Europe

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Martin Schulz, the outsider insider

The Brussels veteran’s decision to run against Angela Merkel is good news for Germany — and Europe. Timo Lochocki Politico BERLIN — Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel’s decision to bow out of the race for the chancellorship in favor of Martin Schulz is the perfect antidote to German voters’ frustrations. It will benefit his party… Martin Schulz, the outsider… Read More »

Could an Irish referendum delay or even derail Brexit?

‘Unavoidable’ that talks on article 50 will trigger a referendum here, seminar hears Ruadhán Mac Cormaic The Irish Times Could Irish voters block a future deal to withdraw Britain from the EU by rejecting it in a referendum? With the clock counting down to… Could an Irish referendum delay… Read More »

Whispers of ‘Grexit’ start again

With Athens, EU creditors, and the IMF deadlocked on the bailout talks, some fear a renewed crisis. Simon Marks Politico ATHENS — Two years ago, Alexis Tsipras, the then 40-year-old leader of Greece’s Syriza party, swept to victory in snap elections claiming an end to the “vicious cycle of austerity” and years of “humiliation and suffering.” Now a veteran prime minister… Whispers of ‘Grexit’ start… Read More »

A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

Can two power-hungry egomaniacs forge a lasting alliance? Much depends on an extradition request, and whether Trump will continue the alliance with Syria’s… By Anna Lekas Miller The Nation Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake… A Match Made… Read More »

Euro ‘could fail’, says man tipped as US ambassador to EU

The man tipped to be Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union has told the BBC the single currency “could collapse” in the next 18 months. Kamal Ahmed BBC News Professor Ted Malloch said he would “short the euro” – taking a market position which bets on the value of the currency falling. He also said Britain could… Euro ‘could fail’, says man… Read More »

5 ways Martin Schulz plans to dethrone Angela Merkel

Here’s how he might improve his odds in the election. Florian Eder Politico Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel’s decision not to compete in September’s elections puts Martin Schulz in the hot seat, with the daunting job of trying to stop Angela Merkel from a fourth term as German chancellor. Schulz, whose term as… 5 ways Martin Schulz plans… Read More »

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

The Gadfly, an English-language book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC News One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer… The Irish novel that… Read More »

Russia blocks Dailymotion over copyright infringement

Russian authorities have ordered the blocking of video website Dailymotion after a reality TV station complained of copyright infringement, the channel’s owner said Wednesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah A Moscow court “approved the demand by the Piatnitsa channel to block Dailymotion on Russian territory” on December 2, the station’s owner Gazprom Media said in a statement. The site was still accessible… Russia blocks Dailymotion over… Read More »

How Theresa May will surprise Trump at their first summit

If President Donald Trump hopes he has found a loyal and willing ally from across the pond in Theresa May, who visits him on Friday, he could be in for a big… By Judy Dempsey The Washington Post Yes, its an honor that the British prime minister becomes the first leader to meet Trump since his inauguration on…The symbolism… How Theresa May… Read More »

Brexit is still happening, just not the way May hoped

The recent British Supreme Court ruling will not stop Brexit but it will change how it is approached. Simon Usherwood Al Jazeera News The British Supreme Court ruling of January 24 was a mixed result for the Prime Minister Theresa May’s government (PDF). On the one hand, they saw… Brexit is still happening, just… Read More »

Direct link between sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them

There is a direct relation between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them, research by psychologists at the University of Kent has shown. The University of Kent Eurek Alert The study, which looked at youth members of gangs as well as those with no gang affiliation, provides the first evidence of a link between objectification and non-sexual aggression in young people. Dr Eduardo Vasquez and… Direct link between sexual… Read More »

Scapegoating foreign aid

British foreign aid is not to blame for poverty and failed social services in the UK. Rachel Shabi Al Jazeera News In our Brexity, Trumpist times, you only need to see the words “foreign aid” to understand that such a thing – and also its entire operational philosophy – is in jeopardy. In the midst of a populist… Scapegoating foreign… Read More »