Europe

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 »

Who opened the gates of hell in Europe?

Some European countries seem to be in a race to restrict events organized by Turkish associations that invite Turkish authorities to meet Turks living in those countries. Merve Sebnem Oruc Daily Sabah It is, of course, not surprising, as we are aware of rising anti-Turkish sentiment in Europe; however, the extent it has reached is quite abnormal. European authorities recently… Who opened the… Read More »

‘EU punishes Turkey for mending relations with Russia, NATO’s Enemy №1’

The EU’s diplomatic crackdown on Turkey is punishment for Ankara seeking better relations with Russia and showing less commitment to the West, experts told RT, adding that… RT Op–Edge The EU-Turkey scandal has been evolving over the past few weeks, as rallies sponsored by the Turkish government in several European countries, including… ‘EU punishes Turkey… Read More »

The Fillon affair: France’s sick democracy

This affair reflects the very essence of a system dominated by ruling elite that serves its own financial interests. Ali Saad Al Jazeera News Ever since Francois Fillon was elected as the French conservative party, The Republicans, candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in May, he has been caught up in a controversy surrounding his wife’s “fake job” as… The Fillon affair… Read More »

How Europe boosts Russia-Turkey ties

The Russian-Turkish tandem has re-emerged with the two countries’ reconciliation, after seven months of glacial relations following Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet on its… Maria Dubovikova Arab News  That is not to say Ankara and Moscow see eye to eye on everything, but they realize that they need each… Turkey has to… How Europe boosts… Read More »

Making Athens Great Again

How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN The Atlantic Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal. What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to… Making Athens Great… Read More »

Turkey referendum: Dutch are Nazi remnants – Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Dutch as “Nazi remnants and fascists”, as a diplomatic row grows over a… BBC The Turkish foreign minister was due to speak in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday in support of a referendum to give Mr… But the rally was banned for security reasons, and the… Turkey referendum: Dutch… Read More »

Vladmir Putin’s battle of Berlin

No country in Western Europe is more vulnerable to Russian propaganda than Germany. James Kirchick Politico Europeans are waking up to the fact that Russia is trying to do by peaceful means what the Soviet Union once threatened by violent ones: overthrow democratic governments. Utilizing methods both… Vladmir Putin’s battle… Read More »