Europe

Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup?

Erdogan’s move towards Putin began before the failed attempt. Bruno Macaes It’s been almost a month since the failed coup in Turkey, yet the mystery persists. Who was behind it and why did it take place? The only hard evidence as to the intentions of the putschists is of course the statement read on television the very night of the coup, but that statement was carefully crafted to… Source: Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup? | The National ... Read More »

Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics

According to experts, talks between the Russian and Turkish presidents in St. Petersburg on Aug. 9 yielded impressive results on economic issues. At the same time analysts warn that many elements in relations between Moscow and Ankara depend on whether or not solutions to political problems will be found, primarily concerning the Syrian issue… Source: Putin-Erdogan meeting in St. Petersburg: Economy before politics | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Russia Keeps Its Friends Close and Turkey Closer

Henry Kissinger reminds us that in international relations, states do not have permanent friends or enemies, only interests. That lesson reverberated Tuesday in St. Petersburg, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan let bygones be bygones with his “dear friend, the esteemed Vladimir” in an ironic (and somewhat excessive) display of diplomatic reconciliation. Over the course of only seven months, Turkey and Russia have gone from ranking each other as public enemy No. 1 to catching up as old friends. Erdogan ... Read More »

Turkey: Headless Military, Confused Foreign Policy

Originally published under the title “Coup-Weary Turkey: Directionless and Insecure.” Turkey once boasted of having NATO’s second biggest army, equipped with state-of-the-art weapons systems. That powerful army now lacks command: After the failed coup of… Source: Turkey: Headless Military, Confused Foreign Policy :: Middle East Forum Read More »

We grant Irish passports to British citizens at our peril

Citizenship rules were not designed to cope with a deluge of applications following Brexit.. Ronan McCrea The rush of UK citizens seeking Irish nationality in the wake of the Brexit referendum has caused concern to many… Source: We grant Irish passports to British citizens at our peril Read More »

‘Enormous obstacles’ to Scotland joining EU, says Lord Steel

Nicola Sturgeon’s hopes of Scotland “going it alone” as an independent European Union state face “enormous” obstacles and are likely to be blocked by countries worried about their own separatist movements, former Holyrood presiding officer Lord Steel has warned… Source: ‘Enormous obstacles’ to Scotland joining EU, says Lord Steel – The Scotsman Read More »

The breaking down of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the UK’s responsibility

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Numerous members of the new Government have stated that they want a greater role in the world for a post-Brexit UK, rather than a diminished one. George Stafford If the Government is to be diplomatically resurgent, what sort of challenges might it wish to confront? It could do far worse than face up to the… The breaking down… Read More »

Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war

ISTANBUL — Last month’s failed coup brought into relief a bitter struggle at the heart of Turkish politics. By Ishaan Tharoor From his humble childhood in a working-class neighborhood of Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has steadily transformed the… Source: Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war – The Washington Post Read More »

Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success

Irish voters are also no longer won over by facts; instead emotion carries all before it.. Stephen Collins The emergence of Donald Trump as a serious candidate for the American presidency and the decision of the British… Source: Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success  Read More »

America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry

This is a chance to revive the special relationship.. Luke Coffey In June 17.4 million Brits voted to leave the European Union. It was the single largest political mandate the British public has ever delivered. The United Kingdom is only now entering the beginning stages of actually leaving the EU — a process that will take at least two years according to the… Source: America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry | The National Interest Read More »

Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks?

Along Russia’s peripheries lies a string of countries with a track record of domestic upheavals and occasional spasms of aggressive foreign policy. To what extent do they pose a security threat to Moscow?… Source: Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ

Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry has started moving on its action plan in dealing with the new Turkish warnings regarding the third licensing round in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). On Tuesday the Ministry reported that they would be sending a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on the matter… Source: Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ | News Read More »

Gülen and the claim of ‘moderate’ Islam

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“At a time when Western democracies are searching for moderate Muslim voices, I and my friends in the Hizmet [Service] movement have taken a clear stance against extremist violence, from the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaeda to brutal executions by the Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL] to the… Source: Gülen and the claim of ‘moderate’ Islam – MURAT YETKİN Read More »

Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Urges Israeli Government to Also Formally Recognize the Crime JERUSALEM, Israel (A.W.)—Israel’s Knesset’s (Parliament) Education, Culture, and Sports Committee announced on Aug. 1 that it recognized the Armenian Genocide and urged the government to formally acknowledge the crime as such. “It is our moral obligation to recognize the Armenian genocide,” said committee chair Yakov Margi… Source: Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide | Armenian Weekly Read More »

Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’

Turkey has admitted there may have been some “unfair” treatment in its post-coup crackdown as it voiced anger with Germany for barring President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne. Retaliating after a military attempt to unseat him, Mr Erdogan has launched a purge that has seen tens of thousands people suspended from their jobs and almost 19,000 detained… Source: Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

‘No real shift’ in support for Scottish independence post-Brexit

A NEW poll has found “no real shift” in opinion towards Scottish independence in the wake of the Brexit vote.. The YouGov poll found Scots would vote to remain in the UK by 53% to 47% if another referendum on the issue were held now… Source: ‘No real shift’ in support for Scottish independence post-Brexit – The Scotsman Read More »