… Read More »

If you want to predict if the eurozone will survive – follow the money

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Despite elections in senior member states, the short-term prognosis for the currency union is good, but long-term worries remain, writes Daniel Gros. Irish Examiner What does the eurozone’s future hold? It depends where you look. Some economic indicators… If you want… Read More »

Lesson from the Low Country: Fear is good

Dutch PVV leader Geert Wilders is seen prior to a meeting between main parties leaders and the Chairman of the Senate in The Hague, on March 16, 2017, one day after the general elections.  / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Jerry Lampen / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Dutch election shows that, for better or worse, European politics remains local. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — The good news is that it’s safe again to ignore Dutch politics. After weeks of… Lesson from the… Read More »

US calls on Turkey to respect, ensure fundamental freedoms

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The United States has called on Turkey to respect and ensure essential freedoms over concerns on human rights issues and freedoms in the… Hurriyet “We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other essential… We also firmly believe… US calls on… Read More »

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

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Almost €2 trillion would be poured into the global economy every year if resource efficiency was boosted, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released yesterday (16 March). Janie Matthews Euractiv The report, backed by research from the International Resource Panel, showed that efficient use of the world’s natural resources will mean big money for the next generation, who could see the €2 trillion by 2050. A programme in… Better resource efficiency… Read More »

G-20 Finance Chiefs Said to Drop Climate Reference in Document

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Finance ministers from the world’s biggest economies dropped a reference to climate change in a draft of their statement at a Group of 20 meeting, frustrating plans by Germany to devote a section to the topic, according to people familiar with the talks. Alessandro Speciale and Rainer Buergin Bloomberg Deputies concluded crafting the communique on Thursday evening, and ministers and central-bank governors will debate the document in the German town of Baden-Baden on Friday. The language may… G-20 Finance Chiefs… Read More »

How nature reclaimed Chernobyl

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Take away the humans, and wildlife returns in abundance Shane Cubis SBS From a global perspective, you’d have to admit that humanity hasn’t been the best thing to happen to planet… We’re responsible for a laundry list of negative things that have befallen our fellow species, both flora and fauna, even if we haven’t managed to crack the actual globe in… * How nature reclaimed… Read More »

The Egalitarian Is The Disease

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The concept of equality is the kind of beast that is almost impossible to eliminate: like syphilis, acne and politicians. Paul H. Yarbrough The Daily Caller It cannot seem to be eradicated. You can read… The Egalitarian Is… Read More »

While Michael Flynn Lobbied for Turkey, His Firm Told Congress to Extradite Turkish Dissident

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Months before he registered as a foreign agent, his company brought in House staffers to preview encrypted technology—then pushed them to send Turkey a wanted man living in the… Kimberly Dozier Lachlan Markay The Daily Beast The congressional staffers thought they were going to see a whiz-bang encrypted communications technology when they traveled to… While Michael Flynn… Read More »

Habermas warns on EU integration without renewed German push

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Philosopher says threat to unity is not populists but austerity and lack of… Derek Scally in Berlin The Irish Times German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has warned that the greatest threat to European unity is not political populists but a “furious standstill” on integration, and lingering divisions caused by… Habermas warns on… Read More »

To defeat terrorists we have to get inside their minds

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We must steer away from ill-informed rhetoric. Nicholas Searle The Guardian Knowing terrorists’ life stories can be key to countering their warped justification for taking up arms Our collective consciousness… To defeat terrorists… Read More »