Europe

British Parliament backs Brexit

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

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

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

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

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 »

The need for a museum on British colonisation of India

The decolonisation of the mind is among the greatest challenges today’s Indians have to face. Shashi Tharoor Al Jazeera News I recently wrote to the government of India to propose that one of India’s most renowned heritage buildings, the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, be converted into a museum that displays the truth of the British Raj – a museum, in… The need for… Read More »

Europe hopes to sway, not provoke, Trump on climate

Angela Merkel’s visit this week will test whether U.S. allies can persuade the president not to blow up their efforts on global warming. Sara Stefanini and Andrew Restuccia Politico WASHINGTON — European diplomats are carefully crafting a strategy for dealing with Donald Trump on climate change, fearful of provoking a backlash from the mercurial president if they push too hard for U.S. cooperation. Germany, France, Italy… Europe hopes to… Read More »

Stagnating Turkish Tourism Looking For Alternative Source Markets

Turkish tourism has been stagnating for the past… TourismReview The industry has been suffering for many reasons. Safety concerns, political instability and terrorism are some of the issues connected to the fall of the once top summer… However, all may not be lost just yet, as Turkey aims to revive its main source markets like Russia, as well as concentrate on new… Stagnating Turkish Tourism… Read More »

Balkan migration route is ‘not closed’

One year on from when the borders were sealed, refugees are still using South East Europe to enter the… By Andrea Dernbach | Der Tagesspiegel | translated by Sam Morgan EURACTIV But now the journey is more difficult, expensive and brutal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports. Despite the Balkan migration route having been officially closed for 12 months, Austrian Interior Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil and his Slovenian counterpart, Boštjan Šefic, have complained that it is still… Balkan migration route… Read More »

Armenian Defense Minister sets territorial claims to Turkey

“Naturally, there is a discourse in public in terms of the thaw in Russian-Turkish relations, and its possible impact on… News.Az Armenia, in the face of its Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan, continues to voice territorial claims to Turkey, stating that in the… “Certainly, we need to understand that the Armenian public bears a… Armenian Defense Minister… Read More »

EU, NATO plead for calm as feud with Turkey escalates

The furor appears to have pushed the already tense relations between Europe and Ankara to the brink. David M. Herszenhorn Politico Senior EU and NATO officials pleaded for restraint Monday as a nasty political feud between Ankara and European capitals over Turkey’s upcoming constitutional referendum continued to escalate. All sides were… EU, NATO plead… Read More »

Why is Grexit again in the news? Who is to pay for Eurozone’s banking problems?

Grexit, Greece’s exit from the euro area, is back in the news – for the wrong reasons. During this past week, the country’s creditors, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism… Dennis Kefalakos European Sting They bluntly demand more suffocating austere measures from the Greek government, despite the clear success story it accomplished in 2016, with a strong primary (including interest, not principal repayment) budget surplus and… Why is Grexit again… Read More »

If Scotland leaves, England will lose the Brexit game

If Scotland and N Ireland decide to leave the UK after Brexit, the term ‘Little England’ will really come into its own. Alastair Sloan Al Jazeera News The union that binds together the four countries within the United Kingdom has never been more at risk. What nobody in… If Scotland leaves… Read More »

Trump shouldn’t buy Merkel’s euro excuses

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Washington next week, she must be expected to argue that Germany’s large trade surplus is beyond her control and that her country has little influence over the euro’s exchange rate. Desmond Lachman AEI President Trump should not buy that argument. However, he should… Trump shouldn’t buy… Read More »