Europe

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

Allied foreign ministers meet in Moscow over Syrian war and warn Washington following cruise missile strike on… Al Jazeera & news agencies Russia has denounced last week’s US attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global… The US has said its strike on a Syrian air force base was in response to the Syrian government, which it blamed for launching a… Russia, Syria and… Read More »

Judge who anonymously trolled people in the comments section of a news sit loses his job

A CROWN Court judge who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. He says he will appeal the decision. Staff writer, News Corp Australia Network A JUDGE who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. Worse still, Jason Dunn-Shaw was found to have posted abuse on stories about cases in which he was directly involved. Judge who anonymously… Read More »

How the Soviet Union Thought Itself to Death

Glasnost, meant to save the USSR, wound up being its death blow. Anthony D’Agostino The National Interest ALONGSIDE THE balance of power is a balance of ideas, and even a hegemony of… Britain first rose among the European states as a champion of the Reformation and then as a voice of the… Germany emerged as a candidate for world… How the Soviet… Read More »

Does Greece Need More Official Debt Relief? If So, How Much?

Creditor countries and international organizations continue to disagree whether Greece should receive additional official debt relief, and… Jeromin Zettelmeyer (PIIE), Eike Kreplin (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) and Ugo Panizza (Graduate Institute, Geneva) This paper first shows that these disagreements can be attributed to competing assumptions about Greece’s future capacity to repay, particularly about… It next evaluates the plausibility of… Does Greece Need… Read More »

Turkey Sees No Need for Cyprus to Approve Israel Gas Pipeline

A Turkey-Israel gas pipeline deal could be built through Cyprus’ economic waters even without Cypriot consent, a Turkish official… David Wainer Bloomberg Cyprus can’t block a gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey, and gas talks with Israel don’t hinge on attempts to reach a peace deal in Cyprus, the… A pipeline bringing gas from Israel’s… Turkey Sees No… Read More »

White House gaffe on Hitler and chemical weapons draws ire

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has apologised after declaring that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World… BBC “I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference about the Holocaust and there is no comparison,” he… “For that I apologise. It was a mistake to do… Critics pointed out gas was used to kill Jews and others in the… White House gaffe… Read More »

A Woman’s Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy’s ‘Slavery’

SAN GIORGIO IONICO, Italy — Her husband can still recall how Paola Clemente used to set two alarms to make sure she woke in the… GAIA PIANIGIANI The New York Times There, she would pick and sort table grapes up to 12 hours, taking home as little as 27 euros a day, about $29, after middlemen… Her death of a heart attack at 49 in the fields has set off nearly two… A Woman’s Death… Read More »

Less free market, more political creation

Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent regularly: “We always claimed that the boom of the East is really happening in the West,” a… Dietmar Bartsch The European A reader from a city in North-Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, criticized my party DIE LINKE for a “policy which focuses too strongly on the… The reader is from the city Mülheim a.D. Ruhr. He… Less free market… Read More »

Co-ordination a must for eurozone survival

The eurozone crisis is far less dangerous now than during its peak years of 2010-13. Herman Van Rompuy, Fabian Zuleeg, and Janis A Emmanouilidis Irish Examiner Growth has picked up across the EU and 5m jobs were created between 2014 and 2017. But the EU… Co-ordination a… Read More »

The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems

In yet another move intended to increase migrant returns, the European Commission has presented new measures for an “efficient and credible” return policy in the European Union. Daniela DeBono The Conversation One might read the March 2 2017 announcement as part of the perennial performance put on by EU member states to demonstrate control and assert their authority to affect deportations. Various official speeches… The EU’s emphasis… Read More »

As goes France, so goes the EU

French voters hold the Continent’s future in their hands. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — When France sneezes, Europe catches pneumonia. Rarely have the… As goes France… Read More »

Renegade ultranationalists could derail Erdoğan

Meet Meral Akşener, the wildcard ahead of Sunday’s neck-and-neck… ANKARA — As Turkey prepares to vote on the expansion of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers on Sunday, a small band of renegade ultranationalists may hold the… ZIA WEISE Politico The nationalist opposition has declared its support for Erdoğan, but a… At the forefront of this insurgency is Meral Akşener, a… Renegade ultranationalists could… Read More »

Noel Dorr: Arguments for Ireland leaving EU do not add up

For all its faults, the European Union is a worthy project with many… Noel Dorr The Irish Times The decision of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union could mean that the two most important external relationships of this State, which reinforced each other for 44… As one of many people who worked years ago in foreign affairs to promote both sets of relationships, I find this deeply… Noel Dorr: Arguments… Read More »

Why Does the West Keep Colluding with Terrorists?

Like other criticisms of Hirsi Ali, the effort was to portray her as the problem itself rather than as the response to a problem. Douglas Murray Gatestone Institute That this type of campaign can succeed — that speakers can be stopped from speaking in Western democracies because of the implicit or explicit threat of violence — is a problem our societies need to face. There is a… Why Does the… Read More »

The Balkans Will Be America and Russia’s Next (Virtual) Battlefield

If Putin wants to stir up trouble anywhere else, it’s the obvious place to… James Jay Carafano The National Interest U.S. interest in the Balkans has waxed and… It is time for wax… The Balkans have been on America’s back burner since the end of the Clinton… Investing some attention and exerting some influence on the region should be more than a second-tier item on the administration’s foreign… The Balkans Will… Read More »

Birmingham woman standing in defiance of EDL protester goes viral

Photograph of young woman becomes symbol of city standing up to far-right group English Defence League during… Frances Perraudin North of England reporter The Guardian A photograph showing a young woman smiling bemusedly at an incensed English Defence League protester has… The image, which has been shared thousands of times on social media, was captured during a demonstration by the… Birmingham woman standing… Read More »