Europe

Theresa May is dragging the UK under. This time Scotland must cut the rope

Brexit - The Guardian

Britain is politically dead from the neck down. George Monbiot The Guardian Leaving the union may be risky, but staying is worse There is the… Theresa May is… Read More »

Turks becoming the new ‘devil’ of Europe

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European xenophobia, which has emerged in every period against different groups, this time sees Turks and Muslims as its main enemies Selim Yaman Daily Sabah On Saturday night, Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was prevented from going into the Turkish Consulate in the Netherlands’ city of Rotterdam, leading to a diplomatic crisis between the two… Turks becoming the… Read More »

Russia’s violation of a nuclear treaty is a direct threat to Europe’s security

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Russia has been systematically undermining the security arrangements that peacefully ended the Cold War. Senator Ben Cardin The Guardian This puts Europe in danger Russia is once… Russia’s violation of… Read More »

Europe’s ‘Turkish Awakening’

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Turkey, officially, is a candidate for full membership in the European… * Burak Bekdil * Gatestone Institute It is also negotiating with Brussels a deal which would allow millions of Turks to travel to Europe without… But Turkey is not like any other European country that joined or will join the EU: The Turks’ choice of a leader, in office since 2002, too… Europe’s ‘Turkish… Read More »

How conflict with the West empowers Erdogan

A large image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan placed outside the Turkish consulate during protests in Rotterdam, Netherlands March 11, 2017.     REUTERS/YDylan Martinez - RTX30MGU

On March 13, Blick — the third top-selling newspaper in Switzerland, came out with a giant headline in an unusual language: Turkish. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor “Vote ‘no’ to Erdogan’s dictatorship,” the title read, appealing to the Turks living in this small country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan… How conflict with… Read More »

What can the Dutch elections tell us about Europe?

Dutch elections - Al Jazeera

Coming Dutch elections are a prism to understand Europe and tell much about its institutional and cultural crisis. Silvia Mazzini and Kees Jan van Kesteren Al Jazeera News On March 15, the Dutch are going to the polls. An event that… What can the… Read More »

Fall from grace of the human face of Church hierarchy

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Each new revelation in the succession of scandals to envelope the Catholic Church cast the transgressions of Bishop Casey in an ever more benighn light, writes Michael Clifford Michael Clifford Irish Examiner THE rain was bucketing down for much of the morning, but nobody really minded, least of all the man who was up there on the stage in front of a crowd heading for 300,000. The occasion was… Fall from grace… Read More »

Revisiting The Cyprus Question And The Way Forward

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Despite years of intercommunal negotiations and repeated efforts by the international community, the Cyprus problem remains… Andreas Theophanous Turkish Policy Quarterly The overwhelming presence of Turkish troops on the island since 1974 and Ankara’s objective to strategically control Cyprus continue to be the most important obstacles for a… The accession of the… Revisiting The Cyprus… Read More »

Why does everyone keep making Nazi comparisons?

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As a row between Turkey and the EU deepened, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused both the Germans and the Dutch of using Nazi tactics. David Molloy BBC News Bringing up Hitler or Nazi Germany in an argument is hardly new. But recently, it… Why does everyone… Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »

The Dutch Gamble: Suppressing liberty to preserve it?

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A little over eight years ago, I received an invitation to meet then Senator Barack Obama. Taha Meli Arvas Daily Sabah Obama would be joining actor George Clooney for a fundraiser in Geneva. Looking back at… The Dutch Gamble… Read More »

British Parliament backs Brexit

Brexit - CNN

London (CNN) – The British Parliament has passed a bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union. James Masters and Rachel Clarke CNN The Queen will now sign it into law, clearing the way for May to trigger Article 50, beginning the process by which Britain will give up its EU membership. May could begin… British Parliament backs… Read More »

Two Irelands Have Ties Brexit Can’t Destroy

Ireland - Bloomberg

Having been born into an Irish-American family in what was then a heavily Scots and Irish New Jersey town (Kearny), I somewhat irrationally associate Ireland with the past. Tyler Cowen Bloomberg But attention is suddenly turning to the future, as the political status of the two Irelands may be up for grabs, mostly because of Brexit. Although this may… Two Irelands Have… Read More »

The Nuclear Great Game in Europe

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The New York Times launched the torpedo: the charge that Moscow has violated the Treaty on Medium Range Nuclear Weapons (“INF” by its English acronym) [1]. Manlio Dinucci Voltaire And this [torpedo] has struck its target: intensifying tensions in relations between the United States and Russia, slowing down or blocking negotiations of the deal that Trump alluded to even during his electoral campaign. The torpedo is… The Nuclear Great… Read More »

EU workplace headscarf ban is legal, says ECJ

Headscarf - BBC

Employers are entitled to ban workers from the “visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign” including headscarves, Europe’s top court has ruled. BBC News But the ban must be based on internal company rules requiring all employees to “dress neutrally”, said the European Court of Justice (ECJ). It cannot be… EU workplace headscarf… Read More »

Erdogan’s perpetual quest for an enemy

TUR - AEI

Over the weekend, a crisis erupted between Turkey and the Netherlands after Dutch authorities refused to allow Turkish ministers to address a rally in Rotterdam in which the ministers were going to urge expatriate Turks to… Michael Rubin AEI Apparently because of permitting issues, Dutch authorities did not allow the Turkish ministers to address the rally, a slight which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan escalated sharply: crowds held anti-Dutch rallies in front of… Erdogan’s perpetual quest… Read More »