Europe

George Soros accuses Viktor Orban of making Hungary a ‘mafia state’

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London: For the first time since the government of Hungary threatened to shutter the university he founded in Budapest, American financier and… Palko Karasz Brisbane Times Bloomberg In a keynote speech Thursday at the annual economic forum of the European Commission, Soros cited “the deception and corruption of the mafia state the… Soros, a benefactor of civil society groups… George Soros accuses… Read More »

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering War Clouds

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Armenia and Azerbaijan are once again on collision course along increasingly active front lines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. ICG Mediators Russia, France and the U.S., should pressure Yerevan and Baku to tone down inflammatory rhetoric, agree to talks and take steps towards… Executive Summary A year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s April 2016 violent flare-up, Armenia and… Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering… Read More »

Russia: West to blame for chaos, terror in Greater Middle East

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The Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Western states, which pursued regime change policies and funded militants, are to blame for the chaos and terror attacks in the Greater Middle… DONi News Agency Sergei Lavrov made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh… Combating terrorism topped the meeting’s agenda, with the two… Russia: West to… Read More »

Germany votes: European dilemmas in the Federal Election

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SUMMARY The European Union that Germany and its partners have built together since the early 1990s has been an environment highly conducive to German… By Almut Möller with case studies by Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Sebastian Dullien & Kadri Liik ecfr.eu With the United Kingdom and the Trump administration calling into question the EU model of regional order, Berlin has made a strategic choice to seek to strengthen the… It has started to build coalitions of partners around core policies in a ... Read More »

Can Germany Defend Europe On Its Own?

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Most of NATO’s frontline members in eastern and southern Europe are doing their part. Germany is not. Salvatore Babones The National Interest German chancellor Angela Merkel has reaffirmed her position as the unlikely superhero of Europe’s liberal elites. Twelve years in power and facing a difficult election in September, she struck out at the least popular man in… Fresh from last week’s G-7 summit, Merkel took a… Can Germany Defend… Read More »

Kissinger Conjures Up Bad Images to this Day

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Under the revealing, if not chilling, heading ‘Does Henry Kissinger have a Conscience’, 11. Jon Lee Anderson, ‘Does Henry Kissinger have a conscience?’, New Yorker, 20 August 2016.View all notes Jon Lee Anderson brought back memories of Henry A. Kissinger and… Aris Petasis Taylor & Francis online The latest evidence came to light when thousands of American military and… Here is what Jon Lee Anderson wrote about… Kissinger Conjures Up… Read More »

Labour has started a welcome debate on higher education funding

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Sally Hunt of the UCU, Norman Gowar, Jonathan Hunt, and 218 university staff on the effects of the Conservatives’ market-led education policies and Labour’s plan to scrap tuition fees, and… Letters The Guardian You are right to highlight how our universities are under threat from Brexit, creeping privatisation and the… Higher education makes an invaluable contribution to our economy and… Labour has started… Read More »

New motto of Ukraine: ‘No coal, no power – no problem’

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The power outages Kiev feared due its blockade of Donbass coal failed to materialize — because the blockade also unexpectedly set back Ukraine’s industrial production, writes Marko Marjanovic in… DONi News Agency No coal, no power – no problem. This could be the new motto of new… Months ago Ukraine declared an end to coal imports from Donbass utterly gutting its… New motto of… Read More »

MERKEL: Germany can no longer ‘fully rely’ on the US

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German chancellor Angela Merkel distanced herself from the US and the UK during a campaign event in Munich on Sunday. Sonam Sheth and Reuters Business Insider “The times in which [Germany] could fully rely on others are partly over. I have experienced this in the last few days,” Merkel said during the event. “We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands.” Though she did not mention them by… MERKEL: Germany can… Read More »

Sky-high carbon tax needed to avoid climate catastrophe, say experts

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Economists, including Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, say taxes of $100 per metric tonne could be needed by… Phillip Inman Economics editor The Guardian A group of leading economists warned on Monday that the world risks catastrophic global warming in just 13 years unless countries ramp up taxes on carbon emissions to as much as $… Experts including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern said governments needed to… Sky-high carbon… Read More »

Britain can no long ‘be depended on’ – Merkel in thinly-veiled dig over Brexit

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ANGELA Merkel has hit out at Britain as well as the US, saying that they are no longer reliable partners and said Europe had to “take its fate into its… Jon Rogers Express The German Chancellor, 62, told a party rally in Munich: “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the… “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.” Angela Merkel added: “We… Britain ... Read More »

Odyssey Project

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The Odyssey Project is an attempt to challenge the hostile discourse surrounding migrants, the Odyssey Project is a documentary following four humanitarian aid workers as they trace one of the main migration routes into Europe. Odyssey Project – Trailer/Appeal from Odyssey Project on Vimeo. We’ll be stopping off at key points and engaging locals population and refugee community through workshops, discussions and performances at “Routes Festivals”, piloted on events we’ve already run in Serbia. Project Description Whilst there are more ... Read More »

UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar

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A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday as Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid has said. BBC It said 8.7 gigawatts (GW) had been generated at lunchtime, representing 24.3% of total generation across the UK. The level tops the previous record of 8.48GW set on 10 May. Duncan Burt, head of control room operations at National Grid, called it the “beginning of a new era”… UK achieves solar… Read More »

Belgrade authorities demolish illegal mosque ahead of Ramadan

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BELGRADE: Local authorities demolished an illegal mosque on the outskirts of Belgrade after Serbian police secured the area in a pre-dawn action on Friday, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, despite protests by local Muslims and… Reuters Arab News The construction of a two-story mosque without a minaret in the Zemun Polje neighborhood started in 2014 even though the authorities had refused to grant it a… On Thursday, the authorities attempted the… Belgrade authorities demolish… Read More »

Cyprus Responds to Bloomberg Article: Nicos Christodoulides

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To the Editor: Re article, “EU Passports for Sale in Cyprus Lure Rich Russians” (Originally published on May 11): Whilst we are strong advocates of independent and οbjective journalism, we regret to note that this article remains in our view a biased account. Bloomberg The citizenship by investment program is an investment program and in no way constitutes a “sale οf ΕU passports,” “sale οf ΕU citizenship” or “money-for-passports program” as is repeatedly and… Cyprus Responds to… Read More »

JustGiving is criticised for taking up to £100,000 in fees from money donated to those affected by Manchester blast

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Fundraising website JustGiving has come under fire for taking more than £100,000 in fees from money donated to help those affected by the… Leah Milner For The Daily Mail DailyMail In the hours after the attack, the public rushed to set up donation pages for the victims’ families and a British Red Cross emergency… By last night nearly £2million had been donated via the website to appeals related to the… JustGiving is criticised… Read More »