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The Lennox-Boyd statement of 19 December 1956 and the origins of the proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’ in Cyprus

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Introduction In Politics, Aristotle suggests that to obtain the clearest insight into anything, it is necessary to explore its origins. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Agora Dialogue Published in Agora Dialogue on 27 December 2016 With Aristotle in mind, one is obliged to ask a key question at a critical time when the Republic of Cyprus may be on the verge of being transformed into – or succeeded by – a ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’. What are the origins of the proposed ‘federation’ together with ... Read More »

EU Dying before our eyes: Nigel Farage in stunning rant predicting END ‘within years’

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NIGEL FARAGE has blasted the European Union (EU) which he says will crumble within the next few years following the Brexit vote. By DARREN HUNT Εxpress The former Ukip leader was speaking on LBC when his angry tirade over the European Union began as he blamed the… EU DYING BEFORE… Read More »

Romanian president rejects nomination of Muslim woman for PM

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Klaus Iohannis’s decision to block appointment of Sevil Shhaideh may be linked to her Syrian husband’s background The Guardian Romania’s president has rejected a proposal by the leftist party that won elections this month to appoint the country’s first female and first Muslim prime minister. Klaus Iohannis gave no reasons for… Romanian president rejects… Read More »

Why ISIL fights in Europe

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Germany hunts for possible accomplices of the suspected Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri, who was shot dead by Italian police in Milan on Friday, December 23, 2016. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for this week's attack on a Berlin Christmas market, in which 12 people were killed and dozens more wounded. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t buy their propaganda of ‘retaliation’ for Western strikes in Syria. Politico Jean-Pierre Filiu The jihadist group has larger ambitions in Germany and France. The so-called Islamic State rushed… Why ISIL fights in… Read More »

The rise of fascism is not inevitable – just look at Bridges Not Walls

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‘How can we fight the rise of the far right?’ people say. Try Bridges Not Walls, the movement spawned after Trump’s election to reject hate The Guardian Ellie Mae O’Hagan When your friends and family regard you as The Political One, seismic news events are a bittersweet experience. For every political… The rise of fascism is… Read More »

Alexander Stubb: Europe’s endangered liberal future

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Focus on practical solutions, says the former Finnish PM who some believe is the Iron Man who could save Europe. By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN  Politico To some, Alexander Stubb is the Iron Man who could save Europe: a polyglot triathlete, former Finnish prime minister, and, at age 48, part of the… Alexander Stubb: Europe’s… Read More »

Year in review: 2016 in the European Union

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The European Union seems to have spent 2016 in a state of constant crisis – or “polycrisis,” as European Commission president Juncker calls it. Our Brussels correspondent Bernd Riegert looks back over the past year. Deutsche Welle Following the… Year in review… Read More »

Bryza: Russia Will Use Definition of Terrorism to Advance Political Interests

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We spoke to former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Ambassador Matthew Bryza. Georgia Today Nana Sajaia,  Voice of America Georgian Service What next for Turkey-Russia relations after the assassination of the Russian diplomat Andrey Karlov in Ankara? I actually… Bryza: Russia Will… Read More »

What went wrong? A withering West

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How the West is wobbling under the pressures of its neoliberal and geopolitical overreach. Al Jazeera News Marwan Bishara Twenty-five years ago, the United States emerged victorious at end of the Cold War. The Soviet Union… What went wrong… Read More »

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

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“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »

Nigel Farage hits out after Archbishop says 2016 has left world ‘awash with division’

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FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hit out at the Archbishop of Canterbury, after he said the past year had left a world “awash with division and fear”. Sunday Express In his Christmas Day sermon, the Most Rev Justin Welby said 2016 had left people facing a future that… Nigel Farage hits… Read More »

Kissinger, a longtime Putin confidant, sidles up to Trump

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America’s pre-eminent ex-diplomat gets back in the mix. By Nahal Toosi and Isaac Arnsdorf Politico Could he help broker a deal with Russia? Kissinger, a longtime… Read More »

Mediterranean crossings death toll ‘highest ever,’ says UN

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UN Refugee Agency calls death toll a ‘devastating milestone.’ By ESTHER KING Politico The number of migrants who have died crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 is the highest ever recorded, the United Nations Refugee Agency said in a statement Friday. Mediterranean crossings death… Read More »

Christmas Banned from being mentioned on menu over fears it would offend Muslims

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CHRISTMAS treats have been taken off a menu and replaced with ‘winter delicacies’ over fears the phrase would offend Muslims. Express Jon Rogers A function held at the Austrian embassy in Germany still served traditional festive fare such as Lebkuchen but rebranded them as ‘winter delicacies’. The event was a presentation by… Christmas BANNED from… Read More »

German cop faces criminal charges for calling Angela Merkel ‘insane’

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A German police officer is facing criminal proceedings after he allegedly branded Chancellor Angela Merkel “insane”. By TOM PARFITT Express The officer, from the western city of Solingen, could be fined three months’ wages if… German cop faces… Read More »

Turkey shows why a free press matters

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Should it matter to U.S. national security when other countries restrict press freedom? ΑΕΙ Michael Rubin Many diplomats and politicians say no—it’s not America’s business and the United States should stop interfering in other… Turkey shows why… Read More »