Europe

The End of Turkey’s Jews?

Can Jewry in Turkey survive? Much has been written about Turkey’s turn toward Islamism and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s growing autocracy. Michael Rubin Commentary Turkish officials and their proxies argue, however, that Turkey remains both tolerant and democratic. The problem, they say, is limited to the followers of Islamic theologian Fethullah Gülen and… The End of… Read More »

Israel’s Delek group seeks to conduct natural gas exploration in Turkey

After discovering the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas reserves, the largest ever discovered, Israel’s Delek group hopes to conduct exploration work for Turkey, as the country starts its activities in the Mediterranean. Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency Citing the likely presence of significant oil and natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean, Israeli oil and gas exploration firm Delek Drilling and… The CEO of Delek Group Yossi Abu said that they… Israel’s Delek group… Read More »

Three Russian warships enter Latvia’s exclusive economic zone

RIGA – Three Russian warships had entered Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea on Sunday, the Latvian National Armed Forces said on Twitter. BNS/TBT Staff The Baltic Times Three Russian corvettes – the Liven 551, the Serpukhov 603 and the Morshansk 824 – were detected in the Latvian exclusive economic zone four nautical miles away from the… According to Fontanka.ru, a website of Russia’s St.Petersburg, some of the Russian naval ships that… Three Russian warships… Read More »

Police in Turkey raid publisher’s offices, confiscate 2,000 books

Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media. KOMNEWS The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti… According to reports, the… Police in Turkey… Read More »

Marine Le Pen’s Real Victory

Her National Front party may have lost on Sunday, but its political future is bright. EMILY SCHULTHEIS TheAtlantic PARIS—Sunday was undoubtedly Emmanuel Macron’s night. In a race watched around the world and billed as a fight for the future of Europe, the 39-year-old centrist candidate, who started and grew his own party in just over a year, defeated the National Front’s Marine Le… Marine Le Pen’s… Read More »

Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material

Inspections have been ordered at every German army barracks, after Nazi-era memorabilia was found at two of them. BBC The defence ministry said the command came from the inspector general of the Bundeswehr (Germany’s armed forces). All barracks will be searched for material linked to the Wehrmacht, the army which served Adolf Hitler. The move follows a… Germany searches all… Read More »

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose? by Carole Cadwalladr The Observer “The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.” ... Read More »

EU lawyers admit that £92billion Brexit Bill is IMPOSSIBLE to enforce and warn Eurocrats against attempting to make the UK pay the massive bill

It is ‘legally impossible’ to enforce demands for Britain to pay a massive £92billion (€100billion) divorce bill, lawyers in Brussels have reportedly privately admitted. By KATE FERGUSON, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE Daily Mail The shock revelation is contained in minutes of a meeting and given to the Brexit negotiation team in Brussels. But the European Commission has ignored the advice of its own lawyers and… EU lawyers admit… Read More »

Tense France picks new president in landmark vote

France went to the polls on May 7 to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen for president, in a watershed election both for the divided country and… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The election follows a rollercoaster campaign marked by mudslinging, scandals and a… The run-off vote pits the… Tense France picks… Read More »

Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea

Kurdish expansion plans putting the group on a collision course with neighbouring Turkey Mark Townsend The Guardian Syria’s Kurds have revealed plans to redraw the northern part of the country by linking the Kurdish region of Rojava with the Mediterranean Sea, in a move that will infuriate neighbouring Turkey. In a further sign of growing Kurdish confidence in Syria’s north, officials say that… Syria’s Kurds march… Read More »

Housing and homelessness: a blight on society

Unacceptable that children are condemned to twilight existence in hotel bedrooms Editorial The Irish Times View The shortage of housing and the homelessness crisis to which it contributes are among the State’s biggest challenges. Despite the Government’s focus on the dual problems since it took office a year ago, there is little evidence of real progress. The crisis is a hangover from the financial crash and… Housing and homelessness… Read More »

Wikipedia Is Latest Victim of Turkey’s Frenzy Over ISIS Reporting

Any report or hint that links Turkey to jihadi operatives in Syria is certainly bound to draw ire of Ankara. And the world’s biggest online encyclopedia Wikipedia is no exception. Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post It has become the latest victim of Turkey’s frenzy over the matter. When Turkey blocked access to interactive online encyclopedia Wikipedia last week, it… Wikipedia Is Latest… Read More »

The 100 most innovative universities in Europe 2017

KU Leuven tops Reuters’ 2017 ranking of the strongest institutions for advancing science and inventing new technologies. Ellie Bothwell Source: iStock KU Leuven, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge have topped a new ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities. The Belgian institution again takes pole position in Reuters’ second annual ranking of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities in part due to… The 100 most… Read More »

Alex Salmond admits Tory vote ‘on rise’ in Scotland

Alex Salmond has admitted the Conservative vote is “on the rise” as the Tories began to make inroads in the local election. Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The former SNP leader predicted that the SNP would gain control of Glasgow and Aberdeen, but added that the Conservative vote was showing well in Aberdeenshire. “Up here in the North East the SNP are running very strongly and we have got high hopes of taking control of the… Alex Salmond admits… Read More »

Report: Turkey Is Preparing To Arrest 215,000 More In Crackdown

Turkey’s sweeping purge is set to further expand as the pro-government media is sending signals of a new, larger wave with a new list of 215,000 individuals sent to 81 provinces for police… Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post The media rumor mill has been on overdrive about the biggest purge campaign, which, reports said, has yet… Majority of them are believed to be members of the… Report: Turkey Is… Read More »

The PKK’s Fateful Choice in Northern Syria

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates face a stark choice: risk their gains in northern Syria through continued prioritisation of the PKK’s fight against Turkey, or pursue local self-rule in the area they have carved out of the… ICG After the PKK deployed cadres in Syria in July 2012, it cooperated with the West in fighting the… The PKK’s Fateful… Read More »