Europe

The Rise and Fall of Leftist Populism in Germany

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What happened to Martin Schulz? After Germany’s Martin Schulz stepped down as president of the European Parliament in late 2016, he embarked on a nationwide tour of his home country. Paul Hockenos The Atlantic His aim, he said, was to better understand the concerns of ordinary Germans.In speeches before packed union halls, beer tents, and farmers markets, Schulz, a prominent member of the troubled Social Democratic Party (SPD), touted the classic values of social democracy—fairness and dignity. Such values, in ... Read More »

Is the world ready for “Kurdexit”? Referendum among Iraqi Kurds has Middle East on edge

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Iraq continues to bedevil American foreign policy, and the world. Now the Kurds will vote on their own state VIDEO STEVEN A. COOK Salon It was an eventful summer, especially in the Middle East. It all began with the Qatar kerfuffle on June 5, followed soon thereafter with a change in Saudi Arabia’s line of succession. Then came violence and protests over security measures at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem. Mosul and Tel Afar were liberated in Iraq. The American-backed Syrian ... Read More »

Angela Merkel: Europe needs coherent foreign policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech as she attends an electoral meeting in Delbrueck, western Germany, on September 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Friso Gentsch / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read FRISO GENTSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

German chancellor calls for a common EU stance on China and Russia as well as more solidarity on migration Esther King Politico The biggest challenge facing the European Union in the coming years will be to forge a coherent foreign policy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview published Sunday. Merkel, who is poised to win a fourth term in Germany’s parliamentary election later this month, also expressed hope that a solution to the impasse over the distribution of migrants across the ... Read More »

Norwegian Labour Party leaders notoriously put own careers before national interests – Espen Barth Eide

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Espen Barth Eide has returned home after serving as UN special envoy to Cyprus He has combined his job as special envoy with his position as Managing Director of the billionaires club the World Economic Forum in Geneva, writes Paal Steigan. The Herland Report He now is in Norway to run an election campaign for the Labour Party—a party that has not found a single spot for a labourer on its Oslo list. On the contrary, the list is chock ... Read More »

The power bloc: Turkey is done with the EU, and now eyeing a Pakistan, Russia, China alliance

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Erdogan wants to join China-Russia bloc via Pakistan. Zain Khan TheDuran The power bloc A power bloc may just be formed from the friendship between Ankara, Islamabad, Russia and China. As celebrations are ongoing for the 70 years of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Pakistan, the long economic relations between Ankara and Islamabad bring China and Russia together to form a formidable four-nation bloc. The relationship between Pakistan and Turkey has dated back to several centuries and this has been ... Read More »

Turkey’s Genocide Denial: Four Narratives

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Turkey still denies the Armenian Genocide, during which 1.5 million Armenians perished. The Turkish state does not have just one policy or rhetoric concerning it. One could argue that there are four main narratives in Turkey concerning the genocide. Uzay Bulut  The Armenian Weekly Narrative One: We Did Not Slaughter Armenians; Armenians Slaughtered Us Accusing Armenians of being mass murderers and the actual perpetrators of genocide is a popular myth in Turkey. Last year, a public stage play that depicted ... Read More »

Get NATO’s Nukes Out of Turkey

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Even in this contentious era, one proposition still enjoys near-universal support: the United States should make it the highest priority to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of hostile states. Jonathan Marshall HuffPost It’s far too late to stop North Korea from getting the Bomb, despite all the militant rhetoric coming out of Washington. But we still have a chance to prevent an erratic Middle East strongman from holding the United States hostage by threatening to seize dozens ... Read More »

Vietnam, Serbia agree to build concrete cooperation framework

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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic, have agreed to build a specific cooperation framework in order to boost bilateral collaboration in all fields, especially in economy, trade and investment. During their talks in Hanoi on September 8, the two officials also emphasised the need to increase political consultations and coordination between the foreign ministries of Vietnam and Serbia. More favourable conditions should be created to facilitate the ... Read More »

France bans production of hydrocarbons

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French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot proposed on Wednesday  (6 September) a bill to end the modest production of hydrocarbons in France, hoping to lead by example. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports. Ouest-France | translated by Paola Tamma EURACTIV The text will be presented to the Council of Ministers by Hulot, fulfilling a  promise of Macron’s presidential campaign. The law stipulates that no new hydrocarbon exploration license will be granted, which will stop the search for new oil or gas deposits. ... Read More »

Greece and China on the same Belt and Road

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For approximately eight years Greece has been continuously stigmatized in the international media discourse. The outbreak of its economic crisis in 2009 has led journalists from all over the world to focus on its pathogeneses and illustrate them as the main reason for its own problems almost leading the country to a… George N. Tzogopoulos China.org.cn Unsurprisingly, Greece’s public image has been tarnished. Part of the reporting is accurate indeed. Nevertheless, some stories tend to exaggerate and therefore construct – ... Read More »

Ironically, Erdogan has done exactly what the failed coup wanted to do in Turkey

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Some conspiracy theorists think Erdogan himself was behind the coup – indeed, that is Gulen’s contention. Yet the reality is more straightforward: he has seized an unexpected opportunity Pete Weatherby QC The Independent If President Erdogan is to be believed, last year’s failed coup in Turkey was an attempt by his erstwhile ally, Fethullah Gulen – a conservative Islamist like him – to overthrow the Government and do away with the Constitution and National Assembly. Gulen, it should be said, ... Read More »

At democracy’s birthplace, France’s Macron dreams of EU 2.0

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ATHENS, Greece — Standing at a Greek site where democracy was conceived, French President Emmanuel Macron called on members of the European Union to reboot the 60-year-old bloc with sweeping political reforms or risk a “slow disintegration.” By Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros | AP The Washington Post Macron, on a visit Thursday to Athens, urged EU nations to carry out six-month national reviews on EU reforms before imposing them — signaling his distance with the German-backed approach based on fiscal discipline ... Read More »

The secret to Germany’s scientific excellence

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With a national election this month, Germany proves that foresight and stability can power research. Alison Abbott Nature  Ask any German researcher why the country’s science base is blooming, and they are bound to mention Chancellor Angela Merkel. The world’s most powerful woman, they say, has not forgotten her roots as an East German physicist. During a decade of global financial turbulence, her government has increased annual science budgets in a stable, predictable, quintessentially German way. It has spurred competition ... Read More »

Merkel Wants to Apply Brakes to Turkey’s EU Aspirations, As Relationship Sours

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Berlin (CNSNews.com) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded coolly Wednesday to calls by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the European Union to end drawn-out accession talks, amid a growing conviction that Erdogan-ruled Turkey is not a suitable candidate for E.U. membership. James Carstensen Addressing officials of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, Erdogan insisted Turkey “has complied with all its commitment,” and has not moved away from a “strategic goal of E.U. membership.” “You’ve kept Turkey waiting,” ... Read More »

Merkel Just Gave In To Erdogan’s Cries Of Populism

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By threatening to end Turkey’s EU bid, the German chancellor just signaled to members of her constituency that they’re politically expendable. Stefan Ihrig HuffPost HAIFA, Israel― German election TV debates are usually rather dull affairs compared to those in the United States. This election, there is only one ― German Chancellor Angela Merkel apparently did not feel like doing more ― and it took place over the weekend, just three weeks before the vote. On Sunday, Merkel and rival Martin ... Read More »

What I saw when I went undercover

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The 21-year-old whistleblower at the immigration removal centre Callum Talley was so shocked by the chaos, violence and abuse he saw as a detainee custody officer in an immigration removal centre, he decided to become a whistleblower. Alison Holt BBC Putting on hidden cameras for a BBC Panorama investigation, the 21-year-old exposes a toxic, brutal and failing environment, where self-harm and drug abuse are commonplace. Ten staff and former staff have been suspended as a result of his allegations. Callum ... Read More »